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Windows 8: Design over Usability

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    Windows 8: Design over Usability


    While many critics have decried Windows 8 as another Microsoft misstep, I think they’re wrong. After using the new operating system in all its incarnations on a phone, on Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and on several desktops, I’ve come to regard it as truly transformative. Windows 8 will well serve the needs of those nontechnical users who just want to access their online social networks, watch Netflix, and go shopping—especially since the underlying system provides more security while making it easier for them to find, download, and install their (Microsoft-approved) apps. Windows 8 does a poor job of catering to knowledge workers like me who earn a living by synthesizing information from multiple data sources or use application programs that have hundreds of specialized features. But those brain-heavy office workers do not represent Microsoft’s present or future.
    Windows 8: Design over Usability | MIT Technology Review

    It all sounds kind of familiar.

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    Not a bad story, pretty much what I've been saying, Windows 8 is the future, it still has a few minor problems to sort out, but it's a good first step.

    I don't think Windows 8 is confusing anymore than IOS or Android, every OS has things hidden, even Windows 7 etc. I think the major problem is that Windows 8 is too easy, people are looking for problems that just aren't there.

    Once you get used to the Hotspots and Charms, Windows 8 is faster to get around than all previous Windows IMO.
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    It's clean design and flexible usability. It takes knowledge to take advantage of it.

    If you want to talk about hidden, on ios, you have to double tap the home button to open the running apps bar. You have to pull down from the top to show a notification center.
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    As the writer said, great for consumers of the Android/Apple ilk, but not for those who want to do work. It pretty much reflects what many have said here.
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    So, what I get from the above quote is that only people who don't know anything about computers like Windows 8. OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    As the writer said, great for consumers of the Android/Apple ilk, but not for those who want to do work. It pretty much reflects what many have said here.
    Well that doesn't really make sense because even people using Surface Pro are using Photoshop and Illustrator and other heavy lifters and seem to be managing.
    I'd imagine that Windows 8 would be more than suitable for well over 80% of the population, and even the other 20% would be able to find workarounds, with only a handful that couldn't.
    Is it 100% perfect no, no OS is, but I still say its a pretty good first step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    So, what I get from the above quote is that only people who don't know anything about computers like Windows 8. OK.
    I think that's what he said.
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    Windows 8 and Toyota come together to build a faster race car - Neowin

    And they say Windows 8 is only good for facebook and twitter... POSH!
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    If people actually bothered to read the entire article, then they may actually understand subsequent comments, rather than being the person that comes in halfway through a conversation and acts like they know what's going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    If people actually bothered to read the entire article, then they may actually understand subsequent comments, rather than being the person that comes in halfway through a conversation and acts like they know what's going on.
    I assume that was aimed at me.

    Actually I read every word.

    As for 'understanding', I understand just fine. I also find it interesting that you opted to immediately try to smack me down for having a different POV. Classy.
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