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Should Windows get the 'Metro' Windows Phone 7.......
Should Windows get the 'Metro' Windows Phone 7 interface?
The New York Times’ Nick Bilton poses an interesting question on the Bits blog on February 25: Should and could PC operating systems look more like mobile operating systems?
In Microsoft’s case, that would mean Windows would get an overhaul so that multi-touch became the primary way users would interact with their PCs. Those “live tiles” that Microsoft demonstrated as part of Windows Phone 7 in Barcelona a week ago would become the default way users would interact with their “hubs” and applications. The horizontal scrolling menus familiar to us Zune HD users would replace the libraries and lists of files, music, pictures and other information stored on PCs.
Bilton talks about how much rewriting of the Mac OS would likely be needed to replace the current UI with a touch-centric one. Microsoft’s Windows 7 already has a lot of touch capabilities built in, but touch is still an afterthought, not a key input method, on the vast majority of Windows 7 machines. And for political, technical or whatever other combination of reasons, Microsoft has not backed the use of its Windows Mobile/Windows Phone OS for slates and tablets; it has encouraged partners to use plain-old Windows.
I have to admit, I almost cried when I read this. The 1 major problem I see with even thinking about it, is that PCs are just too BIG. The screen (even a net boot at 10") just seems to big to put an iPhone style interface on it. (Admittedly, I have not seen the Zune's).
While this makes sense as a MULTI-TOUCH OS, it does NOT make sense for normal computing. (I believe she mentions this). I would HATE having big menus on a 15" (laptop), or 22" (desktop) monitor.
However, if the OS were to be COMPLETELY multi-touch (mouse and keyboard would still be available), then I would NOT mind bigger icons, maybe bigger menus. But I think that this would need a complete re-design with the intent of use being a PC.
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