View the video demo of Windows 8 Interface
If you turn off the sound, you can easily imagine it's a iPad commercial. But don't get too carried away and say that Microsoft stole this from Apple. Remember, Microsoft has had the Tablet PC and the Windows Surface computer. Sorry, I can't help but post this parody of the Surface computer:
Anyway . . .
The new Windows UI seems to be designed completely for hand-held devices. Clean. Fast. Cool.
But it seems silly as a desktop PC interface. I already have to buy ergo anti-crippling devices for my employees. How will they sit at a desk all day with their arms fully extended forward, moving back and forth on a wide screen monitor?
For a couple years now I have been saying in my live presentations that the browser is the interface of the future, and "apps" are the way we'll compute. But most of the time, most of the people doing most of the tasks in most of the offices just need to stare at a screen and type most of the time. Period. Those users don't know or CARE about the difference between Windows 3.1, 95, Vista, or iPad. Just get me to the program where I get my real work done.
Interfaces seem to be designed for home users, hobbyists, and guys who wear black turtleneck-like t-shirts all the time.
Luckily, Microsoft always has an option to make the current operating system look like the previous operating system. I suspect the delightful Vista interface we've enjoyed since 2006 will be around for another five years. Some things just work. In fact, if we could just make everything look like Windows XP, that would make everyone happy.
I'm not sure why Microsoft is slavishly copying a company that's been around since Day One of the personal computer market and has less than 10% of the market.
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