Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Jul 2013 15:03 UTC
Windows I have a Surface RT tablet. I bought it because I'm a Windows Phone user, and despite its major flaws, I still hate WP much less than I hate its competitors. As such, it made sense to me that I would like the Surface RT as well - I mean, my favourite UI on a tablet? Count me in! It should come as no surprise by now that Windows RT was a major disappointment, so now that the Windows 8.1 preview is here, did Microsoft address any of the major problems?
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Spot on
by ronaldst on Wed 10th Jul 2013 18:49 UTC
ronaldst
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2005-06-29

* Too gesture heavy UI. (Some are nice but the app selection panel on a tablet isn't very intuitive)
* Auto-hide panels. (Computer UI designers' sin)
* Horrible colour choices.
* Lifeless UI. (the log in screen also lacks visual feedback)
* Buggy Metro apps. (The stable one is MetroIE)
* Most people were expecting the default Xbox music app.
* DLNA doesn't work for the music/photo/video apps.
* Where's the Metro version of Halo 4? I see only web games like Oiseaux fâchés and other time wasters. Why limit Metro at smartphone games?
* Why couldn't Microsoft bring their WP7 email app to Windows 8? * All that time I wasted fixing Winmail (Vista) to get back access to ISP emails...

I figure most people at Microsoft never use Metro apps in their daily lives. Other than MetroIE.

Metro is awesome. The foundation is strong. It doesn't matter if no one is using it. So much functionality was sacrificed. It's sad. And all the blame rests upon the Windows team.

I believe that Windows 8 was shipped too early and needed another 3 months of polishing. Especially the Metro part.

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RE: Spot on
by jello on Wed 10th Jul 2013 19:30 in reply to "Spot on"
jello Member since:
2006-08-08

I would say more like 3 years than 3 month.

An operating system is dead without proper apps that can show off all the cool things the UI/OS can do.
I don't have such a device, but it is my understanding that no such app exists.
Not even from Microsoft...

Microsoft should have changed the MS-Works app to be the show-off app. (and add it to the OS for free)
This way other developers would be able to grasp what the intention behind this new UI is and follow Microsoft's vision.

If Microsoft would have done it, they would have realized how hard such an UI conversion is (and still having a fully usable application).
And how many man hours are needed for that...

In my book Microsoft's mission was not accomplished and 2013 is already half through...

EDIT: typos...

Edited 2013-07-10 19:32 UTC

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RE[2]: Spot on
by wocowboy on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:08 in reply to "RE: Spot on"
wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

That's just it. The UI/OS don't do anything neat or cool to show off. Flat solid colors, squares, any $10 graphics card will suffice to render everything the Metro UI does, since there are no drop-shadows, animations, superimpositions, layering of windows, click-to-focus, anything that previous versions of Windows did that caused users to go "Oooooh" the first time they used it. Forcing this UI on desktop PC users in an effort to get them to "unify" their world with Windows Phone/XBox/Windows 8 just isn't working. I am someone who always has 7-8 windows of 5-6 applications open all the time, arranged both side-by-side and in layers where all it takes is a click to get the one I want on top at the right size I want it. The limited ability to do that on Windows 8 is a complete deal-killer for me. I went back to Windows 7 and will wait a while or maybe never install anything else. If Windows permanently loses the ability to use one's desktop like this, I will have to look at the Mac for my needs. It seems lots of other folks are already doing this.

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