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#31 OP efjay

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 18:38

There's a mention of an Aero lite desktop theme that is more Metro like in this article http://www.engadget....-gets-with-the/ but I dont remember seeing it in the CP. Can anyone check their pc, at work ATM so cant check.


#32 excalpius

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 21:31

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.


The difference with both of those previous items you mention is that these were BONUS options that were quite minor in the overall effect...and, I can't state this clearly enough, YOU WERE FREE TO JUST NOT USE THEM if you didn't want to.

Windows has always been about "six ways to skin a cat, pick yours". Adopting Apple's "my way or the highway" approach is fine for small screen touch devices but not for the desktop.

#33 excalpius

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 21:41

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


I'd MUCH rather be able to adjust Metro to fit my needs, not vice versa. For example, I'd like to be able to:

Run the Metro application as a window, so I can treat it as just another widget drawer and drag it wherever I want like I would any other widget/gadget.

Ditto with the "fullscreen" Metro applications, which are already a waste of space in many cases on much smaller screens, but on a 30" monitor? Give me a break...

Change the Metro application background (and widgets) to whatever I want, including and especially TRANSPARENT. This would allow the USER to choose if they want to make Metro look more like Aero or make the desktop more like Metro (as mentioned above).

Make the "invisible" core GUI operation gadgets VISIBLE by default. I'm sure there is an accessibility tweak for this, but new users, senior citizens, etc. are not going to know there is actually anything there to click on without something visible. It would also address issues with multimonitor and virtual machine/remote desktop users.

#34 migo

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:44

Metro apps designed with Aero in mind ?

Do you mean non metro programs that use the normal win 7 shell ?

Surely they will work just like they do when you install a custom theme


Some apps go screwy with a custom theme.

#35 bogas04

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:51

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.


that's so wrong when we see its working , ending "Explorer.exe" task kills metro screen. Its all fake and lies

There's a mention of an Aero lite desktop theme that is more Metro like in this article http://www.engadget....-gets-with-the/ but I dont remember seeing it in the CP. Can anyone check their pc, at work ATM so cant check.


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This guy *maybe someone else , but idk where i read* says that they won't change UI of IE10 , and other desktop elements coz they want it to stay just like Windows 7 (kind of) so its easier for migration.
Win8 is just gonna add Metro to metro apps .

#36 Ben Dyson

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:52

Would love to see more metro style applications on the desktop, such as these metro concepts; http://clindhartsen....allery/30645266 .

#37 Gaffney

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:02

I'm a fan of metro but the UI in the screenshot above isn't nice. Half metro and half not metro, what makes metro great is the fonts blending in great with the UI. You can't take the look of metro and stick a bunch of standard icons and fonts in it.

Hopefully there will be a few changes to that UI.

#38 migo

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:07

I'm a fan of metro but the UI in the screenshot above isn't nice. Half metro and half not metro, what makes metro great is the fonts blending in great with the UI. You can't take the look of metro and stick a bunch of standard icons and fonts in it.

Hopefully there will be a few changes to that UI.


Probably not for Windows 8. But I could definitely see those improvements making it in later. They need to get a working product out this year. Polish can come later.

#39 ArialBlue

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 21:28

Disable glass, you will get a more metro look.

#40 nw2001

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:44

Disable glass, you will get a more metro look.


My god, I'm sorry, I lose it every time I see Kenji. I'm going to be in the corner laughing now... Freakin' feminists probably using their psychic spies to make me laugh. :(

#41 techguy77

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 17:22

Disable glass, you will get a more metro look.


That is funny what you just said.



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