Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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RE[6]: Against the grain
by ConceptJunkie on Mon 31st Aug 2015 17:48 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Against the grain"
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The problem isn't the phone interface on a desktop OS. It's the fact that for even the desktop interface has been ruined. Everything is afflicted with this hideous "flat" UI, on which is much harder to distinguish controls in a window and between windows.

With the exception of Windows 7, every version of Windows since 2000 has been getting uglier and uglier, but at least until Windows 7 you could switch to the functional and clean and visually appealing "classic" Windows theme. Now you can't even do that any more.

Right now, the desktop UI is less configurable than Windows 2, and about as good-looking... and let's recall that Windows 2 was limited to 16 colors.

I really feel that through the 90s and early 2000s, Microsoft has UI right. They did a good job and make clean and consistent UI for their OS. The default XP theme was ugly, but you could turn it off. But now, there are no more standards and everything has this dumb, flat, bland, colorless look to it.

You used to be able to customize a lot of stuff, the fonts and colors and sizes of different Windows elements, now the best you can do is change the color.

I guess recreating the "classic" window theme of Windows 2000 is too hard to do now.

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