Quote: Originally Posted by HoneycombAG
What's with all this HATE for Windows 8? It doesn't have to be a touch screen to use the new interface. I'm still using a plain ol' mouse just fine!
I will give credit where credit is due; as I've said I can see Metro being potentially great on touch interfaces and devices with smaller displays given its design philosophy of "bigger, low information density".
However, the problems with the interface's intuitiveness are also numerous and legitimate. Something that was already brought up was the needless complication of shutting Windows 8 down; I myself also had to actually Google how to shut Windows 8 down because none of the obvious avenues gave me the option, it was instead nested way down under Settings as I later found out. To contrast, why can't I just have a big "Shut Down" button somewhere directly on the Start Screen itself? The Start Menu has a Shut Down button on it, after all.
Another case was with the login screen I get upon boot up of Windows 8. During my very first stint with Windows 8, I was left with what was apparently a background picture with nowhere to type in my username or password or select my user account upon boot up. It was only after I'd accidentally dragged the background picture up that I realized I need to drag the background picture up completely
before I'd get any input boxes for me to type in my user account details. I didn't get any visual cues to drag the background, mind you, let alone drag up
I like to think I'm at least knowledgable with computers as I've used Windows since Windows 3.11, dabbled in Linux, and try to keep myself up-to-date on the workings of both software and hardware. When a person experienced with using computers subsequently has serious problems figuring out basic and fundamental stuff like this, there clearly is a problem with Metro's intuitiveness. If I am supposed to scroll or drag something whichever way I should be given clear cues to do so (Scroll bars? Flashing arrows?), and I definitely shouldn't need to use Google just so I can shut down Windows 8, for crying out loud!
I'm also not going into how the lack of any clear borders in Microsoft's new Metro philosophy makes everything look very disorganized and messy because that's another Pandora's Box unto itself.