Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 22:49 UTC
Windows For weeks - if not months - I've been trying to come up with a way to succinctly and accurately explain why, exactly, Windows 8 rubs me the wrong way, usability-wise. I think I finally got it.
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RE: No one gets it.
by howitzer86 on Tue 15th May 2012 02:48 UTC in reply to "No one gets it."
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Your comment got me thinking: what is "General Computing?".

Well, first, your statement was read while in bed with my tablet. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to respond. I've responded to comments with the tablet before, but even with the keyboard attachement, I prefer getting up out of bed, walking into the next room, sitting down at the computer, and navigating to the website.

Then, after finding your comment and hitting reply, I realized I wanted to see your comment while replying, so I backed up, opened Notepad.exe and typed my response in that with your comment floating behind and above it.

And all that was just to reply to an internet comment. If Windows 9 were to come about, where Metro is the only choice and there was no windowing system, I might have stayed in bed and not have bothered to reply. This would especially be the case if my keyboard and mouse were depreciated and made incompatible as well. I would not value my desktop as a desktop if it were just a big floating touch screen. There wouldn't be any point in having one. If for whatever reason access to an traditional computer were made impossible... I'd just have a tablet, and dream of better days.

Of course, even before we get to the point that everyone here seems to assume is the future, Microsoft has to avoid pissing off a lot of people. Apple doesn't have this problem because most of their customers are hip trendy people who either do nothing, or are big enough fans that they don't mind this stuff getting in the way of their work (which is probably art related).

So lets imagine a construction company, where the only computers that are available are big floating touch screens with no mice and keyboards. For the people that regularly go onto the construction site, where things are very dirty, those screens would get cloudy very fast. For the architects or drafters or BIM specialists (me), we'd have to somehow work with Revit or Autocad or Navisworks with a touch screen. Autodesk might try to optimise for it, but these programs are so in-depth and complicated that there's no way it would be nearly as usuable as they are today.

The place where I work is not upgrading to Windows 8. If Windows 9 is more of the same, we'll skip that too. The construction industry is huuuge, and totally dependant on Windows and Autodesk software to get the job done. And our sector is just one of many that will skip Windows 8.

So don't worry, Microsoft will get the message and not go all the way. At the worst, we'll just have to deal with Metro for a while. I've run it myself on my laptop... it's not terrible (ignore my rant about Metro earlier on this site).

The benifits of using it seem to outway the problems for an advanced user. Someone leery of computers, like a lot of my peers at work, will not see Metro making things easier for them. They won't be able to turn off the start screen with the registery like I would be able to, and our IT guy is certainly not going to bother installing Windows 8 on all of our machines just so that he can then turn off Metro.

The only people who will be buying this is your fellow geek, trendy hipsters, and whoever happens to be stuck with a Windows 8 machine... assuming those sell at all. It could be a disaster. And if it is one, then rejoice, because that'll be the death of whatever dystopian OS fantasies you're having about touch screen interfaces taking over the world and killing the computer.

Edited 2012-05-15 02:49 UTC

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