Windows 8 Desktop's Metro UI Makeover Leaks
June 14, 2012 11:21 AM
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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. (
) 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 [
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
(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 (
arketing) 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:
[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?
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RE: Why not have both?
6/16/2012 7:06:12 AM
So in essence, they are using their virtual monopoly on the desktop space to push for a new paradigm. If only a good alternative OS existed that worked equally well (No, Linux is not an alternative thanks to the assholes that are too focused on licences rather than the actual software), people would just move to there. Metro currently has no leverage other than it comes with Desktop Windows.
My biggest gripe with Windows 8 is the being closed portion. I don't like closed stores that only allow certain software, Windows wasn't iOS (and thank god it wasn't), I don't know why MS is so bent on making it like that. As long as another company's software has a say on how I should be using my computer, I won't use that software. Sadly that means I'm stuck with Windows 7 for the foreseeable future as FreeBSD and co. don't have good hardware support.
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