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How close is the Metro UI in the preview to the final version?

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    How close is the Metro UI seen in the developer preview to the final, released version? I am concerned that the UI, if left in its current state, will only confuse users. For example, why is "Shut Down" under an obscure settings pane? A power button on the start screen, or a clear equivalent to "Start---> Shut Down" would be better, in my opinion. Also, don't users expect to be able to close programs? Would they be surprised if a program closed by itself, or if they had a huge list of open programs and couldn't figure out how they were opened? The other major oversight that I see is the fact that there is no Taskbar equivalent in the Metro interface. An easy way to manage running apps would be helpful. Apple's iOS has this, and Windows 8 is lacking in this area. I was confused about customizing the Start Screen and the Desktop, since there is no simple "Drag and Drop" interface like the one I have come to rely on in Windows 7. Will these carry over into the final version, or will changes be made?

    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:07 AM

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  • Hi,

    Keep in mind this is a Pre-Beta, so there will be many changes from this build to GA =)

    Regards,

    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:16 AM

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  • Hi,

    Keep in mind this is a Pre-Beta, so there will be many changes from this build to GA =)

    Regards,

    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:16 AM
  • That's good to know. I hope Windows "8"'s new UI will be as successful as Office 2007's, one of my all-time favorite UI redesigns.

    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:18 AM
  • Metro is still being developed, so it's impossible to say what any differences will be when comparing the Dev. Preview to the final version of Metro.
    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:18 AM