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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RE: Comment by streetmagick
by acobar on Mon 15th Apr 2013 15:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by streetmagick"
acobar
Member since:
2005-11-15

The thing that would piss me off more is if half of the complaints are from *nix and Apple users, who wouldn't care about Windows anyhow.


You do realize that windows with metro is doing badly on market even after all the money spent on advertising and, what is more worrisome, even on recognized brands and even with microsoft own launch, donĀ“t you?

I already lost the count of people that asked me how to do simple things on windows 8 and that ended using one of the classic shells available (yeah, my own annedotical small sample).

You can pretend as much as you want that there is nothing wrong with metro and, frankly, what we think at this point does not matter, it is already on the wall and I can not see how MS can avoid to take out what is weird with metro and put back what is good about Windows 7.

Smart compnanies use what they already have and is seen as good to leverage other products, MS did it for years. Now, somehow, a crazy management came with this stupid idea that innovate on every product is the best move? This is a risk bet MS did not have to take. Would they provide a finished and very well integrated product to their loved Windows 7 and servers they would gain instantly the love of corporative users. It would be the tip they need to gain market, but "Huh, we are the almight MS, we can take the heat!" arrogant attitude is not going to help.

Obs: I like Windows 7 and recommend it to everyone, despite spending most of my time on linux. It is simple and direct to the point with the only possible hassles associated with malware, what can be easily (almost) avoided.

Edited 2013-04-15 15:55 UTC

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

While I quite agree, in this case - Microsoft needs to figure out how to keep the Win95-Win7 Desktop on the laptop/desktop form factors, while providing a new shell for the mobile form factors; and make them easily interchangeable. Not an easy job.

For years, Microsoft tried to embrace mobile as just another version of the Desktop. But mobile isn't just another version of the Desktop. The Win95-Win7 desktop doesn't work well for mobile.

So it was refreshing to see them trying something different for Win8 with Metro; but then they tried to go the other way - everything in Metro, and the desktop being just another form factor of mobile. Yet, that doesn't work either.

The bigger problem being that to really do both desktop and mobile at its best, you have to embrace each as its own, apart from the other. And that means that software is going to have to be written (at least at the UI level) differently for each. Companies should generally like that as it means more sales; yet MS is trying to simply make them both the same, so you buy once and run every where.

In the end, MS is like a chicken running around with its head cut off, spurting blood on everything around it as it flails trying to determine what to do next.

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