Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 10:16 UTC

Manual window management is awful. Windows 8 ditched windows in favor of fullscreen apps. Traditional desktop window paradigms are powerful but obsolete.

Windows 9 unifies previous contrasting paradigms, taking design cues from all platforms and recent innovations.

Just an unofficial design concept, but damn, this is sexy. This is exactly what Windows needs - a combination of the old and new, leading to something seemingly far more usable than the monstrosity that is Metro in Windows 8.

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by l3v1 on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 13:10 UTC
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Traditional desktop window paradigms are powerful

Yup, stop right there. Powerful is good. I like powerful. 'Easy' makes more-than-casual users' lives hell. Yes, 'easy'-lovers are more in numbers, but that doesn't mean powerful is outdated. It just means that they can't seem to come up with an UI that could serve the average crowd and not be a PITA of real users.

I can accept that this is happening - although I'm not happy about it -, however, I can _not_ accept that this is presented as the next big thing, everything else becoming outdated or obsolete.

Good is what enables you to do your stuff and helps you do it, or - at least - doesn't hinder you in doing it. Bad is what brings 'paradigm-shifting' 'novel' 'revolutionary' looks, but makes usage painful and frustrating, and slows routine tasks by obfuscating and hiding functionality.

I like good. I like powerful. Metro and the linked concepts are neither.

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