Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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Well, that was my entire point. The start screen is the only part of Metro you have to interact with in Windows 8

That's true right now, but it'll stop being true when there are Metro/Modern apps that I need to run. That was my point.

As I stated in my original post, keep in mind that the current incarnation of Metro is only a 1.0 release. Unless it flops and MS pulls the plug early, it's going to get better.

Metro/Modern will always be compromised on the desktop by its need to work well on small, finger operated, touch-screen tablets. In user interface design one size definitely doesn't fit all.

While it may improve in future versions, I see little chance of full desktop functionality being added to this touch/tablet focussed UI. At best I think there'll be an improved version of 'snap', with apps able to be split more flexibly.

I rarely run software full screen. I use multiple windows and the full window management features provided by the traditional desktop. Anything less than that is a major downgrade.

By the time the last of the desktop apps are ported over to Metro (like Visual Studio) and the 'classic' desktop goes away, most people probably won't even notice, except for those who want to run legacy apps and games. It'll be like when they pulled the plug on DOS in 2k/XP.

I think those of us who don't want a restrictive tablet interface running on our large screen desktop PCs will notice too.

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That's true right now, but it'll stop being true when there are Metro/Modern apps that I need to run. That was my point.

Well, you're certainly not going to be running those on Windows 7 ;) Your refusal not to adopt Windows 8 in hopes that it will just go away won't make a damn bit of difference. It'll be like those 5 people who switched to Linux because of Windows XP's product activation. Wow, that really put the fear of god in MS, didn't it? ;) So, if the other non-Metro features appeal to you, might as well pony up the $40 and make the jump.

As for the rest of your post, it appears that you are looking at this 1.0 release and pre-judging what the UI will look and behave like in 10 years. As Android has already shown us, the apps and UI don't have to look and behave EXACTLY the same way on a tablet as they do on a phone. Hence, there's no reason why MS couldn't build in some additional functionality when you're running a desktop and/or operating a keyboard and mouse. Already on Android, they've got some apps that can 'float' above others, so multi-window support is certainly not an impossibility. Besides, there's no way in hell they could port Visual Studio to an interface like Metro as it is now, and they would HAVE to port it before they could axe the desktop entirely.

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