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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RE: Spot on
by jello on Wed 10th Jul 2013 19:30 UTC in reply to "Spot on"
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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"
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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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RE[3]: Spot on
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 10:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Spot on"
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since there are no drop-shadows, animations, superimpositions, layering of windows, click-to-focus,

You really have no clue about Metro. Metro is far more '3D' than previous versions of Windows, and it's got about a million more animations than other systems too.

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