Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 22:36 UTC
Windows Now that Windows 8 has gone gold, Microsoft can move on to other things. With Windows 8, the most important of these is probably to make sure people know how to actually use it. Metro is filled to the brim with hard-to-discover features, but Microsoft has a plan. Will it be enough?
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Usability lab?
by tanzam75 on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 03:07 UTC
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The Windows 95 animation was added based on usability lab testing. Without it, people would just sit and stare at the screen, uncertain of what to do. With it, people quickly understood that they should click on the "Start" button. It didn't teach them all about how to use Windows 95 -- but it was enough to get them started exploring.

Presumably, they've tested the Metro animation in the usability lab as well, and verified that it was enough to get people started.

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