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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by shollomon on Thu 15th Sep 2011 21:12 UTC
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Win 8 dual booting on with Win 7 on a Dell XPS 15z. Runs reasonably smooth install went pretty well, drivers worked. But the metro interface on a laptop is awful. I would not care to run the standard windows desktop on a tablet and I do not care for metro on a laptop. I can't do most of the things I want the laptop (as opposed to a tablet) for.

When I first got an Android Tablet I was very impressed with the Gmail application, so impressed that I thought Google should release an app just like it for desktops. Lo and behold Google released "Offline Mail" a web app that runs in Chrome. I was delighted and could not wait to run it. But after a couple of days I found it too limiting and went back to Outlook (of all things).

Metro apps (immersive apps?) feel the same to me. Too constraining, too narrow, too limited. They may be great on a tablet but I don't want them on my desktop.

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