Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
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RE[2]: I hate Metro.
by _txf_ on Wed 28th Dec 2011 10:51 UTC in reply to "RE: I hate Metro."
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2008-03-17

I think Microsoft finally started listening to the end users instead of their own engineers, and they came up with something (in my opinion, of course) elegantly simple with WP7.


I highly doubt that they listened to end users. End users would have told them to remake iOS or Android. Metro seems to be designed top-down. Not that i'm knocking their approach.

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RE[3]: I hate Metro.
by Morgan on Wed 28th Dec 2011 15:49 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate Metro."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You know, I don't really think so. Metro is so radically different from what Microsoft is used to doing. If you compare the current Windows desktop metaphor to Android and iOS, it's really not all that different. You have icons, you click on them, they open windows (granted, full screen but still a "windowed" interface). People may be used to that, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's what they want. After all, WinMo6 and previous are basically clones of the Windows desktop and they are a miserable failure in the ease of use department.

With Metro, instead of icons on a background you have live tiles, which can relay a lot of information without even being opened. And once you do open a tile, it's not just an app it's actually a workflow using several apps in the background, tied together to complete a task. There is still the "app for a task" metaphor going on in a few areas, especially third party software, but I feel that Microsoft of all entities is actually moving in the right direction towards a workflow/document centric metaphor and away from their own outdated and dying application centric metaphor.

The reason I say they are listening to users rather than engineers is in the simplicity of it all. Sure, anyone can use the Windows desktop (and by extension, the old Windows Mobile OS) for the base tasks, but what happens the first time someone's computer goes haywire? If they are not tech-savvy themselves, they call someone like you or me to fix it. Someone who may or may not be an engineer, or at the very least a geeky amateur hacker. Especially in the phone arena, people want it to just freaking work and work right, no tinkering necessary. It's one of the things Apple does so very well, and I think for once Microsoft is outdoing them when it comes to the user experience.

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