MIT Professor says Windows 8 is a Christmas Gift for Someone You Hate

With Windows 8 finally on the market for a little while now, you’d think the crazy mixed reviews would settle down a bit. You’d be wrong. Since the very first days of Windows 8 Developer Preview, there has been a lot of articles, blog posts and forum entries about Windows 8. Some of it has always been very positive, others have been the polar opposite.

Windows 8 is different, I get that. Being this different isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t easily win you friends or fans. That’s not to say Windows 8 won’t eventually make its way to the top and put all the criticism behind it for good.

But WHY is there so much criticism? Is it that there is a Start UI and desktop UI? I can’t think that would really be such a drama-starter. I think it is more about the the charms, the fact that you shut down differently and that there is a learning curve.

We’ve become accustomed to Windows pretty much working the same since 1995. Sure, there have been changes, but things like shutting down or using the control panel have evolved, but not fully changed until now.

With that in mind, here comes a new very, very anti-Windows 8 criticism from MIT professor Phillip Greenspun. According to Greenspun, Microsoft Windows 8 is the perfect “Christmas gift for someone you hate”.

He says that the device is confused and doesn’t quite get anything right. He asserts that no tablet has been this confused since the BlackBerry Playbook. Further, Greenspun asserts that they had years to watch Android and iOS but still couldn’t build a usable tablet experience.

“Suppose that you are an expert user of Windows NT/XP/Vista/7, an expert user of an iPad, and an expert user of an Android phone… you will have no idea how to use Windows 8,” Greenspun writes.

He continued, “Some functions, such as ‘start an application’ or ‘restart the computer’ are available only from the tablet interface. Conversely, when one is comfortably ensconced in a touch/tablet application, an additional click will fire up a Web browser, thereby causing the tablet to disappear in favor of the desktop. Many of the ‘apps’ that show up on the ‘all apps’ menu at the bottom of the screen (accessible only if you swipe down from the top of the screen) dump you right into the desktop on the first click.”

He did point out that Microsoft’s included apps like Bing Finance are quite good, but otherwise hated everything about the OS. Honestly most of his argument reads to me like this:

“I don’t like Windows 8 because it isn’t enough like iOS, Android and legacy Windows. I don’t want to learn something new and different”.

I will say I can understand that at least a little, but that doesn’t mean that Windows 8 is awful, which is what Greenspun is basically saying.

What do you think, is the learning curve for Windows 8 just too much or did you find it wasn’t too bad once you actually gave it a real chance?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brenton.klassen Brenton Klassen

    Windows 8 took me one day to learn. Now I love it!

  • Jack Sparrow

    Take out the new UI and Windows 8 is a better OS than Windows 7 in almost every way. We’ll talk this time next year and see where Win 8 stands.

  • WillyThePooh

    I don’t mind to be hated if I could get a new Win8 tablet.
    That professor just showed him too old to adapt to new thing.

  • Solid Snake

    Who the hell is this professor? Is he not shamed call himself professor who should be in favor of new trends and eager to learn in any way. He just does not want to learn new things. Stop blaming something just because you are lazy!

  • techblogger

    I said it before, blogs spend too much time on people who simply cannot learn. Windows has new features. It always gets new features. We learn them and move on. I get its amusing but why are we spending so much time on the insanely slow?

  • D Spearing

    I have found the learning curve is not that steep. It just takes a few minutes to get things going and soon after with a little experimenting the OS can be mastered.

  • Xpertmind

    Except you are from the stone age, what you need to learn from windows 8 are not that much that you’ll raise dust.

  • Xpertmind

    The major problem is that people are too familiar with the same interface windows has been carrying since 1995, that they now find it too demanding to change to a new look.