Window is just anxious about other OS competitors especially iMac, this is all about keep rush up with new OS not necessary a better one but could be a worse than recent verson. Consumers become their testers at loss.
I loaded Windows 8 on a little-used laptop at home and once I got over the shock of the new interface I'm beginning to warm up to it. It s MUCH faster than win 7.
I'll be sticking with XP as long as I can on my computers at the office and in my lab at home. We tried rinning Win7 on a laptop at the office and had endless troubles with USB-based test equipment that had always worked flawlessly on XP. I expect Win 8 will have the same troubles.
Why not allow the user to choose his interface.
Boycott the ribbon!
I mean boycott the tiles!
Call stick in the muds but if it works why change it.
Some new feature that you want to try?
Go watch the utube video-slideshow on how it works and decide if you want to switch your interface so you can use the new interface feature. Most of us would never update to the new interfaces.
Your view accurately reflects mine, too! There are HUGE productivity benefits to sticking with old tools unless new ones have REAL (rather than "gee-whiz") advantages. I'm an analog circuit designer (I can hear the kids snickering "old-school") and my computer is simply a time-saving TOOL ... not the end in itself that consumers of games, movies, you-tube, social media, ad-nauseum seem to regard them as. A true pity that Microsoft is alienating content producers for the fast money of consumers. As much as I hate the arrogance of Apple, once I can't use Windows 7 any more, I'll likely move to an Apple product! Let Microsoft have the "open mouth" consumers (love that phrase!) and virtual-friendship generation.
I have the same problem shopping at local stores. Using my credit card, sometimes I press on the screen and am told, "it's not a touch screen". Other times I'm looking for buttons and am told, "it's a touch screen". And they both look alike. It the same with ATM's at banks.
The problem today is there is no standardization in industry like there was years ago. Companies are free to do what they please and it's driving everyone crazy trying to keep up.
We used to have more cooperation among industries; where has it gone?
This reminds me of a story: I was touring England during the 70's and I noted, when my friend bought an appliance like a hair drier, it had no plug, just 3 bare wires.
Why no plug, I asked? They told me, "Every part of the city had a different outlet type, so rather than manufacture the hair drier with a dozen different plugs, they just leave it off". Then you have to take it to an electrical shop to get a plug installed.
Sounds like the same problem all over again, lack of standardization.
Intuitive...the word always reminds me of a funny true story from the early 1990's.
A former co-worker of mine was hired by the University of Saint Louis and was asked to train an Administrative Assistant (who was fluent in DOS/Wordperfect) to use Windows/Word for the first time. After a quick demo, he let her drive, and nearly got fired for laughing hysterically when she physically picked up the mouse to go to the top of the screen!
FORWARD to go UP, what crazyness was that?? Thankfully Windows never became the OS for airplane controls... ;-)
Obviously Microsoft doesn't have any clear direction, when you compare the ribbon's "throw everything in your face at the same time" style with Metro's "show as little useful stuff at the same time" style. What a mess. Wouldn't surprise me if one or the other will get canned in a very short time.
As for Metro, it is crazy how little information is shown on a typical screen, with huge amounts of whitespace, while everything you need to use is actually hidden OFF the screen! This may be barely palatable on a small tablet, but on a 22" desktop monitor, it's outrageous. The whole interface seems designed for maximum mouse movement. Doctors treating carpal tunnel will love it.
Then there's the weird disconnected nature of the new Metro UI and the traditional desktop. Is one "under" the other, or "on top" of it? Or "next" to it? It seems impossible to convey a clear mental picture of their relationship, which is disturbing to most minds. Without a mental map, it is hard to feel at home.
I have been playing with Windows 8 on my wife's laptop and found it painful. I hope to avoid it for a while longer here at work (still on XP). For my personal computers, I've been happily using Linux for years now. There have been changes to the UI there too, but they seem much more sane for desktop use, even if they try to become more touch friendly (I really like Gnome 3 myself).
When I first got Windows 8, about 3 weeks ago, I also complained how un-intuitive it was.
But when you really think about it, how intuitive was Windows XP? You had to push the START button to shut down the machine, not very intuitive. You have to Right-Click for certain special functions, also not very intuitive. To change my Outlook email properties, I have to do it in MS WORD, not in Outlook. Again not very intuitive.
The bottom line is, no program is really intuitive. We learn it as we go along, and then we think it is intuitive because we no longer have to think.
Give Windows 8 a chance. There's a lot about it I don't really like, but I think in a couple of months, I won't give it a second thought = intuitive!