Windows 8: Does Metro actually work?

by Volker Weber

Introduced by Microsoft as a key element of Microsoft Windows Phone strategy, Metro is now being positioned as the aesthetic standard just shy of an absolute requirement for Windows Phone and tablet-optimized apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

What no one’s asking, though, is this: “does Metro actually work?”

In my opinion: No.

I don't agree. It works for me. Well, read on ...

More >

Comments

For me it is not really working. Yes, it looks nice, but I agree with the article that there is a certain amount of hide-and-seek that you have to play with the buttons, which is quite annoying. I tried it out myself on a tablet PC and I also watched a fellow student struggle for a while with the Metro UI.
But for me the real problem starts when using Windows 8 as a desktop OS, without touch controls. Because Microsoft threw out the Windows 7 start menu in favor of the Metro start screen, there is a disruption whenever you want to access something from the start screen. Each time the whole screen changes. I find this the most annoying thing about the new UI and I really hope that there will be good launcher apps available when Windows 8 ships. Otherwise I will hold on to Windows 7 on my desktop PC as long as I can. I saw a funny video on Youtube where one guy tries out Windows 8, starts the Explorer from the start screen, which brings him to the desktop, then closes the Explorer window and then is stuck on the desktop because he can't figure out on his own how to get back to the start screen. I think that says it all.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2012-05-18 11:10

I found that article quite surprising. It seems the author is heavily invested in WinRT/Metro development. Upcoming book, giving training courses, running a programmer community,...

Now, why would somebody spend so much time on something he considers utterly broken by concept?

Max Nierbauer, 2012-05-18 13:00

For me, my biggest question is: how is that the future on the desktop is an 8 color palette, 2D GUI with 3D "window" animations? It is all text, no icons, black/dark background with white/light text. Its too sad to restrict a GUI to 2D elements, with a minimal color palette and no graphics.

The problem with Metro is that Microsoft will use it in every Windows App, and all 3rd party developers will do the same. Remember the Ribbon in Office? Now everybody use it, but at least it is better than an all metro interface with a mouse/keyboard.

Metro is fine, for and only for WP and Windows Tablets.

Oliver Schulze, 2012-05-18 16:45

I bet, there was the same discussion when Xerox, ehrm I mean, Apple introduced a graphical interface and a mouse back in the 80s.

Mathias Ziolo, 2012-05-18 18:32

Except the graphical interface allowed us to put more information on the screen, not less.

Craig Boudreaux, 2012-05-18 23:10

Recent comments

Frank Quednau on Microsoft Office for Mac at 07:55
Frank Quednau on This tweet became relevant for Mac users at 07:52
Scott Hanson on It was nice knowing you, Google+ at 07:15
Michael Sampson on Michael Sampson :: Insights on Adoption Vol. 2 at 03:13
Andy Mell on Limited Edition Sonos PLAY: 1 Blue Note at 01:05
Andy Mell on Microsoft Office finally with Retina Support at 00:59
Andreas Schödl on This tweet became relevant for Mac users at 21:47
Sven Bühler on Limited Edition Sonos PLAY: 1 Blue Note at 21:25
Ed Brill on This tweet became relevant for Mac users at 19:12
Ben Poole on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 13:54
Michael Klüsener on Limited Edition Sonos PLAY: 1 Blue Note at 13:51
Patrick Bohr on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 11:20
Thomas Lang on Love has no label at 08:41
Kai Schmalenbach on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 01:19
Max Nierbauer on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 23:39
Alan Lepofsky on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 21:08
Ingo Seifert on Love has no label at 21:06
Nils Michael Becker on Kann so weitergehen at 20:23
Ray Bilyk on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 19:21
Johannes Matzke on Sonos 5.3 at 18:27
Volker Weber on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 17:49
Markus Müller on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 17:33
Volker Weber on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 15:25
Ray Bilyk on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 14:35
John Keys on Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on Android at 14:05

Ceci n'est pas un blog

vowe.net is a personal website published by Volker Weber a.k.a. vowe. I am an author, consultant and systems architect based in Darmstadt, Germany.

rss Click here to subscribe

Hello

About me
Contact
Publications
Certificates
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions
Follow @vowe on Twitter

Local time is 08:26

visitors.gif

Tip jar

Archives

As most of my articles roll off the front page rather quickly, I am making an archive of previous posts available here. You can also use the handy search box at the top of the page if you are looking for something particular.

Last 30 days
More archives

Mobile tag for this page

© 1992-2015 Volker Weber.
All Rights Reserved.

Impressum