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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RE: After having played with it...
by WorknMan on Thu 15th Sep 2011 02:15 UTC in reply to "After having played with it..."
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

This UI serves the 70% or so of users that define content creation as typing up an occasional email and maybe writing a school paper - and it does so MUCH better than traditional GUIs. Metro is already more than good enough for that. But it does so in a way that when you are ready to move up to "complex" content creation there is also a UI underneath geared towards power users.


The problem is that, based on the keynote I saw, it is clear that MS has every intention to replace that 'UI underneath' with Microsoft Bob... er, I mean... Metro. That is, until 4-5 years goes by and they come out with another 'killer' interface, and then we'll have 4 APIs running side-by-side instead of 3.

If they planned to run them in harmony, with metro for grandmas and other tech tards and the 'classic' desktop for the rest of us, then it would be fine. Clearly though, that is NOT what they have in mind. This is yet another example of the war on power users that's going on in the tech industry.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

The problem is that, based on the keynote I saw, it is clear that MS has every intention to replace that 'UI underneath' with Microsoft Bob... er, I mean... Metro.


That is not the impression I got at all. I did not see the keynote, but I did see the developer presentation given by the Jenson Harris. He specifically gave Photoshop as an example of a traditional mouse driven content creation app - where all the chrome makes sense . He did not make it sound like MS thinks something like photoshop should be done in Metro...

I do think MS would like to see apps like this done in Metro, but I think they also realize to do so will take ALOT of careful work on the developers part and even then the fit may not turn out to be so good. Yes, they are certainly pushing Metro - but what else would they do? Regardless, the traditional desktop isn't going away for a while...

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