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[3]: Bleh
by phoenix on Thu 8th Mar 2012 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bleh"
phoenix
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2005-07-11

My biggest issue with Windows Vista, then 7, and now 8 is the move toward text everywhere.

For instance, on XP, the Control Panel is a nice window full of icons that represent the area to be configured. Then in Vista (and even moreso in 7) they removed the icons by default, and just splattered a bunch of text links on the screen. Even is you switch it to Large Icons, you still have to click on these tiny little text links.

More and more of the interface is going to text only, which works okay on tiny screens where you don't have enough pixels or dpi to show nice graphical icons everywhere (although Android and iOS do just fine with 45 pixel high icons). But on a 10", 15", 20"+ monitor? Clicking on 12pt text is hard, especially compared to a 32x32 icon.

And Metro makes it even worse by putting little text strings into giant empty squares everywhere.

The point of a GUI is that it's GRAPHICAL. Why the big push for text?

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