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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by cfgr on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: ..."
cfgr
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2009-07-18

Artificial in the same way that both scissors and pruning shears will cut the mustard - bad pun intended. The limiting factor is UI and interaction design.

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by Nelson on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:29 in reply to "RE[9]: ..."
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2005-11-29

I don't think the way workstations did things were particularly efficient, so they could benefit from some rethinking when it comes to approaching user experience.

The "Metro is for toys" line of thought that some people take I think is misguided, and time will show that to be true.

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by cfgr on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:49 in reply to "RE[10]: ..."
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2009-07-18

I do not think Metro is for toys. I do think it has its uses, especially in mobile contexts. I can see this being used by employees in stores and libraries for example, places that need more portability.

However, Metro does have a bad design for multitasking. I often need a lot more than two windows open. A browser for documentation, a console which is running something in the background, another console with output, an editor... Being able to compare two things at the same time or just to keep an eye on everything is important for me. I want to switch windows with one click instantly, not two or tree or having to wait half a second and then having to search through some list (one of the things I really hate about the Windows 7 taskbar btw - in KDE I can prevent certain applications such as consoles and file browsers from grouping). I know where the window is because I see part of it all the time, I can click on it. Simple, fast, efficient. Not so much in a tablet environment for a workstation.

This is not limited to developers. Researchers checking papers while doing work, people using excel while doing work, heh, even simple copy pasting is a lot easier if you can put windows side by side.

tldr: Metro definitely has its advantages but discarding the desktop for certain use cases puts you in the same boat as people discarding Metro for other use cases. Simply use the right tool for the job and let both co-exist - and pray that Microsoft sees it that way too because that's not clear right now.

Edited 2012-06-06 22:51 UTC

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