Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2012 11:39 UTC, submitted by RichterKuato
Windows Metro is beautiful and elegant. It works wonders on my HTC HD7, and I'm pretty darn sure it's going to work just many wonders on tablets later this year. However, Microsoft also expects us to use Windows 8's Metro on our desktops with mice and keyboards - and in that scenario, I can't really see it work any wonders. The Verge user Sputnik8 decided to see what Metro would look like applied to a more regular desktop. The results are... Stunning.
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blows away my patience
by evert on Sun 26th Feb 2012 12:12 UTC
evert
Member since:
2005-07-06

Did you see the Explorer interface? Yes, beautiful, but not very nice in practice: no tree view or tabs or other way to navigate your directory tree, no means to copy or delete files, just a nice-to-look-at dumbed-down interface. I guess that is the future of computing; the Gnome guys would love it too.

With such GUIs you are driven back to CLI.

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RE: blows away my patience
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2012 13:03 in reply to "blows away my patience"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Did you see the Explorer interface? Yes, beautiful, but not very nice in practice: no tree view or tabs or other way to navigate your directory tree, no means to copy or delete files, just a nice-to-look-at dumbed-down interface. I guess that is the future of computing; the Gnome guys would love it too.

With such GUIs you are driven back to CLI.


I didn't mean a literal copy of this. This just shows us WHAT even a one-man army can do. Can you imagine what Microsoft can do, with all the detailed statistics they have on how people use their computers?

It's not this specific implementation that is a good idea - it's the concept in and of itself that's a good idea and would squash the fears I - and many others - have about using a tablet interface on a desktop.

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RE[2]: blows away my patience
by evert on Sun 26th Feb 2012 13:24 in reply to "RE: blows away my patience"
evert Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, no discussion about the looks - I liked it very much. But there is only so much you can offer on a small touch-screen, and that shows in this example. The lack of many controls is a good thing for small screens, but not for my big screen. I still don't believe that GUIs designed for small screens and finger-figgling translate well to big screens with keyboards and mouses.

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RE[2]: blows away my patience
by Beta on Sun 26th Feb 2012 15:03 in reply to "RE: blows away my patience"
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2005-07-06

Can you imagine what Microsoft can do, with all the detailed statistics they have on how people use their computers?

Add more ribbons?

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RE[2]: blows away my patience
by gan17 on Sun 26th Feb 2012 20:06 in reply to "RE: blows away my patience"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

This just shows us WHAT even a one-man army can do.

One-man armies can do quite a lot, actually. Visit Pixelf*ckers or DigitalVanity and you'll see a host of bling-bling Windows screenshots.

Edited 2012-02-26 20:07 UTC

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RE[2]: blows away my patience
by bassbeast on Mon 27th Feb 2012 00:42 in reply to "RE: blows away my patience"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But that is assuming corporate culture don't choke the life out of it. take the "Tiny" Windows for an example, one little hacker has released versions of Windows since Win2K that frankly stomps both Windows Embedded AND WinFLP while having more application support AND a nicer UI, why doesn't MSFT simply learn from this guy?

Simple because as we saw with the discussion over the start button EVERYTHING goes through committees and meetings and gets fed up and down the chain with everyone getting their two cents in until its all a watered down mess.

Look while we all know Metro COULD be great what most likely will happen is the exact opposite of what they have been doing for a decade. Whereas before they put the desktop on the cell phone, complete with teeny tiny start button, well now they are gonna put the cell phone on the desktop. What's that you say? that's stupid? It makes no sense? Welcome to corporate culture where things have to have "synergy" and "Vertical integration potential" and the Peter principle is practically a way of life. mark my words, Win 8 is gonna finally kill those WinME jokes as it'll make Vista look like Win95, its gonna be a mess. The corporate culture there is simply too ingrained for anything truly innovative not to be choked to death.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

While, I generally agree with your design sense, here you are quite wrong. Its a crappy design, with a pretty veneer over it. Good design is form and function working together seamlessly.

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RE: blows away my patience
by moondevil on Sun 26th Feb 2012 13:40 in reply to "blows away my patience"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Did you see the Explorer interface? Yes, beautiful, but not very nice in practice: no tree view or tabs or other way to navigate your directory tree, no means to copy or delete files, just a nice-to-look-at dumbed-down interface. I guess that is the future of computing; the Gnome guys would love it too.

With such GUIs you are driven back to CLI.


Actually I like it like that.

I very seldom use the tree view, preferring to use multiple windows like the original Mac did.

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RE: blows away my patience
by trev on Sun 26th Feb 2012 16:55 in reply to "blows away my patience"
trev Member since:
2006-11-22

This is the problem I have with a lot of the changes Gnome3, Unity, etc. I'll be honest I haven't looked much at win8 or metro but as you pointed out there is a big loss of functionality and efficiency. I must be in the minority but for me I still need to get work done efficiently on my computer. It is more tool than artwork for me something that seems to be lost on lots of GUI designers these days.

I don't mind change as long as it doesn't decrease efficiency but just to have a new look with zing is not enough for me. When they make it more useful then I will be wowed. I've already been away from the windows world long enough to have trouble finding what I need and to be honest I see no increase in functionality for all the shuffling of icons they've done.

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RE[2]: blows away my patience
by Josh.P on Tue 28th Feb 2012 06:48 in reply to "RE: blows away my patience"
Josh.P Member since:
2012-02-28

Why not use the cinnamon desktop environment?

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RE: blows away my patience
by auouymous on Sun 26th Feb 2012 23:41 in reply to "blows away my patience"
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2011-09-23

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/4118/explorer4.jpg

The mockup has buttons to copy and move files, they are merely hidden away by default.

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