Originally Posted by GreenEyez
They already tried making the current Windows UI "tablet friendly" with Windows 7 and they failed. How many Win7 tablets have been sold versus iPads and Android tablets these past 2 years?
A tablet is a radical change in terms of input, and needs a radical change in the UI department. Just making minor adjustments to the current UI doesn`t cut it. Apple proved that with the iPad.
6 millions Joe Six Packs will use the Metro UI exclusively because tablets is what Joe SixPack is going to buy in the future. Multitasking is done by using the home button (pressing it longer) (iOS and Android) on tablets, Win8 tablets will probably have a similar button, or a dedicated button, not from the UI.
The iPad was released in 2010 and Windows 7 was released in 2009 so it has to make the argument that Microsoft really gave tablets a go with a Windows-type UI. Plus, Windows has been tied to x86 so the tablets that were made were big, had fans and very poor battery life. So, they pretty much stunk.
The iPad interface is not much different than traditional Windows. Both are home screen/icon based. People are used to working this way. I would have kept something like the traditional Windows desktop with a start menu and just made it more touch friendly: bigger icons, gestures to call up certain menus or functions, and certainly worked on more touch friendly versions of applications.
Windows 8 is simply not a very elegant OS. It has two user interfaces! I am not sure how this idea ever got approved. Think about it:. Two different user interfaces! At least back in the day when windows ran on top of DOS, legacy DOS programs ran within the Windows UI.
Here is another problem. MS took something familiar, the Windows Home Screen and added new complexity to it: no start button, these confusing corner clicks.
Let's face it. Windows 8 was designed by committee and has everything that is good and bad about Microsoft in it. Metro is not a bad user interface, but it becomes horrible when it is bolted on as an addition to traditional Windows. Windows is a familiar UI that simply works and has the benefit of being everywhere. I feel like we are on the verge of a huge failure. Maybe the biggest the MS has ever had. It may be so big that MS loses its OS monopoly.
MS has done this because someone thought they had a great idea:. We have a desktop OS monopoly but we are really weak in tablets and phone. Let's put our failing UI on desktops. People will be forced to get used to it. These people will eventually come around and buy Windows Mobile phones and Windows tablets. MS will reign supreme!
I don't think that things will go according to plan.
As for people who think I am just an old fuddy duddy who is opposed to change, you can think whatever you want. I am a gadget lover and early adopter of most new things. I installed this beta OS as soon as I could and gave it a real shot because I wanted to like it. Have any of you let you non tech savvy spouse try to use it? What was their reaction when they tried to figure out how to get on Facebook or send an email?