Windows 8 Usability Review

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With the recent launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablets, Microsoft has reversed its user interface strategy. The new design is obviously optimized for touchscreen use (where big targets are helpful), but Microsoft is also imposing this style on its traditional PC users because all of Windows 8 is permeated by the tablet sensibility. How well does this work for real users performing real tasks?

“Hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced power from a single-window UI and low information density. Too bad.”
— Jacob Nielsen of useit

Jacob Nielsen and the team of did a Usability review on Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 8. Their conclusions are made from first principles of human–computer interaction theory and from watching users in their research.

Jay Greene, senior writer for CNET, on the other hand, wrote an interesting article as a reaction to the Usability review of Jacob Nielsen, titled “Why Jakob Nielsen’s Windows 8 critique is old-school thinking“.

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