Originally Posted by ForumViewer
Looks like MS is taking the Apple approach and dumbing down Windows finally. I'm sure a small handful of enthusiasts will absolutely hate it, but this quote from Gizmodo accurately reflects my feelings towards modern day computing (and it was actually written in regards to Lion):
"The complex computers we use today are being replaced by simplified, task-oriented computers that are designed to help users work faster and focused on their objectives."
Are you serious? My Grandma who is completely computer illiterate and couldn't tell her monitor from her mouse works plenty fast at what she does (emails and online recipes/garden stuff), computers today are not
complex unless you're making them complex on purpose.
At least, the ways in which she gets confused aren't the same ways that this new kind of GUI and new direction change, hell, if I put Windows 8 on her computer or seat her in front of a Mac, I bet she'd be more confused than she ever gets with her 1.3Ghz Celeron and Windows XP.
Originally Posted by cavallino
Why does it seem like everyone is focusing solely on mobile devices and then just slamming the same UI on a desktop and saying good enough. You would think since it took so long to get really good cell and tablet UIs that they would get that one does not work well for the other. It is happeing on Linux too with gnome shell and ubuntu unit which seem like they are much more suited for a mobile device.
Exactly, touch interfaces are great for touch screen devices, but everyone I know still uses laptops and thinks the idea of Windows in a tablet is dumb, I quite literally asked my friends who were over what they thought of Windows 8. Not a single one likes what they see, and these are people who struggled to install Minecraft, WLM, etc.
While I can see why MS is trying to do this, I really don't see it getting too far especially if there's no sort of application emulation layer for our old x86 programs.