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(PCWorld)   Ballmer: people HATE Metro on the desktop. Its difficult to adjust to, too cluttered, and everyone is shiatting on it. What shall we do? Random Microsofty: Why don't we just drop its name? Ballmer: farking genius   (pcworld.com ) divider line
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2012-08-05 06:35:33 PM  
Windows 8 with the all new AOL interface

www.macmeisters.com
 
2012-08-05 06:40:53 PM  
Jesus Christ, I just dont understand why Microsoft is doing this. This is the biggest farking mistake they have ever made. Everyone tells them this, but they just plug their ears screaming "IM NOT LISTENING!".

MicroSoft, although I use OS X as my primary OS, I also am a gamer, and Windows is where the games are at. I do care about Windows. Hell, when Vista came out, I was a big defender of it. But I cannot defend this! This interface just does not work on a mouse and keyboard system. Please, please, PLEASE, just get rid of it.
 
2012-08-05 06:41:25 PM  
What the hell does this have to do with Charm City?
 
2012-08-05 06:55:34 PM  

cman: Jesus Christ, I just dont understand why Microsoft is doing this. This is the biggest farking mistake they have ever made. Everyone tells them this, but they just plug their ears screaming "IM NOT LISTENING!".


*Puts on tinfoil hat*

They are doing it because they want to move everything to touch screen, which has been Bill Gates' dream for years. In addition, the PC manufacturers are pushing for it because they can charge more money for a laptop with a touch screen. Accessories companies are pushing it as well, because hey, that flat panel monitor you just bought last year isn't a touch screen! You have to replace it! Don't like fingerprints on your monitor? Buy this new touchpad for your desk! Look at how well Windows 8 looks on your TV! You'd better purchase a new one, because your old one isn't a touch screen!

It's not just a move to get people to buy a new OS - they want people to replace everything they already have (except maybe your keyboard).

*takes off tinfoil hat*
 
2012-08-05 09:28:10 PM  

Lsherm: cman: Jesus Christ, I just dont understand why Microsoft is doing this. This is the biggest farking mistake they have ever made. Everyone tells them this, but they just plug their ears screaming "IM NOT LISTENING!".

*Puts on tinfoil hat*

They are doing it because they want to move everything to touch screen, which has been Bill Gates' dream for years. In addition, the PC manufacturers are pushing for it because they can charge more money for a laptop with a touch screen. Accessories companies are pushing it as well, because hey, that flat panel monitor you just bought last year isn't a touch screen! You have to replace it! Don't like fingerprints on your monitor? Buy this new touchpad for your desk! Look at how well Windows 8 looks on your TV! You'd better purchase a new one, because your old one isn't a touch screen!

It's not just a move to get people to buy a new OS - they want people to replace everything they already have (except maybe your keyboard).

*takes off tinfoil hat*


As bad as it is, (and I've used it, it's as bad as you think when it comes to a keyboard and mouse) the UI you're used to is still in there, you'll just have to take an extra step to get into it every time you start up.

I just finished installing a new HTPC running Win7 and I assume I'll upgrade to Win8 at some point. However, neither my desktop nor my television (obviously) are touchscreen. My thought is to get one of those over-sized multi-touch Logitech touch pads to use as the primary interface on the TV and to stick with the traditional UI on the desktop.
 
2012-08-05 09:34:40 PM  
Tries on Lsherm's tin foil hat...

hey this fits really well...

And win8 without-a-name is for tablets, win8 for PC's is mostly still Win7, but with a new number, and "you there, you need the latest, bestest, highest number we have..."

I. like. this. hat.

It's how much?!?

/takes off hat
 
2012-08-05 09:50:20 PM  
As much as I don't love everything they do. It should be noted that the most important part of an OS is not the surface UI or the color scheme.
 
2012-08-05 09:58:48 PM  

cman: This is the biggest farking mistake they have ever made


I'm not saying it doesn't rank up there, but there's some pretty stiff competition for first place.
www.telecommander.com
www.rjlpranks.com
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-05 10:05:12 PM  
MIcrosoft 2012 is General Motors 2006.
 
2012-08-05 10:10:24 PM  

bronyaur1: MIcrosoft 2012 is General Motors 2006.


www.macdaddynews.com

Yeah - Even the White House has given up on Windows.
 
2012-08-05 11:07:11 PM  
It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.
 
