Should Metro be an add-on for Windows 8 instead of fully integrated?

So it’s pretty interesting that a lot of people have been asking me why Microsoft need to build an intrusive Metro interface into ALL versions of Windows 8.

When you really stop to think about it, the Windows 8 Metro interface really feels more like a theme that can be launched instead of the traditional desktop.

The problem is, Microsoft look at it the other way round. Metro is Windows 8 and the desktop is just another application you can get to from Metro.

This is now looking like it might be more of a problem based on the people who write in to the blog and based on the empirical evidence of people who I speak with.

The Metro UI is beautiful and flows great but it’s also a large gamble. Some people will love the beautiful look and feel and want to see it every day.

Windows 8 Metro UI Screenshot

Windows 8 Metro UI Screenshot

Some people will think it’s the worst thing since Windows Vista and will make a big fuss about it.

This leads to the obvious question, why merge the two so blatantly?

The Metro interface has limitations on what resolution looks best (1366×768), is hard to use with a mouse, is ideal for a touchscreen and basically belongs on a tablet.

Why is this so visible in this version of Windows?

The answer I believe is that Metro is a look that Microsoft want to be consistent across their platforms and to them, the desktop should be no different.

From the Xbox to Bing to Windows 8 Server to the Phone to the Tablet to the desktop, the idea is to make Metro the new look and feel of Microsoft applications.

It’s what they want you to think of when you think of launching an application in Windows.

To me the challenge is they are dealing with a population of people who are still (reluctantly) letting go of Windows XP. People who think that Windows 7 works just fine and see no reason for massive change.

I wonder if Microsoft need to make the Metro interface a little more unobtrusive and give users the opportunity to switch TO Metro as opposed to switching TO the desktop.

It seems like that would solve a lot more problems.

However, the Windows 8 Beta is coming soon and there might be some answers to some of these questions in the Beta. We’ll have to wait and see.

What about you, do you like the Metro interface? Use the comment form below to let us know…

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  • E&J Rawlyk

    I personally wouldn’t mind it if it wasn’t impossible to add existing apps like Paint, Calculator and other built-in accessories that I use daily to the new Metro UI. 

    • Jh9783

      you can lol….

      Essentially you can search for it in the Start Menu, then right click, then select pin.

      You’re Done!! 

      hahas

  • Owais_503

    metro is awsome

  • guest

    well lets just wait beta and see i think that it will then be much more optimized for non touch pc

  • Dan Dar3

    I like it and I don’t find it hard to use with a mouse – maybe I’m just not too fussy…

  • Dan Dar3

    I kinda like it and I don’t find it hard to use with a mouse – maybe I’m just not too fussy…

  • WPLJ42

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I don’t like Metro, and don’t want anything to do with it on a desktop computer. Being forced to use it in W8 will be a significant drawback, and reason enough to look at the Mac again. I am low vision and Windows “looks” better for me than OS X, but I still don’t like Metro.

  • zipper

    I like metro it’s good its easy to use and the performance of the windows 8 beta is too good

  • Penta2100

    I would like to see the start menu programs only. like no computer, music or any of those buttons. just the applications.

  • Yanta

    I absolutely hate the metro look. I won’t even be considering a move to windows 8 for my 10 or so PCs here unless I can have the traditional desktop/

  • Alina

    I think Metro should definitely be optional, just like Ubuntu doesn’t force you to use Unity if you don’t like it. OS developers should get it into their heads that PCs are PCs, netbooks are netbooks and tablets are tablets. You can’t use the same features on all of them without screwing something up.

  • Dude

    The Metro 8 Ui is flat 2D and boring. People want bright 3D looking apps and fun. Thats why Android does so well. Metro 8 can be just as fun and still keep the Professional application for serious business people that need Microsoft, Right now they are headed for the crash like the Microsoft Bob went. Fix it fast.