There is a lot of buzz out there about the new Metro GUI on Windows 8.
We like it due to previous experience with Windows Phone 7 and ZuneHD 32GB.
One of the pearls of wisdom at MVP Summit came from Mikael Nyström during a conversation with other MVPs one of whom had a Samsung Slate and was complaining about Metro.
He stated that Metro requires a paradigm shift in the way we work with Windows. The shift is in realizing that Metro is the old Start Menu _covering the whole screen_ instead of staying close to the left side of the screen.
Keyboard shortcuts and “gestures” are to become the norm for working in Windows 8.
By the way, the little Windows button on the keyboard is worth it’s weight in gold. There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts associated with that one key.
- Paul Thurrott: Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Call for Common Sense
- Mitch Garvis: In Defense of Metro (STOP That!)
The above two articles are excellent in their discussion of Windows 8 and Metro.
- Microsoft Windows Site: Windows 8: Swipe, slide, zoom (MP4 file)
- Microsoft Windows Site: Windows 8 Get Started Page
We see Metro as a natural progression from the functionality that Windows 7 brought to the Start Menu table.
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