Has Microsoft Screwed the Pooch with Windows 8’s New Look?
Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS is an extreme departure from its predecessors especially when it comes to the new metro UI. The tech giant presumably went in this direction with the hopes of making its OS more simple to use, and give it that mobile feel similar to what Lion did for OS X. Unfortunately, this drastic redesign of Windows and its UI may be confusing regular users more than helping them.
Many people have been testing Windows 8 out via a consumer preview build, and the reports coming back should definitely scare MS. Basically, all of the familiar menus and their commands are now hidden on the desktop until the user hovers over them. For technical savants such as myself and most of you, this may not be a big issue, but as you’ll find out in the video below Windows 8 can severely confuse the regular user. Considering that a majority of Windows users are “regular” users, this unfamiliar behaving Windows desktop may just be too complicated for them to make the change from 7 to 8. Make sure to pay special attention to the end of the video where the guy struggling with Windows 8 says that he thinks MS is trying to force its regular users to use a Mac. Oh boy! You’ve been thinking MS muffed yet another OS upgrade…
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