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What is the point of the Metro Interface?
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Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:34AM
On a regular desktop PC I can see no point in the Metro interface. Looking at the number of posts about removing it, I suspect I am not alone. On a regular mouse and keyboard setup it seems messy, unattractive and pointless. Furthermore it is not user friendly if you have an existing arrangement of data that is non-standard. Why can I not point to the actual location of my photos from within the 'Photos' tile? Why would I want to see my Facebook photos on here when I already have them in a folder locally?
I confess to having a (possibly) pathological liking for a clear, empty desktop so I find Metro visually unpleasant but the fact that it is not even useful organisationally just adds insult to injury. I don't believe that PCs are used in the same way as tablets and smart phones. My PC is where I work. My iPad is my lazy leisure appliance and serves its purpose well, but I wouldn't use it as my data organiser.
At the moment, Windows 8 has nothing to offer me over and above Windows 7.
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Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:20AM
To the OP I say "well said!" As someome with over thirty years experience in Windows both using, installing, teaching, problem solving and beta testing since windows 3.0 I am gobsmacked by the arkwardness, un-intuitness, difficulty and general poor layout of windows8. This is supposed to be a evolved windows, but to me is a return to the old days of windows 3.1 where you had two layers working almost together but not quite! As someone who also likes a clear desktop I am not impressed by the windows phone 'metro' interface, if I want that I would use a windows 7.5 phone, as I do! I do not need to have that copied onto my windows front face. My pc is NOT a phone, nor is it a table or notebook or touchscreen laptop. It is my work and play machine for which the mouse and keyboard were designed. Am I going out to pay £200 or more for a touchscreen monitor to sit at arms length...NO CHANCE! Why do I want facebook, tweeter etc on my desktop, I dont use them. I believe the reason for this total change is so that MS can sell more windows phones, I can see no logical reason to have the Metro interface on a desktop. I can see it on a tablet or phone but not otherwise. As a long standing user of MS products and as someonewho has always stood up for MS I can see that windows 7 is the end of windows for pc's. I will contimue to use windows7 until it's demise and only hope something will come along to replace it.
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Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:49AM
Well Folks - When the Metro screen comes up you just click on the Desktop App & you are right back at your good old W7 desktop. I'm not crazy about the Metro features either. What really upsets me is the way IE-10 was redesigned so that we now do not have the Favorites feature to save our often-used URLs into any more. If that feature is still there, I can't find it or figger it out! lol Why do we always have to fix something that is not broken??
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Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:03AM
Sorry mrmagoo10 but selecting the desktop but look closer, This is why many are not useing it. It may take you to the desktop but not the desktop as known in windows 7
As for IE10 the options are still there to do what you are looking for, They are the same as IE9. look for a star in the top right have , that opens the feature you are used to
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Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:46AM
A couple of vids on YouTube which shows why I think MS need to give some sort of start menu as least as an option.
Out of interest I also loaded Window 8 & asked a few visitors to have a play with it - Few were impressed - Change occurs but to drop it on users like a ton of bricks might not be the best way to go about it?
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Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:41PM
Hi Sharpamat - I beg to differ with you but when I click on the Desktop App I see exactly what I would see in W7 - minus the Start Button. I must say that I am running W8 in a virtual environment & this may be affecting some of my problems. I am limited to a mouse & no touch screen. I see the star you mention but the star does not give me access to a Favorites area where I can create folders & group URLs by subject. I only see an option there to add to favorites bar. With over 50 URLs to keep track of, I am not interested in a Favorites Bar, as such. Again, this may be a Virtual Environment problem. I'll keep trying, tho.
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Posted April 2, 2012 at 3:29PM
Hi Again, Sharpamat - I finally got it through my thick head that one has to "right-click" the star in order to see the check boxs for the Menu & Favorites tool bars. All is swell now & I have answered my own questions, at least about IE 10. Thanks for getting me close to the right location.
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Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:42AM
mrmagoo10 what you actually see switching from metro to desktop is the win 8 eta desktop, Not the windows 7 desktop. The main differance is that all previous version of windows from 95 up to win 7 have a classic start menu. Win 8 Beta does not have this with the easier use of the Functions it controls.
The star does give all the normal functions ( Inc add to Favorites ) history etc.This is normally left click, if you right click it will give you the tools too and add the menu bar, you can access the Favorites from there but do not get the add to option this you clearly have done but they are two differant functions
As far as I am aware the same applies to whatever environment you are running the Beta in, if correctley installed it will basically work the same
Not haveing a touch screen display, I cannot say why on your setup it does not. Presume you have a touch screen ?? if not that is why it does not work. without the hardware the software will not work. Others who have posted who do have touch screens in the many posts have not said that in doesnt work at all.
Mouse , keyboard and virtual keyboard I again found no problems
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