Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 17:52 UTC
Windows Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pens a rant on Windows 8, calling it 'awful': "I'm now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful. I could have chosen a number of other words - terrible, horrible, painful and execrable all spring to mind - but it doesn't matter, the sentiment is the same." I've been using Windows 8 Release Preview on both my ZenBook and my regular desktop since its release, and here's my short review: "I like it." Issues a-plenty, but for what is essentially a 1.0 release - not bad. It's a hell of a lot better than other releases which were similar in scope (Mac OS X 10.0, KDE 4.0).
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Kingsley-Hughs refuses to get that
by MollyC on Sun 17th Jun 2012 02:30 UTC
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

the "desktop" paradigm is a very low-level paradigm, and it is going the way of the dodo, except for low-level tasks (just like command line console UIs, except those are even lower-level than the desktop paradign).

In fact, I think eventually it will only be used for IDEs, direct file manipulation (a low-level task), and the very detailed Control Panel (a very low-level thing; the higher level settings that most users care about are readily available in the Metro Charms bar). I think everything else, both consumption and production, will be handled by the higher-level UIs (like Metro).

And no, I don't think Metro is perfect at all. I think a 50/50 snap setting is definitely needed. As is a less rigid background-processing model.

Edited 2012-06-17 02:37 UTC

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Why? How does adding further layers of abstraction help at this point?

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

there are some good points here. except the prognostication that the desktop is dead. I dont get that.

let the desktop be a screen of application launchers, informative widgets, and movable application windows. it seems to me that android, iphone, osx, windows 7, and windows 8 all still have the desktop... except for the movable windows. only the traditional osx and windows desktops have the movable windows.

so what are we really talking about here, the death of movable windows? the death of multitasking?

metro and the mobile platforms surely have poor multitasking ability, but originally this was because of limited hardware resources. does microsoft attempting to apply that design to high-performance devices prove that movable windows and multitasking are dead for good?

I think this is not the case. I see no trend yet. I see no people with big screen devices demanding they have less functionality. if windows 8 metro is a huge success on laptops and desktops, then I will see the beginning of a trend.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Metro multitasking is fine.

With Metro I get:

- Custom tailored snap view states which take full advantage of screen real estate
- Push and Local toast notifications
- Lock Screen notifications in badge and detailed form
- Live Tile updates showing a plethora of data
- Connected Standby (Ultra low power state) notification updates while my device is out of my view
- Fast application switching with simple gestures. Swiping in from the side either with the mouse or a finger is easier than Alt+Tabing through a list.
- Contract based App to App communication.

To name a few.

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