Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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by Kalessin on Wed 7th Mar 2012 01:36 UTC
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May Metro die a quick death on the desktop. It may be great for tablets, but it's a huge step back for the desktop. I really hope that Microsoft gets some nasty backlash over it and stops trying to use it for desktop applications. The thought that Microsoft intends to switch everything over to Metro in the long run is truly horrifying.

It wouldn't surprise me if Windows 8 did more to help Apple than Microsoft as far as desktops go, but so many people just use Windows without even considering the alternatives, that it probably won't make enough of a dent to matter. Best case, people refuse to switch, and a large enough group of people insist on Windows 7 over 8 that Windows 8 is a complete flop. But with the number of people who just buy a computer and use whatever comes on it, I suspect that that's not all that likely outside of the corporate world. And they wouldn't be switching even if Windows 8 were made of pixie dust, since they hate upgrading, and many of them have barely upgraded to 7 (with many still on XP).

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by modmans2ndcoming on Wed 7th Mar 2012 01:44 in reply to "Bleh"
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It is great on laptops. It will be great for 24" and smaller screens. Mouse and Keyboard input is just as functional as touch. It isn't going anywhere.

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by l3v1 on Wed 7th Mar 2012 06:57 in reply to "RE: Bleh"
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It will be great for 24" and smaller screens.

Smaller? Maybe. 24? No, it isn't. It's quite annoying. Everything fullscreen on 1900x1200 is crazy and proper multitasking (I'm talking user, not OS - the latter is in itself another level of pain for metro apps) is a pain. Yet, most of those "people" everyone is talking about will probably go along with it, and happily. They always do.

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by r_a_trip on Wed 7th Mar 2012 13:25 in reply to "RE: Bleh"
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It is great on laptops. It will be great for 24" and smaller screens. Mouse and Keyboard input is just as functional as touch. It isn't going anywhere.

Yeah we know you are the flagbearer for Metro because of your comments in the various Windows 8 threads. Good for you if you like it.

It's just a pity for all the people who dislike Metro that MS thinks they can make this horrid thing the new paradigm for the next 2 decades. There are enough things to say about metro that aren't positive.

For one, the colors are garish. I don't know which "designer" brought in the fingerpaints of his three year olds for inspiration, but if they don't change the color palet of it, then Windows XP might be forced to relinquish the title of "Fisher-Price interface".

Further on the look of it, it is sooooooo horribly flat. It's nice that MS is dogfooding MS Paint for their designs, but come on. Flat, oversized blocks on an endless strip of "paper", scrollable from left to right is not innovative design.

When it comes to working the thing. Task switching is painful (with a lot of mousing) or mostly non-discoverable (keyboard shortcuts, which mere mortals never use). All menu entries float in an endless sea and it is not at all efficient to find stuff in there and with every new application installed, it only gets worse. Never mind the slapped in "legacy desktop, which sticks out as a sore thumb in the whole paradigm.

Metro is different, but for me it is absolutely not compelling. I'm not a Windows user, but until the advent of Metro, I always kept the option of switching to Windows open. It wasn't likely, but it was an open option. with Metro that option is definitely off the list.

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