TO GO DEEPER INTO STUPIDITY... The Microsoft team is coming up with a redesigned app screen for Windows 8 as they Discusses Windows 8 Tweaks After User Feedback
The app screen looks furiousely like a desktop full of icons.
So what's the point???!
They are redesigning for the sake of redesigneing.
It's a total waste of time since they will inevitably get closer to classical desktop as they improve the crippled app list.
And they also come up with a Windows 8 Start Menu
that they "keep improving"... to the point it will finaly look like the one on w7.
I don't see the point in installing a completely different product, to find the same things at the end of the day, just diffrently arranged.
About Start Screen (Metro) and the Start Menu:
How we are making customization better
In terms of customization, you are definitely correct in saying that today you can customize the existing Start menu. The method that @Ed1p mentioned allows you to rename folders (breaking uninstall), move around files (breaking per user and per machine setup) and basically reorganize the tree of apps that exist on the system. For those brave souls out there who want to use drag and drop within the Start menu, this is also possible (albeit highly error prone).
However, these are very advanced ways of customizing your system, and unfortunately do not scale to a broad set of customers even if we initially intended them to. Not only do they take a lot of time, but the method is indirect since you’re not actually working within the Start menu. So it requires a lot of burdensome back and forth between Explorer windows and menu flyouts to get to the final result.
The personalization of the Start screen is one of the features that we want to make great, and we’re still iterating on it and to make it better. In the Windows Developer Preview, you can already try flexible group sizes, unpinning tiles, and resizing wide tiles to square tiles. And in the Beta, you’ll also be able to use other improvements based on this dialog, in addition to creating, naming, and rearranging groups.
The ability to put apps where you want them in a spatial layout, to use groupings to better enable recognition, and to move the tiles around on the screen should be a vast improvement over the Start menu. We believe this opens up a whole new world of organization and customization that will dramatically improve working with extremely large sets of apps and shortcuts.
She took a great pain explaining that the classic Start Menu is more difficult to use and configure than Metro.
Except that she forgot that Metro is a "desktop", a Start Screen not a Start Menu.
but even then, I'm not convince that arranging items on Metro is easier than on the Start Menu and definetly not if you use Explorer.
She claims that using Explorer is for advanced users. I wonder what is her definition of "advanced user" since every user is able to drag and drop files in Explorer.
That's even the most basic task on Windows.
The only thing you need is to know where Start Menu folders are, which is not difficult.
If poeple don't take time to arrange their Start Menu what make them think they will do it on Metro?
They'll continue on their journey to kill desktop computing, only to see massive growth in Android and iOS devices. They're just making themselves slowly irrelevant by making their main product worse, thus pushing users to their competitor's products
Unless Microsoft reverses course, I already consider Windows developement as discontinued. Windows is already abandonware to me.
W7 being the last and final version and unless Microsoft changes its policy, we'll still use W7 or earlier in 20 years.
W8 cannot succeed W7 if it's a completely different thing.
Grouping taskbar items means that I need an additional click to see what's open. So the first thing I do when setting up Windows 7 (or Windows 8 desktop) is to ungroup the taskbar items.
Grouping was made worse in W7 because it grouped them under the program's Quick Launch icon if there is one. So you don't even know if a instance of that program is already open because there is no taskbar button.
Taskbar preview can help for graphic apps, but is not very helpfull fo text apps where all windows look the same anyway.
Depending on the user, you may want or not want to enable taskbar preview.
That shows the important of user option.
The worse in W8 is the radical opposition to make things optional.
Edited by Fredledingue, 10 June 2012 - 01:57 PM.