Adapt or perish; the time it takes you to learn a new interface is nothing compared with the reduced stress from using it
Sure I'll adapt... and find a solution to avoid w8.
Not because we don't like it, in fact there are good things in it, it's just very badly, horribly implemented.
No, I'll avoid losing time with W8 because it will be dead in a few months.
There is no point in learning to use something that won't exist save on small hand-held devices which work completely differently anyway.
As the market is concerned Windows 8 will be DoA (Dead on Arrival).
You can already see it whith Micrososft backpedalling fast as they try to improve the app screen
to make it closer to a classic desktop and pretend to put a fake start menu
at the same place of the real one.
But it won't be enough to avoid a total fiasco.
You know ColdFlo, the poeple are not stupid: They will see very quickely that the only goal of Metro is to put advertisements on your monitor screen.
Just like you have adds on TV and on the radio, media companies find normal to bring adds to computer screens and Metro just serves this function.
It will not work. Poeple will reject it massively.
It's OK to have sponsor adds on websites, it's less OK to have adds everytime you turn on your PC.
There is a red line here which MS is crossing dangerousely.
Anyone who had used a PC before and who will be confronted with Metro will return their machine to the store and ask the vendor to remove this garbage.
Windows 7 is a step back from this precisely because of what you described. Grouping taskbar items means that I need an additional click to see what's open.
That's definitely not what I'd personally call a step back.
This illustrates well why user choice is so important.
Personally, I find the wordless taskbar icons harder to use, as they don't immediately convey as much information to me as the wide verbose taskbar buttons.
The bottom line, of course, is that Windows has been eminently customizable to suit the user's way of working/thinking, but with Windows 8 and Metro this aspect starts getting palpably curtailed.
Yes, With W8 the MS team has lost touch with the userbase and its need of customization.
Out of respect, we are not telling which taskbar configuration is the best.
We give our opinions based on pesonal experience.
JorgeA and me we prefer text labelled buttons, Coffee prefer large visaly, rich icons.
Important Note: when a non-grouped taskbar is too cluttered, quickely drag it up and the buttons align on two rows instead of one.
It makes them already much easier to read.
Drag it one floor up and on 3 rows and you have almost the full text caption on all of them.
Now drag it even higher, to 1/4 of screen height. Wow, it's like you have a cool new "task arranger" without installing any freeware! (You just had to know that you can do it)
Then go even further and drag it to half of the screen. Wooah! ... Metrofied! :dazed: The uLtiMATE C*00*L!
And that's why it was important to remind.
Maybe someone will like the W8 Metro interface, why not.
The point is to have the option.
The option to enable or disable Metro.
Edited by Fredledingue, 11 June 2012 - 02:38 PM.