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I found this as a good read and kinda agree with him about the facebook app (but Untappd is just plain ugly).

Source: http://www.toledo2.com/2013/05/02/dont-call-it-metro-call-it-good-design/

It is a long post, I am quoting first two paragraphs below.
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I, for one, like the new Facebook design. It's new, but retains most of what makes metro, metro.

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[quote name='Dot Matrix' timestamp='1367592507' post='595670822']
I, for one, like the new Facebook design. It's new, but retains most of what makes metro, metro.
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Figured you would like it.. :p lol
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[quote name='Fus10n' timestamp='1367592740' post='595670832']
Figured you would like it.. :p lol
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I know, right? It's shocking!
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[quote name='Fus10n' timestamp='1367592740' post='595670832']
Figured you would like it.. :p lol
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[quote name='warwagon' timestamp='1367592817' post='595670834']
I know, right? It's shocking!
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Let me guess - you both think this is about Windows 8? :/ (Hint: it is not)

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It will be interesting to see how this all play out. From what I've seen the new Facebook app is completely non-Metro. I wonder if this is a wider admission from MS that Metro is failing? It will be interesting to see (since the app is supposed to have been coded by MS).

As the whole pigeonholed problem of Metro came from MS stressing hardcore to developers to "drop chrome" so everything was supposed to be text heavy with actions being contextual. The Facebook app is going against all of that so you have to wonder what that means long-term.

It is probably bad if you're a WP user who loves the Metro design language and style as you'll soon get a lot of Android or iOS looking apps on the device. As this being made by MS will convince a lot of third party developers that this model is now officially sanctioned.
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[quote name='BajiRav' timestamp='1367593344' post='595670838']
Let me guess - you both think this is about Windows 8? :/ (Hint: it is not)
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No I did not think this was about Windows 8. That being said, I did install Launcher 7 on my android as my primary launcher, it's actually not bad. The Live tiles are actually pretty nice. It makes it really easy to get an update on Missed Calls, Emails and SMS's all with one glance. I also really liked the Phone 8 launcher but it wouldn't let me have a live email tile.

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I liked Paul's article.

[url="http://winsupersite.com/windows-phone/why-facebook-beta-app-windows-phone-8-identical-android-and-ios-apps"]http://winsupersite....id-and-ios-apps[/url]

If this will 'help' developers utilize better cross platform tools to get apps out sooner, fine. (Is that what is really holding us back you iOS loving devs?). I still don't like it nor do I like the idea of them getting cold feet with Metro, which I love.
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[quote name='Dot Matrix' timestamp='1367592507' post='595670822']
I, for one, like the new Facebook design. It's new, but retains most of what makes metro, metro.
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Yeah - they kept overall same Facebook look across different platforms but still have the "metro" bar at the bottom etc. It still has some iOS like UI elements though. :/

[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1367593373' post='595670840']
It will be interesting to see how this all play out. From what I've seen the new Facebook app is completely non-Metro. I wonder if this is a wider admission from MS that Metro is failing? It will be interesting to see (since the app is supposed to have been coded by MS).

As the whole pigeonholed problem of Metro came from MS stressing hardcore to developers to "drop chrome" so everything was supposed to be text heavy with actions being contextual. The Facebook app is going against all of that so you have to wonder what that means long-term.

It is probably bad if you're a WP user who loves the Metro design language and style as you'll soon get a lot of Android or iOS looking apps on the device. As this being made by MS will convince a lot of third party developers that this model is now officially sanctioned.
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It is mostly non-metro but has some metro elements as I mentioned above. I don't know why you would say this as "metro failing" though. It is possible that facebook forced Microsoft to adapt to its style. twitter is a good example of doing a metro app but still keep cross-platform style.

[quote name='warwagon' timestamp='1367593515' post='595670846']
No I did not think this was about Windows 8. That being said, I did install Launcher 7 on my android as my primary launcher, it's actually not bad. The Live tiles are actually pretty nice.
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Good then. (goes to print and eat my post :p)

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[quote name='BajiRav' timestamp='1367593807' post='595670860']
Yeah - they kept overall same Facebook look across different platforms but still have the "metro" bar at the bottom etc. It still has some iOS like UI elements though. :/

It is mostly non-metro but has some metro elements as I mentioned above. I don't know why you would say this as "metro failing" though. It is possible that facebook forced Microsoft to adapt to its style. twitter is a good example of doing a metro app but still keep cross-platform style.
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That is why I left that as a question. I don't think this one off event is a clear signal that MS thinks Metro has failed or, to put it better, that it is too far in the wrong direction. I have felt that although I like Metro its push for no chrome at all was a bit too extreme. I like where Google went with Android 4.x to pull in the flatness of Metro, but to not go so far as to render anything but text unwelcome. It is possible that this app is Microsoft admitting that they are considering Metro too limiting. It could also just be a one off that gets ignored and isn't really anything.

