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[3]: I dunno man...
by zima on Tue 9th Oct 2012 00:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I dunno man..."
zima
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2005-07-06

Personally I'm wondering why someone didn't/hasn't stood up to Ballmer and said -
It's called W-I-N-D-O-W-S

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Windows1.0.png

That's right, the product which gave the whole line its name, the first version of W-I-N-D-O-W-S, didn't have overlapping windows (well, except for that "About" dialog, it would seem) - it basically used tiling window manager concepts ...which, really, are also very close to what Metro brings! (and I could see the refined Metro 2.0 or 3.0 - the way Windows got sufficiently refined only at 3.x, and took over by storm - bringing more fully the tiling window management concepts; you'd think ~geeks would see that possibility and like it very much - after all they are often enamoured by *nix tiling WMs...)

Generally, it's extremely hard to distance oneself from biases of self-perception, when coming at personal conclusions about Metro ...actual proper testing (supposedly done in copious amounts by MS) might be really showing that Metro is quite fine - and that it might be very well generally liked.
(another example of placebo-like effects: http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html ...or how, contrary to quite a few loud "connoisseurs", serious research seems to suggest that touchpads are actually superior to trackpoints: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... & http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 external link ...and note how the links supportive of trackpoint are "subjective opinion" in character; and I even like trackpoints, I'm used to the idea, but...)

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