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  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....


    that is showing the taskbar pane....   basically - even just being able to see a bit of the desktop rather than mandatory fullscreen metro makes it more integrated and palatable (to this user)

    youre not leaving the desktop - to another world of flat icons...  its all flat - and metro becomes a series of slide down - or in - panes

  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....

    perhaps what im thinking is more the UI runs forever....  like a webpage - but of course works without internet too


    regardless of all that - i would like metro and desktop combined. id use whats in the pdf - on a tablet or computer.  phone would be similar

  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....

    right. but assuming there is some sort of base install like windows pi or whatever its called - all future updates / upgrades could be done via web = one install = run forever.

  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....


    just windows then
    or windows one 

    but no more  9 , 10 or vista or whatever 
    there is no Google 3.1


    so in general

    - charms icons are modified and go to taskbar

    - Where charms bar was (hidden) is now shown as a white arrow

    - what used to open as charms bar - is now metro tiles. Default is a 1/3rd wide.  You could drag it to half or full.  It is basically the Sidebar + metro

    - The Windows flag = is desktop

    - Apps are program tiles - but also list view (hierarchy - like old windows.  so you can actually FIND stuff... DO stuff.)

    - explorer is same UI for files or web. you can customize to move address bar back to top. Tool icon in Explorer opens Internet options "pane"  - not a dialogue box

    - the home / desktop can display full screen metro weather or photos or news etc.  or just a pic OR tiles.

    - people is built into taskbar (perhaps half of this pane should be recent news feed, twitter etc. (not shown)

    - tools on taskbar open all control panel items and personalize desktop / monitor settings

    - files on taskbar opens my computer and documents

    - Internet on taskbar opens emails, skype and skydrive

    - Windows icons are flat like metro

    - Windows windows are flat like metro IE

    - all metro apps open in window or fullscreen

    - not shown:  add a full screen icon to the 3 - minimize / maximize / close top right.

  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....

    * re-uploading as zip with pdf in it so people can click next in Reader - rather than scroll in browser
    (makes it more like a real UI)

    one sec


    edit: ok above link works again

    edit 2:  actually - open the pdf in acrobat reader - then click fullscreen (cnrtl L)
    and it seems like a real desktop

  • Windows Vista.... Windows 7 .... Windows 8 .....

    Windows ONE

    Metro and the Desktop combined. One Windows. One Explorer.  One Experience.

    http://www.jamiegrant.com/windowsone.zip    PDF file
    (*done in an hour - ignore rushed graphics...but shows an option for combing both worlds.)

    Windows ONE - the last windows. Perpetually updates and changes. Install ONCE - run forever.

    You only need ONE OS for the rest of your life: Windows ONE.




  • Names and first impressions

    ..i like my lumia phone - except when you touch it to your ear to talk - it opens stuff and launches stuff.  REMOVE FRIGGIN BING BUTTON and KEEP "back"

    pps - the reason bing sucks is because it is called BING   ....ffs

    Buy search .com for a billion and call it SEARCH

    ( cbs owns it  - http://www.search.com/ )

  • Names and first impressions

    i think it is just a matter of half measures.  they made HALF a new UI.

    If they wanted us all to see the OS as a bunch of hospital and traffic signs - no depth - why did they not take the 1 month to make new flat icons and toolbars for windows (desktop)

    Could they not have gotten adobe and corel to release new flat versions as well?

    But they didnt. They released a full screen magazine - traffic sign UI on top of windows 95's 3d icons and toolbars.

    As for the tiles themselves - functional or not - some people just see them as a jumble... a rubics cube ... a jigsaw puzzle. They are also just ... "square"  *wilma draws square in air*

    I would have looked at doing either of these 2 things - or both:

    1. Picture the metro news tile.  when you actually go in there - the news is laid out cool. like again a magazine. Imagine a start screen that perhaps isnt 80 squares (on a large monitor) but is a customizable homepage / magazine style of you and your stuff and apps 

    There would be most commonly used tiles - only - in one row - leaving the rest of the screen to take tiles like photos (the whole background) time, email notifications, messages, facebook replies, system health, etc - all laid out - not in boxes but as a magazine UI (like the news app)

    the metro boxes look like folder / TILE view... reading like across - rather than in simple list view sorted by type - reading down and across

    The startBAR also should be on the home metro screen - and mousing over it could have made it slide down - showing a new startmenu - that is full screen width and 50% height. Again - more of a magazine start menu - yet still with the old "all programs" arrow - to switch to a classic view within that pane.

    2. Horsepower.  The traffic cop / hospital UI also does nothing to showcase a machines power.  Why could not the tiles have depth - frequently used or marked as important tiles could appear closer - with less used options viewable yet behind -on a second layer.  Why dont the tiles spin or animate?  say what you like about cover flow - but when you first saw it - wasnt it cool looking?

    In all futuristic movies the UI's are animated , transparent, fluid, not a bunch of playroom floor mats.

    I personally want:

    - windows explorer : flat toolbars, and new flat icons control panel et all

    - metro apps to run in windows ( i NEVER use the full screen stuff - i like....WINDOWS

    - the startbar on the metro screen - that slides down full width

    - "all programs "fileman" style viewing of programs - and their executable s 

    * i wiped out my rocketdock icons the other day by mistake (ps this is what i actually use to launch my programs) So i had to go find all the shortcuts again.  Normally id go to All programs - and drag them out to desktop as shortcuts - then drag into rocketdock.  But there is no "All programs"  The metro UI is unto itself. I cant click and say - make shortcut on desktop. So i had to go to program files and program files 86 and go into each folder and search "exe" and manually do what i could have done in a minute before.  These are the type of scenarios that leave longtime customers frustrated with the bolted on rubics cube UI.

    - and as described above - a start screen that is a magazine - not quilt grandama knitted while on too many meds


    edit: ps - re; 2 IE's  there should only be ONE

    The UI of the metro IE should win - providing it runs in a window and within one click shows all options currently available in desktop ie.

    = the same IE - but it looks like metro




  • Merry Krimble 9ers

    Looking forward to an exciting MS year (ahem win8.2 - ahem ..the one with windows for metro apps... like ....in windows.)


    YAY.  I wish your servers the best of luck tomorrow  and the day after   Wink



  • asus cube google tv review by me

    are you hurting? are you making tough choices? are you unplugging things to keep up with your mortgage? have you been downsized? 

    Steveb didnt see these things.  google did.

    stop wringing the rag of your userbase...  you used to add Stack (zip) to windows or printing or other things... but now there is nothing left to add.

    everyone knows it but you - its worth 20 bucks.   deal with it