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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The problem with the ribbon is that you have 4 (if not more) different sizes of icons. Some sections have 1 row, some 2 rows, some 3 rows of icons, all next to each other, with different vertical spacing. Some sections have icons linked together, others have them separated by whitespace. Some sections have drop-downs mixed in with icons. All with multiple different fonts being used.

IOW, it's visual vomit, and very hard to pick anything out without slowly reading every ... single ... icon ... over ... and ... over ... trying to find something.

And, it's all animated. Things move around when you click and hover and drag.

If there were 2 sizes of icons, and 2 rows per section, and proper spacing and alignment, and 1 font type/size, then maybe the ribbon would be useful.

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