So we have been developing Metro Apps against the the WP7 Rules, where we are told to avoid putting "Back Buttons" into our code, cos the WP7 Phones have a nice big Back Button on the devcie (as well as Search) - All Wel and Dandy, nice use of
Button Space: Back Button, Windwos Home and Search on WP7 Phones.
Now I start to look at the Windows 8 UI Guidance, and I have to implement loads of 'Back Button' icons in the Left Hand edge of my Apps Pags ! - What a waste of opportunity and real estate. Surely Tablets could and should have a Back Button,
and Search Button, to make the Windows 8 Tablets consistent with WPx Phones. Now we have to develop two Code bases, one for Phones and another for Tablets, as well as confused style for Users. This is where Apple gets it right, and Microsoft
misses its opportunites. Make Back Buttons and Search Buttons mandatory in the Tablet Hardware Spec !
Just Plain Dumb, Sometimes I have to wonder what goes through the minds at Microsoft!