• Petitioned Steve Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer

Microsoft: Give Users the Option to Disable Metro UI and Keep Windows an Open Platform

    1. Petition by

      James O'Keeffe

Touch Screens are great for phones/tablets but power user of desktop/laptops prefer keyboard/mouse. Some of the top third party applications being used on Windows 8 Pro is restoring the start menu or limiting the Metro UI. In Windows 8 RT you have not option. What Microsoft is aiming for is closed ecosystem where everything has to be approved by them for their platform. Right now any coder can produce a piece of software and sell it for use on most windows systems. With closed ecosystem developers of "APP" will either pay the Microsoft "Tax" by fees, sales charges, or other indirect costs such as training for ability to produce an APP for Microsoft Store.
Furthermore, this is another anti-competitive move by Microsoft to lower risk from third party companies against their core services or business platforms. Like other closed ecosystems, Apple removed Google maps because they want to produce their own maps and Google remove Ad Blocker Plus because it went against it own revenue stream. Microsoft in closed environment will not allow products like Open Office and Firefox compete with Microsoft Office or Internet Explorer. They done this before...remember Netscape. Microsoft hopes the public will not complain. So far the sales numbers agree with the petition. Now let us give them a voice to hear and shame them into doing what is right.

Steve Ballmer, Steve Ballmer
Give Users the Option to Disable Metro UI and Keep Windows an Open Platform

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Luis Anton Imperial BACOOR CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 8 months ago

      because the Modern UI (formerly called Metro UI) sucks for desktop users!

    • Sebastian Hahn BARNESVILLE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I like to be the one in control of MY machine, instead of having it controlled by some stupid cell phone/tablet GUI. Give back my ease of control!

    • Carol Angelo WHEATON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Metro should be an option, not the default. You're losing customers if you go down this path and remove options that work well for productivity for no good reason.

    • Alex Alisch GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Desktop power user with no touch devices and no use for Metro UI :)

    • David Fourte HACKETTS TOWN, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Why does server 2012 have the metro UI? Why can't I disable the gestures since I use a mouse? Why doesn't the mail app you offer support POP3? Why are you all so adamant about killing off Windows 7 (and XP)? I will learn Linux because of all this..


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