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Doug's Mailbag: Metro Hate

Here are some strongly opinionated thoughts on Microsoft's new Windows 8 interface:

I really want to like the metro interface but I see a lot of problems with it on the desktop. For a start, everything seems to have a big 10-foot interface -- OK, maybe not that bad, but not great for big monitors on a PC (fine for a tablet).

And this insistence on full-screen for everything... There's so many times where I need to have two or more windows up (I know there's the possibility of two, but it seems clunky). For example, just now I had a browser window open with a mathematical formula, a calculator open to calculate with that formula and a notepad to write the results. How will I do that on metro? Constantly flicking between them?
-Pete

I'm a retired computer consultant and have been using Windows since v. 3.1. But I stopped upgrading after XP and will switch completely to Linux after MS stops fixing XP bugs. These constant interface upgrades have all struck me as a complete waste of my time. Why MS didn't simply add new hooks in XP for new features is beyond me.
-Richard

Might as well bring back Microsoft Bob. The metro interface is for pure idiots
-TM   

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Posted by Doug Barney on 03/23/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Max

Win8 isn't an "upgrade" as far as I'm concerned. I'll just use what I have (Win7 and stuff) until it doesn't work any more. Then I'll re-evaluate. Maybe it will be time to go to Mac!

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 Denise

@Pete - copy the formula from the browser, paste it into One Note, plug in the values for the variables, and see your result? Bonus: You can now save it in OneNote, sync it with a mobile device, and have your answer with you (almost) anywhere you go

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