Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:43 UTC

Two changes supposedly coming to the next version of Windows, according to veteran Paul Thurrott:

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.

This would be Microsoft admitting they got Windows 8 all wrong.

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RE: Not ALL wrong
by Laurence on Tue 10th Dec 2013 09:36 UTC in reply to "Not ALL wrong"
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To be honest, I think Metro was a mistake on any device. Having used a Windows Phone for a few months, I found it one of the most horrible and counter intuitive mobile OSs I've used since the days of Samsung's pre-Android dumb phones.

Half the time I can't tell which widget is interactive and which are purely informative because buttons look like textboxes which look like coloured boarders; and Hyperlinks look like normal text. Then you have the mass of nondescript monochrome icons without any labels, leaving me guessing what their purpose is. Yet weirdly the application menus on that thing go completely the other way and places too much importance on text and not enough on the icon; which makes it a nightmare to quickly find anything if you're dyslexic (like I am). And the horrible side swipe to view additional hidden panels on any given application means you're never quite sure where anything is.

I really wanted to like Windows Phone because it was so very different from the masses of samey smart phone OSs, but I ended up feeling confused and lost for 99% of the time I was using my Nokia Lumia; before eventually I came to the conclusion that Metro was just one big usability fuck up.

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