Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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Not really an issue
by Poseidon on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:02 UTC
Poseidon
Member since:
2009-10-31

It boils down to usability. Apple usually keeps the eye candy usable (With the exception of that change in folders from OS X Tiger). Microsoft seems to change stuff every other OS release for the sake of doing it.

People just give meaning where there is none.

I personally loathe the peanut gallery of the Win 8 Start screen.

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RE: Not really an issue
by cdude on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:12 in reply to "Not really an issue"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Agrred. Usability is the key and not the eyecandy. The eyecandy is only a helper to reach that goal. Windows was and still s bloated. Just look at the amount of buttons, colors and space used in the new Office. Unsexy.

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RE[2]: Not really an issue
by zima on Sun 29th Jul 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE: Not really an issue"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not about sexy, more about usable - and Ribbon was a great improvement in that regard, also greatly streamlining things; it's much cleaner than pretty much anything else of comparable capabilities (initially opposed largely just because of the usual in people resistance to change), so you kinda couldn't be further from the truth... And overall, Win UI is one of more consistent ones for the past 17 years, since Win95.
(but then, with you it seems that aiming at groupthink is usual / "oh I will just yell at MS a bit" - and the amount of OSS circle-jerking here can be sometimes suffocating)

Edited 2012-07-30 00:03 UTC

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RE: Not really an issue
by cheemosabe on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:21 in reply to "Not really an issue"
cheemosabe Member since:
2009-11-29

Indeed, Microsoft has really made a dubious turn. From "stick every function conceivable in there" 180 towards "pretty stuff, show only stuff you need most of the time". Finally a move in a direction I appreciate but leaving behind too much usability. While I appreciate it (just the direction) I'm glad most people won't ;)

Apple still seems to me unsurpassed in providing the easiest to use interfaces, uncluttered. You can find everything where you'd expect.

Still a Linux user...

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RE[2]: Not really an issue
by zima on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:57 in reply to "RE: Not really an issue"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple still seems to me unsurpassed in providing the easiest to use interfaces, uncluttered. You can find everything where you'd expect.

Except if you want to, for example, eject removable media...

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