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(Venture Beat)   Google Chrome goes metrosexual for Windows 8, thinks your desktop is gaudy   (venturebeat.com) divider line 23
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2012-06-12 05:21:34 AM  
No one ever goes metrosexual for me... wait, let me rephrase that.
 
2012-06-12 05:23:13 AM  
So the big draw of Chrome for Windows 8 is that it looks like Chrome for Windows 7? Well that's sure to make me shell out money for a new OS.
 
2012-06-12 01:30:39 PM  
Looks Like Crap.
 
2012-06-12 01:47:01 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So the big draw of Chrome for Windows 8 is that it looks like Chrome for Windows 7? Well that's sure to make me shell out money for a new OS.


Why did you write this, look at it, and post it?

In what world do you think anyone or anything is saying you should buy Windows 8 because Chrome is available?
 
2012-06-12 02:02:56 PM  
Using the preview release of 8 has been an interesting experiencing so far and i'm glad to see they're pushing out a new version of Chrome to handle it. MY current un-upgraded version kept crashing all the time and this should take care of it.

So far I've no complaints regarding 8. The new start interface is interesting and it didn't take me long to "adapt" to it. My biggest hurdle is that I use the Run command a lot and it took me a sec to locate it and adjust it so it was easier to get to. I honestly like the lack of a Start orb since it cleans up the taskbar nicely. The ability for regular programs and stuff from the Windows store to "share" the screen is interesting, but I really haven't seen much that makes me see this as a major benefit. A neat parlor trick, sure, but not a benefit. I'll echo other complaints about the shut down function being buried a bit, but to be honest, it's exceptionally rare that I ever manually power my laptop off. I actually have had a scheduled task set on most of my computers for years that do a reboot every morning at around 4AM.

The boot time is the real winner here and what made me take notice of 8 when the first discussed it. It's amazingly fast and finally catching up to boot times for most every other OS out there and I like that, a LOT. Again, not that I cycle my laptop often, but it's nice to know that if I need to, I'm not down for long.

The unfortunate thing is that i'll never get to really use 8 since i'm moving to an Android tablet since I don't "need" a laptop anymore. However, I am glad for this because I'm talking a lot of friends into moving to a cloud-based solution and a combo of Windows 8 (familiarity) and Chrome running as their "desktop" would work nicely. I'm about to walk my mother through something like this and admit that Windows 8 would cut down on some effort.
 
2012-06-12 02:55:01 PM  
BUT IF THE MENU BAR ISN'T IN ALL CAPS, IT ISN'T REALLY METRO, NOW IS IT?

No, seriously, the new Visual Studio is all "metro-y" and that's their standard menu bar.
 
2012-06-12 03:00:34 PM  
I'm sitting here, with a megabyte or two web page in front of me on my right monitor.

In my left I have the task manager open and I'm watching Google Chrome use more and more memory. The two largest instances of Chrome have grown to a quarter of a gigabyte, just to display a sub megabyte website.

I haven't played with the other browsers lately, but watching Chrome become a resource hog isn't good for it's future. I generally have to restart it when it hits the gigabyte mark, and that's a pain in my ass when it happens while I have three work related tabs open and have to restart from logins.
 
2012-06-12 03:11:51 PM  

t3knomanser: BUT IF THE MENU BAR ISN'T IN ALL CAPS, IT ISN'T REALLY METRO, NOW IS IT?

No, seriously, the new Visual Studio is all "metro-y" and that's their standard menu bar.


I HEARD THAT, TOO. GUI ELEMENTS SHOULD SHOUT TO GET YOUR ATTENTION AND SLOW YOUR ABILITY TO READ THE SCREEN QUICKLY, APPARENTLY? I THINK NEXT, MS SHOULD WORK ON SECONDS LONG WAV FILES TO NOTIFY THE USER THAT THEY HAVE, IN FACT, TOUCHED A GUI CONTROL. PERHAPS THEY COULD FIND THE AOL MAIL VOICE ACTOR AND SAY THINGS LIKE "YOU'VE CHOSEN TO PRINT" OR "YOU'VE SCROLLED DOWN". BUT DONT' WORRY, I'M SURE THERE'LL BE A REGISTRY KEY TO TURN IT OFF.
 
2012-06-12 03:23:08 PM  
What the hell is "metrosexual"?
 
2012-06-12 03:57:39 PM  

offmymeds: What the hell is "metrosexual"?



The World's Most Interesting Man on "Metrosexual:"

j.imagehost.org
"I have no idea what that means."
 
2012-06-12 04:34:45 PM  
What is this I don't even.
 
2012-06-12 05:09:30 PM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So the big draw of Chrome for Windows 8 is that it looks like Chrome for Windows 7?

Chrome looks the same on all operating systems.

Which is to say, it looks like chrome. And not like any of the programs on the host operating system :P
 
2012-06-12 05:23:21 PM  
The ITU is gonna kill the Internet, so all this is meaningless.
 