The curiosity stems from whether or not this is a glimpse into the future of WP or not.

But the core problem of Metro is the same as that of WP in general. By pulling the UI to be primarily text focused you limited the ability for designers to build a brand connection with their audience. This is similar to the problem OEMs face when they put their handsets on the shelves and they all look identical. I feel MS may need to update Metro in a way that encourages differentiation while still feeling familiar. Similar to Holo from Android 4.x, but even that isn't perfect.
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Logi, can you speak at all to the state of these cross development tools? I still read it as a need to ease deployment to multiple platforms, a particularly [i]mobile [/i]problem, vs devs just wanting more [i]identity [/i](or complaints about a lack thereof - when most of the needed app vendors keep giving the marketshare song and dance so they don't have to develop at all, I doubt they care how it looks overly much. Nor do they want to admit their design problems stems from iOS).

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[edit] I should read before commenting

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[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]This was my response to his post.

[quote][color=#3C3C3C]Your argument makes it sound as if Modernism as a movement wasn
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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1367594290' post='595670878']
That is why I left that as a question. I don't think this one off event is a clear signal that MS thinks Metro has failed or, to put it better, that it is too far in the wrong direction. I have felt that although I like Metro its push for no chrome at all was a bit too extreme. I like where Google went with Android 4.x to pull in the flatness of Metro, but to not go so far as to render anything but text unwelcome. It is possible that this app is Microsoft admitting that they are considering Metro too limiting. It could also just be a one off that gets ignored and isn't really anything.

The curiosity stems from whether or not this is a glimpse into the future of WP or not.

But the core problem of Metro is the same as that of WP in general. By pulling the UI to be primarily text focused you limited the ability for designers to build a brand connection with their audience. This is similar to the problem OEMs face when they put their handsets on the shelves and they all look identical. I feel MS may need to update Metro in a way that encourages differentiation while still feeling familiar. Similar to Holo from Android 4.x, but even that isn't perfect.
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Your argument is based on a false premise. MS haven't mandated the sort of chromeless UI you refer to and there are plenty of apps in the Marketplace that take the standard look of WP apps and enhance them with background images, icons, etc. I'm not aware of any rule that says that all apps must look the same which probably explains why they don't.

There may be many apps that use the standard Panorama and Pivot controls but that's because a) those controls work exceptionally well on a small screen and b) Visual Studio comes with templates that use these controls and developers are obviously using them. There's nothing stopping developers from using these basic controls but still producing apps that look fresh and interesting.

I happen to like the fact that WP apps have a relatively consistent look and feel and I think it's important for all platforms. I don't like the look of iOS but I think Apple were right to include rules that ensure that 3rd-party apps have a consistent look because it aids usability. Android by comparison is a dogs dinner of incoherent, ugly looking apps. It's a shame that MS have allowed apps like Untappd into the Marketplace without asking them to drop the iPhone UI and replace it with something that is consistent with WP's UI.

I'm happy to have devs develop a "brand connection" as you put it but it should be consistent with the platform they're targeting. WP's UI guidelines are flexible enough to allow distinct looking apps that perform the way a WP user expects.
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[quote name='Dot Matrix' timestamp='1367592507' post='595670822']
I, for one, like the new Facebook design. It's new, but retains most of what makes metro, metro.
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I'm confused. This is what Thurrott claims:

[quote]This app has NO Metro features. It is a duplicate of the Facebook app on iOS and Android. [/quote]

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Thats a great article, very well said from the author.

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[quote name='jakem1' timestamp='1367599603' post='595671024']
Your argument is based on a false premise. MS haven't mandated the sort of chromeless UI you refer to and there are plenty of apps in the Marketplace that take the standard look of WP apps and enhance them with background images, icons, etc. I'm not aware of any rule that says that all apps must look the same which probably explains why they don't.

There may be many apps that use the standard Panorama and Pivot controls but that's because a) those controls work exceptionally well on a small screen and b) Visual Studio comes with templates that use these controls and developers are obviously using them. There's nothing stopping developers from using these basic controls but still producing apps that look fresh and interesting.

I happen to like the fact that WP apps have a relatively consistent look and feel and I think it's important for all platforms. I don't like the look of iOS but I think Apple were right to include rules that ensure that 3rd-party apps have a consistent look because it aids usability. Android by comparison is a dogs dinner of incoherent, ugly looking apps. It's a shame that MS have allowed apps like Untappd into the Marketplace without asking them to drop the iPhone UI and replace it with something that is consistent with WP's UI.

