Where are the beneifits?
Usually we would expect changes in the basic design of any software package to bring something MORE valuable to the table, instead of change for changes sake. Microsoft is moving people into its version of computing, disregarding the last 20 years of practical usage of its users. Since Windows 3.1, regardless of the interface, we were able to recreate a similar user experience so after the upgrades or replacement PCs, the user could get back up and operational quickly without too much of a learning curve. To me, the Metro interface is too dissimilar to the previous decades of interfaces we have come to understand and use efficiently. It seems similar in effect as changing the "Add or Remove Programs" to "Program and Features" in WIN7. WHY? That brought nothing to the table but confusion. It was less intuitive, and just one more consideration in providing support (which OS are you using, oh that is not called ... it is now called .....). The failure of Microsoft to allow the end-user the ability to get back to work simply is going to do two things: sully their reputation more (Win98, Millennium, VISTA, Metro) as well as extend the lifecycle of WIN7 until they learn that change should always bring MORE to the table, not just change the tablecloth!
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