Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 15:29 UTC
Windows I'm swamped with real-world work at the moment, so you'll have to settle for this quickie: the consumer preview for Windows 8 has been released. Go get it and report in what you find!
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howitzer86
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2008-02-27

I find it interesting, though redundant. In my case, I have spent a long time getting comfortable in the Google ecosystem. I use Windows for work and Google for email, scheduling, quick documents, that sort.

Recently I bought a ASUS Transformer with 16 hour (continuous use) battery life with the keyboard dock. Complete integration within the Google ecosystem. I also have an Android phone. I have access to all the apps I could need, and you better believe I can run every single one of them. Not bad for a year-old model.

The tablet is a great device for keeping in touch with everyone, all in one neat efficient package.

What does Metro on a PC offer me that I don't already have on a proper tablet form factor? I don't want to setup a Microsoft email, I don't want to use Microsoft cloud services. I guess Google will make Metro apps for download, but that just seems like it would be redundant on my PC... I'd rather use the browser like I always have, or my tablet, or my phone.

So I found Autodesk Sketchbook Express on the market, neat. I have it on my tablet already and I can control it better with a touch screen (before finishing this post I did try it with my Wacom Intuos... but without multi-touch you still need a keyboard to pan, and a mouse to zoom... terrible... also it was very sluggish and crashed my first time running it)

What other Metro apps are developers going to release... that will feel weird, that will be hard to control, that will be 10 times slower than it should be, and that will have huge typefaces and buttons? Granted, its for a tablet - but consumers won't know that. They'll just think it sucks when it doesn't work right on their PC.

This OS... is a weird hybrid... though better than the older Developer Preview, and it'll probably be fine for ARM tablets... but I question it as an upgrade for a PC.

In Windows 7, the start menu is better than ever. You click that orb, and you can instantly search (or run), or browse your programs. They did a good job with it.

But in this, you have to either find some hot-corner to get to the start screen, then you have to use the right side hot edge to bring up the start screen menu, then you have to click the search button. There is also a birds eye view option of your tiles... and it's all just really strange for a PC.

What am I going to do since I have two monitors? Will I have to be precise and careful with the hot edges and screens as though I'm running it in a VM window? (as was the case this time) That SUCKS.

For those stuck with it on their new PCs... I think most people will just copy shortcuts to the Desktop and to the Dock.

That's just terrible. I honestly thought I would like this. I thought it would be significantly better than what I saw before. But it's not. If this does not improve... if this is the best we can hope for... I don't want this installed on my workstation at work. And I'll try to avoid it at home.

Screw this crap. I thought this was a good direction, and it IS - for TABLETS and SMARTPHONES. Consumers want those more than ever, and that's fine. But having this on a desktop computer is not only going to accelerate their abandonment of their PC, but accelerate their abandonment of Microsoft as well.

People will not think nice thoughts of Metro.

Edited 2012-03-01 09:51 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Well, I thought they would do for workstation-like setup:

Tablet with docking station is equivalant with 2 screens, one touchscreen and one normal screen.

Leave the metro interface on the touchscreen for starting applications/seeing status of number of emails/clock/stockticker/whatever.

And show the desktop on the big screen and work on that with a keyboard/mouse.

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

That would've been an interesting use case for bridging the experience between tablet and traditional PC. Unfortunately what they've actually done is saddled the traditional PC with an overengineered interface full of metaphor shear in a misguided attempt to shoehorn all devices into a unified environment.

The simple fact MS is missing is that people whose computing needs are filled by tablets and mobile devices will just buy devices and tablets. They don't need their desktops to mimic those devices because, quite honestly, they don't need their desktops anymore at all in a lot cases.

The people who will still be buying desktops, who will always be out there contrary to what some crack smoking tech bloggers may think, will be doing so largely because tablets and such don't fit their needs. They don't want to be hampered by interfaces that were clearly not built around their use cases. They certainly don't want to waste time and energy relearning their workflow because some monkey thought it'd be a brilliant idea to try and force convergence along.

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howitzer86 Member since:
2008-02-27

I thought I should update my rant...

I learned I could enable dual monitors at full screen in VMWare. When I did that... and when I put Metro on the second monitor - it worked.

Metro isn't as bad as I portrayed it, so long as it doesn't dominate your field of vision every time you want to run something.

Some issues remain but I'm going to just say that I was a fool for posting what I did. Windows 8 with Metro is just fine - if you have two monitors.

Edited 2012-03-02 03:25 UTC

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