Windows 8 Problem
Windows 8 problem, like the other problems with Microsoft (and many other companies) products is that there is not a single person interested in sucess.
I mean trully, interested, like Steve Jobs was at Apple.
Microsoft by now is known to make the same mistake, over and over, and over again.
Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8..
What is common between all these systems and products designed to work with them by Microsoft is that they are done by different teams of people with complete disregard to what was done before them.
At least it looks that way.
If there is a great interface in MS Word why would you throw this completely out and create a button based interface that is completely different from before? It’s so different that it takes 2 hours to find an item you need to use.
If you had a good Start button interface in Windows 7 and pretty stable system (for Windows OS) why would you throw this away, remove the Start button and introduce completely counterintuitive interface that nobody on Earth can understand how to work with?
This reminds me of a conversation I had with GM CIO at their headquaters in downtown Detroit, they were telling me about their new team to create new content for the websites, after a short conversation it turned out that the team is brand new and is based outside of the US.. Now you wonder why their website is so complex and doesn’t work very well all the time.
The way it should be is to have one person in charge, with passion and a great team in place; or If you can’t afford this, strict rules to maintain and improve a great product you alreay have.
To design in a way of improving the software back end and front end GUI to help the User, not to confuse the User, not to make him feel frustrated and upset.
After spening just a little bit of time with each new MS product like Windows 8 after a “good” product like Windows 7, you wonder why did they released it at all?
It can not be overstated, professionalism, common sense and logic are the best guides for a sucessful product release, not greed, desire to hit your deadline dates and save money by cutting corners.
With Windows 8 the old adage “You get what you paid for” doesn’t work, you are better off buying Apple’s $29 system.