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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Where's the awesomeness?
by saso on Sun 26th Feb 2012 13:35 UTC
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Seriously, am I the only one who can't see it? I mean no disrespect to the author, but this reminds me of the Gnome High-Contrast theme without the contrast. The font looks like it's meant for semi-blind people and every control is so big that you would be able to hit it while using the mouse through a triple layer of kitchen mittens. What's up with this recent culture of wasting screen real estate?

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RE: Where's the awesomeness?
by moondevil on Sun 26th Feb 2012 13:41 in reply to "Where's the awesomeness?"
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Well, if you 25' screens like some work colleges of mine, then there is lots of space to waste.

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RE[2]: Where's the awesomeness?
by jptros on Sun 26th Feb 2012 14:12 in reply to "RE: Where's the awesomeness?"
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I don't buy bigger monitors because I like bigger buttons and more padding. I buy bigger monitors with higher resolutions so that I can do and see more at one time. This whole attitude of wasting people's monitor real-estate with big fluffy objects on the screen really is quite annoying for those of that use our computers for doing work. It's not OK to waste my screen real-estate. It's really that simple. If we wanted the space of 1024x768 then we'd still be running that resolution on our monitors.

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RE[2]: Where's the awesomeness?
by saso on Sun 26th Feb 2012 16:53 in reply to "RE: Where's the awesomeness?"
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I do have a 27'' monitor at work and I tile it up into sections where I have all the relevant windows group together. I also use virtual desktops when I run out of screen space, but I would love to be able to have a big 50'' high-res screen across the wall to able to have all of my windows open and visible at the same time. With Win8's Metro theme I'm stuffed - mighty Microsoft says "no more than 2 windows for you!".

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RE[2]: Where's the awesomeness?
by cmost on Sun 26th Feb 2012 18:28 in reply to "RE: Where's the awesomeness?"
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I have a 27" screen! :-) I think if OS developers want to design their user interface for small touch tablets then they should mimic KDE and offer users a choice of interfaces. If you're on a traditional desktop or laptop system with larger screens and want a traditional desktop, then that should be an available choice. If you want a space efficient touch capable cell phone style interface for a tablet or netbook, then that should be another available choice. Trying to design a one size fits all interface for all scenarios just makes everyone frustrated and few people happy.

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Waste ? Or new place for the future advertising...

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RE: Where's the awesomeness?
by morfj on Mon 27th Feb 2012 07:37 in reply to "Where's the awesomeness?"
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Nah, I can't see what the big fuzz is about either.

With years of having the TV manufacturers feeding us useless HD screens (1080 vertical pixels, wtf?!) we now will also be force-fed UIs that wastes valuable screenspace.


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RE[2]: Where's the awesomeness?
by zima on Sun 4th Mar 2012 22:10 in reply to "RE: Where's the awesomeness?"
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Higher res screens didn't exactly disappear a large degree they just remained very expensive, didn't follow the massive uptake of the "useless" ones, where people are perfectly happy with vertical 1080.
Stop whining, expecting them to finance your whims; go and buy a larger expensive screen (or, if you don't want to after all, wait a decade or two for the next step ...unless of course you in turn plan to whine about it then)

Also, we can be pretty certain that at least MS puts lots of research into those new UIs; and it's not hard to discover empirically that cramming maximum number of info is actually a very bad idea (so perhaps the designers want to use the space to improve the legibility; also, read Edward Tufte ideas)

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