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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Nelson
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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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Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

- Custom tailored snap view states which take full advantage of screen real estate


Multiple moveable and resizable windows allow full use of screen real estate. Being restricted to one full screen app, with another compacted into a sidebar, is so crippled and restrictive that it's a joke in comparison.

On a larger monitor, controlled by a keyboard and mouse, Metro is a massive waster of screen space. That's not surprising considering that it's designed for little touchscreen tablets.

- 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.


Compared with alt-tab this is a slow way of switching between multiple applications, especially if a large number are open. It's another thing that works on a tablet, but is pretty worthless on a desktop PC.

The fastest and most efficient way of working with multiple applications is to arrange them all on screen. That way a quick glance between them updates you on their status, and switching between them simply means moving the mouse from one window to another.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Multiple moveable and resizable windows allow full use of screen real estate. Being restricted to one full screen app, with another compacted into a sidebar, is so crippled and restrictive that it's a joke in comparison.


I'm not often doing 10 things at the VERY SAME time to necessitate having them all on screen at once.

I'm often doing "sets" of multitasking. Eg. writing an email based off of something I opened in a browser.

Metro does this very well. From the browser I can directly hit the share charm which allows me to select which app to continue my work flow with. I can chose the email app or any other app which implements the Share contract.

Same thing with saving files. I can save files to my file system, to SkyDrive or _any_ other app which implements the appropriate contract.

These kind of work flows are what is enabled richly by Metro, and it's a lot smarter than just throwing a bunch of Windows on a screen.

Windows 8 tries to understand you work flow, Windows 7 and below simply offload that responsibility to you, which isnt good UX design.

Users shouldn't really have to worry about managing Windows, and it quickly gets unwieldly with any large amount of windows open.


On a larger monitor, controlled by a keyboard and mouse, Metro is a massive waster of screen space. That's not surprising considering that it's designed for little touchscreen tablets.


I don't think so, well written Metro apps can take advantage of the added screen real estate. We're in Metro's infancy, it'll take a while for designers to grasp the power they have.

Though, I echo MollyC's sentiment that a 50/50 split option for higher resolutions would be awesome.


Compared with alt-tab this is a slow way of switching between multiple applications, especially if a large number are open. It's another thing that works on a tablet, but is pretty worthless on a desktop PC.


I've found the exact opposite to be true. In fact, WinKey+Tab also brings up the Metro App switcher, and it can be cycled through just like Alt+Tab can..but I repeatedly just hit WinKey+Tab to cycle through my my open Metro apps instead of WinKey+Tab and Tab Tab Tab.

Plus Metro App Switcher is more adherent to Fitts Law by using hot corners. Its simply easier to bring up , no matter how you slice it.


The fastest and most efficient way of working with multiple applications is to arrange them all on screen. That way a quick glance between them updates you on their status, and switching between them simply means moving the mouse from one window to another.


Moving the mouse across a "larger monitor" is not what you'd call "efficient" actually. Its very inefficient.

Speaking of "at a glance", the Metro Start Screen surfaces more glanceable information about your apps than Windows ever did.

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