Most Windows 8 users never launch Metro/Modern UI apps

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, May 29, 2013.


On Windows 8

Poll closed Jun 26, 2013.
  1. Do you run Windows 8 by Choice?

  2. If you do is it for DX11.1?

  3. Do you use the metro/Modern User apps?

  4. Classic Start for life?

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    Is your computer running Windows 8? Do you often make use of Metro apps? Are you like most Windows 8 users: you totally ignore this whole side of Microsoft's dashing new OS?
    Full details on the original article at
  2. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Jan 2, 2011
    In other news, Windows 8 still has a long ways to go until it's a respectable OS.
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  3. FireValk01

    FireValk01 Advanced Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    United States
    I don't use the dash as I really have no use for it; I usually go straight to desktop. Now if I was on mobile... maybe I would... but I'm not.
  4. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    Study sounds about right... Not a huge fan of metro.
  5. DinohScene

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    Oct 11, 2011
    Windows 3.1 also had a similar GUI.
    Non resize-able windows.

    Microsoft spend 25 years on perfecting the desktop environment.
    Nice rounded edges, colours that blend well and fade neatly.
    And now.. they took a step backwards with ugly solid colours and sharp edges.

    No, Win 8 for me.
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  6. Walker D

    Walker D I have a hat

    Nov 15, 2009
    My home
    You should do a poll for this
  7. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    Is this Microsoft Bob all over again? A complete novelty of no practical use?
    I mean how much more embarrassing can this get? Take the hint Microsoft, do more than just take Metro to the backseat, actually kick it off the curb.
    Ergo likes this.
  8. wolffangalchemist

    wolffangalchemist This is bat country!

    Nov 23, 2008
    United States
    middleofnowhere, AL
    I use predominantly Ubuntu, well XFCE flavor of it Xubuntu with a win7 partition for the occasional game or what have you odd thing I can only use windows for.
    I didn't care for Unity and metro is disgusting in comparison to even it. Microsoft with the xboxone and this you are doing great at what you have always done, not doing shit right.
  9. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    All aboard the Windows H8 train! Choo choo!
    Maxternal, Ammako, bowser and 8 others like this.
  10. porkiewpyne

    porkiewpyne Report-er

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    Jun 8, 2008
    Ooooh the Metro Interface Defence Force is gonna rage in 3.... 2.....1......
  11. Haloman800

    Haloman800 a real gril

    Dec 18, 2009
    United States
    Metro is awful. Windows 8 isn't so bad, it's a bit better than Win7 in terms of performance. I use Windows 8 with every trace of Metro removed and Start8 (brings start menu back)
  12. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    If they do come... I hope they will realize that the article is about actual stats about Windows 8 usage.
    Not someone's opinion about how Metro sucks...
  13. Wombo Combo

    Wombo Combo That Ain't Falco

    Mar 17, 2010
    United States
    I have Windows 8 and first thing I did was install classic shell which replaces the start button. I have NEVER used a metro app.
  14. Septimo

    Septimo GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    United States
    I didn't think the statistics would be that low, but I'm not really surprised. I don't have Windows 8, but my cousin does so I've used it first hand and honestly I was completely lost. There was a point where I just said the hell with it and used the desktop instead. It seems like at least some people felt the same way. In theory Windows 8 should be more practical, but I honestly find it more of a confusing mess.

    Don't think there should be a Windows 8 For Dummies needed for something that is supposed to be so immediately accessible.

    Just my opinion.

    I do want to give Windows 8 another try and familiarize myself with it, so I'm planning to get Surface for my next tablet/laptop.
  15. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

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    Jul 15, 2009
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    I hate rather dislike, but can tolerate when needed, Metro.

    I do quite like Windows 8 on the whole, though.

    I boot straight to desktop with Classic Start, but I'll probably look for a different, equivalent program soon that doesn't suck as bad. Crashes all the time, slow, etc.
  16. DCG

    DCG GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 1, 2010
    I still think they should have added the option not to install the "metro" stuff, at least in the Pro version.... which self respecting professional user is going to use that piece of crap? I'm not...
    PsyBlade and Costello like this.
  17. Sterling

    Sterling GBAtemp's Silver Hero

    Jan 22, 2009
    United States
    I used a metro app once. I clicked on it by accident.
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  18. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    The study still leaves us with 40% of Metro users, and Windows is easily the most popular OS in the world - that's millions of users. Windows 8 is the first OS to utilize Metro - naturally there is some apperhension as far as the use of the side apps is concerned, but that will eventually fade away as time goes by. Users simply got used to the old UI and cling to it, unwilling to adapt. I remember a similar situation taking place when users were unwilling to switch to Vista, clinging to their beloved XP for their dear lives and yet most of us use 7 these days. Change takes time, there is definitely a lot of good the live-updated tiles and apps can offer, users just have to discover it all by themselves, you can't force them.
  19. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    win 8 to me didn't look like a significant upgrade to win7 and I couldn't care less about the metro UI as it's for damn tablets mostly anyway. win7 is still working fine for me no need to upgrade to 8.
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  20. djricekcn

    djricekcn GBAtemp Maniac

    May 29, 2009
    United States
    I only bought Windows 8 because it was 14.99 as a legit copy due to a promotion.

    It does run better than Windows 7 in terms of performance from what I noticed. Other than that, I don't use metro but use Oblytiles for the heck of it.