Paul Allen Calls Windows 8 "Puzzling" and "Confusing Initially"
October 3, 2012 8:00 AM
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Allen says people will get used to the changes
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen left the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. He has recently made comments about Windows 8 and believes that people will eventually learn to like the OS. However, he recently stated that Windows 8 was "puzzling" and "confusing initially." Allen made comments on a post this week made on his personal blog.
Allen says that he has been running Windows 8 Release Preview, which shipped back in May, on his desktop and on a Samsung 700T. That is the tablet that Microsoft is been handing out to developers, analysts, and some members of the press to get them to try out Windows 8.
"The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application -- such as Internet Explorer -- can be opened and run simultaneously," Allen said.
The two user interfaces that Allen is talking about are the Windows 8 style, previously called Metro, offering a minimalist look and the classic view that looks like a slightly modified Windows 7 desktop. Allen also criticized some of the changes to the operating system that have been voiced by other users as well.
"Strangely, there is no way to set the desktop as your default view (there should be)," Allen wrote. "This is one of the single biggest changes in Windows 8: the lack of the familiar Start menu."
"I found myself wishing that a Power tile was available on the Start screen to make these commands more accessible," Allen continued.
Ultimately, Allen says that even with the quirks of the new operating system that Windows 8 would be manageable by users. He also believes that Microsoft will address any issues with its next release. Some of the issues Allen mentions are reasons beleived to be contributing to the
of early versions of Windows 8.
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Start Button and task bar
10/3/2012 9:46:47 AM
They should obviously have kept the start button, and even the task bar under metro (yes i'll continue to call it metro). Task switching between a metro app and a desktop app is a pain.
In fact they should have made metro like a simple desktop dynamic backgroud. You keep your aero, task bar and start button, even the clock in the bottom right corner which i need, but you have your tiles in the background doing what tiles do. Who still keep their desktop crowded with icons anyway?
I do understand the trend toward full screen apps however, and slowly moving away from windowed apps and long and complicated menus.
And i like tiles. Pinning your favorites contacts on your start screen, and having access to facebook/e-mails/skype/sms/messenger updates on a single screen, it changes the way you use a computer. Will be mostly useful on tablets.
RE: Start Button and task bar
10/3/2012 9:59:52 AM
So...I don't hate Windows 8, but I hate the start menu, probably for all the reason you liked the tiles...I do not use facebook, twitter, skype, etc. and I really don't care about connecting with anyone other than via landline or in person. I like my privacy and prefer people to not know where I am, what I'm doing, who I'm with, what I'm eating, how many shits I've taken today, etc.
That said, I hate the start menu in Windows 8, but have learned to live with it with multiple monitors. The performance benefits are definitely worth the upgrade (faster boot times, resource handling, sleep/resume times, task manager, file transfers, etc.) but there are some things that M$ was just an idiot about--like how hard they made it to find out how to shut down your computer, restart it, or put it to sleep...
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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