The Desktop will ALWAYS Exist. "Metro" is Not the Future of Computing.

The Desktop will ALWAYS Exist. "Metro" is Not the Future of Computing.

Okay this is a mild rant, as there's this theory thrown around that Microsoft is pushing "metro" as the future of computing. First, "metro" isn't an interface, it's a new design language Microsoft is heavily invested in. Its look came from Windows XP's Media Center, Zune and Xbox. It is "modern" with limited skeuomorphism, it is industrial and straight to the point. No gimmicky effects to reflect the past and is intended to universally relate to a community at large. (world)

Why the Desktop Will Remain.

The "desktop" will always be here. However, it will change dramatically throughout time. Due to the nature of computing that involves multitasking, there will always be a need to have multiple windows open, drag-and-drop, type and reveal optional menus. We must let go of this notion that the "start-screen" is the new way of computing. Traditional Windows had a start-menu, which is now full-screen, thanks to Windows 8. It's vastly more exciting and customizable. We're not going to be opening up intense programs to get work done in large tile/windows. We're not going to pin Photoshop, File Explorer, etc. on one side of the screen, pin another window to the alternate side, and drag files over open files quickly. So, what makes the new modern apps in Windows 8 so special? They're full-screen and are managed by swiping from the top to snap and close. This is nice, but a dream. It depends on the device having a bezel, if the user is using touch. It also could make a screen look like a smudged tiger at the end of the day. So even the way things are now, may change.

Apple did, does, is doing...Who Cares?

It probably wouldn't take much to merge iOS with Mac OS, but judging by the way iOS 7 was implemented, they're clearly out of focus. They might be caught in the "Android voodoo" with a little bit of "Windows Metro affair", but they're doing what they need to do, to combat competitors. The swiping down from the middle of the home-screen, to access search in iOS 7 is a joke. The swiping up to access media and controls is a joke and an attempt to "be different", even if it's fundamentally wrong. The menu-bar at the top and the dock at the bottom in Mac OS is fundamentally flawed. The green button on the windows in Mac OS is poorly implemented. Think about it. We're always going to have computers (unless something apocalyptic happens). Do we really think the Mac OS operating system GUI elements are how an operating system should function for the year, 2050, 3050, and beyond? Windows isn't perfect, but it's far from flawed and is set for the future. (To be explained in a later "Microsoft Manifesto" project) With this being said, it doesn't matter what Apple does, if they continue the path they're on. Yes, they're going to string along their fans and novice users by marketing their products and services as the "powerful holy-grail" of technology. In reality, Apple has lost its "mojo" and everyone closely analyzing knows it. Google came to the party with its own beer and beer for the owner. Microsoft came to the party late and is helping clean up the mess. For the first time, Microsoft releases its first mass-produced computer to the public on October 2012 and they have yet to release their own smart-phone. They wouldn't dare produce a laptop or desktop "all-in-one" right now, due to the business nature of their partners. This is what a lot of people fail to realize. Microsoft is afraid to drag people into new millenniums, kicking and screaming like school children.

There Will Always Be Mouse, Keyboard, Touch and Voice.

This cannot be stressed enough, options aren't a crime. There will always be multiple ways of doing things, that's what makes technology so great. Just because Microsoft introduces a "touch-friendly" interface doesn't mean they are at war against mice and keyboards. The scroll-bar is at the bottom on the start-screen. The mouse wheel and two-finger scrolling works on the start-screen. Right-click a tile to customize it. Touch and hold a tile to customize it. Voice recognition is not only an accessibility feature but potentially a way of searching for items on the computer, and who knows what else. Do we have to use all of these features? No, they're just there if we prefer to use them. We don't eat cereal with a knife (although we somehow could), but that's what spoons are for. Options.

What is Windows 8?

It's the introduction to multiple ways of computing, on multiple devices, with ONE software. That's it, and it's a wonderful thing. Is it perfect? Heck no, will it improve? (No shit) When the engineers, designers and developers are working together in a team at Microsoft, they're not completely oblivious to what needs work and what doesn't. Right now, they have a long forecast of milestone developments to reach, to get to Windows 9, 10, 11, etc.

"Windows Everywhere"

Bill Gates had a dream. That one day, Windows could be of any size, shape and "surface" and live in harmony on one operating system. This is not a crime or misconceived dream, it's inevitable. We do not have to be confined by devices and software doesn't have to be defined by devices.