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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Okay, another ribbon hater here.

I used to have a single icon bar with the features I used the most, it occupied less area than the ribbon. Dynamic toolbars appeared as needed (for drawing,...).

My issues with the ribbon:
- Poor discoverability and organisation. There are many places to click and hidden dialogboxes and menus. For example : How to set the grid in PowerPoint ? There are both old style dialogboxes and pop-down non modal fields. Inconsistent.
- Hardcoded. Non user configurable. Many people use Office with all sort of crazy macros, which cannot be inserted gracefully into that bloody ribbon.
- Terrible when the width of the application is reduced. New, unfamiliar and useless icons appears...
- Word: Stylesheets. Braindamaged. Encourages modifying letters instead of setting styles.
- Bad for keyboard navigation. Microsoft never helped to learn key sequences.

There are many other issues I won't bother detailing.

The right click popupmenu and icons are really a missed opportunity. IMHO, Microsoft should have made the icon set of this menu user configurable and dynamic. For the remaining functions, menus, and text search of commands...

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