Windows 8 A Nightmare But You Are Awake

“The worst gesture might be the one to reveal the list of currently running applications: you need to first swipe from the screen’s left edge, and then immediately reverse direction and do a small swipe the other way, and finally make a 90-degree turn to move your finger to a thumbnail of the desired application. The slightest mistake in any of these steps gives you a different result.

The UI is littered with swipe ambiguity, where similar (or identical) gestures have different outcomes depending on subtle details in how they’re activated or executed. For example, start swiping from the right to the left and you will either scroll the screen horizontally or reveal the charm bar, depending on exactly where your finger first touched the screen. This was very confusing to the users in our study.”

see Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox).

Nielsen turned actual users loose on a bunch of “8” PCs and reported folks were dazed and confused. The OS is “Windows” in name only and nothing that has been learned in decades of GUIs has been improved in the latest release. It’s “square one”, literally, all over again. GNU/Linux with XFCE4 and xdm would be a much more comfortable environment. I know people who hated “7”. They are not going to love “8” either. Ordinary consumers are now demanding choice and they aren’t getting what they want from M$.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Windows 8 A Nightmare But You Are Awake

  1. I can think of a few more to use Debian GNU/Linux over Ubuntu GNU/Linux: windows with windows widgets in the right place, and a stable release.

  2. dougman says:

    This was not an accident:

    In 1998, Bill Gates told Fortune, “As long as they [Chinese people] are going to steal [software], we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

    One decade later, it’s Chinese pirates 1, Microsoft 0. In May, a frustrated CEO Steve Ballmer told employees that, “Microsoft’s total revenue in China, population 1.3 billion, is less than what it gets in the Netherlands, a country of fewer than 17 million.”

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