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[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
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You are forced to fullscreen in Windows 7?

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by hoak on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
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You can use a 'legacy' Desktop environment and run windowed applications there, but you need to switch to Metro and/or use parts of the Metro interface to start new applications, configure OS settings and many other things that are transparent even on clumsy Windows 7 -- when you do this on Windows 8 your 'Desktop' goes away and you're in a single task Metro environment. And yes in Metro you can only use one application, or OS component at at time and it's full-screen...

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by Nelson on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:54 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
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You're in Metro for the two seconds it takes you to type the name of the application you want, and hit enter.

The horror.

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by MollyC on Mon 4th Jun 2012 22:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
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You are forced to fullscreen in Windows 7?

No, but lots of people prefer to do so. And by "lots", I mean, "most" (by far).

But I don't necessarily agree with others here that website designers should go out of their way to re-flow the content of their site to fill up the entire window, whatever size the window may be at a given moment. Users are generally just fine seeing large white space to the left and right of the content.

That said, I'd like to have a 50/50 snap option in Metro (to go along wiht the current big/small option). I think the reason for providing only the big/small snap option is that Metro apps require more forethought in control layout, and it's easier for developers not to have to worry about arbitrary window sizes or even a half-width window size. With the current behavior, developers can target full-screen, 3/4ths, and 1/4th (not sure about the exact fractions involved in "snap" scenario), with the first two options having the same control layout, and the final one being special-cased. A 50/50 snap option might not be able to handle the full-screen control layout (not as well as the 3/4ths snap option), so that might require yet another special case.

This isn't as much an issue in Windows 7, sicne desktop apps don't require as much planning in control layout (though lots of apps suffer for lack of such planning anyway).

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