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87. Re: Croteam on Windows 8 Issues Nov 18, 2012, 02:05 Verno
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Nov 18, 2012, 01:45:
Had they released two different versions of Windows 8, one for tablets and one for desktops, it would have been so much smarter of them, at least from the UI perspective. It would have been so much more successful than it's ever going to be in it's current state.

I don't think that they needed to go that far but there's no reason that the operating system can't adapt itself to the device its running on. They already effectively do this for Windows Phone anyway. There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea of Metro Start and the Windows Store, they just suffer from design flaws and unnecessary restrictions.

There is no reason desktop users should be limited to two simultaneous Metro apps. There's no reason multimonitor users shouldn't be allowed to simply pin Metro start to a screen. Why are desktop users limited to preset resizing of Metro apps? People like Flood talk about the end user experience but don't seem to understand that one size does not fit all, Windows strength has traditionally been its adaptability after all.

A tablet and desktop interface are largely at odds with what they're trying to accomplish. A tablet is more of a consumption device with less input oriented tasks, display of information is constrained by smaller spaces and the hardware typically isn't very powerful and is more geared toward low power consumption so multitasking is sidelined. A desktop is practically the opposite in every regard, particularly when you get into multimonitor usage.

My easy fix to Windows 8 - fix the obvious design boo boos for desktop users and remove some of the Metro app restrictions. Allow users to sideload their own content if they wish, they can make it an unsupported flag that users have to manually enable if they want but just provide the option. This can be done, they do it already for Windows 8 Enterprise.
 
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