Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:20 UTC
Windows This is mandatory listening and watching material for understanding the design methodology and ideas behind the Metro interface in Windows 8 (and thus, Windows Phone 7). All this sounds great in theory, and Jensen Harris, one of the minds behind Metro, is clearly passionate about it - and I love people who are passionate about their work. It's just that to me, the Metro UI doesn't seem to work very well for actual work. I want window management! I'm taking all this into account for an article on Metro in the Developer Preview. Stay tuned.
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The RSS reader
by WorknMan on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:29 UTC
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At about the 5 minute mark, he shows a 'traditional' RSS reader app, and then shows a 'Metro-ized' version for comparison. IMHO, the traditional one shows far more useful information on the screen at once, and is the one I'd use. The Metro one is just eye candy.

These days, it seems that computing is more about eye candy than anything else, and form over function. This is especially evident on Android... you got vendors putting all of these fancy widgets on the screen that can sing and dance, and users chomping at the bit to throw on some live wallpaper, and then they complain because their device is sluggish and/or they have to recharge the f**king battery every 6 hours. It truly boggles my mind.

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RE: The RSS reader
by No it isnt on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:42 in reply to "The RSS reader"
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2005-11-14

I've never bothered with live wallpapers myself, but AFAIK, they don't use much battery at all. Android gets incredibly inconsistent battery usage, but in my experience that has more to do with apps that keep the phone awake or use background data all the time.

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RE: The RSS reader
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:45 in reply to "The RSS reader"
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2006-07-14

yeah, reminds me of the Dos=> Win 3.11 transition. Windows versions were often less functional and stable than the previous dos versions. I avoided doing most things in windows. At least Win 8, like win3.1 did, has a way running the old apps the old way.

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RE: The RSS reader
by tomcat on Thu 15th Sep 2011 00:47 in reply to "The RSS reader"
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2006-01-06

IMHO, the traditional one shows far more useful information on the screen at once, and is the one I'd use. The Metro one is just eye candy.


No, I completely disagree. The legacy UI uses all sorts of tiny controls that simply aren't touch-friendly at all. You may be able to see more on the screen, but you can't touch and manipulate it with your fingers; which is the whole point of the Metro UI.

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RE[2]: The RSS reader
by Delgarde on Thu 15th Sep 2011 01:41 in reply to "RE: The RSS reader"
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2008-08-19

No, I completely disagree. The legacy UI uses all sorts of tiny controls that simply aren't touch-friendly at all. You may be able to see more on the screen, but you can't touch and manipulate it with your fingers; which is the whole point of the Metro UI.


But the reverse is also true. The purpose of a device is to let you access information - what's the point in being able to touch and manipulate stuff on the screen if the information you want isn't there?

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