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13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 Beamer
Dmitri_M wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 10:25:
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 07:31:
Did you guys see that Microsoft made some changes to the desktop side earlier this week?

On that note, why does EVERYONE seem to think Metro is the only thing Windows 8 is? It has a desktop side that looks exactly like Windows 7, less Aero and a Start button (two weird decisions.) I'm not high on Windows 8, but it drives me mad when people ignore that it has two UIs (not that such things ever sound like a good idea.)

It doesn't have "two UIs". It has Metro grafted on top of the existing desktop. There's no way to disable Metro.

Metro is a moronic UI overthink. Why would a desktop user want a massive UI that fills his entire 30 inch screen? I'll be skipping this iteration of Windows, thanks.

That said, I could probably survive the loss of the start button. As it is I pin all needed applications to my taskbar. I no longer use Windows Explorer, only access the start menu for control panel (which I really should just pin to the task bar too).

You don't disable Metro, you just don't use it. You use this.

Doesn't seem so end of the world to me. Metro looks great for tablets and terrible for desktops, but if you don't have to use it and if the other aspects make it run better than Windows 7 I'll upgrade (assuming I can get that $15 upgrade - for anything else I won't.) I don't think bridging the desktop/tablet gap makes any sense right now, but I think people panicking as if they'll be doing everything on giant, oversized squares are really kind of missing the point. If you have a desktop you'd probably never once use that after the startup screen.

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