Not exactly a one-press switch, but you can still Win+Tab/whatever to switch between Metro apps and Desktop. Presumably Alt+Tab will be for switching between Desktop windows. Not sure why you find Win 8 Desktop to be uglier than Win 7 though. AFAIK the only differences are the Ribbon UI, different Start menu and some changes to the programs (Task Manager etc.) which means it looks pretty much the same.
I don't really think it's an extra, but more like they're trying to fit two interfaces together to hopefully appeal to both tablet and PC users. Whether it works or not will decide Win 9's direction I guess. As above, you can switch between a Metro app and a Desktop window fairly easily, provided your last used window is open on the Desktop. Otherwise you would still need to click from the taskbar, Alt+Tab etc.
Yeah! My thinking is that I'll use Metro on the go or when it's not attached to the dock. And when it's on the dock, I'll be using Win7 or a cross between the two. I really like the web browsing on Win8. I'll probably also be using a monitor/TV. I already do this a lot with my current laptop.
The new ribbon actually looks a heck of a lot easier to use IMO.
As far as the start menu, meh! I actually use the start button/menu a decent amount, but I like the new one because of how it's setup. Everything is sort of smack in your face. I think ppl don't like that it takes you to a full screen, IDK. Plus, anyways, you can get back the old start button/menu with a slight change to the registry.
So, I think a lot of the apprehensive Windows fans are making comments out of sheer ignorance and/or a fear of change. Everything in Windows 7 functions pretty much the same. They just made some minor - IMHO - touch friendly changes for ppl that don't want to use a mouse or keyboard in Win7. And, again, you can make it look exactly like Win7 by changing the registry.
Originally Posted by DistantJ
Did you see my video on the way OSX Lion switches between full screen 'tablet mode' and windowed mode? I wish they'd just do that.
You can do windowing on Windows 7. I don't think they removed that feature. You just can't do the swipe thing that you did towards the end of your video.
Actually if you have a mouse, you can click on the scroll wheel. It pretty much does the same function that you showed in your video. Sort of. Judging from my experiences and other people that I know that use Windows, we are tabbers.