Should Metro be an add-on for Windows 8 instead of fully integrated?

October 31, 2011

Windows 8 Metro UI Screenshot Windows 8 Metro UI Screenshot[/caption] Some people will think it’s the worst thing since Windows Vista and will make a big fuss about it. This leads to the obvious question, why merge the two so blatantly? The Metro interface has limitations on what resolution looks best (1366×768), is hard to use with a mouse, is ideal for a touchscreen and basically belongs on a tablet. Why is this so visible in this version of Windows? The answer I believe is that Metro is a look that Microsoft want to be consistent across their platforms and to them, the desktop should be no different. From the Xbox to Bing to Windows 8 Server to the Phone to the Tablet to the desktop, the idea is to make Metro the new look and feel of Microsoft applications. It’s what they want you to think of when you think of launching an application in Windows. To me the challenge is they are dealing with a population of people who are still (reluctantly) letting go of Windows XP. People who think that Windows 7 works just fine and see no reason for massive change. I wonder if Microsoft need to make the Metro interface a little more unobtrusive and give users the opportunity to switch TO Metro as opposed to switching TO the desktop. It seems like that would solve a lot more problems. However, the Windows 8 Beta is coming soon and there might be some answers to some of these questions in the Beta. We’ll have to wait and see. What about you, do you like the Metro interface? Use the comment form below to let us know…]]>

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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

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