Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2012 22:48 UTC
Windows "Microsoft will finish work on Windows 8 this summer, setting the stage for personal computers and tablets with the operating system to go on sale around October, according to people with knowledge of the schedule." Judging by the community preview, they've got a lot of work yet to do, like, you know, actually making it usable on non-touch devices. What I'm tying to say - pretty aggressive release schedule.
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phoenix
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2005-07-11

Re-read my post. It has nothing to do with "what you should already know", and everything to do with "there's no indication anywhere of what you should do".

IOW, there's no discoverability. If you were to sit someone down who hadn't used Windows before, they'd be stuck. If you were to sit someone down who'd never used a tablet of any kind before, they'd be stuck.

With the "classic desktop" of pre-Win7, there's a big "START" button on the screen, that kind of draws you toward clicking on it in order to "start" doing things. That's gone in the "classic desktop" of Win8.

With the login screen of previous systems, there were either big hints (Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to Login) or big icons on the screen for you click on, with words explaining what to do. With Win8, it's just a clock. No hints. No explanations. No icons. Just a clock.

With the Start menu in Vista/7, there's at least a hint that you can start typing to find things. With the Start screen in 8, there's nothing of the sort.

That's what I'm talking about. Lack of discoverability or hints of what to do, what things do, in the interface. The worst is the "four corners" things, as there's absolutely no way to know that without reading about it online. No little super-imposed icons. No little text hints anywhere. No little bubbles popping up like in XP. Nothing. You're just supposed to know that you can hover the mouse in the corners to make things happen.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Just mashing the keyboard gives results with the start screen.

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

With the "classic desktop" of pre-Win7, there's a big "START" button on the screen, that kind of draws you toward clicking on it in order to "start" doing things. That's gone in the "classic desktop" of Win8.

Actually the start label has been gone since Vista. An orb with the product logo isn't intuitive. It seems that way because we're familiar with the UI.

With the login screen of previous systems, there were either big hints (Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to Login) or big icons on the screen for you click on, with words explaining what to do. With Win8, it's just a clock. No hints. No explanations. No icons. Just a clock.

Tablets.

With the Start menu in Vista/7, there's at least a hint that you can start typing to find things. With the Start screen in 8, there's nothing of the sort.

Because you can use the Search function or type to search like in Vista and 7.

No little super-imposed icons. No little text hints anywhere. No little bubbles popping up like in XP.

Well, at least it doesn't SCREAM and lets me actually work now :-)

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