Four months after the release, Windows 8 remains as dividing a product as any in the technology world. All the while Microsoft has remained steadfast in claiming that its latest and greatest is a user-friendly operating system.
But industry experts have held opposing views, with many blasting the OS for bringing so many UI changes at once that at the end of the day combine to provide a confusing experience for users.
One such industry head is Linux authority and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, who recently talked about the upcoming Ubuntu tablets. Speaking to Ars Technica, Shuttleworth noted:
“When you transition from the tablet to the desktop, things don’t move around. That’s what’s really different certainly between our approach to convergence and for example Windows 8, where when you’re in the desktop mode, which looks like Windows 7, and suddenly you get the new tile-based interface, it’s a stark transition that can be jarring for users.”
Don’t know about the jarring experience, but Windows 8 is definitely different from earlier versions in more ways than one, and requires a bit of time investment to make the most of the new user interface.
Ultimately, it all came down to delivering a touch optimized interface, and Redmond had no choice than to make all these user interface enhancements at once — or it would have risked a half cooked product.
Evidently, some less tech savvy users will have some trouble (at least initially) when they are forced to switch between the tried and tested desktop mode to the Metro UI, but hey, that’s evolution. It had to be one day, and Windows 8 is that day.