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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by toast88 on Sun 20th May 2012 18:37 UTC
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A very simple punchline can be drawn from this article.

Microsoft thinks that:

1) In 1995, people used their computers to get work done. Nowadays, computers are mostly 2000 Dollar Facebook machines and kitten video consumption devices. (Their motivation why everything has to be an app with a Live tile).

2) A laptop computer is the same as a tablet PC. (The increased sales of laptop computers over desktop PCs is seriously their argument why Windows primary interface needs to be touch).

3) All people who dislike the new UI approach of Windows 8 are the same conservative, closed-mind prototype of user as the people back then who disliked the mouse in 1984. (On top of that, Microsoft pioneered the double-click with Windows 95 in 1993).

TL;DR: Microsoft thinks their users are idiots.

Disclaimer: Yes, I read the full article and still think the Metro design on a desktop is completely brain-dead.

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