Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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RE: Musings about Metro
by tomcat on Thu 4th Oct 2012 17:39 UTC in reply to "Musings about Metro"
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I'm still advocating violence against the f--ktard who decided that horizontal scrolling was a good idea

Just out of curiosity, have you ever used the iPhone? Android? iPad? Windows Phone? Because ALL of them have horizontal scrolling UIs. Yeah, the Windows variants use slightly larger customizable "tiles" in lieu of grids of icons; but the concept is essentially identical. So, unless you're advocating violence against THE ENTIRE MOBILE INDUSTRY, I'm not sure what your point is.

Furthermore, do you understand what's happening in the industry today? What Microsoft is doing has nothing to do with power user versus n00b. Tablets are the fastest growing category of computers being sold today. Period. Desktop shipments are stagnating. Laptops are starting to lose ground to tablets. Microsoft has done a pretty damned good job of creating a competitive tablet OS. Now, there are legitimate questions about whether it should have created different SKUs for different hardware targets; meaning that the desktop doesn't get Metro, tablets do, servers don't, laptops do. But there is also a credible argument that the consistency of the user interface across targets is more valuable to users; if they hadn't done this, there would be a lot of power users complaining about how different the SKUs were. Which means: Complaining is universal. You're not going to make everyone happy all the time. But that doesn't mean Win8 won't be successful. It will be. The lure of a huge hardware ecosystem and a store to sell their stuff in will bring tons of developers back to their platform.

Edited 2012-10-04 17:51 UTC

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