The story that everyone mentioned above is this ...The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed ( MIT Technology Review 2012-12-13 )
... also discussed here ... New Windows chief explains why Microsoft redesigned Windows ( TechSpot 2012-12-14 )New Windows Division head discusses why Windows interface was overhauled, more ( NeoWin 2012-12-14 )
and there is a related referenced article here ...Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You’re Getting Used to Windows 8 ( MIT Technology Review 2012-12-14 )
Considering we are talking about Windows which has a legendary association with a rock song
intimately tied to the Start Menu, well it is perfectly logical that another Stones song is associated with Windows 8
. A pile of Lies!
Leaving aside the astoundingly pathetic garbage about telemetry, itself a massive whopper of a lie ( there are countless other parts of Windows that receive less clicks than the Start Menu, no-one can argue this ), the worst part is that they simply cannot tell the truth, and that is that this was intentional manipulation of the customer, like a sheepdog corraling the herd along a path to the shearing factory. Or did she slip and really mention the truth after all? Here is an admission of intentional manipulation ( from the last link
above ) ...
She adds that the lack of tutorials or detailed instructions on how to adjust to Windows 8—something that has attracted complaints—is a deliberate choice. Tests have shown that although people find tutorials “comforting,” they don’t retain much information from them, she says, making them a waste of time.
Whoa honey. You admit Windows users are now guinea pigs? Beta testers? I've often said they have nothing but contempt for the average Windows user, and this pretty much proves it. Nice. Back to the original article
for some of her patented absurdity ...
Before Windows 8 the goal was to launch into a window, and then you put that window away and you got another one. But with Windows 8, all the different things that you might want to do are there at a glance with the Live Tiles. Instead of having to find many little rocks to look underneath, you see a kind of dashboard of everything that’s going on and everything you care about all at once. It puts you closer to what you’re trying to get done.
WTF! Did she just describe the traditional Windows user as running some program, then closing it, running the next, closing it, etc? That's what she thinks we have quad-cores and a gazillion programs for? Holy crap! She is saying that we
are the single-taskers! She believes we
are the ones that operate serially like an Instruction Pointer, not the Metro
tablet Angry Bird fanboys who bounce from Facebook to Twitter! That is so **** insulting I'm mad enough to chew Neutronium
for real old-timers ).
You’ll use the mouse and keyboard, but even on the regular desktop you’ll find yourself reaching up doing the things that are faster than moving the mouse and moving the mouse around. It’s not like using the mouse, which is more like puppeteering than direct manipulation.
Uh huh. What about ergonomics again? Nevermind, that is beyond her pay grade. But how about her assumption that the slight abstraction of pushing a mouse is "in-direct" and that we are so stupid we need to remove that abstraction and "directly" push pixels directly on the screen ( which is also an abstraction, DOH! ).
For cost considerations there might always be some computers without touch, but I believe that the vast majority will. We’re seeing that the computers with touch are the fastest-selling right now. I can’t imagine a computer without touch anymore. Once you’ve experienced it, it’s really hard to go back.
An admission that she herself is no more than a simple content consumer. Angry Birds or Flying Pigs is her actual skill set. And her plan is to convert the Windows user base into a vast world of numbskulls like herself. The future of MicroApple
We started planning Windows 8 in June of 2009, before we shipped Windows 7, and the iPad was only a rumor at that point. I only saw the iPad after we had this design ready to go. We were excited. A lot of things they were doing about mobile and touch were similar to what we’d been thinking. We [also] had differences. We wanted not just static icons on the desktop but Live Tiles to be a dashboard for your life; we wanted you to be able to do things in context and share across apps; we believed that multitasking is important and that people can do two things at one time.
Who believes that? What a load of crap. See above
. There were only Windows 8
mockups in "early 2010" and the iPad came out in March 2010. There is no way that she and Sinofsky did not see an iPad before "we had this design ready to go."
Those were mockups. No code. Mockups. Disclaimer: I couldn't care less about the iPad. Don't have one, never will. I care about lies.
It was a very definite choice to have both environments. A finger’s never going to replace the precision of a mouse. It’s always going to be easier to type on a keyboard than it is on glass. We didn’t want you to have to make a choice. Some people have said that it’s jarring, but over time we don’t hear that. It’s just getting used to something that’s different. Nothing was homogenous to start with, when you were in the browser it looked different than when you were in Excel.
She actually meant to say: "We didn’t want you to have
to make a choice.
". There s that patented Microsoft arrogance once again.
When you sign into your Windows PC, one of the things you get asked is whether you’ll be part of our customer experience improvement program, and if you will, then you’re sending some data to us. Everyone gets asked that. We get terabytes and terabytes of data every day, and we can’t possibly use it all.
That is an accidental slip of the truth. What they don't use is the data that contradicts their arrogant contemptuous opinion of their herds of m
Sheep. Anything that shows the usage of the traditional NON-Apple power-user goes to the bit-bucket. The m
Sheep that stick to the program gets cited as confirmation bias in their quest to morph themselves into MicroApple
There's more to this interview but that is about as much as I can personally stomach without gouging my eyes out with a spork
. I can see exactly why the softies and ex-softies cannot stand this "executive"
. I pity those folks stuck with her.
Keeping with the Stones theme, I think there is another Stones song
for this lady which from I read could be her theme song up in Redmond.EDIT:
typos, fixed links
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 15 December 2012 - 06:37 AM.