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New Desktop Interface Flops

Nov 14, 2011, 14:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Let's get down to brass tacks. An interface is meant to make it easy for you to get work done. Pretty simple right? So, why does Microsoft feel the need to dump decades of design work on a perfectly usable system that almost everyone on the planet can use for one that seems designed for use by mildly concussed kindergarteners?

"Yes, I know Metro is meant to be a touch interface, but guess what; most of us are still going to be running Windows on PCs for years still to come. And, besides while touch is indeed great for tablets and smartphones, I find it a heck of a lot easier to do work with a keyboard and a mouse than I do with a keyboard and a screen I need to smudge up with my fingerprints every minute or two.

"What's even more annoying is that Metro requires me to relearn how to use Windows for no real gain in ease of use, flexibility, or power. It's not quite change for the sake of change. Microsoft wants Metro to be its universal interface. But, I do think Microsoft is throwing out the baby of its hundreds of millions of Windows desktop user for the very small chance that Metro is going to matter on tablets and smartphones.

"GNOME 3.2 is, if anything, even more annoying. GNOME was always the 'simple' Linux desktop interface. That was fine. We learned how to work around it, and what GNOME 2.x did well, it did very well indeed. But, GNOME 3 made simple into stupid. I'm not the only one who looked at GNOME 3 and say this that GNOME 3.x sucks dead gophers through rusty tailpipes, Linus Torvalds agrees that GNOME 3.x is a flop."

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