Windows 8: bluff old traditionalists without a Slate, sorry, Surface (ha ha ha – no? Really?) sorry, tablet are going to stick with the conventional Windows desktop.
And I hear you say; “Metro, sorry, Modern-UI apps are going to force out the conventional desktop.” No. There are too many corporates with legacy applications, without touch screens, with older hardware, without the training budgets.
Modern-UI and the conventional desktop are likely to co-exist indefinitely. The new versions of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop due in 2013 will be desktop applications, not Modern-UI apps. Can you imagine Photoshop in a low-resolution, Fisher-Price Modern-UI interface? No, neither can I. That means incremental improvements to the familiar Windows desktop will continue.
Count up the improvements to the Windows desktop that we looked at already; the ribbon interface in Windows Explorer, the new Task Manager, the file-copy improvements. The desktop has the edge and corner navigation controls. The new Start tip replaces the old Start button. Cunningly, there’s a right-click power menu that brings most of the control panel and management settings right to you: Continue reading