Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Aug 2011 22:27 UTC
Windows Ah yes, Windows Explorer. One of the oldest parts of Windows, and yet, it's far from perfect. It's hated less than, say, the Finder (but that's no achievement), but most geeks I know aren't particularly fond of it either. For Windows 8, Microsoft is going to make the biggest change ever to Explorer's interface: it's getting the ribbon treatment.
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RE[5]: Comment by Luminair
by Odwalla on Tue 30th Aug 2011 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
Odwalla
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2006-02-01

Microsoft isn't doing science. They are creating a retail product. They are not following the scientific method. They don't have a control group and a test group. They don't have double-blind test cases. They gathered data on usage patterns of their current product and are attempting to improve their next product based on trends found within that data.

If your entire line of reasoning is predicated on you expecting Microsoft to be doing hard science on something like how random users interact with Windows Explorer then every single word you have written is worthless.

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RE[6]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 30th Aug 2011 20:24 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I don't follow you. All the scientists at Microsoft doing science will disagree with you next time they check this thread

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RE[6]: Comment by Luminair
by ilovebeer on Wed 31st Aug 2011 08:17 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Luminair"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Microsoft isn't doing science. They are creating a retail product. They are not following the scientific method. They don't have a control group and a test group. They don't have double-blind test cases. They gathered data on usage patterns of their current product and are attempting to improve their next product based on trends found within that data.

The last half is correct, the first half is not. Microsoft uses control & test groups (groups, plural) in virtually every department. Additionally, they use a mix of both employees and non-employees.

Microsoft knows their products and customer base better than anyone else. To suggest they don't know what they're doing is absurd. They're one of the most successful global companies, software and in general, for a reason. Sane and reasonable people have no problem acknowledging that fact. Only the moronic 'evil empire' types have difficulty with the reality.

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