The ribbon is a pain in the butt. Yes, I've used Office '07 and Office '10. Yes, I use Windows 7 on a semi-regular basis. I've adapted to the ribbon, but still completely hate it. On top of all of that, the Metro interface gives a very disorganized feel to Windows 8.
I thought we gave up a disorganized desktop experience when Microsoft released Windows 95. The start menu brought organization and a feel of control over the computer. The Metro interface un-does all of that and brings the disorganized feel of Windows 3.1 right back to the desktop. Thanks, but no thanks.
Microsoft really needs to blend the old with the new in Windows. This *does* work. Even Microsoft knows it. If you have have ever used Microsoft Office:Mac '08 or Office 2011, you can see the blend of the new (ribbon style interface) with the old (Apple drop down menu style interface). The ribbon and drop down menu style interface most certainly work together quite nicely.
Instead of bringing this blend the old and the new to Windows, though, Microsoft is moving in the opposite direction, opting for just the new. This, by and large is a big mistake. It is like saying to the general public, "You don't want to compute here. Buy a tablet instead".
Why is this a mistake? For the majority of the general public, a tablet computer is the iPad.
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