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Windows 8's learning curve to be addressed

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    Windows 8's learning curve to be addressed


    Microsoft: Windows 8's learning curve needs addressing - Neowin

    Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller has been speaking to The New York Times in relation to Windows Blue (Windows 8.1), the next big update to Windows 8 that will be released later this year. According to Reller, Microsoft acknowledge that Windows 8's learning curve is an issue, saying that it's "real and needs to be addressed," while she mentioned that some aspects of Windows 8 will be made easier to learn in Windows 8.1.

    Reller didn't specify exactly what will be changed in Windows Blue she mentioned more details will be unveiled during and in the lead up to BUILD 2013 although she hinted the tutorial will be adjusted. "We need to help [users] learn faster, and that's not being accomplished by the poor tutorial in Windows 8 that only shows new users how to open the Charms menu.

    One aspect of Windows 8.1, which at this stage is only rumored to be coming back in the update, that should abate the steep learning curve is the Start button. Although the accompanying Start menu will likely not be returning, the visual familiarity of the Start button will make it easier for people to make the jump without getting lost, as currently Windows 8 doesn't feature any visual clues about how to return to the Start screen from the desktop.

    Despite the learning curve of Windows 8, it continues to sell relatively well; Microsoft announced several days ago that they've sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses. Expect to see more information in relation to Windows Blue in the coming weeks, as Microsoft has promised to reveal more info ahead of BUILD including pricing and packaging specifics.

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    Design problem number 1 I see with the Start button being on the Taskbar on the Desktop: What happens when you snap the Reader app in a 50/50 split with the Desktop? Now where the Start button would had been is now at the center of the screen instead of being a fast throw of the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner. It's the same issue that arose with the Developer Preview and was addressed in the Consumer Preview, that UI model of modern apps snapped to the Desktop DOES NOT function with ease. A better idea I would think would be to have the Start icon instead of the Start thumbnail however, and put the word "Start" under it as it is on the Charms bar.
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    A much better idea is to have a start menu.

    From the noises they are making, it seems they are going to attempt an ambush instead.
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    Despite the learning curve of Windows 8, it continues to sell relatively well
    What is he talking about ?

    Relative to what ?
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    Learning curse my *ss..... just how stupid do these idiots think we are. There is no learning curve on this dumbed down festering turd of an OS. The majority of people have no problem whatsoever figuring out that metro, is a turd. Plain and simple. They figure it out, and fast. They can stick their learning curve where the sun don't shine.

    Give us what we want, or blue will be an even bigger flop than 8 was. Learn that...
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    There's no need to mince about the bush.

    You can just say what you mean.

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    1) It is hard to believe they released it like this. Unintuitive with low discoverability.Finding out where MS have bizarrely hidden things is an annoyance for many.

    2) Once they know where they everything is - now comes the biggest problem. They realise it is worse for use on a regular pc.

    3) I expect the most loathed feature is forcing the start screen.
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    I still have yet to speak with anyone in the circles I frequent, who actually likes it. Not a one, and I speak with IT people all across America and Canada.
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    MS have clearly got to come up with something much, much better this time around.

    The few announcements MS have made don't inspire much confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I still have yet to speak with anyone in the circles I frequent, who actually likes it. Not a one, and I speak with IT people all across America and Canada.
    And I speak with people who are the target demographic of a consumer operating system, and very few actually don't like it. Everyone else is either indifferent to it or they like it better than 7.
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