Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Oct 2017 10:47 UTC
Windows

All of the new design changes to Windows 10 are demonstrated in a new video from Microsoft. It’s a good showcase of how subtle the changes are, but it doesn’t tease much for the future. Microsoft’s Fluent Design System is designed to be the true successor to Microsoft's Metro design, and will appear across apps and services on Windows, iOS, and Android. Microsoft is focusing on light, depth, motion, material, and scale for its Fluent Design, with animations that make the design feel like it's moving during interactions in Windows.

Like Metro applications before them, these Fluent applications look really nice, but it's all for naught. Microsoft showed off its redesigned Outlook application for Windows (and macOS), and guess what? It's a Win32 application.

If not even Microsoft itself is interested in making Metro/Fluent applications, why should anyone else?

Microsoft's approach to Metro/Fluent has been baffling from day one, and it doesn't seem like anything's changing any time soon. They made really great Metro Office applications, but then proceed to hide them from the Windows Store behind the "mobile" tag, and artificially cripple them by not allowing you to open more than one document per Office application.

Even when Microsoft does make great Metro/Fluent applications, they artificially cripple them.

I have no idea what Microsoft is doing, and I don't blame developers for giving them the finger. They are telling an unreliable, unfocused, unclear, and chaotic developer story, and any developer worth her salt wouldn't touch the Windows Store/Metro/Fluent with a ten-foot pole.

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Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

I just read that Microsoft is going to make all Outlook versions look like the iPad version and I just had to laugh.

Why?

Why is the latest design being brought out on iPads first and then rolled out on their own OS?

I can think of reasons. Like the code base for the iPad/iPhone version being much newer. But I still find it funny.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Speaking for myself, if Outlook for Windows becomes as limited as its iPad version, I won't be using it anymore. No support for reminders or tasks, limited support for calendar, view-only support for contacts (I mean, seriously!), no shared mailbox support... Forget it. Even iOS' native Exchange support does much better; still doesn't support shared mailboxes, but fully supports all the other things I listed.

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Shared mailboxes aren't supported by activesync, which is the protocol mobile devices use to talk to exchange. So that's actually microsoft's fault rather than apple.

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