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[3]: Comment by gmlongo
by l3v1 on Mon 4th Jun 2012 06:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gmlongo"
l3v1
Member since:
2005-07-06

You pointed out the wasted space in the white areas that are only white because OSNews was coded to leave them white. That wasted space, has nothing to do with Metro.


Sorry guys, but that sounds stupid. Who in their right mind reads a web page full screen on 1920x1200 (I'm also on this res for 90% of my day).

I easily understand the suggestions at the end of the article/post, but my suggestion would simply be to make Metro _entirely_ optional on a non-tablet, non-touch computer. Other usability issues I could mostly solve by using Start8, which is still not a real solution, but at least makes using Win8 a bit more bearable.

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RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo
by zima on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gmlongo"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

What is the difference if it's full screen or not, when you focus on a webpage? It's a "wasted" space either way (and actually, when the browser window width fits to such "narrow" content it might introduce unnecessary clutter outside of it - most of the time I prefer to have blank space there, instead of icons or another app that's in the background)

Edited 2012-06-04 07:59 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What is the difference if it's full screen or not, when you focus on a webpage? It's a "wasted" space either way


It's not. I can put my icons there, so I can quickly open them. I can put an IM window there, IRC, mail, a copy dialog, Torrent, whatever I want. This way, I can quickly switch between tasks without having to jump through hoops. It makes it much easier to see what I'm doing, and keep track of everything that's running. And I haven't even mentioned yet that without the ability to display multiple windows side-by-side, I can't actually do my job and make money. THAT is how backwards Metro currently really is.

That space certainly isn't wasted.

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RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo
by WereCatf on Mon 4th Jun 2012 10:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gmlongo"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Sorry guys, but that sounds stupid. Who in their right mind reads a web page full screen on 1920x1200 (I'm also on this res for 90% of my day).


I guess I'm the odd one out here, seeing as I haven't so far noticed a single comment about someone doing this, but.. well, I *do* have Firefox maximized at all times.

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