Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 03:27 UTC
Microsoft "This week marked the real launch of the new home page. And as someone who has been involved on and off with the project from the moment it was conceived, I thought I'd tell you the story, albeit extensively abridged, behind the new Grab a seat." I love the new Microsoft site. It looks very clean and focused.
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Must everything now be about 'touch'?
by TM99 on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 08:16 UTC
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It seems as if everything now has to be designed with the simple Tablet or mobile user in mind. There is so much white space. There are so many large buttons and tabs for fat fingers on touch displays. I am not really all that impressed with this from a design perspective.

And before someone goes off on my complaint as being resistant to change, it is not. Change is inevitable and yet it is also evolutionary and incremental. Well thought out changes in anything invite the new while retaining a connection to what was foundationally sound and right in the old.

This is something different. This is 'pop' design. Everyone must do it the same. So very little real innovation here, just another sad attempt to follow the market leader even if that market leader is heading for a cliff.

The one thing I can be thankful for is that humans are predictable. Popular fashions come and they go. The pendulum has swung in one direction, and it will swing back in the other direction at some point in the future. Maybe then, a nice balance can be found. We shall see.

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Victor.Drake Member since:

Going even further, I want to critizise how everything seems to be only about the looks nowadays. Fashion before function.

According to the linked blog, the for tenets for the new page were all about look and feel. And it shows in the new page. It sucks at presenting my navigation options in a clear, well-aranged and structured way. Links are all over the place, and mutliple links to the same sub-pages, as it seems. Why are there two sections of downloads and two for support? Which one is the right one for me?

Obviously no one thought about the users, but all thoughts went into design. Like on so many other sites these days.

Mind you, I don't argue to go back to a left navigation frame, but pages presenting their contend a little more clearly and structured would really be nice!

Edited 2012-10-03 09:01 UTC

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TM99 Member since:

Going even further, I want to critizise how everything seems to be only about the looks nowadays. Fashion before function.

Yes, I definitely agree! It isn't even form over function but just that, fashion.

I find many of the same inconsistencies as I try to navigate the site as well with various browsers.

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Luminair Member since:

apple filters engineered products through designers with taste before the products launch. so the end result is nice and pretty. apple leadership is responsible for this.

when microsoft leadership want something to look pretty, they hire a designer to do it for them. that's because, unlike apple leadership, microsoft leadership never understood both engineering and design. steve jobs did though.

the clusterfuck that is the history of design is the result of microsoft leadership having no taste. short but not sweet.

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