Will Windows 8 become successful?
There are various apprehensions about the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. People are of course excited to experience the new Metro UI (user interface), fast start up, and Internet Explorer 10, but there is a silver lining to this.
What Microsoft could have avoided in Windows 8?
In a recent review article on CNET, Jason Parker has beautifully compared the innovative approaches taken by Microsoft and Apple with their desktop and mobile operating systems. According to Jason, Microsoft made a big mistake in making the operating system of both its desktop and tablet as the same. This could have been avoided if the Redmond-based company has followed Apple’s lead. In his words, “I still think Apple made the better choice in keeping the touch-screen and desktop OS separate. In applying Windows 8 to both tablets and desktops, Microsoft has added a significant learning curve for both devices, and ended up making the OS needlessly difficult and jarring, especially for desktop computer users.”
Are Windows 8 design changes user-friendly?
Jason then discussed some features of both Windows 8 and Apple’s Mountain Lion to defend his opinion. The design decisions taken by Microsoft to change the Windows user experience for desktops and tablets will in fact make it difficult for users to operate and will force them to relearn even the most basic computing tasks. For example, the new software for Windows Media Player, Messaging, Mail, and Internet Explorer 10 – all have special ways of using them that is different from their desktop counterparts. Even the regular ‘Start’ button has been changed completely by Microsoft with the addition of a whole new layer of controls for desktop users.
Apple, instead, continues to add more and more syncing capabilities with the iOS for iPhones and iPads, keeping separate operating systems for desktops and iOS devices. To quote Jason, “Keeping the touch-screen interface as a separate OS is an advantage because you don’t need to force anyone to learn a new way of doing things. The iPhone was already popular when the iPad came out, so it was an easy jump for iPhone users (and anyone that had played with one) to start using Apple’s tablet immediately.”
Any better plans?
As per Jason, Microsoft could have avoided the soon-to-come confusion had it upgraded the OS in Windows Phone to tablets just like Apple moved iOS from the iPhone onto the iPad.