Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Feb 2014 00:03 UTC
Windows

The reason this happened is that while Sinofsky had the maniacal power and force of will of a Steve Jobs, he lacked Jobs' best gift: An innate understanding of good design. Windows 8 is not well-designed. It's a mess. But Windows 8 is a bigger problem than that. Windows 8 is a disaster in every sense of the word.

This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.

Paul Thurrott shares some of his inside information, and it's pretty damning. According to him, Sinofsky's team - even up to his major supporter, Steve Ballmer - were removed from the company after it became clear just much of a disaster Windows 8 was.

I agree with his conclusion: razor-sharp focus on productivity, Windows' number one use. The desktop side of Windows 8.x is pretty good as it is, and has been progressively getting better with every update. I would go one step further than Thurrott. Windows 9 (desktops/laptops) and Windows Metro (tablets/smartphones). These two can still be one product (e.g., connect a keyboard/mouse/monitor to your x86 smartphone and it opens the desktop), but they should be entirely separate environments.

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RE[2]: this is what is happening:
by WereCatf on Mon 10th Feb 2014 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: this is what is happening:"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

So are car UIs (steering wheel, pedals, gear shift, etc.) and refrigerators dead technology too?


In relation to this, non-electric/non-hybrid car engines are pretty much considered mature stuff and if we went by OP's claims they'd also be considered "dead technology." Yet, there's still every now and then some new improvement thrown in somewhere -- nothing flashy, not something that would immediately be visible to someone looking at the thing, but still inherently important, like e.g. eliminating piston rings ( http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2013/aussie-invention-eliminates-pi... ) could be.

Sweeping, large-scale flashy changes versus mature tech with precise refinements? I prefer the latter.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

How about flappy-paddle gearbox?

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dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Agree fully, WereCatf. Different paradigms should trace different routes. These paranoic "changes of UI's" obey to cattle control and corraling. Obey too to 'inversionist inflation'.

Edited 2014-02-10 15:36 UTC

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p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Or pneumatic valves for the mainstream, as koenigsegg (sp?) are now testing on a trusty old b203 (ecotec based) engine.

Edited 2014-02-10 20:15 UTC

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