Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Graphics, User Interfaces "Though 'flat design' is a popular meme right now, there is something much, much deeper going on here at Microsoft. With my own lifelong passion for design I immersed myself in the community and got a front-row seat on a journey that has its roots as far back as the late '90s with Encarta's bold use of typography and clean interface. But it truly sprang to life in late 2010 with the launch of Windows Phone and in the last few weeks has advanced even further with Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. I started from the very place I bet you are right now - disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on design." They really are. If Apple really goes all minimalist and digital (I dislike the term 'flat') with iOS, Microsoft will have taken over the baton. Crazy world indeed.
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RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov
by Adurbe on Sat 8th Jun 2013 22:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vtolkov"
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

because most users arn't power users. These companies are targeting the mass market.

"Intuitive interfaces" should in theory make for smaller learning curves. Saving on TCO.

Systems designed for power users either end up completely reliant on tacit knowledge or considerable features being unheard of / unused.

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RE[3]: Comment by vtolkov
by Jondice on Sat 8th Jun 2013 23:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov"
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2006-09-20

Ideally then we'd have open APIs, or at least semi-open, so that devs can make their own UIs to popular services.

If WoW can do it with GUI mods, I don't see why others can't.

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RE[3]: Comment by vtolkov
by WorknMan on Sat 8th Jun 2013 23:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

because most users arn't power users. These companies are targeting the mass market.


Right, which was pretty much my point. And it really f'ing sucks when new versions of products come out with half the features of the previous version, and an 'elegant' user interface, which usually translates to a complete lack of customization. Have you seen the new and 'improved' Google maps that they recently launched a preview of. Many features from the previous version are gone.

And if you don't like it, well... tough shit ;) As long as its beautiful, then simpletons won't care, and these companies know it.

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RE[3]: Comment by vtolkov
by ze_jerkface on Sun 9th Jun 2013 00:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov"
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2012-06-22

There are easily over 100 million power users. I've seen power user utilities with over 60 million downloads for the year. But more importantly those power users serve as consultants for families and businesses.

Needlessly ignoring that group is just plain stupid.
But that describes Microsoft in the last 2 years, just plain stupid.

Edited 2013-06-09 00:09 UTC

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