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    Microsoft explains why Visual Studio 2010 design is a bit different from the Windows 7 design:


    While the Visual Studio 2010 visual appearance is unique, it does follow the Microsoft Windows UX guidelines.  Microsoft does not use one standard visual appearance for all its products for multiple reasons, including:

    •    Not every product has the same users and therefore the same UI is not appropriate everywhere [!] 
    •    Microsoft has such a wide range of products, it would be impossible to do one visual appearance that is a "one size fits all."  For example, it would be virtually impossible to use a single UI design for Zune, XBox, Visual Studio and Bing. [!!]
    •    Different visual appearance of different products helps differentiate/brand them. [!!!]
    •    Having a single UI appearance would not give individual products flexibility to evolve as needed in response to trends, customer and business needs.[!!!!!]

    Thank you, Suzanne Hansen, Program Manager, Visual Studio Platform Shell Team

    [November 2009]


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    The people who think a tablet UI is OK on a desktop system with no touchscreen should all read this.

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    At some point, you have to recognize that she's just not that into you.  She doesn't like you 'that way', and no matter what you do, you won't be able to change her mind.

    At that point in time, you have two choices; you can act like a child and make a scene by calling her names or you can walk away like a man.

    Windows 8 is just not that into you. 

    Make the right choice.

    Either way, it's about time you get over it.  Every new rant about how much you hate it is just pathetic. 

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    @wastingtimewithforums: I can see what you're getting at, but if Microsoft were to stick doggedly to every statement they made three years ago then they really would be in trouble.


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    Microsoft doesn't have one visual appearance across all its products now either. "Metro" isn't really a single visual style, it's more like a family of styles - Windows Phone "Metro" is different from Windows 8 "Metro" is different from Office "Metro" is different from VS2012 "Metro", etc. As for Windows 8 on various form factors, it's not a case of the same UI across multiple products as Windows 8 is a single product (whether you think it should be or not).

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    @contextfree`: You can water it down all you want but you still end up doing the backstroke for Microsoft.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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