I'm afraid I'm going to have to come up with another name for this form. The Visual Studio guys are rocking these days.
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I hope you're right but I'd expect to see some significant leaks about the SP4 by now. Maybe Microsoft is doing a better job than most at keeping their secrets?
@jinx101: Hammer meets nail. You've captured the core of what it wrong with Microsoft's thinking since W8.
^^ Pretty much this. Why does Microsoft, at least from a UI standpoint, believe that tablet, phone, laptop, desktop, and server use-cases are the same? Just sitting here from a customer point of view, it doesn't seem like this basic thing is understood by Microsoft.
Yes and yes! One size does not fit all! I hated what Microsoft did to the desktop experience in W8 and I equally hate what they did touch the touch experience in W10. Same song & dance from Microsoft.
I think the differentiation you need to draw on is that it's not Metro that's the problem -- it's the way it's being so terribly implemented by Microsoft. Beyond the needless desktop incursion of W8 and the myopic hamburgerfication of W10 they have mindlessly flattened and de-colored much of the Windows experience to the point where it's hard to work with. Everything blends together and no amount of hi-dpi monitors is going to fix that (if you recall that what Microsoft was saying when W8 came out -- hi-dpi would solve WIndows Store apps terrible rendering and would "fix" what they dropped in not including ClearType support). On the desktop I think they were on the right track with squaring up the interface and moving to borderless windows but they went to far by not providing enough visual clues to distinguish windows for each other or to draw out the active window as Bitflipper suggests.
In short I think both you and Bitflipper are right: Microsoft is being both myopic and reactive. And that's a bad combination.
Like we haven't heard that before...
Whether W10's release is in a few weeks or 6 months they don't have a lot of time to make drastic changes. The only hope is if they are hiding 12 months of unfinished work (which would be stupid since they're asking for our feedback on what would be a really old version).
Sadly I think the best will see is some minor refinements but the general state of what W10 is (with it's crippled tablet mode and all) is probably what we'll see in GA. It'll be W10.1 before we see any major course correction if history repeats itself. It's seems like Microsoft is still stuck in the same old groove.
Wow. It's amazing to see so much solidarity in how bad W10 is. I was really hoping W10 was going to be the final fix to the desktop vs. touch/mobile modes of Windows. My first experience with W10 was on a desktop and it was fantastic! OMG! Microsoft got it right! Then I loaded it up on my tablet from Build 2011 and went from OMG to WTF in about 3 seconds.
It started out so well with the concept of Universal Apps (now "Windows Apps", not to be confused with newly named "Windows Desktop Apps"). They did a great job with restoring the desktop and mouse + keyboard support. It almost feels "normal" now. I also like where they are going with adaptive controls in WinRT. Their feedback mechanisms built into W10 are also to be applauded.
They castrated the touch experience in W10. This move is equally as bad as what they did with the desktop for W8. They had a perfectly good touch experience in W8 that they've ruined in W10 and they've offered no reasoning behind it. Furthermore with the hamburger menu they've managed to copy the single most annoying UI/UX trait of Android. I understand the discoverability issue and agree it was a problem but unlike Android they cannot give you the best of both worlds -- include a swipe-from-the-left gesture to display a panel of options. They're all out of swipes now that the taskbar reigns supreme in table mode. I thought they nailed it in W8.1 wil adding the narrow ellipse bar at the bottom of the screen as and indicator that a swipe up would reveal something. All they had to do to finish it was make that presentation optional. But now...taskbar.
They are so fixated about ONE (one way to do anything) that they end up making the experience mediocre at best. If they wanted to have a chance in hell of saving Windows Phone and creating a tablet experience that people actually wanted they're going to have to do an order of magnitude better that what they've shown to-date. Furthermore they are jeopardizing their successful Surface line (or any 2-in-1) by turning it into more of a laptop and less of a tablet IMO. It's Windows for Pen Computing all over again.
I am holding out a little hope that they'll rework tablet mode before release but if rumors hold true and they're targeting a "summer" release they are running out of time (6 months left at best).
And yes I've been loading the feedback tool will tons of brief, narrowly scoped reports -- apologists don't go there.
While we're on this subject. Have you tried using Visio 20013? There is a bewildering "Feature" that attempts to guess what you are doing. When creating a flow chart I dropped a new object and all my lines were incoherently rerouted... Undo! Undo! Ahhh!!! Turned that "Feature" off. Ditto for the other Office 2013 products. First thing, find and turn off all the "try to guess what I am doing" "features". Whew!! Does ANYONE really find this useful? <end rant>.
Yeah that feature sucks. It never guesses that I want to look at pr0n instead of what I'm doing. Bummer.
@DeathByVisualStudio: I was hoping to use it as an email/YouTube/E-Reader device. Cheaper than a Kindle and flexibility of full Windows. But if the text clarity stinks, that is a show-stopper.
Today marks the fourth day that I hit an error when trying to change my shipping address. It must be something with my account.
It may be fine as a YouTube or E-Reader client. Video is good and the Kindle app lets you scale the text. E-mail on the other hand is not so good if you're using the baked-in Windows Store Mail app. It works but the text is quite small.
Good luck on getting your account squared away.