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I originally started this post when I had the Windows 8 preview setup on VirtualBox image. I have since put the RTM bits on a Dell E6530 that is my new work laptop. It isn’t a table so I am not getting the touch experience, but as a developer this makes the most sense for the moment. This is the first Windows OS that I have had to spend much time exploring to even get started. The first thing I ran into was when I clicked on the desktop icon I was lost. Where is the Start menu? Where are my programs? ...
I didn’t really try Windows 8 in the consumer preview or the technical preview, but I tend to shy away from beta software. The only experience I had with the OS prior to today was through someone else’s tablet and on a tablet it’s very sexy. So once RTM was going to hit on MSDN I decided I would try a desktop upgrade on my massively beefy system. Here are some of my first impressions: I feel like metro is geared too much towards devices. It’s a sexy interface for phones and tablets, but it doesn’t ...
Windows 8 is here (or at least very close) and that was the main feature of this morning’s key note. Antoine LeBlond started off by apologizing to the IT professionals since he planned on showing code. I’m not sure if IT Pros are that easily confused or why you would need such a disclaimer. Developers do real work, IT Pros just play with toys (just kidding). The highlights of the Windows 8 keynote for me started with some of the UI design elements that I had not seen when I was shown one of the Build ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...
I just got back from Build 2011, and rather than spout my own theories (I’ll get to them later), I want to point you at a post by Kieth Elder. Basically, he says that there are two modes of using data, creation and consumption. Metro is for consumption, desktop mode is for creation. I think he’s spot on! Technorati Tags: Windows 8,Metro ...
User interfaces and user experience design is a fast moving field. It’s something that changes pretty quick: what feels fresh today will look outdated tomorrow. I remember the day I first got a beta version of Windows 95 and I felt swept away by the user interface of the OS. It felt so modern! If I look back now, it feels old. Well, it should: the design is 17 years old which is an eternity in our field. Of course, this is not limited to UI. Same goes for many industries. I want you to think back ...