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Windows 9 – Get it Right!

Windows 9 – Get it Right!

I’ve never heard so much complaining and controversy from a Windows OS release. I think we can all agree that Windows 8 is a bust. We all know that Vista was not well received, and then Windows 7 came along soon after and calmed the masses. Why the design decisions with Windows 8? Obviously Microsoft wanted to incorporate apps into the OS. For the apps to be used desktop machines and tablets opens up a large market for developers. The problem is that nobody wants to use Windows 8 apps on a desktop machine (that includes laptops). Everybody I know cringes when Windows jumps into tile mode. They quickly exit the tile app and go back to the desktop. I’ve even had the opportunity to witness 3 different Windows 8 newbies, and it was fascinating watching them struggle when Win 8 threw them into a tile app. Each of them had no idea how to exit out of the tile app. They were frozen. Why would Microsoft allow this to happen? How could they let this happen with all of their resources. Surely they would know this would happen to new users.

For the Windows 9 release, tiles need to be less significant with desktop and laptop machines. Pokki is a great start menu, so if they bring back the start menu that’s great, otherwise I’ll keep using Pokki. Windows 9 needs to realize that people like their desktop, and it needs a way for users to fully embrace the desktop while never going into tile mode. Let’s only hope they get it right. If not, Apple and Google will basically both feel like they landed on Free Parking while Microsoft has been sent to jail for 3 turns.