Windows 8, a Kindergarten UI design

Disclaimer: This review is based from a personal desktop experience point-of-view, it should vary in touch-enabled devices. There’s no intended hate against Microsoft and their products.

Design

At first glance we appreciate some notably differences from the previous version, Windows 7.
To start with, there’s no Aero. But why is that? Here’s the Microsoft excuse:

It’s all about battery life.

You can find a detailed explanation within a huge blog post in Creating the Windows 8 user experience.

Since it is also an OS focused to tablet-oriented users, I ‘somehow’ understand the reasons of the removal, but for a powered desktop PC user? I laugh at such excuse!
I would rather prefer that Microsoft told us that it was removed because it didn’t fit with all the Metro mindset-and-style. That would have been more honest. But hence, here we’ve the ‘imposed’ flat, minimal and weak usability UI.

Do more, to be more productive

In the old good days, in Windows 7, to get multiple instances of the same application, you simply click on Start button followed by the application name. Unless, of course, you’ve a shortcut placed at some place.

Do more to be productive

On the new and ‘productive’ Windows 8 era, with its ‘smart’ Metro UI, to get the same job done, you now have to go to Start, right click on the application name you want to launch again, and finally click on Open new window.

There’s also no quick way to create a shortcut to the desktop from the Start menu.

Less is better

The Start button has been removed, although it is still accessible as a hotspot in the lower left corner of the screen, via the Windows key, and on the charms menu. This present us with ‘more’ free space for our working area, which makes sense on smartphones or smaller tablets.

Sincerely, I don’t miss the Start button, however, there’re a few disadvantages I’ve found in this OS. I’ll make use of the adage ”A picture is worth a thousand words” to better describe the words ‘less is better’:

Less is Better

It’s cheaper

Nonetheless, if you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 8, there’s a promotion available until January 31st, 2013. You can get Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 or $14.99 if you’ve recently purchased a new Windows 7 PC after June 1st, 2012. It’s an attractive price if you’re planning to make the switch after reading this short review.

There’s more: If you are interested in the usability of this new OS from an experienced point-of-view, take a look at Windows 8 Usability Review by Jakob Nielsen.

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