Revert the pivot menu UI for WP
The WP update v4.4 (27/10/14) has brought with it a new UI and menu system that is totally at odds with the Metro design language. The Android-style menu goes completely against the grain of the simple, elegant and clean pivot menu that it replaced. Please revert it back.
The addition of the big blue bar across the top is distracting. The mini icons, hamburger and oddly placed search have together created a less fluid design, that lacks cohesion. Please bring back the proper pivot menu.
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Vinicius Barros commented
Well you could go back to old interface version of the photo application Windows native Phone 8.1. Preferred Windows Phone 8.0.
Mit dem neuen Design verlässt MS definitiv seine von vielen Usern, ich schätze mal, geliebte und gerne (da logisch, intuitiv und einfach) genutzte Designschiene. Für mich absolut unverständlich und völlig fraglos ein Weg in die falsche Richtung. Und mit Geschmack hat das definitiv überhaupt nichts zu tun. Vielleicht kommt dieser sinnfreie Wandel ja daher, dass sich MS neu erfinden und von Nokia emotional abnabeln muss. Pubertär ist dieses Gebaren, sonst nix. Wollen wir nur hoffen, dass anderen Apps nicht gleiches widerfährt und hoffentlich ein etwas hellerer Kopf bei MS dem Schwachsinn Einhalt gebietet. Tja, sonst wars das mit der Exklusivität...
Kevin Li commented
The whole team should be fired. If you can even follow your own design language, then what is the use of you bunch?
Please also add the "recent files" for the OneDrive for Business part. This is really missing.
Please make it "Metro".
Martin Anderson commented
Some subtle changes will make it feel more familiar to Windows Phone users, without sacrificing useability and features you saught to introduce.
The icons along the top are ambiguous to say the least.
I had no idea what they meant, seems pointless when you actually have TEXT headings that actually tell you what section you're in!!!
I would suggest removing the icons as they make no sense and waste space!
Same about facebook. It used to be a good looking pivot-based app, but several redesigns have ruined the whole MetroUI experience within it.
@Angus Logan (Admin) thank-you for responding, it is greatly appreciated. Please understand that we are very passionate about the authenticity of Windows Phone and the way in which it stands out against both iOS and Android in almost every aspect. That fluidity throughout the system has been lost with this update.
Thank you Mr. Logan for listening to our feedback! we were worried that Windows Phone would not be itself without the Pivot Menu UI and we, even the person who originally asked for this apprectiate you taking that suggestion into consideration for a future update to OneDrive for Windows Phone!
I'm pretty sure that any outside developer putting an app in with a hamburger menu, a non-standard slideout, for ZERO reason, would see that app rejected.
"Add OneDrive for Business" is a system setting.
Put that in Settings > email+accounts > add an account > OneDrive for Business
-OR- Settings > application > Office > OneDrive.
Settings is where you connect this phone with Microsoft accounts.
This OneDrive app design is now inconsistent with the app, Office > place > OneDrive.
Furthermore, click on "see more shared items" and you are transferred to another world, not directly to the shared files as promised, but to a folders view instead. Your next thought should be "What! I shouldn't be sharing these files!" While in a panic that you're sharing your whole OneDrive, you finally figure out that the Office app has transferred you to the wrong panel -- you see "Files" and look for "Shared" but the option is not there -- then you see the little icon that MIGHT mean "shared" and FINALLY, after traversing from Windows Phone to Android, you find your other shared files.
That's jarring and confusing. That's not what we expect from Windows Phone.
The hamburger is not only inconsistent with Metro design, it is also inconsistent with the new menus on Office Online at Office.com: OneDrive.com, Outlook.com and so on. Even SWAY.com in beta is using the tiled menu. Even SO.CL is using the tiled menu. How did OneDrive get away with this! Your designers have been given far too much free reign with their non-Microsoft thinking and I hope this is contained to the OneDrive team before it poisons other units.
"Add OneDrive for Business" is a one-time event and need not be presented so persistently. It's a setting and should not be on an operational page. It should perhaps be under the … more menu. It's an imperative command to which the answer every time for most users will be "NO, I do not want to add OneDrive for Business". It's a reminder, every time, of something irrelevant to me. That is not a good user experience.
The Hubs may be denigrated for good reason, but that DOES NOT mean that the apps for functions that WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A HUB can be different from other hub functions.
Changing OneDrive's appearance this way makes it far too different from the Files app, for example. OneDrive and Files would be in the same hub.
OneDrive looks like it's not even written for my Microsoft Phone.
If Facebook and Foursquare want to look as they do, that's their problem. It's understandable for Facebook to look like their own website. It's understandable for Foursquare, etc.
But it is NOT okay for this OneDrive for Windows Phone to look like it is a port from iPhone. It's silly -- and hurts the platform.
I am truly disappointed with this recent release. Microsoft has shunned its design language to give an application that now looks straight out of Android. If I had wanted this design I would use Android and Google Drive. The top left menu has no business in Windows Phone 8.x. Please bring the navigation pivot back. It is unique and thoughtful. I hope its not the shape to come with your other apps.
Noël Villagrana commented
I also agree the update is TERRIBLE and is departure we from the windows phone metro UI interface we do not use android we use windows phone the additional menu options up top are unrealistic for large screen windows phone the previous iteration worked fine, PLEASE I BEG WINDOWS PHONE DESIGN team do not stray from the metro UI design and copy android, metro is a distinct and well loved UI which is one of the many reasons WP users use WP if anything i think maybe a movement needs to be started to #bringbackMETRO because although we have had several significant software updates that improve the functionality of windows phone we have also lost aspects of the metro UI, such as the beautiful panoramic photo hub which is not an ugly choose by month screen once tapped on
Thank goodness. OneDrive is not the only app that needs that Metro / Modern UI touch.
What made Windows Phone unique is slowly being chipped away by people on the WP team who seem to have lost their way. They forgot why we first adopters chose this platform over the others.
SAY NO TO HAMBURGER BUNS AND YES TO HUBS & PIVOTS
Did you hear that Rolls Royce has decided to make their vehicles more like Chevrolets? They think that will make Chevrolet drivers want to buy Rolls Royce.
Also, Rolls Royce is starting to advertise for Ford and General Motors. They say, "After all, we all drive together on the same roads and park in the same lots."
I know those analogies break down at some point -- I'm just trying to figure out where this is leading. I'm so sad to say that this is leading to the demise of Windows Phone. I won't need a Windows Phone if I can get Microsoft products on a BETTER-SUPPORTED iPhone. I won't need a Windows Phone if WP apps look like iPhone.
It's not acceptable for OneDrive app to look so different from the MSN (former Bing) apps. You kids need to go to lunch together and more often. This UI is anti One Microsoft - etc.
no android UI crap...back to modernUI commented
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