I just started Windows 8 usage and I was very excited to do so after attending the MS developer show about a month ago.
I found a spot for suggestions but it was full so here I am.
I love what I saw at the conference and this is the first time I have been able to play with Win8 with a mouse and must say I am surprised there is such a difference from the touch devices.
First of all it a metro menu moves with more info it goes to the right. if I had a touch screen I would touch the right and drag it left and yet with a mouse I cannot do that. Why not? Why am I forced to click and old-fashioned bottom bar that is aligned left and have to drag to the right? It is not nearly as intuitive as it is with touch. So even with a mouse I see there is more to the right and I WANT to drag the screen left, that was your intent yes? And so it should be with the mouse.
When I am in an app and want to see the bottom options menu for the whole program why cannot I just move the mouse to the bottom to see it? Why must I right click every time? If I move the mouse to the bottom can't I see the bottom menu for the program? I get that certain parts of the screen have alternate options and need the right click but that does not mean I need to restrict the normal options bar.
Why can't I change the right "charms" bar to the left? I have a dual monitor and having the bar in the middle of two screens is really aggravating. I appreciate the "catches" in place in the corners to activate the bar but then I can't just move to the middle of the side to have my mouse positioned as I would like it to be.
I metro, why does my mouse "back button" not take me back? It works in Win7 and the internet in the new IE, so why must I scroll to and click the back arrow in a metro side bar?
Finally, swiping touch motions. if I can touch the screen and move my finger in a pattern and release to do something then why can't the mouse do it? I could click the screen, hold the button and make a motion too, then release the button. Simple. Why is this not supported?
I keep reading answers that you need to memorize the keyboard shortcuts. Some days I like to be lazy and my mouse is in hand and the keyboard takes too much effort. The power is there to use a mouse for most options, so why is it not?
What works for touch works for mouse... this is the line you fed me at the MS convention, you are correct and yet you failed to do this. Why?
I develop for android and I will soon be developing for Win8, the Android emulator let's the mouse emulate a touch event. Mouse click = "action_down" mouse release = "action_up" This could not be simpler.
I love your new product but did anyone test the mouse use to see if it was intuitive? On Win8, touch works, mouse fails. Make the mouse equal to the touch, It is an easy fix, so please do so.