Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:43 UTC
Windows

Two changes supposedly coming to the next version of Windows, according to veteran Paul Thurrott:

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.

This would be Microsoft admitting they got Windows 8 all wrong.

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Not ALL wrong
by WorknMan on Tue 10th Dec 2013 02:08 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I don't think they got it ALL wrong. I'm not sure that having the option to run your tablet apps on a desktop is such a bad thing, and is something I desperately wish I had with Android. I don't ALWAYS want to use browser apps and/or depend on some janky browser extension or bloated Win32 app for desktop notifications.

So yes, Metro DOES have its place on the desktop. Where they screwed up was trying to make it the entire OS ;)

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RE: Not ALL wrong
by Laurence on Tue 10th Dec 2013 09:36 in reply to "Not ALL wrong"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

To be honest, I think Metro was a mistake on any device. Having used a Windows Phone for a few months, I found it one of the most horrible and counter intuitive mobile OSs I've used since the days of Samsung's pre-Android dumb phones.

Half the time I can't tell which widget is interactive and which are purely informative because buttons look like textboxes which look like coloured boarders; and Hyperlinks look like normal text. Then you have the mass of nondescript monochrome icons without any labels, leaving me guessing what their purpose is. Yet weirdly the application menus on that thing go completely the other way and places too much importance on text and not enough on the icon; which makes it a nightmare to quickly find anything if you're dyslexic (like I am). And the horrible side swipe to view additional hidden panels on any given application means you're never quite sure where anything is.

I really wanted to like Windows Phone because it was so very different from the masses of samey smart phone OSs, but I ended up feeling confused and lost for 99% of the time I was using my Nokia Lumia; before eventually I came to the conclusion that Metro was just one big usability fuck up.

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RE[2]: Not ALL wrong
by WorknMan on Tue 10th Dec 2013 19:38 in reply to "RE: Not ALL wrong"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

To be honest, I think Metro was a mistake on any device. Having used a Windows Phone for a few months, I found it one of the most horrible and counter intuitive mobile OSs I've used since the days of Samsung's pre-Android dumb phones.


*shrug* I don't have a clue, since I've never used it on a mobile device. But a lot of people seem to love it.

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