For phones and tablets the Modern UI makes sense. Small real estate, no keyboard, and a low-precision pointing device (your finger) means that detail navigation takes lots of gestures. That encourages apps with low navigation requirements, aka content consumption. The only data entry required is that needed for search.
For the laptop/desktop, I don't think that's the case. Lots of real estate, a keyboard for text entry, and a precision pointing device (mouse/trackball) lend themselves to concise navigation through dense detail and heavy data entry.
The end point is, I think there's room for both approaches. I'm not sure it's necessary to force the Modern UI on the desktop to ensure a commonality that isn't appropriate. I'll wait and see how Windows 8.1 is on my wife's laptop (I'm still running Win7), and see if there are any improvements.
I'd like to see the results of someone TRYING to develop an effective IDE in a modern ui style.
Given some of the bizarre decisions made by the VS2012+ UI team (ALL CAPS menus, fer goshsakes) you may get your wish.
Perhaps I am being unnecessarily pedantic here, but this really isn't true. They are predominantly content-consumption devices, certainly, but it is entirely possible to create a variety of type of images, edited videos and even music with a tablet, and people are doing this.
That said, the degree of flexibility currently possible with touch interfaces does limit what can be achieved, and I don't really see how that can change significantly. Anyone really serious about creating any of these media will continue to use a traditional desktop for the foreseeable future.
I always thought it would be fun to provide additional user feedback on entering stupid data ( "." in text fields is a user favourite here, even when its not a required field) with a mild electric shock mechanism in a keyboard, but I guess that could be done with either a touchscreen or keyboard.
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I also need more than 1 application at once at home. So still don't see good use for Metro aside from tablets or phones...
I have a Surface Pro at home for ocasionally watching movies, listening to some music and surfing the web, where I like the Metro Interface. I even like Internet Explorer more than Chrome as far as the Metro Implementation is concerned...
I haven't used it yet with multiple monitors. How does this work on Windows 8?
Are you able to run different applications in metro on those monitors? Or is it just for Desktop use again? (How about the Taskbar? Does it finally extend to the other monitors?)
the new UI with touch screens will be the future of Windows.
If so, then the future of Windows itself would be in doubt.
I can see Windows 7 being around for as long as people can persuade MS to support it - or until WIndows 9, 10 or 11 comes along in a few years with a "new" paradigm - which is actually the old desktop idea brought back but with different style borders and colours. I am looking forward to upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 11!
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