Metro UI. Abort, retry, fail?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Mazrim Taim, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Mazrim Taim

    Mazrim Taim MDL Member

    Feb 23, 2012
  2. ashmicro

    ashmicro MDL Junior Member

    Mar 2, 2012
    I found it easy to get used to, but (like a lot of people on this board I imagine), I'm a technohead. I'd agree that for enterprise users who don't care for such frippery, Metro UI would need to come with a great big "OFF" button.
  3. Cippolippo1959

    Cippolippo1959 MDL Novice

    Dec 8, 2011
    Microsoft have to think to the milions of people still using a desktop pc without touch screen and give a choise between metro UI and a classic desktop start.
    So, I think that metro UI have to be optional in final 8 too.
  4. SCBrigth

    SCBrigth MDL Senior Member

    May 9, 2009
    I think it not have to be but it MUST to be optional or will become a big fail.

    I'm an avid desktop user with a big screen, I will not change my personal tastes because MS wants it. Microsoft is killing most part of its potential consumers.

    Two versions will be better: one for Tablets and one for Desktops and Laptops with classical interface.

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  5. Windows Fan

    Windows Fan MDL Senior Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    ^^ no problem. i am sharing that article with as many people as i can and i hope microsoft will have a look at the article and will implement those suggestions in windows 8 rtm. it would be really gr8 to see those options. :)
  6. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

    Sep 4, 2009
    If I could change it I would do the following:
    1. If in Desktop, keep the orb and have it work like W7 Start, not go to Metro.
    2. Charms bar can still get you to Metro. (Should rename as calling it start would be confusing if we add Orb). Also Remove access to Metro from App Switcher/App Launcher thing on the left, since you can get there on the right and it is too easy to accidentally click, and would be more so if it came up when you wanted to click the orb.
    3. Option to autologin to Desktop instead of Metro.
    4. If in Desktop, provide a means to launch a Metro app like a Desktop app (run from start like normal maybe). I like that they have a built in PDF reader, but I don't want to go Full Screen or see the jarring app switch. This motion is OK in Metro where you are going app by app but I use the Desktop to use multiple Windows, so I will keep using Chrome to open PDF.
    5. Relates to above. Take the existing Metro App Launcher and app a gesture to open it in Desktop. (Drag to Desktop). You could optionally have it open in Metro and Desktop, with the view synced across the two. Full Screen = Metro View so you could make working with the app and switching less jarring (no app start screen).
    6. Integrate a way to get the lockscreen notifications on the Desktop, possibly. On Metro Screen the point is everything can be live, and this is not needed, but the lockscreen implementation as it is is worthless for the most part as it shows next to nothing and there is a low limit on apps that can show info, and how much. I'd go iOS/Android style so in the Desktop it could popup on top briefly, and you could click/pull down to see all notifications. You could build a very nice and useful Notifications Center with all the screen size of a larger tablet.

    This would give people who don't like Metro the option to not use it at all, while making those who will use both use it in a sane way and the Desktop not be messed up. It would also fix a lot of the difficulties of using a mouse to do what was designed for touch. Also lets people who don't like Metro UI/One App/Jarring Switch to still get to use Metro apps on the Desktop as if they were normal apps.
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