Originally Posted by sebberry
As I mentioned, I use the QuickLaunch w/ small icons - it takes up less than half the space of a standard Win7 pinned program.
This is why I use Classic Shell:http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p61/sebberry/7Start.jpg
The WinVista/7 Start Menu sucks for lots of apps like this, Metro Start screen even more.
This looks an awful lot like someone that is set in their ways and doesn't want to change, as you are using the old Windows 95-style programs menu, and the Windows 98-style taskbar.
While it does allow you to see more at once, the only time I ever use the "all programs" menu is to either pin an application to my taskbar or the start menu. Anything else gets launched by me hitting the windows key and starting to type its name. (the first few characters is usually enough)
The old Win95 style programs menu also has a significant usability problem: overlapping menus. The new Start Menu expands folders vertically, rather than horizontally on top of other menu items. This is particularly problematic with nested folders.
Unless you are also using Metro apps, the new Start Screen doesn't seem to add any functionality over the Windows 7 Start Menu though, and actually introduces a few regressions.
I completely disagree with you about using QuickLaunch over pinning programs. QuickLaunch is nothing more than a set of shortcuts in the taskbar that you can click on, and is wasted space the majority of the time. When you launch an application with it, you have both the application and QuickLaunch taking up space on the taskbar.
Pinned programs are not only shortcuts that can be clicked on, but unlike QuickLaunch, pinned applications are also used for window management, so the same icon that launches the program is used to manage that program's windows. Pinned icons also take up approximately 1/3 the space of the old Win95-style taskbar items.
[win]+[1-0] will launch any of the first 10 pinned applications immediately, or switch directly to them. I have my web browser set as the second pinned item, so [win]+ will launch it, if it is running, it will switch directly to it (rather than cycling through every other open application with [alt]+[tab] ) and repeatedly hitting [win]+ will cycle through the open windows/tabs in the browser.
You are also able to pin related items to a pinned application on the desktop. For example, I have about 15 different folders pinned to Windows Explorer, that I can quickly access by right-clicking the pinned icon.
Originally Posted by sebberry
Dear Microsoft: Don't strong-arm users into what you
think is best. Let the user choose.
You have the choice to not
use Windows 8. That's generally how OS upgrades go.
You don't see Apple giving options to people who liked the old Brushed Metal interface, hate the new Mission Control compared to Expose and Spaces, letting you go back to the old 10.4 Spotlight UI etc.
Originally Posted by tman247
It's also become apparent that 8 has the new 'flattened' look purely because Aero didn't look good or work as well on tablets, so the tablet look wins out on the desktop.
Actually, I think it's far more reasonable to say that the Metro design language is not exclusive to "Metro Apps" and that Microsoft has designed a cohesive look to the UI whether you are on the desktop or using Metro apps.
Aero Glass sticks out like a sore thumb when compared with the other UI changes in Windows 8.