Will Microsoft Listen to Consumers Backlash?
I’ve been seeing a 90/10 split between those who absolutely hate the new MetroUI on Windows 8 to those that either don’t mind it or that love it. Within Microsoft’s own forums, there are so many people in there that are having some absolutely horrible to say about being forced to use the new UI. While I don’t hate it, I don’t like it on a mouse/keyboard desktop. I absolutely love using it on touchscreen computer, though.
Although I don’t mind it, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that use PC’s as tools and aren’t PC enthusiasts. How do they fare? Check out the link to Chris Pirillo’s Dad using Windows 8.
Metro and the Desktop are essentially two different operating systems incompletely bolted together. Sure, techies can figure out how to navigate between the two interfaces, but other people will have a hard time. If you need any evidence of that, you only need to look at a video that Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome made of his father trying to use Windows 8. His father accidentally sends himself to the Desktop and tries to get back to Metro, and is thoroughly confused. When he finds out that Microsoft puts out Windows 8, he asks his son: "They trying to drive me to the Mac?"