2012-08-06 12:09:40 AM  

weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.


yeah same with us. I'm not sure who would blow their brains out faster if we introduced the Metro UI; the end users or the help desk.
 
2012-08-06 12:12:18 AM  

weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.


So what you're saying is that Star Trek The Motion Picture was good and Wrath of Khan was crap?
 
2012-08-06 12:12:28 AM  
Microsoft is convinced that merging the desktop and mobile OS into one code base will finally give them a leg up on Apple in one area. That's the only reasoning behind this that makes any sense.
 
2012-08-06 12:13:29 AM  
The UI is hilariously bad but since it can easily be worked around, it's not a big problem to me.

What scares me is the App Store. Another walled garden, another competitor trying to copy Apple rather than innovate... I'm sure they will try to get me to pay more money to accomplish the same things Windows 7 already does.
 
2012-08-06 12:22:13 AM  

jayhawk88: Microsoft is convinced that merging the desktop and mobile OS into one code base will finally give them a leg up on Apple in one area. That's the only reasoning behind this that makes any sense.


I believe Apple computers actually outsold PCs in the last quarter. This horrible decision will not only deter people from sticking with PCs, but they've broken the UI for Server 2012 too.

They should call the UI "Ballmer". Just like the Edsel.
 
2012-08-06 12:26:15 AM  

cman: Jesus Christ, I just dont understand why Microsoft is doing this. This is the biggest farking mistake they have ever made. Everyone tells them this, but they just plug their ears screaming "IM NOT LISTENING!".

MicroSoft, although I use OS X as my primary OS, I also am a gamer, and Windows is where the games are at. I do care about Windows. Hell, when Vista came out, I was a big defender of it. But I cannot defend this! This interface just does not work on a mouse and keyboard system. Please, please, PLEASE, just get rid of it.


Hey, man, get with the program.... you are a worthless idiot if you can't figure out the simple commands, like "Alt-F4" to close an app, or "Alt-Windows-P-F14" to switch between apps, or if you are too dumb to know, intuitively, the simple gestures to perform basic operations, like the "swirl-swipe-double tap" gesture to open files.

Geez, it's like you are all worthless monkeys unworthy of Windows 8!!! I bet you losers don't even have tabletop touchscreens for your PCs yet and expect to keep using mice and trackballs!!!

Microsoft Rules!!!!

/Sorry, I figured I'd get this out of the way before the Microsoft employees got into the thread and started posting.
//WinMetro may just be the turning point for Microsoft
///Linux is still a pile of crap, though... but for different reasons (I still need to google magic CLI incantations to do things like unlock a mysteriously hung update, for example)
////Hoping Win9 removes the "Windows 8-style UI" and brings back the Orb Menu and program folders
 
2012-08-06 12:31:32 AM  

syrynxx: jayhawk88: Microsoft is convinced that merging the desktop and mobile OS into one code base will finally give them a leg up on Apple in one area. That's the only reasoning behind this that makes any sense.

I believe Apple computers actually outsold PCs in the last quarter.


You can believe that, but that doesn't make it true. Apple sales in 2Q12 were 12% marketshare -- meaning that Windows still holds on to a ~88% share. (Somewhere in there are a few fractions of percent for Linux.)

Source: http://www.bgr.com/2012/07/12/pc-sales-q2-2012-apple-hp-dell-market-sh are/
 
2012-08-06 12:37:10 AM  
Tablets are neat and everything...but nothing, so far, compares to the desktop experience. Your hand is resting on a mouse and you are looking straight ahead at a large screen. If you can't type without looking, that's really the only point you have to tilt your head down.

With the tablet, you have to hold it with one hand and swipe with the other while looking downward at a much smaller space than a desktop monitor. It's not practical for long periods of time.
 
2012-08-06 12:38:23 AM  

THGL: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

So what you're saying is that Star Trek The Motion Picture was good and Wrath of Khan was crap?


The Motion Picture was quite good, I thought.

I can see how it wouldn't sit well with the ADHD crowd but otherwise it was an excellent movie.

/and I'm still surprised it got a G rating with its transporter accident scene
//I don't easily get squicked out but ew.
 
2012-08-06 12:39:40 AM  
toastytech.com

Looks almost as retarded as this pOS...

/obscure?
 
