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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-had-one-job-ONE-JOB dept.
stmuk writes:

"BGR reflects on recent comments by a Metro designer. 'Metro is a content consumption space,' Microsoft UX designer Jacob Miller explains, 'It is designed for casual users who only want to check Facebook, view some photos, and maybe post a selfie to Instagram. It's designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. It's simple, clear, and does one thing (and only one thing) relatively easily. That is what Metro is. It is the antithesis of a power user.'"

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bobintetley on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:45AM

    by bobintetley (1273) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:45AM (#2250)

    What nonsense, this is a poor attempt at a unified interface for different classes of devices. It's a desperate bid for Microsoft to stay relevant in a world of diminishing PC sales.

    I'm not sure how that guy can keep a straight face while saying it's for "casual users" when it basically completely changes the interface the casual users were previously used to. Casual users abhor change and they do not want to invest the time in learning a new desktop. Worse, it takes all the visual cues off the screen, so you have to know about hot corners and the super key, etc.

    That said, I stopped using their shitty products 15 years ago, so I'm enjoying this.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by mhajicek on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:13PM

    by mhajicek (51) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:13PM (#2361)

    Unfortunately many people have to use windows only software for their jobs. Mastercam has kept me on windows for 18 years with no change in sight.

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    • (Score: 5, Informative) by SMI on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:10PM

      by SMI (333) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:10PM (#2460)

      I would strongly recommend trying a dual-boot setup with Windows available in a virtual machine. Nothing to lose, much to gain.

      • (Score: 1) by mhajicek on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:55PM

        by mhajicek (51) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:55PM (#2494)

        What would I gain if I spend my whole day operating in the windows environment anyway? I'm not having any operability issues that need solving. Also imagine what Mastercam's tech support would say when ever I report a bug.

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        • (Score: 1) by SMI on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:23PM

          by SMI (333) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:23PM (#2519)

          If you spent your whole day operating in the Windows environment anyway (without issues), doing everything else one might also use a computer for, you would not gain anything.

          I imagine Mastercam's tech support would ask you if the issue you were having was occuring in both the Windows VM as well as the Windows side of the dual-boot setup. If so, the VM is irrelevant (to them). If not, it would be a question that should be addressed to people who are experienced with VMs, not to Mastercam's tech support.

          • (Score: 1) by mhajicek on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:33PM

            by mhajicek (51) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:33PM (#2576)

            So yes, I would not gain anything and it would require more time and effort for bug reporting.

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  • (Score: 1) by linsane on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:45PM

    by linsane (633) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:45PM (#2533)

    I have never quite got why, when it is the MS excuse for Metro that it was a 'unifying' operating system, there is a separate one for mobile phones. Anyone care to shed light on this logic?

    I'm sure the internet has answered this before somewhere but I'm feeling lazy today...

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Jaruzel on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:34PM

      by Jaruzel (812) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:34PM (#2763) Homepage Journal

      I'm just as lazy, so can't be bothered to go find any URLs... but MS have said that they plan to collapse the whole thing to one OS... eventually. I think right now, Win RT is dead, and they are working on merging Win8.x (including Surface Pro) and Winphone 8 to a common stack once the hardware (intel/x86 based?) of mobile phones catches up. They'd like you to believe that just like when they launched XP and everyone initially hated it, that they are looking forward 10 years, and have the long game in mind.

      -Jar

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  • (Score: 1) by Drew617 on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:23PM

    by Drew617 (1876) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:23PM (#2693)

    I haven't had to touch Win8 - like you I stopped using MS as a desktop OS a long time ago. I do administer some Server 2012 boxes though and what is absolutely maddening to me is the application of the same awful GUI (or close enough, I dunno) to the server OS.

    Bad enough having to find the magic cluster of pixels that turns up the "charms," try it in a RDP client that doesn't capture your mouse in the corner of the screen!