Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 23:07 UTC
Windows "A senior Samsung Electronics executive said Friday the launch of Windows 8 has failed to bolster demand for PCs and he does not expect the PC industry to rebound soon." Of course, Samsung and other OEMs could've, you know, built better computers. Just a suggestion.
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Metro is horrible
by WereCatf on Sat 9th Mar 2013 04:02 UTC
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

I've got Windows 8 on my laptop and while I spend most of my time under regular desktop I've tried a few Metro - apps just for the sake of satisfying curiosity. My experience with them can be summed up quite neatly with "Jesus effing christ at the amount of wasted space" and "Discoverability? Flow of actions? Coherency? Pfft, you don't need any of that!"

I've now said plenty of times in the past that the Windows Store is a good idea and it's great that it's so prominently visible and available for all the Average Joes to take advantage of, but that's hardly enough to make the rest of the experience of using Windows 8 any way pleasant. Microsoft would've done well to allow also desktop applications on there and made it prominently visible on the desktop, too. Obviously they also need to work on reducing the wasted amount of space on Metro apps and making the UI a LOT more discoverable and defining clear, well-thought-out UI conventions for developers to try and follow.

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RE: Metro is horrible
by Nelson on Sat 9th Mar 2013 05:34 in reply to "Metro is horrible"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft would've done well to allow also desktop applications on there and made it prominently visible on the desktop, too.


Desktop apps are already available on the Windows Store. A lot of developers publish Desktop apps actually.

Granted, it's more like a deep link to the actual publisher site (maybe its good, they don't get 30%), but it exists.


Obviously they also need to work on reducing the wasted amount of space on Metro apps and making the UI a LOT more discoverable and defining clear, well-thought-out UI conventions for developers to try and follow.


Do you think the space is wasted because they're full screen or because there is gratuitous use of margins around elements?

It could also be the case that if you have a high resolution monitor the developer doesn't pay mind to ensuring that he's not doing something boneheaded to throw off scaling.

I know my own app recently had this type of issue that I had to fix. You'd be surprised how little people actually use anything super-high resolution, at least, people that download and use my app.

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