As we are nearing the release of Windows 8 we are hearing a barrage of news surround Windows 8 and of course Microsoft’s Surface tablet. If you know anything about Windows 8 then you should realize it is going to be a drastically different experience compared to previous iterations of Windows such as Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. In fact, this will really mark the first time Microsoft has broken away from its conventional user interface consisting of Windows Explorer and the concept of the original Start Menu. At Tec Team we know computers, remember we do computer repairs in Plymouth. What we have to say Plymouth and computer upgrades and laptops for google to like us, sorry! In our Tec Team Office we use Apple and PC we try to encourage change, however we know that our customers in Plymouth find change sometimes hard to accept.
Now I am sure you have heard of Microsoft’s new “Metro” approach to Windows, consisting of a start screen that features intuitive “live tiles,” but it is important for you to grasp how Windows 8 will actually function and how drastic of a change it is from previous versions. One of the best YouTube videos I have watched to summarize some of the risky design decisions Microsoft made was from MobileOpportunity.
If you made it through the entire video you will now have a vast understanding of just how differentWindows 8 really is. How you perceive the word different is up to you, but there are some seemingly obvious hiccups in Windows 8 that will confuse the average user. Good examples of this include the lock screen, which has no clear instructions on what to do to unlock the computer, or even turning the computer off is something far too confusing as it is hidden away.
Microsoft is trying to evolve Windows and blend it in with its line of tablets and smartphones to create a seamless experience, but the average person would argue they have gone too far. Having such a simple interface is great and all, but if I am using a computer I don’t want to feel like I am using my Xbox. The whole reason I will use my computer instead of a tablet, smartphone or console is because I want more flexibility in terms of what I can do, as in most cases mobile OS’ are too restrictive.
When I look at Windows 8 I see the same shackles of restrictive mobile OS’
If Microsoft wanted to simply accomplish a more seamless experience across all of its platforms, I think they could have found a better way to do it. When Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, even though its purpose was to bridge the gap between OS X and iOS, the fruit company didn’t make OS X into a clone of iOS. Apple chose to take select elements and functionality from iOS and make it so they complimented OS X in a way that did not take away from its familiar experience people have come to love.
Chris Pirillo, founder of LockerGnome shares a similar opinion, and he decided to take to the streets to see what everyday people thought of Windows 8. People were very intrigued by Windows 8, but said they would need training on how to use it, because it was such a radical change; something no software manufacture wants.
It is important to understand that I am in no way stating Windows 8 is a flop or will be a flop for that matter. From the outside it is true innovation on Microsoft’s part and looks very pleasing to the eye to say the least. I just think Microsoft has underestimated how much people relied upon the oldWindows experience, and how people’s lack of motivation in learning something completely different will lead to poor reviews.
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