Windows 8. Missing the mark?

Nov 19, 2012

Echoing Nielsen's thoughts.

Jakob Nielsen absolutely destroys Windows 8 in his latest article entitled ‘Windows 8 - Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users’ on Alertbox.

It’s a fascinating read which seems to add to the growing voices of discontent, although Nielsen’s will hit hard!

On a regular PC, Windows 8 is Mr. Hyde: a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity.

Unfortunately I haven’t been fortunate enough to play around with the new operating system yet, but I already had an idea that it could be a problematic release, when this Youtube video did the rounds earlier in the year. It is four minutes of painful viewing for anybody interested in usability.

I have great hopes for Windows 9 on mobile and tablets. Just as Windows 7 was “Vista Done Right” it’s quite likely that the touchscreen version of Windows 9 will be “Windows 8 Done Right.”

There are many things to dissect from Nielsen’s article, and I will definitely be looking more into his comments on flat design, especially looking at buttons (I’m all about buttons now!), but if this article wasn’t bad news enough for Microsoft, then they won’t like this report on sales being poor.

And finally, if you’re going to get a celebrity to tweet about your new product, then it might be better endorsed if it actually came from the device!

Oprah Winfrey singing the praises on Windows 8... but from an iPad!
Oh Oprah!