|Metro's desktop issues, and how to fix them|
|By Thom Holwerda on 2012-06-03 22:04:29|
|So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
All these issues can be addressed relatively easily - and in doing so, Metro would become a hell of a lot more useful for people who want to do actual work on their computers. People often point to Microsoft's collected usage data, saying something like "only 10% of Windows users have more than x number of windows open". The crazy thing is - 10% of all Windows users is still close to 100 million people.
My list of suggestions is short, easy to implement, and does not, in any way, harm the design ideals behind Metro. In fact, I would argue these can be implemented even before Windows 8 goes RTM.
That's it. Nothing earth-shattering; just some minor suggestions to make Metro better suited for desktop use. It doesn't address all the problems I'm seeing, but certainly the most pressing.