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: I put Metro to the 'wife' test
by phoenix on Sat 17th Sep 2011 02:48 UTC in reply to "I put Metro to the 'wife' test"
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That's my biggest gripe with Android and iOS apps: complete lack of 'discoverability'. There's no help menu. There's no consistency between apps on how things are doen. Some have popup menus, some have onscreen controls, some use gestures without any kind of list of them, etc.

Forcing users to press, long-press, double-press, swipe in every direction with various numbers of fingers, etc is better than showing standard icons in a toolbar, standard menus, and including F1 for help?

I can find my way around the most esoteric CLI and DE GUIs, but am absolutely lost when it comes to most iOS and Android apps.

Bringing that same environment to the desktop *IS* a major step backward. 'Discoverable' is not a synonym for 'no idea what anything does so just click randomly'.

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