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Windows First looks at Windows 'Blue' have revealed an upgrade composed of cosmetic fixes, suggesting that Microsoft may be blowing its chance to turn the tide on Windows 8 blow back, and make good on its promise to truly 'rethink' Windows 8 with the release of Windows Blue. As a result, InfoWorld has issued an open letter to Microsoft to consider Windows 'Red' -- what InfoWorld is calling a 'serious plan' to fix the flaws of Windows 8, one that could rescue Microsoft's currently flagging promise to deliver a modern computing experience on both PCs and tablets.
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Nelson
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2005-11-29

The problem is that mouse and touch can be used at the same time at random. I can be touching a Metro app on my Surface then switch and use the trackpad depending on what I feel like doing. That's not a strongly supported scenario under your plan.

I think the Metro stuff is overblown, sure there needs to be more developer guidance, but I'm 100% convinced that it is possible to write a single app that supports Mouse+KB and Touch adequately.

There is a learning gap and it will take time for more and more developers to get up to speed with writing excellent Metro apps, but they will get there eventually. At the same time, Windows Blue gains important WinRT APIs which should enable new classes of apps. Expect this to continue as Windows is further developed.

Eventually, WinRT will support a lot of the same scenarios that Win32 supports today.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think the Metro stuff is overblown

We all think that. But not in they way you mean.
, sure there needs to be more developer guidance, but I'm 100% convinced that it is possible to write a single app that supports Mouse+KB and Touch adequately.

Sure with a lot of effort you could get it to adequate. It would still be a fullscreen app so useless to people who want to be productive.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Sure with a lot of effort you could get it to adequate. It would still be a fullscreen app so useless to people who want to be productive.


I hardly think that this is a truism, as I find myself more production without the distraction of several overlaid Windows.

In fact, while using Chrome I find myself using a maximized browser Window 9/10 times. This is a similar situation for Visual Studio and Blend.

So I don't readily accept the meme that has formed that full screen applications necessarily translate to bad usability or a loss in productivity.

I can however understand how others wouldn't feel the same, and I think that Windows 8.1 goes some ways towards bridging this divide. You can snap apps 50/50, have multiple snapped apps in the same view on high resolution displays, and you can open multiple instances of the same app in different panes.

I found after I took the Metro app dive, I had a little bit of adjustment to do, but after that I actually start to miss Windows 8 features on other OSes.

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