2012-06-12 05:26:08 PM  

schattenteufel: The World's Most Interesting Man on "Metrosexual:"


I think an East Coast Jewish guy who speaks with a fake Latin accent would know a thing or two about metrosexuality. Just sayin'.
 
2012-06-12 06:03:02 PM  

lordargent: And not like any of the programs on the host operating system :P


It blends in pretty well on the Mac. The tab-bar-as-titles is a bit weird relative to other apps, but everything else about its design is very OSX.
 
2012-06-12 06:43:19 PM  
If you're adapting to a new version of Windows, you are why Windows will not adapt to you.

Windows sucks because far, far too many Windows users are OK with that.

Chrome is fine for what it is, but it revolves around doing internet things that I generally avoid doing -- the things that I don't want to have built into the browser. Most people feel otherwise, and that's fine. For people who like that sort of thing, yadda yadda.
 
2012-06-12 07:08:42 PM  

RandomAxe: If you're adapting to a new version of Windows, you are why Windows will not adapt to you.

Windows sucks because far, far too many Windows users are OK with that.

Chrome is fine for what it is, but it revolves around doing internet things that I generally avoid doing -- the things that I don't want to have built into the browser. Most people feel otherwise, and that's fine. For people who like that sort of thing, yadda yadda.


I'm sorry you think windows sucks, but your opinion isn't objective fact.
 
2012-06-12 09:48:39 PM  

Ed Finnerty: What is this I don't even.


More WTF: IE9 brings you the internet in HD
 
2012-06-13 12:33:24 AM  

RandomAxe: If you're adapting to a new version of Windows, you are why Windows will not adapt to you.

Windows sucks because far, far too many Windows users are OK with that.

Chrome is fine for what it is, but it revolves around doing internet things that I generally avoid doing -- the things that I don't want to have built into the browser. Most people feel otherwise, and that's fine. For people who like that sort of thing, yadda yadda.


Things change.

I've never understood us nerds on some things.

"I know multiple programming languages, am learning two more right now, upgrade my computer's graphics card whenever the new $1000 top-of-the-line is released, and love trying nightly alpha and beta builds of Android ROMs..."

"... but don't you dare try to make me learn a few feature changes in an OS."
 
2012-06-13 12:36:03 AM  

t3knomanser: lordargent: And not like any of the programs on the host operating system :P

It blends in pretty well on the Mac. The tab-bar-as-titles is a bit weird relative to other apps, but everything else about its design is very OSX.


Chrome is only tabs on the title bar. There is really nothing else to it design-wise except for that wrench on the right.
 
2012-06-13 01:45:19 AM  
LasersHurt: I'm sorry you think windows sucks, but your opinion isn't objective fact.

Windows sucks, but so does every other operating system, to a degree (windows is the worst of the bunch though, there are simply too many hacks and slashes in the code to create a unified experience, for example.).

In windows 7 explorer, there is now an "Organize" menu in addition to the classical "Edit" menu. They share many of the same menu options, but true to windows, there's no consistency.

Let's start with the minor stuff. In the Edit menu, undo and redo are in their own section (note the separator) at the top. In the Organize menu, they are at the bottom in the same section. OK, I can live with that.

In the Edit menu, the shortcut keys are hinted, in the organize menu, you don't see the shortcuts (I'm fine with that, as an experienced user, I already know the window shortcuts for cut/copy/paste)

The Edit menu has the option to paste shortcuts, but the organize menu doesn't.

The Edit menu has the option to copy or move items to a folder but this is missing from the organize folder (Moving items to another folder is exactly what I would expect to be in an organize menu option though)

Anyway, this is all besides the point, none of that bothered me because I just used the edit menu, the whole reason I took these screenshots is because I was looking for something that used to be in the tools menu (since around windows 95) and they moved it to the Organize menu (but it's not something that I would think of as 'organization'). Decades of windows indoctrination out the window.

(note the little edit menu peeking out from the top)
lordargent.com

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blipponaut : Chrome is only tabs on the title bar. There is really nothing else to it design-wise except for that wrench on the right.

Chrome on Ubuntu vs Firefox on ubuntu. Notice the differing window controls, and the differing window color. Chrome doesn't follow the window theming, so it doesn't look like any other window on the system.

lordargent.com

// I only use windows at work now. Years of annoyances drove me to linux again and again, and ubuntu 10.04 was finally good enough for me to make the jump (though newer versions of Ubuntu are starting to get annoying as Shuttleworth caters to new users vs experienced users).
 
2012-06-13 02:39:59 AM  

RandomAxe: Chrome is fine for what it is, but it revolves around doing internet things that I generally avoid doing -- the things that I don't want to have built into the browser. Most people feel otherwise, and that's fine. For people who like that sort of thing, yadda yadda.



Which features are built into Chrome that you don't want?
 
2012-06-13 04:34:16 AM  
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