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Having a sample of six people does not make for a valid experiment in any part of the world.

Let's see what happens in the next few weeks and months.

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The aim of the exercise was not to subject Windows 8 to a thorough usability test.

If they had, the conclusions, even in that small sample, may have been different. Maybe they would have found the same faults as the Ars Technica reviewer did.
Edited by tpi2007 - 10/26/12 at 1:49pm
 
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I can't believe someone has the balls to call them "civilians". What is this, a military drill???
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I can't believe someone has the balls to call them "civilians". What is this, a military drill???

Of course it is, it tests your patience, your resilience, and your ability to say "Yes, sir, me too!" to Steve Ballmer after he says "I love this company!".
 
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And there goes all complaints about average people not understanding Windows 8.

Wow. You're right. This is the definitive piece on the subject and this post has converted me into a TIFKAM fan.

Keep up the tech evangelism!
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And there goes all complaints about average people not understanding Windows 8.

Wow. You're right. This is the definitive piece on the subject and this post has converted me into a TIFKAM fan.

Keep up the tech evangelism!
I never said that,
I only said that it should erradicate complaints that dumb people don't get Win8
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And there goes all complaints about average people not understanding Windows 8.

Wow. You're right. This is the definitive piece on the subject and this post has converted me into a TIFKAM fan.

Keep up the tech evangelism!
I never said that,
I only said that it should erradicate complaints that dumb people don't get Win8

An experiment with a sample size of six people should do effectively nothing.
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Sure.

Unless they're the 6 dumbest people in the planet wink.gif
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I never said that,
I only said that it should erradicate complaints that dumb people don't get Win8

Why would it? People here already have first hand experience with it.


My wife was using my windows 8 Release Preview and hated it.
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I never said that,
I only said that it should erradicate complaints that dumb people don't get Win8


Go on, you're doing a fine job of digging a nice hole for yourself. Now you are calling those six, perfectly normal people, dumb.
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We chose representatives at different stages of life, starting with a child. None were technologists or tech enthusiasts, hence our label "civilians" or "n00bs".
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Subject 1: Eight-year-old girl

This subject has grown up with computers, is familiar with Mac OS X and Windows 7, and is quite happy making animated PowerPoint presentations and using a word processor.
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Subject 2: Tween boy

Our next tester, Mr 12, is familiar with Mac OS X and Windows, and will happily spend hours playing games or Skyping in either.
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Subject 3: Twenty-two year-old office worker

Our next subject victim was a member of the sales team here at Vulture South and therefore spends her days in front of various web apps.
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Subject 4: Thirty-something business owner

This subject is a Mac fan and proud of it, feeling fruity computers offer a more consistent and reliable experience.
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Subject 5: Forty-something professional

This tester is adept with Mac OS X and Windows and has always worked with a PC on her desk during her white-collar career.
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Subject 6: Seventy-something retired professional

Our last tester spent the last two decades of his recently ended career with a PC on his desk, is familiar with Office, but spends rather more time on the phone to helpdesks than most. This individual has a Facebook account but would rather not see what's on it given his grandchildren are occasionally up to no good, yet could not do without a PC and internet access.
 
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They should be given
http://gizmodo.com/5955139/windows-8-survival-guide-all-the-tips-tricks-and-workarounds and http://www.extremetech.com/computing/120839-the-ultimate-guide-to-windows-8-on-the-desktop

Start button: "There are several free apps already, like VIStart, Classic Shell, StartMenu7, and some paid ones like Start8, which has a free 30-day trial."

"If you press Start+D, you'll shoot instantly to the desktop environment from wherever you are. "

"Alt Tab vs. Start Tab: This is another big difference. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Start+Tab cycled you through your apps using the Aero view, with previews of each windows rather than the regular Alt+Tab. Now, though, Start+Tab accesses the same Windows 8 multitasking menu, while Alt+Tab is unchanged.

The difference between the two is that Alt+Tab has an icon for each of your Windows 8 apps, but also each of your desktop apps. So if you're just Alt+Tabbing around, you can get disoriented by zapping from full screen app to full screen app."

"How to Use Gestures Without a Touchscreen or a (Working) Trackpad
One of the best things about Windows 8 is that it adds an incredible amount of functionality to your arsenal with swipes and taps. You know, gestures. But if you don't have a touchscreen or a compatible trackpad, here's how you can still take advantage of all the new shortcuts. Microsoft calls them "hot corners," but they're basically just mouse-friendly maneuvers:

Start: Mouse to the bottom left corner, left click the tile.
Power User Navigation: If you right click the bottom left popup instead of left clicking it, you'll get options for a host of commands, like opening Task Manager or Control Panel, or individual settings like Power Options or Device Manager.
Multitask Quick Swap: Mouse to the top left corner and left click it (You can also right click to close or snap left or right)
Multitask Bar: Mouse to the top left corner, then slide your cursor down the left side of the screen. (Right click closes or snaps left or right here as well)
Charms: Mouse to the top or bottom right corner.
Close Live App: Click the top-center of the app and drag it to the bottom of the screen.
Live App Menu: Right click anywhere in the Live app
Aero Peek: Aero Peek is still here! Mouse to the bottom right corner and leave the cursor there.

Other New Keyboard Shortcuts
Start+C: Open charms
Start+Q: Search charm
Start+H: Share charm
Start+K: Devices charm
Start+I: Settings charm
Start+Q: Search apps
Start+W: Search settings
Start+F: Search files (It's easier to just type directly into the Start screen, but these take you directly to your desired search category.)
Start+,: Peek at desktop
Start+B: Back to desktop
Start+Enter: Open Windows Narrator
Start+X: Open system utility settings menu

For Live Apps
Start+.: Snap app left
Start+Shift+.: Snap app right
Start+Z: App options
Start+Tab: Cycle through app history
Start+F4: Close an app"
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