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[2]: Comment by vtolkov
by olejon on Sun 9th Jun 2013 10:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vtolkov"
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It seems that there has been a concerted effort by giant tech companies to declare war on power users.

So true. Funny thing; those are the ones actually creating the software ("apps"). The can't even seem to build Office in Metro. When it launches it will lack features for sure. So when will we see an IDE?

I fear that in the future developers have to buy special hardware and software to develop, because what the majority uses is not capable of doing any real work. Then it will again only be rich companies who can afford to develop software. One of the great things about the "app revolution" is that anyone can join, giving us so much choice.

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RE[3]: Comment by vtolkov
by Nelson on Sun 9th Jun 2013 11:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov"
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Office is a pretty large and sprawling application, there's no way that will be ported over, especially not fully.

Furthermore, I'm not exactly sure they'd want to implement _every_ Office feature in a Metro styled office.

I'd want them to be thoughtful in how they introduce features and take into account battery life and touch.

On the Visual Studio front, a lot still has to happen to bring that forward. This has less show stoppers than Office, so it'd be an easier time to port.

I'm just not convinced they're doing it quite yet. Maybe after their Compiler as a Service is done.

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