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Report: Microsoft shoveling more dirt onto Windows 8.1 with 'Threshold'

Mark Hachman | July 1, 2014
Reports say that Microsoft is pushing the tiled interface on Windows 8.1 further into the background with the next major iteration of Windows.

Personally, I was shocked and appalled by Windows 8's UI. Initially, that is. Over time, I realized that by clicking on the "Desktop" button I could return to my familiar workspace, and I rarely use Metro apps during the day. On the train home, however, a large, touch-friendly interface is a necessity. That's when I'm happy for the Metro version of VLC, or a touch-friendly Internet Explorer. Give me a touch-based version of Office, and I'll be thrilled.

Over time, Metro will probably head in one of two directions: Microsoft will either ditch it entirely in favor of a Windows Phone-style interface for smaller tablets and phones; or refine it to the point where it only appears when the tablet's undocked and on the go.

Microsoft's Windows Vista was slow, buggy, and constantly demanded your permission to undertake what seemed to be the smallest of actions. On modern hardware, Microsoft's Windows 8 simply works, and works well.

Personally, I'm not calling for the Start Page's demise. For me, it's already dead.

 

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