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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CLI aren't better than GUI's just as GUI's aren't better than CLI's. Like with everything both have a place in the computer ecosystem, and targeting everybody is impossible.

As a programmer I find working in a command-line much more productive and precise. Granted even trivial things can have a steep learning curve, which makes even me (as a cli-diehard) sometimes think: "ah, screw it I'll just download some gui-front-end" But for tasks which I preform often it always pays of to invest time in learning doing it via the command line.

However, for consumer applications I think command-lines are not the way to go. GUI can make applications seem a lot less intimidating, and because everything is much for discoverable the learning curve can be made almost horizontal.

I find working with text is much more efficient with a text interface, just as working with graphics would be much mare efficient in a graphical interface. Well you could try to design a flyer using ImageMagick but I think it would be hard to keep up with your competition ;)

On-Topic: Watching Microsoft from a distance they always seemed to be steering towards things like this Metro interface. To me it seems that Microsoft wants to be a company for average consumer. It seems (look at Bob) that they want to abstract everything away making computers as straightforward to use as say pen and paper. But it seems they are the victim of there own popularity, they have to drag this bag full over corporate- and power users, and backward compatibility with them on there way forward.
Maybe they should just split it entirely, continue Windows with the classical desktop, and start a new OS called Windows Metro or something for consumers.

Edited 2011-09-15 10:40 UTC

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