The Greatest Unappreciated Strength of Windows 8
…Are the Metro New Windows UI Apps. Like genius they seem to be unappreciated in their lifetime.
Most people seem to be content to boot Windows 8 to old-school desktop and may never intentionally look at the New Desktop and Apps.
In my last Windows 8 post I suggested that the 1 Critical Thing Wrong With Windows 8 was the act of treating consumers as square pegs to be hammered into round UX holes.
Facebook’s New UI
As Facebook introduces their new UI the sentiment seems to be one of wholehearted dislike for the slew of UI bugs larded into the browser:
Facebook as we know it today: Sample of UI bugs and comments added.
It occurred to me after using the new Facebook UI that it bothered me and inhibited my use. I found myself using the mobile app more and my laptop browser less.
Then I was in the Windows 8 New Desktop and I was spending the day almost exclusively using these Apps. I opened the Facebook Metro App and was greeted with a feeling of relief and contentment by the unblemished beauty and simplicity that greeted me:
- Toggle to hide sidebar menu
- Large photos
- A wide, unencumbered feed
- Friend requests, Messages and Notifications all drop down below the toggle button on the left.
For those of you married to the idea of a right hand, subsidiary feed and your friends’ online statuses you are going to be disappointed but the miscomprehension of most users is that these Apps are intended to mirror desktop or browser apps. They aren’t.
New Windows UI is to App Design and functionality what the Danish Modern movement was to furniture.
The Warptest POV
It’s time for users who are struggling with the new Facebook UI to realize that they have an alternative in these Apps.
Facebook may have just given Windows 8 its biggest push, at least until we see what Microsoft has in store for us in the next release of Windows 8.x (expect big announcements from Microsoft BUILD this week).
So if this matches how you are feeling towards Facebook right now then you might want to ask a friend with Windows 8 if you can try this for yourself.
Even without touch your inner calm will be restored.
So take it for a spin and let me know what you think.