Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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RE[4]: I'm getting old
by lucas_maximus on Tue 17th Apr 2012 11:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I'm getting old"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

When you are working with a tablet/touchscreen the size of everything in Metro makes it easier because fingers are not a precision pointing device. I get that. The mouse however IS a precision pointing device and it makes working with Metro start screen and apps a huge waste of movement and time. That they are trying to force-feed everyone this in a desktop oriented OS is in fact ridiculous.


I can move my mouse across my 22inch screen in less than an inch and still remain accurate.

The complete removal of the old start panel was the last straw for me - i think i could somehow live with it if they left that alone so I could work with the desktop without switching to the tiles every few minutes.


It is the same functionality just laid out differently, honestly, I find using the current start menu very slow compared to the start screen. I have to focus on a tiny area of the screen and navigate through hierarchy of menus.

Even using keyboard Shortcuts it is hard, while Win7 has the search, it searches everything. I only want to search for programs.

What people don't get about the start screen it actually works better with a keyboard.

With fullscreen apps/metro you are either writing an email or reading a document or watching a video or starting another application. Every time you choose to switch to another task you loose the sight of everything else. You can sort of do a 1-3 split of your screen but it is no way as quick and comfortable as just moving the window around with a mouse or opening another program from the start menu.


Metro apps aren't for tiling. That is what the classic desktop is for.

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RE[5]: I'm getting old
by drcouzelis on Tue 17th Apr 2012 15:27 in reply to "RE[4]: I'm getting old"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

Metro apps aren't for tiling. That is what the classic desktop is for.

That's an interesting concept that I hadn't considered before: When a developer decides to create an application for Windows 8, they will have to choose whether it's a Metro application or a desktop application.

I suppose it makes sense. To all the people that say they won't use Metro because they need to do "real work", well, that's what the desktop mode and desktop applications are for.

The more I think about it, the more it feels like Microsoft is releasing two operating systems on one disc. :/

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