4. That Dang 'Metro' UI
We scratched our heads at the sight of Microsoft's Modern UI (a.k.a. Metro) in WS2012. Does Redmond think there will someday be tablet-based servers? Touch-screen ones, perhaps, but Live Tiles on a server doesn't make sense considering Microsoft's position that IT Pros will rarely use the local server desktop. "Windows Server 2012 R2 is optimized for Server Core deployments and remote management scenarios, and most capabilities will be managed through consoles such as Server Manager," the company wrote in reply to our Metro question. "Even in large organizations, I think that people will continue to use the console," said Keith Josephson, co-founder and CTO of ION Computer Systems, a high-performance servers and storage systems integrator. Josephson said he thinks smaller companies with just one or a few servers will most certainly be visiting the console on a regular basis. Unlike in Windows 8, Microsoft from the start allowed WS2012 to boot to the desktop rather than to Metro. "We also tweak some other settings to make the desktop more familiar," he said. These include enabling the Desktop Experience to bring back the app menu and My Computer icon.