2012-08-06 12:42:06 AM  

zvoidx: Tablets are neat and everything...but nothing, so far, compares to the desktop experience. Your hand is resting on a mouse and you are looking straight ahead at a large screen. If you can't type without looking, that's really the only point you have to tilt your head down.

With the tablet, you have to hold it with one hand and swipe with the other while looking downward at a much smaller space than a desktop monitor. It's not practical for long periods of time.


Yeah, it always bugged me whenever I'd read 'tech' articles stating that we would all be moving away from the keyboard/mouse to a touchscreen on desktop machines. How long do you think you can hold your arm aloft in order to control your machine? We're still using the old keyboard and mouse combo because it just works for desktops, just like cars still use a steering wheel. Handheld devices sure, touch is often better.
 
2012-08-06 12:43:40 AM  

Kuoxasar: The UI is hilariously bad but since it can easily be worked around, it's not a big problem to me.

What scares me is the App Store. Another walled garden, another competitor trying to copy Apple rather than innovate... I'm sure they will try to get me to pay more money to accomplish the same things Windows 7 already does.


This is where you lost me. You've always lived in a walled garden. Get over it.
 
2012-08-06 12:54:12 AM  

flaminio: syrynxx: jayhawk88: Microsoft is convinced that merging the desktop and mobile OS into one code base will finally give them a leg up on Apple in one area. That's the only reasoning behind this that makes any sense.

I believe Apple computers actually outsold PCs in the last quarter.

You can believe that, but that doesn't make it true. Apple sales in 2Q12 were 12% marketshare -- meaning that Windows still holds on to a ~88% share. (Somewhere in there are a few fractions of percent for Linux.)

Source: http://www.bgr.com/2012/07/12/pc-sales-q2-2012-apple-hp-dell-market-sh are/


Well, hmm. The argument is regarding consumer home computers and your rebuttal is a report of sales of pre-fabricated computers by selected major vendor.

Not every home consumer buys a pre-fab and there are other, very large markets that buy pre-fabs in bulk.

Also the major source of the analysis was Gartner, please try not to suck at this so much in the future.
 
2012-08-06 12:58:53 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: flaminio: syrynxx: jayhawk88: Microsoft is convinced that merging the desktop and mobile OS into one code base will finally give them a leg up on Apple in one area. That's the only reasoning behind this that makes any sense.

I believe Apple computers actually outsold PCs in the last quarter.

You can believe that, but that doesn't make it true. Apple sales in 2Q12 were 12% marketshare -- meaning that Windows still holds on to a ~88% share. (Somewhere in there are a few fractions of percent for Linux.)

Source: http://www.bgr.com/2012/07/12/pc-sales-q2-2012-apple-hp-dell-market-sh are/

Well, hmm. The argument is regarding consumer home computers and your rebuttal is a report of sales of pre-fabricated computers by selected major vendor.

Not every home consumer buys a pre-fab and there are other, very large markets that buy pre-fabs in bulk.

Also the major source of the analysis was Gartner, please try not to suck at this so much in the future.


Can you post that again -- in English this time? You didn't make any sense on your first try.
 
2012-08-06 01:02:39 AM  
Hell, it's Windows Media Center, why not use the name it already has?
 
2012-08-06 01:04:39 AM  
For desktops I could imagine that UI working nicely with technology that doesn't require to smudge your fingers against the screen, but rather can detect fingers and motions up to 3 inches away from the screen. It'd be nice to be able to swipe up and down, zoom with fingers, touch the icons, etc from a few inches away. Sort of like the UI they had in Minority Report. I could imagine that happening in a few years.
 
2012-08-06 01:04:45 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: THGL: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

So what you're saying is that Star Trek The Motion Picture was good and Wrath of Khan was crap?

The Motion Picture was quite good, I thought.

I can see how it wouldn't sit well with the ADHD crowd but otherwise it was an excellent movie.

/and I'm still surprised it got a G rating with its transporter accident scene
//I don't easily get squicked out but ew.


That movie would have been a lot better if it had been an original IP and not Star Trek. The glacial pacing and overall tone just didn't fit well with the Star Trek setting. It felt cold and clinical, like they wanted to mash up Star Trek with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or maybe the plot ran short so they went with the overly-long special effects shots to pad the length.

As a pure sci-fi movie it works, and there's nothing wrong with it. But as a Star Trek movie it falls flat on its face.
 
