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#16 remixedcat

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:25

they use it to download the youtubes....and to watch the youtubes when teh tubez dont work right.


#17 techguy77

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:33

It wont happen because according to Microsoft, Desktop is just another full screen App within Metro Start Menu therefore no Metro elements will enter Desktop.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 14:04

That's true but the developers of those apps would just have to redo their UI. The same thing happened when Vista came out and lots of apps with custom GUIs designed for XP looked out of place but they've (mostly) been upgraded to work better with Aero.

Also, it shouldn't really be a problem for apps that use standard controls which will be the majority of desktop apps.


I'm sure Microsoft wants devs who are going to re-do their apps to redo them in Metro.

Real Player? :laugh: Who uses that thing anymore?


Porn watchers. Although even for that I haven't seen any in real format for years.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 14:59

but realplayer has a BOAT!!!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 15:09

I'm sure Microsoft wants devs who are going to re-do their apps to redo them in Metro.


I really doubt that MS would expect that all apps will be rewritten in Metro. While some apps may suit a simple, touch-friendly UI, there will always be other apps that are better suited to a WinForms-style desktop UI.

but realplayer has a BOAT!!!

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#21 DarkyDan

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 23:41

If it's not too late to tweak the UI, I would like to see Metro as the default look for all things desktop. For example the new MS device software they released. The menus and such are pure Metro. http://microsoft-new...-for-windows-8/ I'd also like to see, if it's not too late, when you click the individual app thumbnails for the desktop, which appear in the preview pane, that it takes you directly INTO that app as opposed to the desktop. As it stands now, when you do that you have to then click the app to go into it. I think that would also go along way toward a more seamless integration.


We just need to wait for someone to make a uxtheme patcher for Windows 8 Consumer preview, I assume.. then any Metro style themes made for Windows 7 should work. I too want a desktop theme that fits with Metro so it doesn't seem like a tablet interface slapped onto Windows 7.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 23:49

I also really hope MS includes a Metro Theme for the desktop. It would create a much smoother transition from Metro to Desktop.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 00:02

It wont happen because according to Microsoft, Desktop is just another full screen App within Metro Start Menu therefore no Metro elements will enter Desktop.

Have you seen the latest Device Center for Windows 8? It's very Metro and it's for the desktop http://www.microsoft...-for-windows-8/

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 00:26

I think most of the complaints about Windows 8 would disappear if the switch between the Start screen/immersive apps and the desktop wasn't so stark.


And in that, you would be wrong...

It wont happen because according to Microsoft, Desktop is just another full screen App within Metro Start Menu therefore no Metro elements will enter Desktop.


And according to the entire rest of the world, Metro is just a desktop widget launcher/start menu replacement that is getting rammed down desktop users' throats. 8)

#25 DarkyDan

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:03

You would think that Device Centre theme previously mention would get a look in come RTM. As far as Metro being shoved down people's throats, we had the superbar shoved down our throats and the show desktop bar also in Win7. I don't think there is anything wrong with the start screen. Infact there are only 3 things they need to address. Content (more metro apps/live tiles = less wasted startscreen space) Multi-Screen behaviour (Metro on 1 screen desktop on the others is a little lame) and Hot spot differentiation when Remoting from Win8 to Win8 in the Metro Remote Desktop App.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:29

I'd also like to see, if it's not too late, when you click the individual app thumbnails for the desktop, which appear in the preview pane, that it takes you directly INTO that app as opposed to the desktop. As it stands now, when you do that you have to then click the app to go into it. I think that would also go along way toward a more seamless integration.


I discovered that is does show individual running desktop apps and goes into a specific app if you click but only if you have the desktop snapped. That's great actually. But, I would like to see individual, running, desktop app thumbnails when you simply pull up the preview pane as opposed to JUST the desktop thumbnail.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 17:48

It wont happen because according to Microsoft, Desktop is just another full screen App within Metro Start Menu therefore no Metro elements will enter Desktop.


Desktop won't include any Metro elements because it is a Metro app? Huh?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 18:10

I hate hearing this. Th desktop is NOT an app. Its considered to be one but its not one.

Also, if it is an app, why cant I uninstall it? Why do some of the metro settings rely on the desktop to complete certain task? Such as task manager? or installing applications from a CD. Metro relies more of the desktop so I doubt the desktop is the app... Metro is consider to be an app itself. Basically a big folder that contains its own lil apps.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 18:27

I hate hearing this. Th desktop is NOT an app. Its considered to be one but its not one.

Also, if it is an app, why cant I uninstall it? Why do some of the metro settings rely on the desktop to complete certain task? Such as task manager? or installing applications from a CD. Metro relies more of the desktop so I doubt the desktop is the app... Metro is consider to be an app itself. Basically a big folder that contains its own lil apps.


Metro isn't an app, it's a design language. Saying Metro is an app is similar to saying that Aero is an app.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 18:36

It wont happen because according to Microsoft, Desktop is just another full screen App within Metro Start Menu therefore no Metro elements will enter Desktop.

Even that logic doesn't say they shouldn't do it.