Wednesday, March 07, 2012 9:34 PM
First off I like it Windows 8 and the Metro interface and can't wait to use it on a tablet but the desktop could be improved. So would the Metro interface be much better if the mouse imitated the hand as if you were using touch screen. For example when the user presses the left mouse button down but doesn't release and moves the mouse left or right then inertial scrolling could be activated to scroll left or right. While the interface is scrolling if the user presses the mouse again it will stop the scrolling dead.
I just feel that could be better than using the cursor keys or going to the bottom of the screen, which could end up giving users a bad dose of rsi.
What do other people think about using a mouse in Metro?PS. This would also copy how to control Metro using a tablet so users should feel more comfitable using either.
Friday, May 04, 2012 1:53 PM
I agree about the mouse scrolling. It's the first thing I did, expecting it to work. I was surprised I had to go down to the scroll bar at the bottom. Note that the mouse wheel scrolls from left/right, though I think that should do the 'semantic' zoom instead.
Saturday, May 05, 2012 5:47 AMModerator
You do have some of these functions using the mouse.
For example, on the Start Screen you have inertial scrolling. Just move the cursor to the edge of the screen. The Scroll Wheel also works there.
Some apps, like the Maps App will automatically Zoom using the scroll wheel. Other places, such as the All Apps screen you can use the inertial scrolling, or you can Zoom using Ctrl+Mouse Wheel.
Still discovering new capabilities.
Sunday, May 06, 2012 9:56 PMRonnie, if after more than 6 months you are still discovering new capabilities, then what chance does the average user stand. If I use Windows 8 then I need it to work and not have to spend the rest of the year wondering how I am going to do something.
Sunday, May 06, 2012 11:32 PMModerator
Ronnie, if after more than 6 months you are still discovering new capabilities, then what chance does the average user stand. If I use Windows 8 then I need it to work and not have to spend the rest of the year wondering how I am going to do something.
The whole point of testing a new beta version of Windows is discovering new capabilities and ways of doing things.
By the time the final version is released all of the new capabilities will be documented and we will be passing the information on to all of the new users.
I am having more fun with this beta than I have had since the Windows 95 beta was first made available for testing.
- Edited by Ronnie VernonMVP, Moderator Sunday, May 06, 2012 11:33 PM edit
Monday, May 07, 2012 1:38 AM
I take your point about it being a beta version and the lack of documentation. I also test other software in similar circumstances. A while back I looked at W7RC and liked it so much I bought the prerelease offer. I do not get that feeling with W8. I do not have a touchphone or pad so my requirements are purely desktop use. Yes, I do play the odd game or two but I can do this in W7 without any online influence. In fact I am starting to have constant battles with my 3 year old grand daughter over who uses the computer.
I tried the DP but it was not long before I was gravitating back to W7. I was able to find my way aound and of course there were some excellent hints and tips from the previous and this forum. The CP is an improvement and it now includes the Metro apps which is all right if you want to be permanently tied to Windows Live. Not sure what your idea of fun is but we found the jigsaw and pinball apps quite amusing.
I did not have quite the same issues with the Metro start menu as those portrayed here but did not like the way all the rubbish collected when installing programs. This required a lot of unpinning and rearangement, something not needed on the desktop start panel. Another thing not liked was the way the desktop defaulted to Metro apps at times. There are settings and workarounds for all this and I have played with other desktop menus and taskbar toolbars.
Both the DP and CP are now in mothballs as disc images and I am waiting for the next one in June (RC?). However my feeling is that I shall give W8 a miss this time round and wait for W9.