Why no regular start menu while browsing Metro?
I for one like Metro for my desktop PC. I love the fact that the desktop is now a "box" that runs inside a fluid environment. I also like the concept of the immersiveness and the chromeless interfaces instead of having a taskbar being there.
Also, applications can use toast notifications to notify when things are done, or something requires attention - globally. There's no longer need for individual applications such as Skype and Messenger to use their own notification types, and these notifications will be able to be turned off at one central location - the control panel. This theoretically elliminates the need for the cool Windows 7 progress bar indicators in the task bar. While not offering itself as an alternative, it is indeed a nice complementary feature.
Metro for desktop computers
I don't see how Metro is not good for desktops actually - please help me understand. I've read most complaints entirely, and I still don't understand. You move your mouse to the lower-left screen, and voila - there's your start menu.
Finding apps has never been easier - do a search while in the Metro menu.
Don't want Windows 8 to start up in Metro? Turn it off. I like when my PC starts up in Metro, because then my PC isn't spending 99% of its resources on launching all kinds of apps in the background, when I know exactly what I want.
For instance, if I want to start Visual Studio to do programming as the first thing I do, I click my pinned Visual Studio icon on the Metro screen. It takes me to the desktop, and starts loading the application - even with full priority (allowing it to be priored over all the other program processes while it starts up).
I get the idea that people want some kind of "Default" state that their PC is in, but really, I believe people have become way too used to the old "inside the box"-way of thinking. Let's face it. You start up your PC anyway, and you always start out by launching 1 single app to do your primary purpose, isn't that right? You never start out by launching 20 apps at a time. These will be started automatically for you.
Turning your computer off is harder - or is it?
For those having issues finding the power button I can only ask "really?". Pressing your power button on the computer itself will shut down your PC as default in Windows 8, so why bother anyway? Isn't it more natural to hit the power button to turn something off? They just removed the noise that we thought was needed for centuries. If you're not happy with that, you can configure what happens when clicking the power button.
If you're on a desktop, hitting "Windows + I" to launch the menu for shutting down your PC isn't that hard either, although, less intuitive. In this scenario I agree, if your power button is physically too far away from you.
Normal applications will be offered through the marketplace as well as Metro apps, so the app-store is still going to be awesome.
Why Metro as it is now?
As a developer, I see clearly what Microsoft is doing here. The following is based on knowledge within the field, and common sense. However, some of it is based on beliefs and assumptions.
- Microsoft will make Windows Phone 7 apps compatible with Windows 8. When these apps run, they will run in the docked mode (left or right) always for compatibility reasons, since that'll match the proper phone aspect ratio.
- Windows 8 apps that are compatible with the docked (left or right) app format will run in that mode always when running in Windows Phone 8.
I will keep this post updated with new points of view as replies arrive - please read the post carefully before you reply!