He compares it to Lose 1. That’s right, “Twenty-five plus years of user-interface development and this, this, is what we get!? Scary isn’t it?”
Chuckle… That’s harsh, but true and funny. I have been around about as long as SJVN and I have seen it all, too. M$’s latest and greatest stuff has been somewhere, someplace, sometime earlier.
Take that “transparent” AeroGlas desktop stuff. Where have we seen transparency before? Gimp. Gimp has been able to create images with transparency for many years.
Of course, rectangular regions of the screen called “windows” have been around since the earliest binary computers. I remember working on digital instruments that dated from WWII in their concepts that had a “window” control. You turned a dial and the window’s dimension changed. Then M$ decided to name its OS Windows and we are stuck with confusion about innovation ever since. M$ was successful at snowing the USPTO in those days but the welcome is wearing thin. I doubt the USPTO is really enjoying all those software patents coming back for re-examination. Sounds like unnecessary work, eh?
I really cannot blame M$ for reinventing the wheel. Everyone does it but most people are honourable and don’t claim it as something novel.
Check out SJVN – Windows 8: A bad bet
He’s projecting a fiasco of Vista-like proportions. I hope he’s right. I enjoyed Vista.