Microsoft took a whole bucketful of risks when it launched its modern operating platform, Windows 8. And one of these risks was making Metro the default choice for PC users. The shiny new environment was the reason behind a lot of confusion that made coming to grips with the new OS difficult — for beginners more so....

OK so I had to wade deep into this one because well, it’s what I do.  🙂 A few days ago, blogs and Twitter blew up because Paul Thurrott, respected Windows analyst/blogger had a frustrated rant on his blog. The post which had the awesome title “What the heck is happening to Windows?” had Paul reaching the heights of...

Samsung has outlined grand plans to take over the tablet world, and the company revealed four new models at the CES 2014, complete with a brand new Android interface. And speaking of brands, it looks like the Korean giant hit too close to Metro this time around. Yes, the same interface that traditional Windows users...

Much has been made how learning Windows 8 is a somewhat difficult preposition, particularly coming to grips with the Metro UI of the new operating system. Analysts have often cited this as one of the reasons for slow adaption of OS. But then again, there are some that have made the transition without skipping a gear,...

Simple and humble operating systems that they were, Windows 98, XP and friends still came with a pretty intuitive tutorial to acclimatize users of the new features that were included. Right after installation, some pretty elaborate (and helpful!) guide tutorials for users — both experienced and novice. Windows 8, on...

Now this is something that may very well unsettle a lot of iOS users. Insider sources have tested the upcoming iOS 7 claim that some radical changes are in order for Apple’s mobile operating system. The interface is said to be — wait for it — as flat as Metro in Windows Phone. Talking to 9to5mac, one source said that...

Microsoft Guru Paul Thurrott wrote a series of articles on how he would change Windows 8 (they can be found on his site ).  I thought I’d write one on how I would change the Desktop environment. Now I’m also taking into account that Microsoft isn’t going to bring the Start Menu back (which I agree with them). The...

Here we go again— Microsoft has done an excellent job of executing the Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8 launch at just about every level. They have solid products, great events showing them off and more. One thing that doesn’t fit is the continued elephant in the room that is the name “Metro”. We heard that “Microsoft...

Now too long ago we posted about how Metro was a design language that was without a true and official name. We’ve heard it called Metro, the modern style/UI and then all of a sudden “Microsoft Design Style” started to float around. So what’s the name? We might finally know, thanks to the upcoming Build conference. The...

What do you call the new UI in Windows 8? The start screen UI? Modern, Metro, something else? This is a bit confusing since all of us early adopters learned to call it Metro only to have that ripped away for various reasons. Since this change, there has been a bit of confusion as to what we call the UI and design...