Linked by snydeq on Tue 4th Jun 2013 01:46 UTC
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


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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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

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.

Have you tried Gnome 3? That is what Microsoft should have done. It makes me more productive and doesn't force touch interfaces on my two 24 inch monitors.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I did, a long time ago. I actually liked what they were doing, and the direction seemed decidedly refreshing. They understood that sometimes users don't understand what's best for them and made some pretty bold (controversial) decisions. I'm proud of them for charting their own course.

If there's specifically something cool about Gnome3, I'd love to look it up and learn about it. I likely wont get to try it out for a little while though.

Also according to Microsoft, in Blue you'll be able to resize apps to "near infinite sizes", so there might be more to the story.

Anyhow, we'll know on the 26th.

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