Originally Posted by Khaotik55
This is what I was thinking, but I didn't know how to say it other than "I don't like how it's a whole new window".
Originally Posted by Warmonger
WHAT?! stop trying to run this on your i386 dude. The actions are faster on Windows 8 then on Windows 7 if you don't believe me ill record a video and compare it to anyone who has Windows 7. And the transition between the desktop and metro interface is completely smooth, fast, and functional. I believe the Unity comparison is completely fair, and close to exactly the same situation. Windows 8 doesn't "dump" you into a new environment at all. It directs you to a visual interface where you can make all of your typical start menu actions and then some. FYI the super bar has not changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8, if you were doing that heavy of a workload to where you wish to not be bothered by a start menu then pin it to the task bar. In case if you didn't know but the classic start menu was never part of the desktop environment to begin with either.
Broad actions yes, I absolutely agree that they are faster. Navigating from task to task is not. I am not running it on a i386
In fact I am running it on the same system as my Windows 7. Even stripped down against Windows 7 it is slower and less efficient
for multitasking until you have every single bit of what you want to up on your working screen.
How you can say that it does not "dump" you into a new environment is beyond me. You are either blind or ignorant or both. It completely dumps you into a new environment that does not look, feel, or function like the rest of the OS.
As for pinning to the task bar, I'm not going to pin and unpin applications every single time I change or tweak my workflow. That is retarded. Pinning to task-bar is meant for quick access, not to facilitate multitasking.
Windows 95 introduced the start menu, and it has been a pretty successful since then with same/similar ideas being present across pretty much every other OS out there. If it was not an effective way of interfacing to facilitate productivity and multitasking it would have been scrapped a long time ago.
This is not a leap forward for productivity, and no amount of convincing that you try to do is going to change my mind. Only showing me that you can more effectively do the same actions on Metro using the same system will.
At the end of the day, different systems exist for a reason. Not all usage patterns and requirements are the same. I hate being forced to conform to a dumbed down, blatantly idiotic interface so that I can conform to average user. Tablets are not productivity devices and trying to pull them into the same realm as desktops through UI unification is absolutely stupid. It is a step back, not forward. In fact, I have the same opinion of tablets and "apps" in general. By and large apps are nothing but a collection of half-baked, poorly thought out garbage that can be spewed en-mass for profit. It is much more profitable than selling large scale properly designed applications. A few years back if you told somebody "how about I sell you functions of your application instead of the whole application" they would look at you and laugh right in your face. Now that has become the norm. Everything now days passes for applications and I think it basically takes a giant dump on the whole profession of software engineering.Edited by dejanh - 3/1/12 at 2:34pm