Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 21:54 UTC
Windows A long - very long - blog post justifying all the ideas and choices behind Windows 8. We've all been here before, but it's nice to have it all summed up once again for easy reference in case we hit another yes/no debate on Windows 8 and keyboard and mouse. Anywho, the most interesting bit is that Microsoft has updated the theme of the traditional desktop, flattening it to achieve a very nice look.
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Comment by Fergy
by Fergy on Sat 19th May 2012 06:32 UTC
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2006-04-10

Many reviews were critical of the release because to use it effectively required one of those oft-criticized mice.

Right at the start of the article they are really really trying to convince me that people thought mice were stupid. My first computer was an atari with a mouse and the OS was made for a mouse. This was about 1985 but this 'blog' wants to claim that even in 1990 most people would look down on mice.
My prediction for the article: they want to compare mouse skepticism with touch interface skepticism.

It is a really defense article. They must get A LOT of complaints about W8.
Vista gets the shortest mention and only mentions aero.

Edited 2012-05-19 06:40 UTC

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RE: Comment by Fergy
by MollyC on Sun 20th May 2012 17:04 in reply to "Comment by Fergy"
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2006-07-04

If you're referring to the Atari ST, that's a totally different world than the IBM PC world of that day. In the IBM PC world, there was indeed lots of bashing of mice, guis, etc. Folks in the corporate world and the tech world (as documented in the article that you're denigrating, such as the quote from that self-important blowhard, John C Dvorak) swore that command line based UI was better, and would always be better, end of story.

P.S.
IIRC, Wordperfect even bet their company on GUI OSes failing (relative to command line based OSes), as when Windows 3.0 came out (the first successful version of Windows), they initially refused to port WordPerfect from DOS to Windows (and refuse to port the Mac version or Atari ST version to Windows). They instead created their own GUI-ified DOS version of WordPerfect that was still a command-line based UI (key codes and whatnot) with a bit of mouse-ability, and tried to push THAT against Windows Word, Ami Pro, etc. Needless to say, it failed; WordPerfect hasn't recovered to this day.

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