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Microsoft recently released Windows 8. I had joked
about what Windows 8 might be like, but it lived up to the promises that
Microsoft would make it "all different" to the point it isn't like anything
anybody would expect.
Wow, this is complete crap. Where to even start?
To put it simply, Microsoft has draped a beginner's user interface (Metro)
over the existing GUI.
Such "beginners" user interfaces have been tried many times in the past
such as GEOS 1.2, At Ease,
and Microsoft BOB. Each time they failed because
such user interfaces do not provide the power or flexibility of a proper
windowing interface that beginners will eventually grow to need.
Windows 8 totally pisses in the face of over 30 years of user interface
research. It follows almost every one of my "Good
User Interface Design Tips" as if Microsoft found that page and didn't
realize the entire thing is sarcastic.
The first thing Windows displays at bootup is the "lock screen". As
if this were some toy cell phone. It fails to tell you what you should
do next, so it may leave you scratching your head waiting for something
to happen. Clicking anywhere on this screen proceeds to the login screen.
Once logged in it displays the "start page".
This is the glorious new Metro "Start Page" you will see every time
you log in to use your computer.
It is all advertising!
No, really, every one of these leads to something that requires Microsoft's
internet services. This feels like Windows
98 all over again.
This "interface" consists of a bunch of tiles, some which animate, that
you can drag around the screen with the mouse or a touch screen.
Now I hate to burst your bubble, but touch screens are NOT new. There
were amber CRTs with touch screens back in the 1980s, and other similar
forms of input even earlier than that. It has been proven over and over
again that touch screens make make very poor input devices for destkop
Touch screens do have their place. Such as small mobile devices, kiosks,
and large presentation displays. (But I do get a kick watching news anchors
trying to use those, the world gets to see their backsides while they fiddle
with the touch controls!)
Your arm will tire very, very quickly trying to use a touch interface on
a normal vertical monitor for any length of time.
Touch hardware adds to the cost of a monitor, which you ultimately can
Any person that gets their dirty, greasy finger prints on my monitor gets
a FIST IN THEIR FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, let's take a look at some of the "apps".
I should be able to start a simple calendar "app" and enter a few dates
without Microsoft looking over my shoulder, right? Nope!
Every "app" wants you to connect to the internet and log in to Microsoft's
"Microsoft Live" internet service.
No Microsoft internet service account? No internet connection? No app!
The only option these screens gives you is to "try again". Your only
visible option is to stay stuck in a loop going back and forth between
the two screens forever until you give in to the will of Microsoft.
Even ignoring that this is all advertising, it violates all kinds of
user interface principals out the yingyang:
In this case the system is not connected to the internet. This is because
Windows 8 sends all kinds of information back to Microsoft.
The "app" takes up the entire screen.
There is no visible way to close this application.
There is no visible way to cancel or return to the "start" page.
There is no visible way to do ANYTHING else!
At least ALT+F4 still works.
Another example of a Windows 8 "app". This one at least shows a pretty
screen with some cached information.
This feels just like DOS programs I used to run on my 286!! Trying to look
up how others deal with this it always comes back to remembering keyboard
commands. It reminds me of WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS where you had to memorize
1000 different key combinations! Perhaps vendors will start selling keyboard
Full Screen program
Requires memorizing keys or other non discoverable actions.
If, and only if, your monitor resolution is wide enough, Microsoft
will graciously let you view TWO "apps" at the same time.
Portrait or non wide screen monitor? Only one "app" for you!
Why did we even bother inventing the GUI in the first place?! Or visible
buttons to click on? How about visible menus to choose options from? With
Windows 8 we all get to go back to full screen DOS programs and memorizing
On top of all this Microsoft had the audacity to rename "Metro" to "Modern
UI" at the last minute! This is NOT "modern"! Not even in any sick twisted
sense of the word. Therefore I refuse to refer to it as "Modern UI", but
only as "Metro" (or "crap").
The scary things is MS lovers will happily emulate this crap in their
own applications. Which brings back bad memories of 1998 desktop programs
full of senseless throbbers and embedded browser windows.
Another keyboard shortcut to remember: start key + ">"
Or blindly click and drag from the upper right corner, as shown in the
Here is a sick Windows 8 trick: Running at 800*600. Windows 8 does
not normally permit setting a resolution below 1024*768.
All of the Metro apps stick their nose up and refuse to run at this
Cry me a river and get off my lawn! I grew up on 256*192
in 16 glorious colors... on a blurry 14" TV screen, with RF interference
Tap my screen? How about NO!
This appears when a drive is attached. They expect us to all have touch
Oh, I see Microsoft is trying to sell monitors now.
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