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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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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MollyC Member since:

What's the emotocon for "rolls eyes"? It's needed as a response to your Apple propaganda.

BTW, your hero Steve Jobs is responsible for the tie-dye iMacs. And have you ever used the QuickTime player over the last 15 years? And how about all the fake leather and fake brushed metal and all the other "great" Apple designs? Explain that crap away before talking about what great "taste" Apple has.

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