2012-08-06 01:05:45 AM  

pyrotek85: zvoidx: Tablets are neat and everything...but nothing, so far, compares to the desktop experience. Your hand is resting on a mouse and you are looking straight ahead at a large screen. If you can't type without looking, that's really the only point you have to tilt your head down.

With the tablet, you have to hold it with one hand and swipe with the other while looking downward at a much smaller space than a desktop monitor. It's not practical for long periods of time.

Yeah, it always bugged me whenever I'd read 'tech' articles stating that we would all be moving away from the keyboard/mouse to a touchscreen on desktop machines. How long do you think you can hold your arm aloft in order to control your machine? We're still using the old keyboard and mouse combo because it just works for desktops, just like cars still use a steering wheel. Handheld devices sure, touch is often better.


Yep, the gorilla arm studies were done in the 80's.
Why are they trying this crap again?
 
2012-08-06 01:06:04 AM  

timujin: My thought is to get one of those over-sized multi-touch Logitech touch pads to use as the primary interface on the TV and to stick with the traditional UI on the desktop.


I am pretty happy with Unified Remote (Windows server and Android app). I wouldn't want to use it as my sole mouse, but for HTPC remote control use it's pretty good. http://www.unifiedremote.com/
 
2012-08-06 01:10:52 AM  
It just looks like a cluttered mess. Goodbye, staring at a beautiful woman in a bikini on your desktop, hello ridiculously large tiles. I don't understand why Microsoft are trying to turn their desktop OS into one that looks like a farking smart phone OS.

I'm sticking with Windows 7. I don't give a rats ass if I can get W8 for 15 bucks or even free.
 
2012-08-06 01:17:29 AM  

skazzytl: For desktops I could imagine that UI working nicely with technology that doesn't require to smudge your fingers against the screen, but rather can detect fingers and motions up to 3 inches away from the screen. It'd be nice to be able to swipe up and down, zoom with fingers, touch the icons, etc from a few inches away. Sort of like the UI they had in Minority Report. I could imagine that happening in a few years.


Leap ($70) Link
 
2012-08-06 01:21:55 AM  

Neondistraction: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: THGL: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

So what you're saying is that Star Trek The Motion Picture was good and Wrath of Khan was crap?

The Motion Picture was quite good, I thought.

I can see how it wouldn't sit well with the ADHD crowd but otherwise it was an excellent movie.

/and I'm still surprised it got a G rating with its transporter accident scene
//I don't easily get squicked out but ew.

That movie would have been a lot better if it had been an original IP and not Star Trek. The glacial pacing and overall tone just didn't fit well with the Star Trek setting. It felt cold and clinical, like they wanted to mash up Star Trek with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or maybe the plot ran short so they went with the overly-long special effects shots to pad the length.

As a pure sci-fi movie it works, and there's nothing wrong with it. But as a Star Trek movie it falls flat on its face.


I disagree. The movie centered around the character of James Kirk. 2001 undeniably made an impact in its pacing but it was otherwise a movie version of the TV show.

It's hard to argue with "as a Star Trek movie" though. I loved Wrath of Khan but I think it's unfortunate that its heavy cribbing from Horatio Hornblower had such an impact on sci-fi in general.

Then there's the NextGen movies which are just plain baffling... Noted intergalactic scholar and diplomat Jean Luc Picard turned Michael Bay action hero? Bleh.
 
2012-08-06 01:24:54 AM  

zvoidx: skazzytl: For desktops I could imagine that UI working nicely with technology that doesn't require to smudge your fingers against the screen, but rather can detect fingers and motions up to 3 inches away from the screen. It'd be nice to be able to swipe up and down, zoom with fingers, touch the icons, etc from a few inches away. Sort of like the UI they had in Minority Report. I could imagine that happening in a few years.

Leap ($70) Link


Leap looks like it'd be awesome with Windows 8 on desktops.
 
2012-08-06 01:34:03 AM  

erewhon: Hell, it's Windows Media Center, why not use the name it already has?


XBOX Dashboard too.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-06 01:35:38 AM  
I'm sure the focus group responsible for Metro's creation will come up with a suitable name soon.
 
2012-08-06 01:40:42 AM  

studman 69: It just looks like a cluttered mess. Goodbye, staring at a beautiful woman in a bikini on your desktop, hello ridiculously large tiles. I don't understand why Microsoft are trying to turn their desktop OS into one that looks like a farking smart phone OS.

