All In One’s that Samsung will be rolling out soon. In doing research for that, I noticed something curious. It seems that OEM’s are now free to “help” consumers with the perceived complexity of Windows 8. Samsung are releasing something called an S-Launcher. From Mashable:
The all-in-one PCs Samsung unveiled this morning are the first Windows machines to sport the S Launcher, a simple widget that acts just like the old start button: Click, start typing (say “keyboard”) and it instantly shows you the settings and apps that relate to your term. There’s also a separate settings icon for quick access to the most commonly needed controls. Sure, Windows 8 has native ways to search your system and call up settings, but as others have observed it’s not always in the most intuitive places. To anyone who’s been using Windows for a long time (read: the whole world), Samsung’s S Launcher is like seeing an old friend in a new country — it’s very reassuring. *emphasis:mine*[caption id="attachment_22777" align="alignnone" width="640"] Samsung S-launcher[/caption] This is a BIG RED FLAG for Windows 8 as far as I am concerned. I have absolutely no idea how Microsoft let this go. It seems like Redmond has absolutely no message discipline and consistency when it comes to some of these Operating System features. Here’s the deal and this is real simple, it’s binary – Either:
- Windows 8 RTM is good enough for consumers as-is OR
- Windows 8 RTM needs help and it’s not quite good enough
- Start menu – Gone.
- Boot to Desktop – No.
- New name for Metro – Yes.