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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Just piling on...
by malxau on Mon 4th Jun 2012 03:39 UTC
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Taking the hypothetical usage data, if 90% of users single task, they're seeing that white space today. Actually I saw it while reading the article, and I'm sure many others did too. And if 100 million users is a lot, 900 million is a lot too.

Metro is a one-size-fits-all environment. I don't mean to defend it, but if the outcome is forcing the 10% to see what the 90% see every day, it might achieve a lot more than its value as a desktop environment.

Note that websites coded for a relatively fixed width can only be resized within a narrow band - too small, scrollbars emerge; too large, whitespace. If the outcome is thinking freshly about how to render content at different sizes, it won't just be metro users who benefit, but those who like to resize windows to very customized dimensions too.

Yes, the web is the way it is. And yet, the web is popular - so the good news is that while it's ugly, it's no dealbreaker to people viewing OSNews and countless other sites. If that 10% of people who design websites are now having to think freshly about the problem, we all benefit.

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