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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?

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.

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

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


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