I'm sticking with Windows 7. I don't give a rats ass if I can get W8 for 15 bucks or even free.


If I were to guess, it would be because Win7 is pretty much the ultimate evolution of the Windows desktop. The only way they can hole to innovate without being accused to trying to sell people an update pack is to change everything about it. Even if the whole thing is ass-backwards design wise.
 
2012-08-06 01:41:54 AM  

zvoidx: Tablets are neat and everything...but nothing, so far, compares to the desktop experience. Your hand is resting on a mouse and you are looking straight ahead at a large screen. If you can't type without looking, that's really the only point you have to tilt your head down.

With the tablet, you have to hold it with one hand and swipe with the other while looking downward at a much smaller space than a desktop monitor. It's not practical for long periods of time.


Tables are for consuming content. Desktops are for creating it.
 
2012-08-06 01:54:35 AM  
How about just dropping Windows 8 entirely and we wait a year or two for Windows 9. You know, the one that actually WORKS ;)
 
2012-08-06 01:56:24 AM  
Why not just call it "Bob"?

//or Zoidberg?
 
2012-08-06 02:04:05 AM  
They should just bring it full circle and launch DOS 2012. I would honestly rather use that.
 
2012-08-06 02:07:58 AM  

weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.


2000 was actually great. Win 2K Pro was easily in the top 3 of what Microsoft has ever done.
 
2012-08-06 02:19:16 AM  
How to close a program in Windows:

Windows 95-Windows 7: Click the Close Button.

Windows 8 - Click near the top of the Metro app and while holding down the mouse button carefully drag the mouse cursor down to the bottom of the screen and release the button... WTF Microsoft?
 
2012-08-06 02:34:41 AM  

carnifex2005: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.

2000 was actually great. Win 2K Pro was easily in the top 3 of what Microsoft has ever done.


2K Pro was best until XP Service Pack 3. Then XP got better than 2K. And by then the cost of RAM had come down to the point most computers could comfortably handle XP's larger RAM footprint.
 
2012-08-06 02:43:14 AM  

omeganuepsilon: erewhon: Hell, it's Windows Media Center, why not use the name it already has?

XBOX Dashboard too.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x480]


It drives me nuts - the 'tab order', if you will, makes no sense. If the purpose of it was to get me to swear at my tv even when I'm not playing games, mission accomplished.
 
2012-08-06 02:45:00 AM  

Ed Grubermann: carnifex2005: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.

2000 was actually great. Win 2K Pro was easily in the top 3 of what Microsoft has ever done.

2K Pro was best until XP Service Pack 3. Then XP got better than 2K. And by then the cost of RAM had come down to the point most computers could comfortably handle XP's larger RAM footprint.


SP2 XP was already better than 2K Pro.
 
2012-08-06 02:48:23 AM  

rocky_howard: Ed Grubermann: carnifex2005: weave: It's like Star Trek movies, every other one is shiat.

At work, we had NT, skipped 2000, deployed XP, skipped Vista, deployed 7 -- already talking about skipping this crap.

2000 was actually great. Win 2K Pro was easily in the top 3 of what Microsoft has ever done.

2K Pro was best until XP Service Pack 3. Then XP got better than 2K. And by then the cost of RAM had come down to the point most computers could comfortably handle XP's larger RAM footprint.

SP2 XP was already better than 2K Pro.


I would agree with that. The thing is that Win 2K Pro was very good right out of the box (like Windows 7 was). That type of success without service packs is extremely rare with Microsoft.
 
2012-08-06 03:14:48 AM  
Abortion
ClusterFark
MoransRus
ThisIsWhatHappensWhenWeHaveTwoTeamsDevelopeEveryOtherVersion
 
2012-08-06 03:15:32 AM  

baorao: yeah same with us. I'm not sure who would blow their brains out faster if we introduced the Metro UI; the end users or the help desk.


I just got the opportunity to do a walk through with "metro" a couple of weeks ago. I went straight back to the office and told management if they decided to roll it out, we'd need to outsource the call center.
 
2012-08-06 03:15:44 AM  

Skyfrog: How to close a program in Windows:

Windows 95-Windows 7: Click the Close Button.

Windows 8 - Click near the top of the Metro app and while holding down the mouse button carefully drag the mouse cursor down to the bottom of the screen and release the button... WTF Microsoft?


You're kidding, right?
RIGHT????
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
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