So while playing around on SharePoint 2013 the first thing that hit me was the myriad of intricate little floating buttons, layers and the like. It looks pretty cool, although it will take time for users to get around the interface initially. I think the inline editing and “Metro” (whoops can’t call it that anymore) styling is a great step forward, but I wonder what it will do to the creativity of the myriad of SharePoint designers our there?
So for websites, this will not apply, but I see more and more Intranets going to the route of Windows 8 blocks which works really well and is super usable, but how much can you do / tweak?
Not only do I think that stock standard interface will be slightly trickier to modify (due to all the inline trinkets), but also think the move to big buttons, blocks and more usability will curb creativity in certain circles.
Having said that, the designers will refocus and find their niche, but in the interim I think it will also allow a lot of “pretenders” to enter the fray as the “Metro” (whoops I said it again) design is a lot simpler to conceptualize and implement.
Is the block type styling here to stay or will Windows 9 move all of us in a different direction?
Time will tell.