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Browser Rivals Fall in Win 8 Metro Line

It is clear that Mozilla and the folks behind Google Chrome aren't fans of Redmond. But Windows 8 is a platform, and you don't win the browser war by ignoring big chunks of the market. So  Google, Mozilla and possibly even Opera will support the Win 8 Metro interface.

That's good news because many of us  like to use multiple browsers.

With this kind of support, Metro may truly  be a huge departure from traditional Windows. As long as it doesn't hang, and doesn't confuse, I'm ready to go.

What about you? Is an all-new interface just what the doctor ordered? Or does it make you a bit ill? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/16/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 Ed Colorado

Ill. OK for tablets, not very good for a desktop.

Sat, Mar 17, 2012 RichardOnRails MD, USA

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.

Fri, Mar 16, 2012 Chris FL

Definitely a bit ill

Fri, Mar 16, 2012 Pete B UK

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 10ft 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 use-cases where I need to have 2 or more windows up (I know there's the possibility of 2, but it seems clunky) - e.g. 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?

Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Hi, Installed W8 on and old Dell 8300 with 1.25G RAM. Ran fine. No SoundMax audio drivers. Otherwise, fun to use.

Fri, Mar 16, 2012 TM

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

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