Windows 8 Metro interface, those brightly colored tiles that serve as both shortcuts to programs and live widgets reporting data from those programs, has been widely appreciated.
However, there are some annoying things about the Metro in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
There are some problems especially if you attempt to use Metro with a keyboard and mouse instead of with a touchscreen. Among other problems, its shortcuts are difficult to use, it disappears without warning, and it makes it difficult for any attempt to change settings on your PC.
Some of the annoying things of Metro Ui are:
There’s a wide gap between Metro and the regular desktop. Take Internet Explorer, for instance. On the traditional desktop, IE by default has an ever-present address bar and navigation buttons and you can run the window maximized or not. In Metro, IE’s address bar and navigation buttons mostly disappear once you’re on a page; the window is always full-screen and you can’t make it smaller.
Suppose that you’re browsing in IE in the Metro interface and you switch to the regular desktop and click the IE icon there. You won’t see the Web pages you were just surfing in Metro. Instead, there is a whole new instance of IE, starting from scratch.
It is hard to stay in Metro: Typically, if you have two monitors, your primary monitor will use the Metro interface and the other will use the traditional desktop . Click in a window on the non-Metro display, and your other screen automatically switches from Metro to traditional desktop. If you’re on the Metro start page and you choose the wrong option, such as a shortcut to a non-Metro-ized application, you get out of Metro.
Metro shortcuts are tricky and annoying. Clearly Metro was designed, first and foremost, to work with a fingertip. But trying to make it work with a mouse and a keyboard is often frustrating. In Windows 8, you have to keep your pointer off screen while you click.
Alternatively, you can switch interfaces by pressing the Windows button.
Metro apps are easier to navigate with a finger than with a mouse.
The interfaces in most Metro apps are wide and are built to scroll horizontally, sometimes through screen after screen. This arrangement works great when you’re navigating with a finger on a tablet; but with a mouse, not so much. Your options are to use the scrollwheel on a mouse or the scrollbar at the bottom of the page.
All Metro apps display at full-screen size and can’t be moved from one screen to another. The look is striking and gives the applications lots of breathing space. But sometimes you need to see two programs at the same time, to compare information or to move data from one application to another. You can grab the top of an application and move it so that it sits in a vertical panel on the side of your screen, but that orientation isn’t useful for most programs.
Metro apps look pretty, but their information density is often quite low. The Music app is one example of a Windows 8 app that supplies a low density of information per screen. Albums, artists, and even songs appear as an array of tiles. Other Microsoft apps, such as the people and photo apps, have a similar design.
The Evernote app, for instance, is almost unusable if you need to find an older note from a large collection. It shows just 14 tiles per screen and the notes are arranged strictly chronologically, with no search function.
But the underlying problem is that the apps’ design motif, while great for tablets, doesn’t make good use of the capabilities of a real PC.
Windows 8 menus are contextual. If you click the Settings icon while you’re in the Metro start page, you get settings specifically for the start page. You can click a link below for ‘PC Settings’, but those settings don’t include everything you’re used to having access to in the Windows Control Panel. To obtain a link to the Control Panel, you must click the Settings icon while you’re in the traditional desktop.
However, most of these annoying features might not be there in the final version.