Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 21:54 UTC
Windows A long - very long - blog post justifying all the ideas and choices behind Windows 8. We've all been here before, but it's nice to have it all summed up once again for easy reference in case we hit another yes/no debate on Windows 8 and keyboard and mouse. Anywho, the most interesting bit is that Microsoft has updated the theme of the traditional desktop, flattening it to achieve a very nice look.
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by WereCatf on Fri 18th May 2012 23:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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either that or microsoft hasnt been able to figure out how to improve desktop icons, right?


I don't really grasp his logic, either. Icons are actually a very good method for conveying non-physical meanings fast and precisely. Human brains are developed in a way that they can recognize familiar shapes very quickly and efficiently, whereas recognizing text in arbitrary boxes is a much more inefficient process for us.

What I am getting at is that there is a time and place for everything and that both approaches can be used simultaneously where applicable. Unfortunately Microsoft has decided icons are a second-class citizen now, if even that, and that everything should provide a live tile even when it makes no sense.

OT: The article was a good read, though I do also agree that it has a very 'we are doing this only for the PR' - feeling to it and that I do not agree with everything there. Still, worth reading.

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