Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 22:36 UTC
Windows Now that Windows 8 has gone gold, Microsoft can move on to other things. With Windows 8, the most important of these is probably to make sure people know how to actually use it. Metro is filled to the brim with hard-to-discover features, but Microsoft has a plan. Will it be enough?
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RE[2]: Usability lab?
by tomcat on Mon 6th Aug 2012 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Usability lab?"
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Someone posted the results of trying Windows 8 on over a hundred enterprise users on the Windows 8 blog and Sinofsky deleted the comment. This is not software that is designed around user feedback.


A. Windows 8 is not an enterprise-focused release. There are some features (fast boot, shutdown, lower power consumption, built-in hypervisor, etc) that would be appealing to Enterprise. But ...

B. Enterprises have just deployed to Windows 7. They generally don't upgrade to every OS release but, rather, skip every other. I think that Windows 8 will probably follow that same pattern.

C. I would expect that the Windows8-style-UI will evolve over time as new data is collected. Metro is a bold move on Microsoft's part -- and definitely controversial -- but it's something that the company definitely had to do to compete with the encroachment of the iPad.

A tutorial won't save Windows 8. If anything it will just add to the negative reputation.


Not sure what you mean by "save". Even Vista, which was a mediocre OS, sold a couple hundred million licenses. If that's failure, Microsoft would probably not mind failing.

A well designed UI is intuitive and can be learned through exploring. Windows 8 has a shitty UI as part of Sinofsky's plan for "one windows UI across all devices". This is incredibly stupid given that 99% of Windows users don't have a touch-screen device, nor will iPad owners run out to buy a Windows tablet just to have some new crappy UI.


I don't think you have a firm grasp on the future. More and more devices are moving to touch every day. It's going to be difficult to find devices that don't support it within the next 5 years.

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