Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Graphics, User Interfaces "Though 'flat design' is a popular meme right now, there is something much, much deeper going on here at Microsoft. With my own lifelong passion for design I immersed myself in the community and got a front-row seat on a journey that has its roots as far back as the late '90s with Encarta's bold use of typography and clean interface. But it truly sprang to life in late 2010 with the launch of Windows Phone and in the last few weeks has advanced even further with Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. I started from the very place I bet you are right now - disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on design." They really are. If Apple really goes all minimalist and digital (I dislike the term 'flat') with iOS, Microsoft will have taken over the baton. Crazy world indeed.
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RE: Modern is just another word
by vtolkov on Sun 9th Jun 2013 07:13 UTC in reply to "Modern is just another word"
vtolkov
Member since:
2006-07-26

Actually, I think, Microsoft is just trying to cut expenses. C# is a cheaper way to develop software, comparing with C++, it allows to hire less expensive developers, and Metro is a way to do the same with design and designers. Kind of IKEA in software.

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Torbjorn Vik Lunde Member since:
2009-09-04

Modernist or minimalist design is not easier (and thus cheaper) to do than design that uses more elements. You have to pay very close attention to spacing, rhythm and composition among other things. Using visible elements and not white space is usually more forgiving and easier to do.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

The cheapest option would have been to add a flat 'n ugly theme and keep Aero. Removing the start menu after lying about plans to leave it also took them more work than simply allowing it to be enabled through the registry.

They have an agenda and profit isn't the main priority. Becoming while displacing Apple has been the priority and they are failing miserably.

The easy money would have been to keep selling Windows 7. Windows 8 and Surface so far have been a waste of money and at an additional cost to their reputation.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

No, leaving Aero and the new theme is not the easiest option. We're not talking about which of two books to leave on a shelf. Various parts of the system have to be changed depending on which path is taken. Applications and utilities that come with Windows have to be designed to work with both themes. There's a cost.

Truly, the simplest option would be to just keep Aero as is (that is, do nothing).

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