we increasingly seem to be entering an age where functionality takes a very distance back seat to eye candy.
Sure - but, depending on use cases and how well pieced together this explorer replacement is, couldn't it be more functional for some
users than standard explorer?
For me, it definitely won't be, and I can tell that without testing the software - I depend on xplorer^2 when I do file management, and the ability to have both single- and dual-pane operation mode is simply plain great... and in file management mode, I deal mostly with files rather than 'abstractions'.
But for Casual Joe? Something like this might be a decent thing.
Also, I kinda like the Metro visual style. It won't work everywhere
, but when done properly it's damn clean and decently looking, compared to the gaudy Apple-style "let's make the ebook reader look like a wooden bookshelf" crap. I wonder if all the wasted space in the above screenshot is simply because there's not enough items on the "home screen" to fill it out, or if it's an active design decision - I hope it's the former :-)