Originally Posted by eksodos
The metro interface has received some pretty positive reviews even from Apple fans in the media. Microsoft and its partners surely haven't shipped anywhere near as many phones as they would have liked, but I don't think that has anything to do with the interface. It has more to do with them getting into the market so late and losing so much ground on their biggest competitors.
I applaud Microsoft for at least trying to do something different with their UI, unlike Android.
Anyway I've just pre-ordered a Surface tablet. I'm willing to give this a chance. Since I held off upgrading the iPad 3 this year, this gives me the opportunity to try something different.
Well, what can we say yet with any confidence? There has been no hands on. The "positive" reviews were in relation to the colored squares with live updates and notifications in them. Sure, this is possibly refreshing change to row after row of app icon. But that's as far as it goes. Equally, many people hate it.
But as a "touch OS", we don't know yet how good it really is. The Surface RT comes with Windows 8 RT. That means it gets the "Metro" UI only. Whatever this "full" Office is on Windows RT, it isn't "full". But what is it, is it even really touch optimized? Apparently you need a keyboard to really do anything properly. You get some kind of touch functionality, and some kind of poorly conceived mouse/keyboard interface that is only a barely tweaked desktop interface where a few elements are spaced out and made a little bigger so your finger can hit them. RT / "Metro" / Windows 8 Style UI is possibly as good as WebOS, who knows.
Have MS spent 20 years with ARM? Has MS ever ported their NT base successfully to another architecture as Apple has ported OS X from PowerPC to Intel to ARM? Can MS do their own custom silicon to enhance their software?
This is why MS is insistent that iPads are consumption only, and MS thinks it has the real answer: because MS can't do Touch properly. They haven't successfully ported their desktop OS to ARM as Apple has. THey haven't got all the basic blocks of their desktop OS with a fully substituted UI layer as has Apple with iOS. MS has this piddling surface layer with no substance under it for Windows RT, and insist on subjecting full Windows 8 users to it as though it is the best thing since sliced bread. And yet Apple has had Quartz and Core Animation, both on the desktop and in iOS for years; and OS X has had sliding desktop UI's, as in Time Machine and the widget dashboard and now the app drawer.
The fact is, OS X and iOS have more in common that does Metro and Windows. The only innovation here is how MS can call everything and anything "Windows" (as though that is a comforting selling point for people) and get away with it. And now the Surface requires a keyboard (and a surface on which to place it) to be "productive". Hello Netbook 2. More smoke and mirrors.
Edited by krabbelen - 10/16/12 at 3:46pm