Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:01 PMAre there any known benefits of Metro in Windows 2012 compared to old classic GUI ?
- Changed Type Arthur_LiMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:49 AM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:54 PMNone!
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:09 PM
It greatly depends on how you want to define the term 'benefit'. If having a common code base between client and server is important, that is a benefit. If desiring to not change the user interface is a benefit, then it is not a benefit (and you are still running everything from a command prompt, unchanged since NT 3.5 Server, so GUI change should not matter <grin>).
I grant you that there is a learning curve. But after having been in this business for nearly 40 years, I have yet to run across improvements that did not take some learning when they came out. Nor did those improvements have all the spit and polish I would have liked when when they first came out, either. But, as with the ribbon in the Office products, once I got used to it, I find very intuitive and easier to use than the myriad of drop-down menus (others may disagree). As I get more and more used to the Metro interface, I'm sure I'll feel the same about it. And, remember that once you get fully converted into this environment, you will likely not be messing directly with the Server interface but will be managing everything from a desktop/laptop/tablet/phone. The benefit of having the same user interface at that point becomes a great advantage.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:42 PM
Its not a great advantage having the same GUI on client and server if that GUI is terrible in the first place...
I want to like it, I really do, but its just plain ugly and unintuitive.
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- Edited by Chris128 Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:42 PM
Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:42 PMSo far it hasn't made a difference in how I use it. I get to everything I need from the desktop. I know there is a learning curve when choosing to use it, but I have been using Win 8 for sometime now. The transition to Metro on Server isn't as challenging as it was. I'm guessing any benefit or lack of will be determined by the user.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 4:33 PMIf you must logon to a server to manage it instead of managing it remotely, you should consider removing the Shell and IE entirely and using the new Minimal Server Interface option. You can still use the new Server Manager and other graphical management tools like Hyper-V Manager but there is no Shell, and therefore no Metro. Disadvantage though is that there is no desktop either.
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