Originally Posted by SteelWill
It doesn't make sense that it takes up the entirety of the screen on a PC. Nor does it make sense that in a G
UI we now have to rely on keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures and removal of visual cues and are basically being limited to single tasking if what we want to run unfortunately comes in Metro flavor.
If MS had just made Metro run on the desktop on desktop machines instead of trying to take them over there wouldn't be this blowback. Tablets are something to use when you don't have access to, or need a fully capable computer, not something to try and hammer a fully capable computer into.
So your saying you would prefer MS had left the standard start menu and then made Metro some kind of app to launch in windows like Media Center?
The solution they came up with seems to be a fairly good option. Yes you have a full screen start menu, but for those of us that want the desktop, its just one click away. To me it feels like a login screen. I boot straight to it and then click to the desktop. It just doesn't seem that jarring after a while.
The biggest issue is indeed not having the same visual cues, but i don't exactly hate the mouse gestures or going to the corners for various actions. It is another thing that seems less and less difficult as I use it. Of course Ive been using keyboard shortcuts for years, so that isn't difficult.
Within Metro itself, it is clearly aimed at tablets and i agree that its just not going to replace how we use a desktop now, it is more limiting. But, where it shines for desktops could be in individual apps. There is alot of potential there for some specialized apps leveraging WinRT. Anything that is meant to be a full screen app could work very nicely (such as a media app like media center).