Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 12:24 UTC
Windows "Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well." When you buy a new machine later this year, you will use Metro, an environment wholly inferior, incomplete, and not at all ready to replace the traditional desktop in any way, shape, or form. Whether you like it or not.
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What Microsoft doesn't realize
by darknexus on Thu 31st May 2012 16:33 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

People who want tablets with walled gardens are already using iOS, and app developers are already coding for it. There's little sense in making an iOS clone with a different UI which, while completely different and arguably superior under the hood, is how Windows 8 is going to be perceived by anyone with more than a single functioning brain cell. Metro is reactionary. It's a Microsoft "me too" statement without much forethought put into it.

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Yes it's "reactionary". Apple drives the market these days. But to say there's no "forethought" is absurd.

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mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

Sadly the forethought is Ballmer's. His "vision" of one Windows running on phones up to desktops and servers is just screwy. Tablets that drop to a desktop depending on the app you run, desktop machines that force huge (and I think ugly, but that's just my view) box icons onto the screen and split apps into full-screen vs. windowed categories.

It's really impressive to see it all come together so poorly, particularly when full-screen could have been done nicely (look at Apple's Lion on laptops - full screen apps are really beautifully integrated into the virtual desktop system) and when Metro would have been fine as just a phone/tablet interface since it was optimized for that.

But hey, one Windows! Unless you run on ARM... in which case you get no legacy apps anyway plus a desktop that still needs stylus/mouse/keyboard to work. It's a lack of foresight - or just a really bad vision.

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