Windows Phone Metro is Dead

6 years ago from adrian io, Design & Code

  • adrian ioadrian io, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    You're right, pivots and panos aren't meant to be used as navigation and once you learn them they are a joy to use. I just think they should stick with Metro and evolve it further, to cater for more complex apps like Office. I'm not sure plonking in a hamburger menu and calling it job done stays true to the original Metro design principles. I wish the original Metro design team (Jeff Fong and co) could comment on this.

    From what I've read so far [1], people who use Windows Phone, chose it because it had a distinct design language, it was very different from iOS or Android. It was refreshing and new and in my opinion iOS and Android was inspired by Metro. Material design especially, but they evolved those principles further and made it theirs.

    Now it seems that distinctiveness is being removed from Windows Phone and loyal WP users are complaining (see [1] - almost 19k votes to not copy Android), rather than evolving Metro, MS are just copying Android as it seems. It's the safer route, yes, but will it increase adoption?

    I know we're missing tons of data that only Windows' design team has access to and these decisions were based on research and tons of testing. But just from the online outcry I've seen in the past few days, it seems that MS will alienate their loyal WP userbase,

    Why would an iOS or Android user want to switch over to Windows Phone, if it's almost going to be like Android, except with fewer features and apps.

    And are developers now suddenly going to port their apps over, because the design language is similar to Android and iOS?

    Let's see what the BUILD conf will bring, but at the moment I can't share your optimism.

    I'm hoping you'll be right though ;)


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