Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Oct 2017 10:47 UTC
Windows

All of the new design changes to Windows 10 are demonstrated in a new video from Microsoft. It’s a good showcase of how subtle the changes are, but it doesn’t tease much for the future. Microsoft’s Fluent Design System is designed to be the true successor to Microsoft's Metro design, and will appear across apps and services on Windows, iOS, and Android. Microsoft is focusing on light, depth, motion, material, and scale for its Fluent Design, with animations that make the design feel like it's moving during interactions in Windows.

Like Metro applications before them, these Fluent applications look really nice, but it's all for naught. Microsoft showed off its redesigned Outlook application for Windows (and macOS), and guess what? It's a Win32 application.

If not even Microsoft itself is interested in making Metro/Fluent applications, why should anyone else?

Microsoft's approach to Metro/Fluent has been baffling from day one, and it doesn't seem like anything's changing any time soon. They made really great Metro Office applications, but then proceed to hide them from the Windows Store behind the "mobile" tag, and artificially cripple them by not allowing you to open more than one document per Office application.

Even when Microsoft does make great Metro/Fluent applications, they artificially cripple them.

I have no idea what Microsoft is doing, and I don't blame developers for giving them the finger. They are telling an unreliable, unfocused, unclear, and chaotic developer story, and any developer worth her salt wouldn't touch the Windows Store/Metro/Fluent with a ten-foot pole.

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âLike Metro applications before them...â
by Sabon on Mon 16th Oct 2017 17:40 UTC
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“Like Metro applications before them, these Fluent applications look really nice”

I might have “looked” really nice. But when it came time for “normal” users to figure out Windows 8.x through 10, the very nicest words/phrases that come to mind are:

* Schizophrenic (not knowing which version of Windows any program might try to run as)
* A half assed mess of complication and confusion.

Those are the nicest things I’ve heard from normal users. Then comments started getting rude but I’ll leave them off of here.

Microsoft needs to learn why cracks are forming in desktop Windows. The more of a pain in the ass that Windows is, the more people are going to look at other OSs such as Mac OS and Linux and realize that they are easier to use than Windows.

No they aren’t perfect. Yes they have their own issues. But there is no forced buy-in anymore. Actually there never was but people felt that there was.

If Microsoft doesn’t start understanding that ALL the departments with customer facing apps need to walk the same walk or people will get more and more frustrated and started looking at how iPhones and iPads and Android phones (not so much Android pads) are easy to use and that there are other options out there. They will start losing more and more business. And once you lose customers it is MUCH harder to get them back.

The question is, has Microsoft learned its lesson? Or is this another design failure that will push more users away from Windows? Will this be another Vista?

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