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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Joseph Heath Wallis commented
The Hamburger menu has no place on Windows Phone! This UI element should fail app certification!
Péter Juhász commented
The contents of the hamburger menu may be useful, but the placement (upper left corner) and the presentation (ugly popup) is definitely not the level of quality we want beside the other beautiful official apps.
Barry Johnson commented
Thanks for listening. :-) Looking forward to the update. Hopefully other MS teams working on WP8 will also hear the message that we like the metro/modern look and feel approach.
I agree with this request to a point. I'd like to see the removal of the icons for Files, Recent and Shared... honestly they mean very little and it takes the text above them to clarify what they are. I think a tradition pivot menu would be far more intuitive for Windows Phone users.
That said, the 'hamburger' menu is very useful for switching between accounts. In future updates, I'd like to see the Recycling Bin added to that menu, leaving only folder/file specific actions in the '...' menu.
Keep up the good work guys.
Péter Juhász commented
Take a look at Outlook. It is a beautiful app with all of its slightest transitions and animations. Modern UI/Metro design is excellent not only from the visual point of view, but the technical as well. I don't want to strech my fingers from the bottom right corner to the top left to access the essential functions of an application. In addition that menu is really ugly, and unacceptable on a Windows Phone. How come the idea!?...
One of the key aspects was elegance (besides integration, security and development platform) why I have choosen Windows Phone. This is a very low quality user interface, let me remember you that I wanted to buy a WP with high quality apps and not a WP with Android apps and Android mentality.
Please use common sense!
How did this get through the design and review process? No one noticed that it has nothing to do with Modern UI? No one has ever seen a Windows Phone there?
Barry Johnson commented
Agree, this is just terrible. Same deal with MS Band app - it's basically an android app running on WP. Please stop trying to sabotage the WP platform internally.
The UI is good, better than using only a Pivot. But it should be used better, with more options in the menu (all my photos, more settings, status peek).
Welcome to the Xamarin world (?) One design for every device.
The only reason I love Windows Phone is the simple interface. This new OneDrive interface is not good.
Kevin Li commented
The whole look has very little coherence in navigation.
The bottom slide up menu mixed with top tap-open vertical menu is confusing and difficult to use.
This is not even remotely Metro UI. Totally terrible.
Piotr Górecki commented
It was just insulting. How can you not even obey your own UI guidelines?
If you are going to add further functionality and options, then I can understand why you may have added the 'burger' (whatever you call it).
I can see how say switching between personal and business works. That is,'burger' should be used for less frequent functions.
The pivot/panorama should definitely stay, as it is by far the most fluid and accessible gesture for navigation, hence ideal for the most frequent functions (eg, switching between People, Shared etc.)
However, a comment on the visuals/UI. The 3 icons at the top in my opinion are redundant, but also confusing. To be honest, I didn't know what they meant, this was only saved because of the very useful text headings which actually told you what section you were in.
Therefore, I would suggest ditching the pointless icons to free more space up or make the section heading larger or more prominent.
The problem with icons is that so many companies/apps have similar icons that mean something else!!!! It's just too confusing!
Another suggestion on the UI: Some apps show not only the actual Text heading of the section/page you are in, but also show in a lighter coloured text (or trailing off the screen) to indicate the next section when you swipe to the side.
I think this is a great idea that indicates there's more sections to swipe to, plus also tells you specifically the next section (rather than an ambiguous icon).
Martin Anderson commented
Until Windows 10 is out and the standard Metro UI/UX has changed system wide, you should keep to the Windows Metro/Modern UI style for the app. It feels wrong, and is inconsistent.
Alan Tucker commented
Absolutely agree with this. WTF were you guys thinking when you decided to use this crappy Mod-terial design.
Do you even know about the Modern UI guidelines? Why do I have to reach the top corner to tap the hamburger button to get to settings?
Give us the old UI back, I couldn't care less about making Android users comfortable. Focus on your own platform first, then focus on others.