Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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Metro
by olejonbj on Sun 14th Apr 2013 20:13 UTC
olejonbj
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2012-08-12

To me, Metro has two big problems:

1) I don't really see how it can develop. How will metro apps like in two years? Microsoft's apps in Windows 8 should show the world all the cool stuff you can do with Metro. Instead, they show how limiting it is. I don't see anyone creating really cool, unique apps. They all look the same - squares + text and one or two colours.

2) Yes, it is simple and clean, but I wonder if it is too simple, that it makes it really hard to make apps that do a little more than showing lists of photos with text. I don't really see MS releasing a Metro version of Office without doing a lot of custom stuff with Metro. I used WP 7 for six months, and all the power apps, you know the apps with a lot of screens and a lot of features, felt messy. Even the Facebook app that is built by Microsoft was pretty bad. It felt like Metro just didn't work for that kind of app.

I think Metro can look really nice, especially on AMOLED displays with black background. I just think it gets boring quickly because it is so simple, which in turn makes apps boring, because developers try to keep their apps as simple as Metro.

I think Google has done a good job with Holo. It doesn't mimick real-life objects, but still almost everyone seems to like it. It allows developers to build powerful apps, with unique looks and features, but still make it consistent with the rest of the system.

Edited 2013-04-14 20:14 UTC

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RE: Metro
by fadingdust on Sun 14th Apr 2013 23:16 in reply to "Metro"
fadingdust Member since:
2009-11-05

Fully agree. Microsoft took Apple's limiting approach. Android is still the most extensible mobile platform, to which developer-geeks will tend.

Microsoft has a vision problem. Comparing the first or second version of iOS and Windows Phone 8 is fair, but Microsoft apparently either can't move fast enough or can't see far enough ahead to know parity isn't sufficient. That's probably the worst thing for a business too.

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RE: Metro
by dvhh on Mon 15th Apr 2013 05:18 in reply to "Metro"
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2006-03-20

Microsoft really got a developer problem and a brand recognition.
Almost everyone expect to run the same application on windows x86 and windows RT. Almost every developer expected to develop RT application as easily.

Plus we end up on Windows 8/RT with this dichotomy of touch interface and desktop that neither is integrated with the other.

I would like to buy a Windows RT device because it's a windows laptop with office that can last a day, but I perceive the Metro UI as counter productive.

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