If we weren’t undergoing enough of a massive change in computing, ZD Net is declaring that the age of MS Windows is now over.
Now, Microsoft could revive Windows 7 sales, or make Aero Windows 8.x’s interface, but from everything we can see about Windows 8.1, aka Blue, that’s not what they’re doing. Instead,Microsoft seems to be doubling down on Metro.
You think the least they could do is give users a choice between a real Aero interface and Metro, but no, they won’t do that. I don’t know what it is, but lately, UI “experts” seem to want to create interfaces that only appeal to their builders and not to any of their users.
It wasn’t hard to see that there were problems with the new version of Windows. Injecting such massive changes directly into their main product was a huge risk. The big problem with the Metro interface to my mind is that it never had a chance to really be honed through use before it was deployed to a massive audience.
Is it interesting? Sure. Is it optimized for and by the users? Unlikely.