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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I also expect Ubuntu and GNOME to do the same sometime down the line. Let's face it, these "new" interface designs that are being thrown at us are just experiments gone wrong. The desktop computer will always be needed and have it's place.

Don't conflate systems like Unity or Gnome Shell with Metro. Those interfaces are flashy, but fundamentally, they're just a minor evolution of the traditional desktops that we've been using for a couple of decades. They're still all about application windows, menu bars, icons, etc - ultimately, they're both just fancy window managers.

Windows 8 / Metro, on the other hand... that *is* different. *Very* different.

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