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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RE[2]: Usability lab?
by bassbeast on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Usability lab?"
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Hell look up "tries Windows 8 for the first time' on YouTube, its practically become a meme. I like the Nan one myself, sweet little old lady, just as lost as can be.

I have let so far around 400 users that came into the shop try Win 8 on the Athlon dual I set up in the corner for that purpose and so far? NOBODY liked it, not a one. personally i thought it was for the teeners/tweeners but they all said the same thing "I already have a cell phone duh! This is just lame" and walked off.

I can say ONE nice thing about metro, well two actually. 1.-It let me finally get some of my business customers that were dragging ass in getting off of XP (including one that still had 2 Win2K boxes going) by showing them what they had to look forward to if their machines died after Oct, so that got me plenty of new triple and quads builds so thanks for that MSFT, and 2.-If the backlash is anything like what I'm seeing I can look forward to another year and a half of wiping 8 for 7, just like I did Vista for XP. Since a nuke and install is fully automated it was easy money, thanks MSFT.

In the end while this may be good for a cell phone or a tablet it is NOT good for a desktop or lap. its not intuitive, not easily discoverable as the video shows, and it doesn't really follow cell phone or desktop conventions, and finally the switching back and forth between metro and desktop "app" (God how I hate that word) is jarring as hell. Its just not a good design folks and if any of you get stuck with Win 8 I'd urge you to try "classic shell". Its free, its easy, and it kills metro like Raid kills bugs...dead.

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