Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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This problem was NEVER going to get solved. The whole premise of scaling up applications designed for a 4-5 in screen and having them compete with full desktop applications is just wrong. It's why tablets, despite everyone declaring the beginning of the post-PC era, have gone nowhere in terms of displacing desktops/laptops. The simplified interface paradigm for metro (and iOS/android) apps requires sacrificing most of the information and control that a full desktop application provides, with commensurate reduction in usefulness. Fine when screen size needs to be small, otherwise unacceptable.

Good riddance metro.

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