Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:20 UTC
Windows This is mandatory listening and watching material for understanding the design methodology and ideas behind the Metro interface in Windows 8 (and thus, Windows Phone 7). All this sounds great in theory, and Jensen Harris, one of the minds behind Metro, is clearly passionate about it - and I love people who are passionate about their work. It's just that to me, the Metro UI doesn't seem to work very well for actual work. I want window management! I'm taking all this into account for an article on Metro in the Developer Preview. Stay tuned.
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Yes, it is 17 years old. But it was a quite thorough stud so it is cited often. If I find something more current I will happily post it, but the age of the study doesn't really change the point much.

The people in this study are now in their 40s... These are the people currently running the world so to speak. They are not "old" - they are simply middle aged adults.

Yes, I would completely agree with anyone saying that this problem has lessened somewhat over time. People who grow up with computers are much more likely to feel comfortable with using them. But that isn't the whole story - while the younger generation is much less likely to fear technology they are also much less likely to spend a great deal of time learning the details.

People who were kids in the 80s had the benefit of growing up WITH home computers - they were devices that fascinated and frightened adults and were therefore very intriguing to children. Anything your parents don't understand is tempting for a child...

That is no longer the case - kids grow up with parents that use them. They are not fascinating anymore, they are simply a reality now - the thrill is gone. Kids just want to use them to get things done, to play a game, or to chat with their friends. If you want to build devices that these people WANT to use you have to change with the times.

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