One thing about Windows 8 that irritates me...
Windows 8, released in fourth quarter of 2012 made some major headlines in the tech world. Some of them were good and some of them were bad. To be realistic, most of the bad reviews made by users were overly exaggerated.
I personally think Windows 8 has some good ideas and bold moves were made by implementing the metro UI.
The one thing that irritates me greatly is the inconsistency. More specifically the UI inconsistency. There are two drastically different user interfaces at play in windows 8. First is the windows 7 UI with minor modifications and second is the brand new metro UI. Not only they are two different interfaces, they do not get along with each other. Let me explain what I mean.
Windows 8 works good and is usable, but it feels like an unfinished product. The metro UI is made for touch while the desktop UI is better managed with a mouse(or a stylus). Also why in the world are there two versions of the same utility? For example, a metro and a desktop version of windows update. (And that is just one example) Where is the integration? Where is the unity?
Why are there so few options in Metro? It looks great and all, but at certain times I feel like the interface is ideal for infants and not for grown adults. Also there are way too much empty space in most apps. Why not make metro so advanced that the desktop UI is not needed any more? (while not losing the identity)
What they should have done instead.
Instead of slapping the metro layer on top of windows 7 interface and shipping it, they should have "rewritten" the desktop portion so it is an 'Extension' of the metro interface. (visually and functionally) To be fair, there are numerous under the hood changes in windows 8.
Also this means that the metro portion needs to be made more advanced as well. They need to implement more ways to let the user control how applications behave. They need to focus on multitasking and smarter, faster app switching.
The metro utilities are a bit too elementary. Metro should behave more like an advanced UI while being touch friendly. More importantly, get rid of the desktop duplicates of metro utilities and add more advanced options to the metro utilities.
If the above is done, the need for the traditional desktop UI will be gone. Instead there will be a 'metro desktop' that is part of metro visually and functionally.
Other than that, Windows 8 is snappy and fun to use. I hope the next iteration of Windows will implement these changes.
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