Look, I’m a user experience designer for Nokia. I’ve designed my fair share of desktop and phone apps to know a usability issue when I run slap-bang into it. I’ve been following the noize about Windows 8 pretty closely and I have to say, I honestly don’t get it.
Sure, Windows 8 has a learning curve. Sure, it’s frustrating to use when you pick it up for the first time. Will you make mistakes? Absolutely. But, as an industry, how can we possibly progress the operating system paradigm unless we administer a little kick to move out of the local maxima users are in? The fast-becoming-traditional model of the static many multicoloured front doors that need to be walk around to and entered to get anything done on your phone, desktop or tablet is old. Microsoft’s ‘modern UI’ (the new name for the ‘metro’ design language) brings a whole series of innovations to the staid operating system space. More so than golden-boy Apple has in any of it’s recent OS releases. A headline today stated that OS X 10.9 will include Siri and Maps. Oh, please. More iOS features ham-fisted onto the desktop? That’s not innovation. If people feel self-conscious enough talking to their phones, they’re sure as hell not going to talk to their desktop Macs.