Microsoft Reveals What We’ve All Been Waiting For: A Touchable Windows 8 Desktop

Microsoft are actually bringing the desktop side of Windows in line with Metro (at last).

Worried about using the desktop side of Windows 8 on a tablet? Don’t be, because it’s got Metrofied

My biggest concern over Windows 8 was using the desktop side of the operating system on a tablet, because it seemed to be the exact same Windows experience we’ve seen on Windows 7 Windows Vista. That’s changed, though, with the remove of the Aero Glass interface.

Despite bringing the Aero design into Windows just an operating system ago, the interface has become synonymous with Windows to the point where it seems like the design has been around forever (probably because it’s actually very good). Still, Metro is where it’s at now and Microsoft are determined to ensure consistency across ever. Last. Piece of. Software

Microsoft sums up the redesign by saying it brings flattened surfaces, sans reflections windows and scales back distraction gradients. Though let’s be clear, the Windows taskbar is still around. It just looks … flatter?

Improvements in Release Preview

Some users have been worried about learnability, though it doesn’t look that difficult to get used to. Microsoft has says it will help users get used to the operating system, so maybe we’ll see an introduction to Windows 8 video when booted up. I think that’s better than bombarding users with text tutorials, as you’re almost simulating an MMO where you skip the walls of text just to get the task done. I’ve been using Windows since Windows XP: I know how to copy and paste.

There have also been complaint of the use of gestures in Windows 8, but Microsoft put this down to the not-final version of the OS rather than user mistakes. The company said internal builds of the OS are significantly improved, which will hopefully spill over into the Release Preview (I’d certainly hope so).

Whether it’s enough to get people buying into using the desktop side of Windows 8 on a tablet remains to be seen, because it’s undoubtedly a big shift in strategy for Microsoft. It’s had enough difficulty getting users to like Metro, so if they can get users buying into that half of the OS then there’s every chance the desktop side will be used.

Published: Friday, May 25th, 2012 Last Modified: May 25, 2012

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