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 hoak on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:20 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
hoak
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2007-12-17

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"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

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[8]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:13 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You're in Metro for the two seconds it takes you to type the name of the application you want, and hit enter.


Metro doesn't work that way. You're really not getting it. Metro is not just an application launcher - it's the desktop shell, the window manager, the UI. Everything begins and ends with Metro in Windows 8. You can't circumvent it, and as has been made abundantly clear by loads of people all over the web, Metro, as it currently stands, is not well-suited for serious workflows. You may not care about that, but we do.

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RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo
by hoak on Tue 5th Jun 2012 10:26 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo"
hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

Nelson, your an imbecile; even if it was just two seconds to configure a setting, that's more then enough to bring many production environments to a screeching halt or worse, and is an impossible situation for deployments that require real time monitoring and control. A task switching interface is no more 'multi-tasking' for the User than the DOS real mode task-switchers were for multi-tasking for applications...

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