TechSpot

Why this flat OS design?

By centrino207
Jun 13, 2014
Post New Reply
  1. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Booster Posts: 457   +150

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The 'purple and white disease' that Windows 8 has can be mitigated but what does a person do about the dumbing down of the UI as a whole? I see the small changes that Microsoft is making as nothing more than laying down small pieces of cheese to lure a rat into a trap.

    Microsoft's decision to hide everything that might be slightly complex for a users view was a terrible decision. It's so difficult to go in and change things when you need to. Microsoft has this vision of hiding everything because they think people don't need to see it. And it might work in some cases. But it's a disaster when you actually run into problems. My most recent experience with the "Mail" application on Windows 8 makes me incredibly delighted I chose to remain on Windows 7. Nothing is intuitive. All, the hot corner crapola and hiding everything? How the hell does that make an operating system easier to use for a newbie? Even I had to start using Google to find out how the hell to change settings in the mail application.
    You can put lipstick on something all day long but if you don't fix the underlying issues it just won't be a success. Does it make sense to bury all the options away and make it as difficult as possible for users to go make changes...to make customizations? Sorry, Julie Larson, but were not ALL the same.

    And if Microsoft thinks that bringing back the Start Menu is all they need to do for people to jump on Windows 9 they can think again. I will be scrutinizing the hell out of Windows 9 before I even think about purchasing and installing it. Blind dates generally don't turn out so well.
     
  2. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I think one of the main problems people have with windows 8 is they are trying to compare it to older windows and people get confued.It best to unlearn everything you know about windows OS.

    If you trying to find ways in windows 8 or do thinks in windows 8 like in older windows you will have major shock and get very frustrated.

    Some of the things inspired windows 8 was base on the minority report the touch screen ,swipe to side or top so on , the interactive tile window the metro ( well more depth in the minority report ) , the hot corners and so on.

    The touch screen and big icons work well on small devices ( phones and tablets computers but terrible on the desktop. That face it the taskbar or start start menu is terrible on the devices ( phones and tablets computers ).

    What Microsoft and Apple fail is allowing people to customize the OS. If some people like a flat OS go with it and if some want a 3D OS or shiny OS han go with it.

    Well apart from the wallpaper and screensaver you need third party OS hacking installing packages to mod the UI.

    The flat plain OS UI is fed and in 5 years it will be some thing else.Be it 3D or shiny.
     
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,657   +323

    Apple doesn't, and has never wanted to give you crazy customization options, with that you introduce potential confusion and compatibility problems. Apple wants to deliver a product that is simple for everyone and gives you a consistent user experience from machine to machine.

    So while what you say is technically correct, if you think that is a 'problem' with Apple, you are not who Apple is targeting.
     


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.