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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treborky
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2011-09-15

I see that Metro does not allow overlapping windows.

You are correct in saying this but it does allow more than one window on the screen at a time. You can "snap" windows to each side of the screen so this would allow at least 3 windows. I don't know if you can add more or not.

That being said, having played with Windows 8 for a few hours yesterday I mostly agree with your points. Metro is slow to use, managing windows is difficult and also slow. Switching applications is slow and Alt+Tab seems not to work. There doesn't seem to be a way to close an application that I could figure out easily. Did I mention it's slow ?

For phones and tablets I can see this working but not for PC's or for any serious work. I think Windows 7 is becoming the new XP and Windows 8 looks like it could become the next Windows Vista. That means that business users are gonna be holding on to see what Windows 9 holds. I wonder will they cut the legacy desktop from this or perhaps we will see a true split in Windows where Windows Home Edition comes with the Metro Interface and Windows Enterprise comes with the desktop interface ?

Edited 2011-09-15 10:35 UTC

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