Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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RE: Comment by olejon
by phoehne on Thu 24th Oct 2013 15:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by olejon"
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I agree. They took a design which seems to work well for mobile environments and tried to extend it to the desktop. These are two different use cases. Android laptops haven't really materialized because Android is a good mobile operating system. Apple didn't just shrink down OSX to get it on the iPhones/iPads or scale up iOS when mobile devices eclipsed their desktop sales. I'll give MS props for trying to think out of the box but every time I boot my Windows 8 (no 8.1) vm I get the feeling they didn't really think it through.

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