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