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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RE: Okay...
by bowkota on Mon 27th Feb 2012 09:17 UTC in reply to "Okay..."
bowkota
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2011-10-12

I see windows with no titles, but with plenty of dead space in which a title could reside.

I see tabbed windows.

I see a taskbar/dock with little notches below the application icons (indicates running instances?).

I see 2D monochrome, high contrast icons.

I see applications without text menus, but with plenty of dead space in which a text menu could reside.

I see a 2D window border theme that looks like a bunch of Open Box and Pekwm themes, which appeared several years ago on box-look.org (I would provide a link to specific themes, but it's too much work to sift through the roughly 27 zillion Open Box themes posted there).

I see a brownish-orange background, that suggests the default Ubuntu colors from years ago.

I see the layout rearranged from the default on some of the apps.

I don't mean to be a party pooper, but what is so special and unique about this UI? It just looks like a lot of existing window-manager themes and icon sets with some basic features/widgets apparently disabled in the control-panel (or configuration-file).

The only thing possibly new and interesting are the little notches below the taskbar/dock icons, which apparently indicate running instances.


I agree with all of your points but at the same time don't forget that on many occasions, less information is more practical. Expensive sport's cars are often critised for having too many buttons all over the place, particularly the steering wheel.

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