I cannot disagree with that article more
"Any process requiring more than two mouse clicks is too complicated"
Removing options and menus does make a task simpler, but it makes the once in a blue moon task EXTREMELY frustrating. Because long complicated menus confuse people, we will simply get rid of them. Now you can no longer specify your IP address for your default gateway cause having that option would confuse
The radically changed UI... people cried bloody murder when they changed the Vista UI, not to even mention the Office 2007 UI. Most people I know will not switch to Office 2007 seeing as the "ribbon" UI is actually more confusing. I don't even like to use windows media player due to the UI and how you have to "enable" the toolbar. Their customers have learned the toolbar, thats what their used to. Ditching it only makes them resent the new version.
(I actually agree with 2,3,4)
5. I agree with touch... but not voice. Perhaps if you're busy doing something and want the computer to play a song, yeah sure great. But has anyone tried the vista voice command software? It's amazing gets 90% of the words, but I can STILL type faster than I can speak. I can move the mouse quicker than I can tell the computer to start up firefox.
Why the added this under point five I dont know, but I love the "IT organizations embraced the Office 2007 UI" not a single person I know prefers it to the old system. Heck there was such a market for toolbars there exists software to put them back in Add back toolbars in office 2007
6. I agree the seven (or whatever number) SKUs of vista was too many. But there is a CLEAR distinction between home and business users. Separating them only makes sense, why would a corporate PC need media center? Why would a home user need file encryption? Of course you have the rare people who want both, so 3 SKUs seems good. A home, business, and ultimate.
7 is covered in 6 above.
8 synchronization is good. The Microsoft surface demonstrates this clearly.
9 I really don't have an opinion for or against.
10 Fundamentally flawed? Trying to stop a security threat rather than licking the wound left afterwards is a MUCH better way to approach security than the writer's airbag analogy.
To use an analogy of my own, take mountain climbing. You have a safety guide that keeps you one the correct path. One small step in the wrong direction and you could fall a LONG way. As long as you don't unfasten the guide you'll be fine.
For those who are experienced they can stray from the guide and be fine, but for those who aren't landing on a mattress after you've fallen 1,000 feet doesn't help you much.
Thats the purpose of UAC, to force the underprivileged user to STAY on the safe path. However, most people simply run as administrator and rather than get a password prompt they get "cancel or allow" Car crashes are not malicious they are not TRYING to hurt the driver, viruses are, and trying to cause as little damage as possible rather than avoiding it all together is idiotic.
If you read this far I applaud you, this probably belongs in the rant section
The author seems pro mac, anti Microsoft. It appears as if he hasn't really USED vista, but rather just looked at it. As for the changes he suggest as it stands now the modern computers is based around the keyboard, once we change that (touch screen or whatever) then we can talk about changing UI and fundamental design. He asserts that the average user is stupid (which I happen to agree with), but removing choice in lieu of simplicity is not a way to move forward. I agree features don't make the product, but neither does a shiny coating.