A few things that could be improved in Windows® 8
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Windows 8 is something that Microsoft is banking on heavily. Not just Microsoft, but there are other companies which want to take advantage of this by partnering with Microsoft and are coming up with phones and tablets. So, if Microsoft wants the new operating system Windows 8 to be a huge success, there are a couple of things that it should look into. Here are a few that are in our mind right now.
Multiple Interface disorder
Windows has two personalities / interfaces – Metro UI and the good old desktop. Metro is the new UI which Microsoft has come up with for Windows 8. This UI has tiles and displays live information. The Desktop is the good old Windows that comes out when you have to access the legacy programs (old programs which do not follow the Metro UI style). If you didn’t know already, Internet Explorer is different for the two interfaces and they do not talk to each other (sync). The favorites from one version of the browser are not displayed on the browser of the other version.
This approach has done Microsoft good, but is it really worth it? One operating system for phones, desktops, and tablets is a challenge and they managed to make people interested in it. But, most people do not prefer change. It’s basically built for tablets and touch-based gadgets. People are finding it tough to get adjusted to it on their desktops. People are finding it tough to handle the apps without a touch-based gadget. Was the point lost in generalizing the operating system for different kinds of gadgets?
Navigation is another pain that users are facing with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. We agree that navigation will be something tough to handle when it comes to a new gadget or operating system. But the navigation in Windows 8 is making more people uncomfortable. Like the removal of the ‘Start’ button which made the Windows loyalists cringe and the navigation to shut down the computer which was hidden like a puzzle. Isn’t there an easy way out for the navigation troubles?
These are a few issues that Microsoft needs to focus on immediately and work on them before their next release.
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