OK im going to keep all my rants and raves to one thread...
and I gotta say - there seems to be a lot more rants at the moment (hey as usual )
FIrst of all - lets start with Metro.
On first glance it really does look nice. You play with a bit and go "Cool! this is going to be great"
Then - after about 5 minutes - youre going - where are all the options? why cant i change anything? how do i close metro tiles? how do i switch between running tiles - without randomly / spastically clicking the left side of the screen in hopes that one of the correct tiles "pops out"
It sort of reminds me of playing with media centre for 5 minutes...until you realize it is artificially crippled (see my old media centre / incorporate explorer rants) and just too limited to really have fun with
Metro "sample apps"
Well I sure hope these arnt sample apps - cause only one them is any good (the equiv of msPaint one *weather was good too
The closest i can come to describing how these "samples" hold up to ANY ipad/phone apps is early java gray box apps in first gen browsers (ouch)
Ugly, jerky, unclear, no global method of customizing or altering or even controlling - amateur graphics, font positioning... UI design..
After going through each and everyone - and UNPINNING them all except a few - im left asking ARE YOU REALLY THAT FAR BEHIND APPLE?
Windows 8 Desktop (?)
First glance - again - looks nice. neat blues - cool start bar - then the - Huh?? 's begin
First thing is - the start menu - YES its gone. I got it (after 20 minutes of trying to locate it)
Remember running "Start" button billboards all over cities when 95 came out?
You clicked it and got the menu?
Good or bad - Id venture to say closing in on 15 years later releasing all versions of windows with a start menu - did no one think... "hey - maybe we should keep the startmenu on the desktop part... or add it as an option"
Perhaps they did - and others said - "no - then we'll get labeled as just taping metro over windows - we have to make them be one thing"
Sounds noble doesnt it?
Problem is they arnt one thing. Read all the comments about gorilla arm and secretaries and no touch capability -
Combing the 2 UI's together like this - might work - for windows 9 - or even 10) but right now it seems like a frankenstien - too much too soon not ready for primetime
On half the UI we right mouse and properties and customization - on the metro side we have none
On one half we have great full screen browsing - with no disney or barbie - i guess the kids can launch the windows "tile" - open IE and use those sites there.
So many of the things Im seeing / trying - Im left shaking my head.
Havent seen this on cnn or anywhere on tv... when apple sneezes its reported. Youd think releasing first glance of windows answer to ipad and the future of windows computing would illicit some form of main stream media coverage - i saw none (tv im talking)
Perhaps you needed to release this - if only to hear and see all the threads and comments about - if there was one thing - how CONFUSING you have made things.. perhaps if id never used a computer before - id love it.. unfortunately ive been using them for decades - and am use to the idea of customizing anything and properties of everything.
All is not lost
There is still hope - re-work the start thing for one. It could be as simple as keeping the regular win7 one - and beside it creating a new simple icon for Metro ("bolted on UI - bla bla" who cares - ) - just make the metro icon beside start - but with in the start area (not just an icon- more important.
NEXT - immediately release whatever the devs here are saying they SAW you present. Get that out next week - or at least the missing customization pieces to Metro.
After that - delete all those sample apps - and just stick photos, media, tuner, browser, videos etc there. Show me how metro displays photos on my pc - not how some jerky games breaks UI rules.
That should get you too a warm and fuzzy place.... best of luck
(ok - let me have it! )