November 14, 2012 – 9:44am
Windows 8 is definitely a GUI for mobile devices. However, since I cannot touch a desktop screen and drag icons around with my hand, the productivity that was gained in Windows 7 (as the fix for Vista) has now vanished on my laptop. I desperately want to reinstall Windows 7, knowing full well that Microsoft Inc. will “persuade” me to stay with Windows 8.
In addition, the Start tiles are vaugely familiar – somewhat like the MAC Launcher (1) from OS 7 (circa 1994). (Dubious that Apple will sue a principal shareholder)
The Launcher – Control Panel (2)
Notwithstanding that Microsoft is being sued by SurfCast (3), there are several enduser design issues that are apparent in this hybrid GUI (aka Windows 8)”
- hand gestures do not translate to non-touch computer screens
- START tiles create tunnel vision… akin to linear path based learning
- No option to return to a previously productive GUI
Typically history repeats itself if you live long enough to see it. Thus, just as the MAC Launcher was a management function providing a tunnel vision (ATM like) experience to display a “dumbed down” interface, the Microsoft Windows 8 Start will be singluar task focus screen, rather than a multi-tasking desktop. On the positive side, the tiles can be dynamic and constantly changing, just like a scene out of Harry Potter.