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Change may be less extreme than some expected, but may leave some unhappy campers

You don't put desktop in the corner.

That sentiment is at the heart of much of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) faithful’s increasing frustration with Windows 8.  Loyal Windows blogger Paul Thurrott went as far as to compare it to the much loathed Windows ME ("Millennium Edition").  Others have been more charitable, praising its strong touch support.  And manufacturers seem to be on board with Microsoft's message, at least, showing of a slew of hybrid notebooks and tablets [1][2][3].

When word leaked that Microsoft had snipped out the code that allowed the Start Menu to be re-enabled on the desktop via third-party hacks, many commenters flipped out and let their rage be known.  They weren't much happier when they heard that the Aero UI theme found in Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktops would be replaced by a Metro UI alternative.  (The current publicly available Release Preview retains the Aero UI theme.)

So how bad (or good) is the new Metro desktop makeover? Judge for yourself from these screenshots from WinUnleaked.

Windows 8 Metro Desktop

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Windows 8 Metro Desktop
(Click any image to enlarge) [Images Source: WindowsUnleaked]

While there's no real reason to doubt the authenticity of these shots, bear in mind that the leaked OS is a pre-RTM (release to manufacturing/marketing) build.  Even the poster "canouna" warns, "Please keep in mind this is not the FINAL theme."

Some people have already (for better or worse) drawn comparisons between the Metro theme and the Windows XP Water Color theme:

XP Water Color
 [Image Source: "The Rock"/WindowsUnleaked]

Of course, the bad news is that Microsoft appears to be locking the Desktop to Metro UI, though there's faint hope that it might leave in legacy code allowing transparency to be re-enabled.  Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) is still running on the test builds, but there's no telling if it will contain the Aero code any more.  Microsoft has stated before that Aero wastes battery life and consumes extra processing power versus the cleaner Metro UI, so that may be justification in Microsoft's mind for the switch.

As far as further changes to the desktop, the top two rumors are that Microsoft may complete the Metro makeover with new Metro-styled icons.  A second rumor is that the Office-esque "Ribbon" will be added to more of the menus, as this was the case in certain early builds.

So what do you think?  Is the Metro desktop in its current form a stud or a dud?

Source: WindowsUnleaked

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RE: Looks like...
By sbtech on 6/14/2012 3:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
No need to call. Unless you want us to call you to get some sense in your head before you make these silly posts.

None of these software will be supported by Red Hat staff. Neither will they be supported by Microsoft, unless we are specifically considering Microsoft Dynamics.

ERP software that you are talking about will be supported by the respective ERP vendors.

Please think before you post.

RE: Looks like...
By retrospooty on 6/14/2012 3:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
"Please think before you post."

You arent grasping what I am talking about here. Read up some on how IT works and read the rest of this thread to gain a clue before you start insulting people.

RE: Looks like...
By sbtech on 6/14/2012 3:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
First I apologize. You are correct, my tone was completely uncalled for. Had a stressful day, but I should have been objective. I am sorry.

But the objective part of the post (buried under the rest of my stupid tone) remains valid.

RE: Looks like...
By retrospooty on 6/14/2012 3:57:46 PM , Rating: 3
No worries. been there guilty of that myself.

I agree, its not everything in every company, but its the only A to Z solution and it is running most things in most companies. That is all I was trying to say. Linux/Unix servers have their place, in the IT world, but MS owns it.

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