Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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RE: Musings about Metro
by smkudelko on Sun 7th Oct 2012 00:32 UTC in reply to "Musings about Metro"
smkudelko
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2012-04-03

Rather than comparing the Metro part of Windows 8 to the iPad not running OS X, I think a better way to look at things would be the merging of iOS into OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. I personally think Launchpad is a useless feature, but it really isn't targeted towards me. I can bust stick to putting things in the Dock or opening my /Applications folder to see everything.

Yeah, Metro isn't for us, but unlike in OS X where the Launchpad was added but the other ways of launching applications remained, the Start screen completely replaced the old Start Menu, so we don't have the luxury of avoiding the areas of Windows 8 that aren't for us. We can use the "All Apps" screen that involves an extra click, can't be easily organized/rearranged, and still involves horizontal scrolling through an ugly Interface without folders, but that is it. Thats what we were given for "our way of doing things."

I am running the RTM release of Windows 8 Pro (from MSDN) and while it does perform very well compared to Windows 7 on the same hardware, and there are a lot of improvements to the "Desktop" UI that I love (and I hated Aero Glass), I really dread having to use the Start screen to launch apps I rarely use or have just installed, and I resent having to pin a bunch of apps to my taskbar just so I can easily launch them.

The Metro apps I have explored just arent compelling enough to deal with the abrasiveness of trying to make use of both environments.

If i could have a Start menu with EVERYTHING that shows up in Desktop mode and be able to pin select Desktop apps to the Metro Start screen (instead of the other way around), I would be happier.

If "Power" was another "charm" instead of a "Setting" I would be happier.

If I could pin a column of Live Tiles to the far right of my screen in Desktop mode (like a replacement for the Windows Gadgets) I might actually use them. As of now, they arent compelling to me because if I am in Metro at the Start screen, I want to find what im looking for and get the fuck out of that mess, not wait around watching Bing headlines scroll by one at a time just in case there is something interesting to read. I have a web browser that can give me a whole screen of headlines at the same time, show me my entire calendar at once, my entire inbox at once.

I am not anti-Microsoft or anti-Windows, but i AM against releasing half assed mediocrity that clearly still needs more work just to chase the iPad this holiday season so Ballmer can line his pockets at the expense of my unsuspecting clients who will buy a new machine and be burdened by all the extra work Windows 8 requires just to do the same things that worked fine in Windows 7.

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