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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-had-one-job-ONE-JOB dept.
stmuk writes:

"BGR reflects on recent comments by a Metro designer. 'Metro is a content consumption space,' Microsoft UX designer Jacob Miller explains, 'It is designed for casual users who only want to check Facebook, view some photos, and maybe post a selfie to Instagram. It's designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. It's simple, clear, and does one thing (and only one thing) relatively easily. That is what Metro is. It is the antithesis of a power user.'"

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by MrGuy on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:33PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:33PM (#2373)

    "casual computer users who were flocking to iOS and Android devices because they offered simple and intuitive platforms for basic COMPUTING tasks."

    No. No they were not. They were flocking to devices that offered simple and intuitive platforms for SOME OF THE TASKS that until that point had REQUIRED a computer.

    And there's the mistake. There are many, many tasks that users want and expect a computer to do that they don't necessarily expect from a mobile, or that mobile is not good at. And it's THOSE things, not the casual things, that are the reason people still own computers in the first place.

    If you're designing an OS for larger, less mobile devices, guess what? You've already lost the battle for "the device someone's using to browse the web from on the train." And you didn't lose it on OS features. You lost it on portability.

    But people still own PC's and laptops. And they still use them. The right question to ask is "what do people who still have PC's/laptops have them for?" What are they trying to do that they CAN'T do as well from their mobile? THAT'S what you design a desktop OS to make easy.

    Hey, Microsoft, why would I want a laptop OS that only makes easy stuff I can already do on my phone?

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