The Two UIs of Windows 8/RT -_-

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MF878, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. MF878 macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I just don't get why they've got this irritating Metro-desktop mix going on.

    Okay, for Windows 8 I get it, it's needed to run legacy apps the way they were intended, but Windows RT? It has no backwards compatibility, and is intended for touch devices only, so why can't Microsoft just put their foot down and say Metro only for RT?

    Even worse that the new Office they ship with RT is not Metro. I was so very close to waiting and trying a Samsung Ativ Tab, but I had one play around with the Asus Vivo and having to interact with a desktop interface on a tablet really pissed me off.

    Sure, you could argue that maybe they'll enforce it more in future iterations, but they've made it a lot harder for themselves by not starting with that philosophy immediately.

    (Disclaimer: Yes, I know it's not called Metro anymore, but "Windows 8 UI" or "New Windows UI" or whatever it is just isn't very catchy or clear.)
  2. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    The answer is a lot simpler than you think m8. ;)

    MS decided that Windows 8 was not good enough just for tablets which is why the design came about in the first place. And let me tell you it does shine on tablets. I gave it a go at a local Best Buy retailer and it was a pleasant experience.

    MS decided that it was going to imitate Apple with iOS and the merging of OSX. So they took it a step further and forced it on PC owners whether you use a touch screen or not. Those that hate W8 UI are given the choice of running in desktop mode. On a PC that STILL is not good enough.

    This is typical of MS these days. Take a good idea and screw it up. W8 should have been named something totally different and been strictly a touch base OS from the start. And PC owners should have gotten a PC based OS which would have been the real W8 upgrade from W7 which is still my favorite OS they have done since Windows XP.
  3. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Unfortunately I have to agree, incredible idea whos time has come with piss poor execution. IMO RT should never have existed outside of windows phone, there is just no need for it when the Atom powered full windows 8 tablets have no hardware disadvantages when compared to android/iOS tablets today.

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