Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 19:24 UTC
Windows One tiny thing I wanted to mention about Windows 8: ever noticed how context menus in Metro appear above the mouse cursor instead of underneath? I'm assuming this is done because of finger input (by opening above, your finger and hand doesn't cover the menu), but with a mouse, it's just plain weird. Fun little detail though - shows you how much thought has gone into the touch aspect of Windows 8.
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RE[2]: They have a *plan*
by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:18 UTC in reply to "RE: They have a *plan*"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

I think Microsoft is more than willing to let Business users sit this one out if they're so inclined, if they can make bigger gains in the consumer market.

Tablet and Phones are growing at a phenomenal pace, and I'm certain they want a large piece of the pie. Just look at how they unified Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. They want to transform themselves into a more consumer facing company.

Its a big bet, huge. However, it is like you said very high reward. I give credit to management which is sometimes attributed as slow moving for their complete 180 in direction.

I think the fact that a lot of Windows traditionalist (The Desktopistas as I like to call them) are pissed off is a sign that they're doing something right. Change is painful.

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RE[3]: They have a *plan*
by terrakotta on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:25 in reply to "RE[2]: They have a *plan*"
terrakotta Member since:
2010-04-21

Except that with the 3+ decade old desktop paradigm (based on the several hundreds year old desktop), you can do whatever metro can do, and a lot more. With metro, you can only do what metro allows you to.
IMHO palm got it right with webos, which admittedly looks like a scaled down windows desktop... yet better.

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RE[4]: They have a *plan*
by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:31 in reply to "RE[3]: They have a *plan*"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Palm got it so right that they're dead.

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RE[4]: They have a *plan*
by zima on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:58 in reply to "RE[3]: They have a *plan*"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

with the 3+ decade old desktop paradigm (based on the several hundreds year old desktop), you can do whatever metro can do, and a lot more

The so called desktop paradigm isn't really "based on the several hundreds year old desktop" - that would be MS Bob.

Also, for one very serious example, desktop CAD is in some aspects a setback from drafting tables - OTOH, large touchscreen UI could bring back what's nice about them, and build further upon it, in ways which desktop cannot.
Similar with canvas and ~photoshop, or film editing...

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