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A Simple Question: Microsoft’s Metro UI

Microsoft has not been exactly cutting-edge lately with their offerings.  If you read around the blogosphere, you’ll find that most people feel (and based on sales, rightly so) that both Apple and Google have eclipsed the giant when it comes to relevance in the technology spaces that are important (read: hip) right now (tablets and mobile devices).  Some have even questioned whether the leadership in Microsoft is even capable of changing the momentum of the marketplace.  Sure the new Windows Phones look nice, but have you seen anyone that actually owns one?

And then Microsoft unleashed Windows 8 onto the world Tuesday, during their BUILD Windows Conference in Anaheim.  That metro UI look that people rave about with Windows Phone (but still don’t buy)?  It’s the centerpiece of the new Windows OS, which is certainly designed with the tablet world in mind.  If you haven’t seen it in action, go to the link above and check it out before answering this week’s question:

Do you think Microsoft’s new Metro UI will resonate with consumers?

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In other words, is the Metro UI enough to pull people away from what they currently use, and adopt a Microsoft product?  Personally, I love the UI.  I have made my mind up that my next phone purchase will be a Windows Phone, and that the UI for the phone is simply amazing.  I guess I would be inclined to say that this carries over to Windows 8 as well; I still have very traditional thoughts about what I expect a computer to do, and I’m reluctant to give up my physical keyboard.  But in a world that is mobilizing more and more, a tablet-optimized OS just makes sense.  Not that Windows 8 is incapable of being used on a more traditional setup, but this is clearly designed for touch screen capabilities.  And of what I’ve seen from other tablet OS offerings, I just feel like the Metro UI is well ahead of everything else that is out there.  Microsoft might have been slow to move on the current trends, but they may have tapped into that creative and innovative vein that used to be their wheelhouse, and is now associated with companies like Apple.  Now it’s a question of how well it’s implemented in real-world situations and, more importantly, whether it’s too late.

What do you think? Vote above, and comment below!


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  • Anonymous

    I bought a Windows Phone when I heard about the new Windows 8 a few months back.  I liked how the new OS UI is the same and the WP UI.  

    I love this phone so much that my when my wife’s iPhone contract runs out, she is getting one.  She will be lucky because by that time the new Nokia’s will be out.I wrote my own review on Windows Phone if you want to take a look.http://www.restarttheuser.com/2011/06/windows-phone-7-and-samsung-focus.htmlI am glad I didn’t get a tablet yet, I don’t have the funds for another device that is basically just a toy (I already have too many gaming consoles).  However when Windows 8 comes out, I can see this as a necessary purchase since I can use it as both a tablet and a laptop.

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  • Anonymous

    Why i will NEVER buy windows_phone_7 cell phone
    and i don’t care of all the fancy mango updates..

    Apps:

    >>Android: 510,000 (Sep 2011) [2]
    >>>>>WP7: 30,004 (Aug 2011) [26]

    Not only that, all the newest latest Apps are coming 1st to Android, iOS
    and then to the rest of the OS’s

    Waste of space:

    8 tiles VS 20+ Apps on Android/iPhone
    before any scrolling is done
    20 is better than 8.

    Lack of Personalization:

    change the order of tiles,
    change the tile color from
    a list of 10 monochrome colors,
    toggle the background
    between either BLACK OR WHITE, WOA!!

    Just this one only is a TOTAL turn off from WP7

    Android has so many personalization options
    that in view of that, WP7 is pathetic..

    DOS like user interface:

    People want a cell phone that is nice to look at.
    WP7’s user interface is boring to look at.

    Square one-colored tiles.. lame..
    and i don’t care how “live” those tiles are..

    SQUARE ONE COLORED! !

    SQUARE ! !

    And all of you that are calling this boring UI “slick and attractive”
    better have you eyes checked.

    There is nothing slick and attractive about
    SQUARE ONE COLORED TILES.

    NOTHING AT ALL..

    Even Windows 95 in SAFE MODE looks better..

    Hey, even the old Windows Mobile 6.5 looks better ! !

    Just this one and only this one is a TOTAL MAJOR turn off from WP7

    I dare you to take a look and compare
    which phone UI looks better:

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_PHvrWmq9OcA/TLpEmttslgI/AAAAAAAABN8/fIwo0wxv4gk/

    ..

    The epic unpopularity of Windows smartphones ! !

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/081111-windows-smartphones.html

    The only obvious solution is of course
    to completely redesign the Metro UI
    to something more beautiful than the iphone iOS

    (from a Windows 7 fanatic)

    ff

    • Some interesting thoughts.  Though I will say, as a current Android user who has been testing the Windows Phone for a few months, I heartily disagree.  Out of the box, the Windows Phone just performs better. It looks better.  It is cleaner and easier to navigate.  I’d rather have 8 live tiles that convey information to me without me having to actually load them than a bunch of static icons or bulky widgets.  

      I guess it comes down to personal preference, and clearly you have yours and I have mine 🙂

    • Some interesting thoughts.  Though I will say, as a current Android user who has been testing the Windows Phone for a few months, I heartily disagree.  Out of the box, the Windows Phone just performs better. It looks better.  It is cleaner and easier to navigate.  I’d rather have 8 live tiles that convey information to me without me having to actually load them than a bunch of static icons or bulky widgets.  

      I guess it comes down to personal preference, and clearly you have yours and I have mine 🙂