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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RE[2]: Bleh
by l3v1 on Wed 7th Mar 2012 06:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Bleh"
l3v1
Member since:
2005-07-06

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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RE[3]: Bleh
by lucas_maximus on Wed 7th Mar 2012 13:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

What are you on about, Classic Apps can still be tiled like before.

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RE[3]: Bleh
by bassbeast on Fri 9th Mar 2012 02:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I would add I've shown it to nearly 200 customers now and NOT A SINGLE ONE liked the metro UI, not even when i let them play with the test unit. they ALL hated it. in fact the closest i got to a "compliment" for the "Metro way" was this exchange with a little old lady named Ms Pipkin:

"Why that's a nice looking cell phone screen, is that Android? i heard that it was quite nice....what do you mean its Windows? Windows what? why that's just stupid! why would I want a cell phone for my computer?"

And from the mouths of the average consumer, wisdom. lets be honest folks, and cut the BS...Metro is a Cell phone UI made to compete with iOS and Android, you know this, i know this, does anyone truly believe that if iPhone and Android hadn't pimp slapped Microsoft around we'd be looking at this on a desktop? Of course not.

So lets call a spade a spade. Ballmer is scared to death because everything they've tried in mobile has been a giant flop, winMo, kin, winPhone, so he is throwing a Hail Mary in the hopes he can prove developers are stupid and he can trick them into developing for WinARM. There is a REASON why he's pushing metro folks, the same tech you use to make metro apps will let them run on WinARM and that is ALL he cares about because PC sales are dropping (I'd argue they aren't dropping because people are switching but because PCs have been "good enough" for years now but that's another story) and he figures he has enough of a lock on the desktop he can just throw it under a bus and people will take it.

But obviously the man has forgotten about Vista and what a debacle that was. my prediction is that users will NOT take Metro on non touch UI devices, which of course is the vast majority of desktops and laptops and this in turn will cause the OEMs to demand downgrade rights like with Vista. Win 8 might sell a few tablets but will otherwise be pretty much a flop, and if we are lucky Ballmer will be canned and one of the office guys brought in to right the ship. I can see what they are trying to do but its the wrong way and just the flip side of making winMo look like a tinyXP and just as full of fail. they should spin off their mobile so they can truly innovate without the "legacy" of Windows and lock in on their backs but going about it this way will just make Win 8 another Vista.

I'm just glad I've switched the last of my users onto Win 7 so we can just ride this one out like we did vista. Good luck Microsoft, you're gonna need it.

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RE[4]: Bleh
by phoenix on Fri 9th Mar 2012 22:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Oh, to be able to +1 a comment after posting in a thread. ;) You've pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Metro on the desktop is nothing more than an attempt to force development of Metro apps that can be used on the tablet versions of Windows 8.

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