Bigger areas for button presses, charms, bigger hit boxes and all that stuff, and you know what? Good for them, I hope they keep going in that direction.
See, when confronted with that GUI on a non-touch screen 23" monitor, in which clicking on the big giant idiot button causes something to open up on the bottom right corner of the screen so that I have to move my mouse back across the screen in order to click what should have been where I clicked ... just fucking no.
The Metro UI paradigm is largely useless on a standard monitor, mouse, and keyboard layout. Which what my desktop is used with.
but your view of "tablet = bad" is ignoring the realities of where the market is heading
While inarguably people are buying tablets, not all computers are tablets, nor do all tasks benefit from tablet interfaces ... and an old fashioned desktop machine does not benefit from Metro.
Certainly the flashing dynamic desktop paradigm is as annoying as ads to me, and I do not WANT any of that animated eye candy. And I know from experience it's both security and privacy holes waiting to happen. They have twice now had to abandon live desktop content because it was insecure. Why should I trust this stuff?
Don't get me wrong, once I no longer had to look at any of the Romper Room crap for 99% of my tasks, I'm happy with the OS. So far it's stable and quick ... but essentially it now looks like Windows 2003 or Windows 7 or even Vista once you turn the crud off.
Guess what, your spreadsheets still work, so does Visual studio, but I can now use the system using a touch interface too, is that so bad?
You know, once again, these are not things I do on tablets. A tablet isn't where I go to do work.
I'm lucky enough to not schlep around some monster laptop daily to to my job. A tablet for me is down-time .. it's travel, it's consuming web content, and not doing productive work.
So, here I don't want a desktop interface. I want a hammock interface. I want a plane interface. Or a hotel interface. I want the big squishy buttons.
If Microsoft would stop trying to give me a tablet interface on my desktop, and a desktop interface on my tablet ... maybe they'd understand what people actually use tablets for, and what they use desktops for ... and actually make the appropriate interface for the job.
Seriously? My bloody spreadsheets will work? Are you aware you're epitomizing the "I"m a PC and I'm a Mac" cliche? Because when the original iPad came out, and Google has had successful tablets ... most of which are used for damned near anything but spreadsheets ... nobody was using it for spreadsheets. Not even a little.
The people who are going almost entirely tablet are using video conferencing, watching movies, reading eBooks, reading their email, and doing a little banking. Because normal people doing normal things on a computer pretty much do those things.
And you and Microsoft want to be sure my spreadsheets will work on my tablet? That's pathetic.
I'm looking forward to being able to use my tablet more like a PC.
I had been hoping to use my big-boy desktop workstation like a big-boy desktop workstation ... instead I got some moronic marketing vision in which that isn't a conceivable thing, and that I clearly need an app for that, and have a touch screen. The Metro interface is more of a hindrance in that context. It's useless and cumbersome.
Maybe they will succeed at an environment which seamlessly does both. But so far from what I've seen they're doing a shitty job of them individually, so lucking into one combined thing which works is just not gonna happen.