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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Tweaked Metro would still be crippleware
by Dave_K on Tue 5th Jun 2012 02:23 UTC
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I think Thom's proposed Metro tweaks would be a real improvement over the current mess, but it would still be painfully limited compared with the window management we already have.

I've tried tiling window managers and found that they simply don't suit the way I work. No matter how Metro apps could be split, I'd still value the flexibility and versatility of individually moveable and resizeable windows. Being restricted to tiled windows would make many of my day to day tasks significantly less efficient.

In a way I'd be more worried about the future of Windows if Microsoft did improve Metro in the way Thom suggests. The more usable Metro becomes, the more of a sure thing it is that the applications I need will move to it, and the more likely it is that the desktop will ultimately disappear.

As it is, Metro is so painfully limited that a significant number of users are sure to hate it. That makes it more likely that the essential software I use will keep supporting the fully functional desktop.

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