I'm happy to have devs develop a "brand connection" as you put it but it should be consistent with the platform they're targeting. WP's UI guidelines are flexible enough to allow distinct looking apps that perform the way a WP user expects.
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I couldn't have said it better. I think people wrongly assume that metro means everything has to be plain, bland colors with large text. The "chrome less" approach is confusing to put into words but there are apps which differentiate enough to stand out. I think the twitter app is nicely done and has its distinctive look and is still based on the pivot template. Flixter is another good example.

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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1367593373' post='595670840']
It will be interesting to see how this all play out. From what I've seen the new Facebook app is completely non-Metro.
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What? Did you look close enough? How is this not Metro? Have you even used the app? (It still has swipe gestures (R and L) and everything that makes Metro, Metro. It just doesn't have landscape support, which the last app had (and poorly implemented). There's no gaudy design, 3D icons, or anything else going on here that takes away from the Windows Phone UX.

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[quote name='BajiRav' timestamp='1367600651' post='595671036']
I couldn't have said it better. I think people wrongly assume that metro means everything has to be plain, bland colors with large text. The "chrome less" approach is confusing to put into words but there are apps which differentiate enough to stand out. I think the twitter app is nicely done and has its distinctive look and is still based on the pivot template. Flixter is another good example.
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Additionally I think MS have to actively push to ensure that 3rd-party apps are designed with the platform in mind. It's all well and good to say that devs should be able to apply a distinctive look to their apps across all platforms but the reality is that that would mean that most multi-platform apps would, like Untappd, just look like cheap iOS ports. WP doesn't have the market share to end up in a situation where top-tier apps port a Metro-style look across to other platforms and even if they did, Apple's rules would likely prevent those apps from making it into the App Store.

Microsoft have to be firm for the good of their platform and for the good of their users.

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[quote name='Dot Matrix' timestamp='1367601693' post='595671062']
What? Did you look close enough? How is this not Metro? Have you even used the app? (It still has swipe gestures (R and L) and everything that makes Metro, Metro. It just doesn't have landscape support, which the last app had (and poorly implemented). There's no gaudy design, 3D icons, or anything else going on here that takes away from the Windows Phone UX.
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So really, the guy that tries to be a poster child for it, doesn't have a clue what it means. Nice.
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[quote name='jakem1' timestamp='1367601881' post='595671066']
Additionally I think MS have to actively push to ensure that 3rd-party apps are designed with the platform in mind. It's all well and good to say that devs should be able to apply a distinctive look to their apps across all platforms but the reality is that that would mean that most multi-platform apps would, like Untappd, just look like cheap iOS ports. WP doesn't have the market share to end up in a situation where top-tier apps port a Metro-style look across to other platforms and even if they did, Apple's rules would likely prevent those apps from making it into the App Store.

Microsoft have to be firm for the good of their platform and for the good of their users.
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The Modern UI might not work in many environments such as banks. Personally I'm against Windows 8 due to implementation and the UI. While looks wise, it is cool. But I'm old school and like the old school.

I hope windows 8.1 opens the door for those of us who want a more old school use of windows.

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[quote name='Dashel' timestamp='1367603027' post='595671090']


So really, the guy that tries to be a poster child for it, doesn't have a clue what it means. Nice.
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Ad hominem is all you got? Fine then, which one looks like a Windows Phone app, and which one doesn't? Facebook or Untappd? There's your ****ing answer.

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Modern UI is still too faulty to be considered a good design.
For example, Panorama, is frustrating to not to know when some user could swipe and when not. And sometimes Panorama add loops that a extra PITA.

However, my main complain against Modern UI (windows phone) is some icons are not intuitive at all, and some are used regularly. So, without tooltip (that touch interface lacks), sometimes the UI feels like a minefield, touching icons that may be they don't do what i expected.

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[quote name='Brony' timestamp='1367604153' post='595671104']
Modern UI is still too faulty to be considered a good design.
For example, Panorama, is frustrating to not to know when some user could swipe and when not. And sometimes Panorama add loops that a extra PITA.

However, my main complain against Modern UI (windows phone) is some icons are not intuitive at all, and some are used regularly. So, without tooltip (that touch interface lacks), sometimes the UI feels like a minefield, touching icons that may be they don't do what i expected.
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Wouldn't say that was the Metro Design UI's problem but the developers.

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[quote name='Dot Matrix' timestamp='1367604108' post='595671102']
Ad hominem is all you got? Fine then, which one looks like a Windows Phone app, and which one doesn't? Facebook or Untappd? There's your ****ing answer.
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So they removed one gradient - otherwise it looks just like iOS and Android.

[img]http://i41.tinypic.com/1qqvqt.jpg[/img]

(Image stolen from Thurott)
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