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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RE: 2 Things
10/3/2012 10:44:22 AM
I have never used Win8, but I did read that there is already an applet that will do what you want.
But, typically a "power user" is NOT addicted to the start menu. My desktop is organized with links (which would be tiles like Chromes empty tabs I suppose), my taskbar customized to what I do the most.
And when I have to I hit the old windows key for the start menu.
RE: 2 Things
10/3/2012 11:26:42 AM
By power user I guess what I mainly meant was for at work. When I go to a customer's computer and load my profile (administrator) I don't have all of the things on a desktop that I need to access and personally find it easier to click the start menu and have everything in places where I know to access them. I really hope we don't implement this in our enterprise but I honestly don't see a reason why we ever would. We are migrating to Windows 7 now, It has taken a while and will take quite a while more before we get there. Still testing apps and have the devs and programmers working on the apps that don't work. As I said, I'm not counting 8 out YET, but I don't have a good view of it for now. I will see what the production version looks like, it will be different than the release previews.
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