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53. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2012, 21:26 noman
 
Verno wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 19:39:
And the metro interface isn't shoved in your face, if you don't want it.

Metro is the first thing you see when you boot up and Microsoft specifically disabled the functionality allowing the user to bypass it.

I answered this before as well. I don't know how many times you power on the PC every day, but clicking one tile to enter desktop mode is hardly something to get worked up on. From then on, you stay in desktop mode. And if it was a sleep/wake-up cycle, you won't even see the start-screen that one time. Normal use-cases like opening a notebook lid should not present a start-screen. Using multi-monitor setup, shutting down PC and other such tasks don't drop you out of desktop mode.

As for the start-screen itself, I believe most users will end up finding it more useful than the old start menu.

Finally, whether the current Metro apps are garbage or not is somewhat irrelevant to this discussion, since you don't have to use them. There are few Metro games that are quite good, and I can see the potential of some more than decent metro apps in the future. One in particular could be an alternative to WMC for LiveTV functionality with digital tuner support. News reader applications, Steam or Origin clients, video editor applications etc. can also use the metro style (the WinRT API) really well.

I just wish, MS had allowed other ways (outside Windows Store) to get WinRT (metro) apps.
 
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