Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE[7]: It is a shame
by acobar on Fri 31st Jan 2014 14:17 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: It is a shame"
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Perhaps, instead of short sentences belittling/disregarding other views, can you give us an insight of where you think Windows 8/8.1 shines?

Please, possibly, avoiding the "feels overall faster".

Like most here, I do like Windows 7, can use 8/8.1 after install some applications to make it behave a little bit more like the former and spend all time (when I am not on openSUSE) on the traditional side of fence.

I also never saw one single metro application that would be better, in the sense that would give a better "experience", when matched by an equivalent well designed counterpart (pardon the pleonasm).

I am really curious about.

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RE[8]: It is a shame
by Nelson on Sun 2nd Feb 2014 20:54 in reply to "RE[7]: It is a shame"
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I'll bite:

Consistency - Metro applications perform reliably and predictably. They do what they say they do. Capabilities are clearly declared and privacy is respected with regards to location and access to contacts.

Efficiency - Metro applications persist state so they do not need to run all of the time, they do not need to background all the time, and are generally engineered well enough so that if they do need background connectivity the events are properly managed by the OS.

Touch support - Win32 apps have abysmal touch support. WinRT apps use DirectManipulation which offers smooth interaction on a tablet.

Live Tiles - WinRT apps can surface information to the start screen. Meaningful, glanceable information. It's very powerful, even on a laptop.

A few well written apps are Hulu, Netflix, and OneNote.

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RE[9]: It is a shame
by acobar on Sun 2nd Feb 2014 23:32 in reply to "RE[8]: It is a shame"
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You mean OneNote MX? Sorry, the last version I tried was inferior on features and the interface was not as useful as the regular you would find on "classical" version when you are using a keyboard and mouse, which is the point on this thread. Same is true for the other apps you enlisted.

As many people said, metro apps may be fine for primarily touch devices, like tablets and phones, but they really work against you on computers with large screens with mouse and keyboard if what you do is more than "consume" media, again like many already said.

As a side note, WinRT does not enforce the use of a Metro interface the last time I checked it so, with the exception of "Live Tiles" and "Touch support", perhaps, the other things have more to do with WinRT? (I am asking because the last time I read something about it, that was what I got the impression the author said)

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