Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2013 23:40 UTC
Windows Pokki is a start menu replacement for Windows - and it has already been downloaded 1.5 million times for Windows 8. "Since the launch of Windows 8, we've seen over 1.5 million Pokki downloads on the new OS itself and users opening the Pokki Menu an average of 10 times a day. These early numbers demonstrate that users enjoy being able to instantly access and discover apps, straight from the desktop." And this is just one of the countless replacements. Microsoft should've never kept the traditional desktop in there - they've given users the ability to escape Metro, and this will only hurt the new environment.
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RE[4]: Just a thought...
by r_a_trip on Thu 17th Jan 2013 14:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just a thought..."
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Then these are not people looking to be productive I suppose. Which is what I thought was the point.

It's time the "typers" learn to understand that "mousers" can be just as quick and productive with a good visually thought out interface as the "typers" are with their run dialogs. A good interface accomodates both types of users. Being a "typer" A. doesn't make you a power user, B. is just a personal preference. You are not a more advanced user just because you prefer a keyboard to a mouse.

TIFKAM is not a good "mousers" interface. It's intrusive, it has ginormous tiles on that start screen that take up valuable screenreal estate and it forces you to lose visual contact with whatever you were doing if you invoke it. We don't need icons the size of Manhattan, the old size was damn near perfect for use with a mouse. We don't need a start menu that eats all screen real estate and forces a cognitive context switch. Crummy as the old start menu is, it is much better at preserving the context in which you are working.

We are not afraid of change, but we want change that is significantly better. Not change that some other people can live with, because (luckily for them) it doesn't stomp over their previously acquired workflows and doesn't worsen their experience.

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