Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by zima on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
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Most websites would lose ALL their whitespace when presented in, say, a 50/50 split.

It's a moot point you're making, though - it's still Metro's fault for not being designed for the real web, but instead, for some non-existing fairytale web.

But while might in itself seem wasteful, it also makes things more readable, as you say - if you just want to display one webpage (what people generally seem to do, no 50/50 splits or such), there's no other sensible way to do it... it would be like that in any UI.
(the screenshots that follow, where you want to do something additional, are a separate issue)

OSNews has 2 columns - so yeah, like most web pages it doesn't feel right when stretched to entirety of large monitor.
Large-format paper publications with width and text size proportions of that screenshot would probably have ~4 columns, and for good reason ...fix OSNews, to fill that space in such scenario ;P (yes, easier said than done - an unfortunate combination of widescreens becoming the standard plus the "legacy" of HTML & how we always did pages, I guess; any automatic determination of column numbers based on text and display size would also break a bit the concept of scrolling...)

The crazy thing is - 10% of all Windows users is still close to 100 million people.

Last I heard, it was something like ~1.2 billion PCs and ~2 billion users - so more like close to 200 million people, even.

PS. Why don't I have that "top rated comments" field? ;)

Edited 2012-06-03 22:58 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by gmlongo on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:54 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
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Good post Zima. That was essentially the point I was trying to make, not as eloquently as you ;) .

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by David on Tue 5th Jun 2012 20:52 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
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PS. Why don't I have that "top rated comments" field? ;)

Thom's using an "OSNews members" login, with no ads and some extra goodies. We haven't been promoting it very heavily lately, but with a redesign we have in the works we'll be making some changes.

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