Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 22:49 UTC
Windows For weeks - if not months - I've been trying to come up with a way to succinctly and accurately explain why, exactly, Windows 8 rubs me the wrong way, usability-wise. I think I finally got it.
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MollyC
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2006-07-04

But the more apps move to metro, the less valid Thom's complaint is.

So:
If apps don't move to metro, Thom can just stay in desktop mode.

If lots of apps move to metro as time goes on, Thom can spen an increasing amount of time in metro, and his complaint regarding ease of switching between desktop apps and metro apps has less merit as time goes on.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

If lots of apps move to metro as time goes on, Thom can spen an increasing amount of time in metro, and his complaint regarding ease of switching between desktop apps and metro apps has less merit as time goes on.


Actually quite the contrary. Often times when doing actual work on a computer you need to switch between windows, if some of the windows are Metro and some are non-Metro you'll just get the utterly distracting transition between the two every single time. Now, there is also a situation where you may have two Metro-applications side-by-side, but then you need to switch to a desktop-application briefly and back: will your two Metro-applications still be side-by-side or will you have to adjust them again?

The whole thing boils down to the fact that often proper productivity tools cannot be constrained into a single full-screen window without sacrificing on the features and/or productivity, so there is bound to be desktop-applications for years and years to come, and with them comes the jarring transition between desktop-mode and Metro-mode.

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contextfree Member since:
2009-06-01

"Now, there is also a situation where you may have two Metro-applications side-by-side, but then you need to switch to a desktop-application briefly and back: will your two Metro-applications still be side-by-side or will you have to adjust them again? "

In this case the desktop would normally take the place of the primary Metro style app (so the snapped one would still be there on the side) and then when you switched back to that app it'd take the place of the desktop again, so you'd be OK. I think this would generally work for brief use. If you felt the need to fully maximize the desktop (and unsnap the other Metro style app) you'd have to reconfigure them, though.

The main gripe I do have is that there's no convenient way to start a new Metro style app in the snapped view, unless it happens to be an app you've recently used (in which case you can drag it from the switcher). You have to go to start, tap on the tile for the new app -> it starts fullscreen so you have to bring in the previous app snapped and then move the separator (because there's no way to bring an app directly into "filled" state).

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