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(Not the Metro design language, but their Tile based, all-apps-full-screen, can't-close-an-app-trust-us-we-know-what-we're-doing interface)
Windows is skinnable. One of the primary issues with a touch interface is clumsy thumbs and gestures. Gesture support are is fairly straightforward to add to an app (or an OS), and so I can't help but think that a "touch" skin for windows (bigger close buttons, different dropdown list UI, different resizers etc) would have taken us 90% of the way to a totally useable tablet UI on Windows without the need of a double-sided OS.
I've been thinking about Surface and Ultrabooks a lot lately, and the way I use a tablet is very, very different to how I use a laptop. On a laptop I use a keyboard, trackpad or mouse, and even with a touchscreen I only ever use touch for scrolling or zooming. On an ultrabook I create content, on a tablet I consume and so have a different set of UI needs.
I just wish the demarkation between the touch and keyboard based UIs had been done between PC and tablet, instead of PCs and Tablets sharing the same UI, and then Phones having the separate, dedicated UI. (and yes, I know WinRT based devices only have the "Metro" apps -which makes me wonder why they bothered having Metro apps on the desktop).
I'm confused, It seems there are simpler and better solutions to this.
It would have been a lot better to have a windows "Switch Mode", and either Tablet or Desktop view.
I hate the Reader, Photos, Video apps that are now the defaults, and have returned the default applications to the standard Media Player, Photo Viewer, apps.
Oh, and did you know that on a tablet (Galaxy Tab 10) the CodeProject desktop style (as in selecting Chrome's request desktop site option) is alot more useable than the defaulting mobile css. Just saying
I just wish the demarkation between the touch and keyboard based UIs had been done between PC and tablet, instead of PCs and Tablets sharing the same UI, and then Phones having the separate, dedicated UI.
Apple (who have done it "right" so far - OS X on "real" computers vs. iOS on phones and tablets) seem to be heading in the same direction albeit much slower. OS X is certainly starting to take cues from iOS (some good, some not so good).
I suspect the Microsoft and Apple sages see a truly post-PC future where "Minority Report" style interfaces are used by both content creators and content consumers. The current state of both desktop operating systems is an early interim state. In 10 years we'll probably have a chuckle about them both.
On a side note: I'm intrigued that Jony Ive has some influence on the direction of Apple OS UI going forward. I expect great things. Probably not so much in iOS 7 but definitely in iOS 8.
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