So I’ve played with the developer preview of windows 8 today. I’m trying to like Metro. But, at least on the desktop, it feels wrong.
In fact, its not really windows anymore. In the sense “windows” are less in favour compared to full screen apps. It really should be called Boxes 1.0
I played around a bit with the new visual studio with metro templates….. great tools as usual. But…designing metro apps feels like a subset. The variety of apps in the windows world would find it hard to translate into a metro style. Some would benefit. So why is this “subset” becoming so dominant?
Blending these two things together seems, at least for the moment, a bad plan. They are forced to do it because they want a touch experience mixed with a desktop experience. Which means the UI has to cater to the LOWEST common denominator. Touch interaction. So microsoft are being sheep and follow in the steps of apple and google and try and design something alternative since the market is buying big on tablets. Microsoft is calling it “re-imagining” windows. But it seems to lack imagination from my perspective. Boxes that can show info in them and represent applications all done in a cartoon style? pfffft smacking ribbon bars on things? speeding stuff up? pffft.
come on, be honest with yourself Microsoft. You are not doing anything innovative, you’ve just got a bunch of UX designers having a crack at windows and mish mashing tablet support in. That’s not imagination!
So far I’m really less than impressed by it. I do like some of the improvements to the *real* windows though.
At least, win 7 is great. Its the final version of getting windows 95 near enough to being *right*. So if win8 does turn out to be a mish mash of UX designer “goodness” that no one likes, then they can have another crack at it while relying on win 7 to hold the fort.