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herman_munster
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3/14/2012 | 6:59:48 PM
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I think he underestimates users. Of course they'll figure out that scrolling up and down moves left and right. Of course they're going to spend a tremendous amount of time teasing M$ about how up and down does not equal left and right. It will be fun. Because M$ bashing is inherently fun.
ANON1241186373194
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ANON1241186373194,
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3/14/2012 | 7:01:02 PM
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"This isn't the entire collection of apps, just the default collection that Microsoft decided upon,"
which will no be a collection of trial offers for software the user doesn't even own or want, and that users wont know how to delete.
ANON1237925156805
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3/14/2012 | 7:34:06 PM
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Microsoft seems to be trying to emulate Apple in contrast to Google by steering the user experience. Unfortunately where Apple seems to know what you want before you do, Microsoft has historically been tone deaf.

Still, I'm willing to withhold judgment. At this point in the mobile space at least Microsoft has a chance to sit in between Apple's totally closed environment and Google/Android's rather anarchic and chaotic one. If they can nail it they'll be doing us all a favor.

So let's hope that Bibik means what he says, that he generates constructive ideas and that Microsoft reads them and listens.
AustinIT
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3/14/2012 | 8:32:14 PM
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I don't think that publicly yanking down Microsoft's shorts while working for one of their competitors is what I would term "contructive criticism". On the other hand, I think he is spot on with what he infers as Microsoft's long running problem with understanding what "intuitive" means. To me, that has been their achilles heel in UX design. That, and their aweful tech documentation.
Tony A
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3/15/2012 | 3:03:45 PM
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Wait, isn't there something wrong with the title of this column? Shouldn't it be "8 Problems with Windows Mobile Platform", or "4.7 Reasons to Stick with Android" or "17 Ways to Hold the Attention of Readers with ADD" - that is, the usual standard for Paul's byline? Why does he suddenly expect us to wrap our minds around a story where the paragraphs are not enumerated? Did everybody here suddenly get a high school diploma or something?
Tony A
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3/15/2012 | 3:12:35 PM
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Oh, sorry Paul, it's not you, there are lots of contributors to this insipid new standard for leadoff articles in IT ezines. I get the same thing from LinkedIn, "5 Qualities of Great Employees", "7 Secrets of Successful CIO's", etc.

Since I was no fan of the interface in Vista, or Windows 7, or Office 2007, it is not like shocking news that the Windows 8 interface bites it. Counting on the ingenuity of users to figure things out is a good way of avoiding the effort of making them work intuitively.
YMOM100
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3/17/2012 | 3:29:40 PM
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Maybe...but on the traditional desktop with the much smaller icons there was no need to scroll around (despite it being possible under specific circumstances). The majority of tiles in Metro are not live tiles, so having them use up ridiculously amounts of screen space is totally insane. Yes, you can change the size of tiles, but that requires tweaking, which is only available from a context menu activated by right-clicking. How do you right-click on a touch screen? With the default size of the tiles the screen fills up quickly and constantly having to scroll in whatever direction is getting old really fast. Especially for novice users, because what they don't see is not there, the main reason not to have invisible hot spots - which use up space on the screen that cannot be used for anything else, so it might as well be a button and thus be more obvious and intuitive.
YMOM100
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3/18/2012 | 11:57:58 AM
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Interestingly, that site no longer works. Did Microsoft send the lawyers to break some bones and servers?
Prshnt_khnl
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4/1/2012 | 7:45:54 PM
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I own a Lenovo G460 and I faced a problem on my Wi-Fi. Everytime I put my device on hibernate mode and when I start it later the network connection showed limited availability and I had to restart it everytime. After sometime the network did not even connect and what life is it without an internet.

So, unless they resolve this matter I ain't gonna switch to Windows 8 Consumer Preview
ANON1245867443530
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6/5/2012 | 11:00:29 PM
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What a lame assertion, that he's biased because he happens to now work with a company that happens to have some overlap with SOME of Microsoft's business.

If he thinks Windows 8's UI will fail and he wants that to be true, then he would have no interest in providing free advice.

Think it through.
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