rough notes and the point where I gave up here. OK, here’s my summary. Windows 8 looks good. Very good. Surprisingly good. It looks fast and fluid and the apps are (so far) very appealing. I’ll break my opinions about Windows 8 so far into 3 groups:
DevelopersYou are beloved. Microsoft has spent a lot of time, money and energy on you. The development tools, methodology, philosophy and direction looks REALLY good. A lot of emphasis and thought has been put into making things easy and intuitive for developers. There are lots of predefined classes and packages will be available for developers to create metro style applications using Visual Studio among other tools. It’s clear from all the attention being paid to dev tools that Microsoft has decided to guarantee that the developers are really happy. Giving 5000 Samsung tablets away doesn’t hurt either. When this is all said and done, it will be easier for developers to write fewer lines of code and achive much more. At least that’s the plan and based on the demos, it’s pretty impressive.
ConsumersThis is going to be a lot trickier and I am afraid that this is where there may be more problems that lie ahead. Over the next few weeks, you’ll get a chance to see the user interface and see that it’s a double edged sword. You see it’s really beautiful but it’s a LOT to get used to. There are tons of new commands, tons of idiosyncracies, tweaks, new UI flourishes, new directions, finger movements etc.. You see, when you see the touch version of the UI, it’s really, really different from what consumers are used to and the emphasis seems to be on fluidity, power and speed. Unfortunately, I cannot at this point say the UI will be easier for consumers to use. I keep on coming back to the fact that this is very very different than what consumers are used to. Very different from what Ipad users will be used to. Very very different. I think that four things need to happen in order for consumers to flock to these applications and the Windows 8 touch interface.
- Microsoft need to figure out how to (even further) simplify the touch UI than they have.
- Microsoft need to do an extended period of pre-selling and marketing the touch user interface.
- Microsoft need to make sure that they do NOT release the touch interface before 1 and 2 above.
- The Windows 8 tablets have to be introduced at a discounted price. This should not be Ipad priced.