Brandon Live, on 01 July 2012 - 16:52, said:
Well that is simply not true, and I don't really see what this topic has to do with "multi-tasking."
It's relevant because a task that was easy to achieve on the desktop is more difficult using Metro due to the limitations placed on the interaction between apps. Instead you have to use a work around in order for apps to interact. With the desktop you can have dozens of applications running across different monitors, accessing shared content and able to interact with each other. With Metro even on a multi-monitor system you can only have two
apps running (both have to be on the same screen), one of which of which has to be side-snapped (a mode which typically has limited functionality); there are also a lot of restrictions on how apps interact, which is only possible through a limited number of provided APIs.
There is no disputing that Metro is a lot more power efficient and better optimised for tablets. However, it simply isn't as useful on the desktop where traditional Win32 apps offer better functionality. I've stated many times that I like Windows 8 and will be upgrading at launch so my point isn't to bash Microsoft. However, people shouldn't pretend that Metro apps are on par with the desktop. I have been using them for months and haven't found them to be beneficial to my workflow or my use of the computer. Some apps like Cocktail Flow are very good for specific purposes but would have been much better for mouse and keyboard if they were designed for the desktop.