Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Oct 2008 08:37 UTC
Windows When Office 2007 came out with its new ribbon-based interface, a lot of people were up in arms because Microsoft deliberately left out a legacy switch - you couldn't go back to the old-fashioned Office user interface. Now that Windows 7 is getting a major UI overhaul, many wondered if Microsoft would build a legacy switch into its new operating system. Ars talked to Steven Sinofsky about this one, and got an answer. They also discussed the new jump list feature.
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RE: Can't have it two ways
by tech10171968 on Fri 31st Oct 2008 15:51 UTC in reply to "Can't have it two ways"
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"MS can't keep providing infinite backward compatibility in their UI, and it's about time they just cut the legacy UI out. They have to do it at some point, and now's as good a time as any. In fact, I think they waited too long."

Agreed. After all, it worked for Apple, no?

Of course, corporate users seem to be the reason for the emphasis on all the backward compatability (just stating an opinion here, not fact). These companies are using a lot of proprietary and mission-critical apps which were written for older Windows versions, so it seems (to me) that Microsoft was merely trying to address the concerns of one of its biggest market segments. However, your statement is spot-on; you can take backward compatability only so far before it become less of a feature and more of a lead weight, for it stifles any sort of real innovation.

At some point Microsoft is going to have to make a clean break with the past if they want to do something innovative with any future version of their OS.

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