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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My main frustration with Metro is the swipes gestures to change apps and share the metro view with multiple apps. The view sucks and is un-Windows-like. I want my mini/maximize, full screen, and close options. The real estate for it is there, it's just NOT there.

I don't mind the option of a hidden systray and taskbar of metro, but when my finger touches the bottom of the screen I expect to see it. The clock needs to stay and I miss the pop up box.

I still don't understand how Windows doesn't have something akin to Yz Toolbar opposite the taskbar.

Edited 2013-10-25 11:11 UTC

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