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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 slow adoption of early versions of Windows 8.

Source: ComputerWorld

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RE: If WordPerfect Can Do It So Could Microsoft
By GatoRat on 10/3/2012 2:20:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is the biggest change in Microsoft and the one that bugs me the most. There was absolutely no reason to now allow a traditional menu in Office except ego. I'm equally annoyed by how un-customizeable IE9 is; I'm not talking drastic changes, but small ones, say making the back and forward button small and moving the favorites list to the left (despite its problems, Firefox lets me configure the browser exactly how I like working.)

Visual Studio has now been infected by the "our way or the highway" attitude (with the default being hideous else it wouldn't be so bad.)

RE: If WordPerfect Can Do It So Could Microsoft
By RufusM on 10/3/2012 3:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft's rational for the Office Ribbon was all of the support requests asking for features that were already in Office. I didn't like it to begin and it took some getting used to, but I do like it now and prefer it for Office. It's much better in Office 2010 since some tweaking after feedback from Office 2007.

I agree that the Windows 8 change is a little jarring to start, but after a couple of weeks it's no big deal and has some benefits over the old start menu. For me, it comes down to training because it's not obvious and, lets face it, many of us don't like change. Heck, we still have many users at our office that don't know you can pin applications to the Win 7 taskbar and always keep them in the same order. Instead they startup their applications in the same order every day so they are maintained that way in the taskbar.

By RufusM on 10/3/2012 3:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
I forgot to add that the Office ribbon was designed to make the common requested features more visible (to reduce the number of support requests for features already in Office).

By Moishe on 10/5/2012 8:38:27 AM , Rating: 1
The Office ribbon has proven to be a positive UI change. It did take some time for people to get used to it, but almost everyone likes it now.

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