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Microsoft Co-founder Calls Certain Win 8 Features ''Puzzling''

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Windows 8's bimodal user experience can "introduce confusion" according to Paul Allen.

One of Microsoft's founders, Paul Allen, has offered his lengthy opinion on the company's forthcoming Windows 8. While he praises the majority of the operating system, he admits that some features are "puzzling."

Allen has penned a thorough analysis of Windows 8 in a blog post that included images and tips for helping users customize particular features. Ultimately, he believes the OS is a lot "snappier and more responsive," as says the tablet features are "bold and innovative."

However, Allen also stresses that the dual modes could potentially be confusing for users, which may ring especially true when two versions of the same application such as Microsoft's own Internet Explorer can be run simultaneously.

"Windows 8 does certainly require a brief adjustment period before users become familiar and comfortable with the new bimodal operating system," said Allen, who is worth more than $10 billion.

He went on to note that Windows doesn't allow users to start their systems with the desktop as the default view, which Allen believes should be a option. As for the "Charms" bar that delivers access to significant features such as search and settings, the co-founder noted that it isn't easily showcased to users.

What Allen found most "puzzling" in Windows 8, though, was actually adjusting to the operating system's new additions as a traditional desktop user. For instance, he found it difficult to utilize multiple monitors, in addition to the system sometimes switching between the two modes without his permission.

"Personally, I would almost always prefer for Windows to leave me in whichever mode I was already in," he stressed.

Criticism aside, Allen said PC users should generally be able to pick up the changes without much difficulty. Windows 8 on tablets, meanwhile, is "elegant, responsive, and stacks up nicely with other tablets on the market."

"I'm confident that Windows 8 offers the best of legacy Windows features with an eye toward a very promising future," he concluded.

While Allen was evidently critical of the operating system, Acer's founder had gone as far as to say that Windows 8 is more stable than Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6.

 

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    bak0n , October 4, 2012 1:04 AM
    I've always wanted to use my computer like a phone...

    Oh wait, no I haven't.
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    NiPPonD3nZ0 , October 4, 2012 12:43 AM
    What i still don't understand is why the frak metro is overlaping the start menu... i'm trying to adapt, i really am, but damn its a rock in my shoe not having start menu...

    Changes? yes, i can live with them, but why should i have to be this way on the desktop? it would be much more apreciative if they could apply them good changes (faster, responsive, the under the hood changes) and keep it with no metro and with the start menu... Windows 7 is a winner... why not work on it to make it better? why did they have to puke the metro hell all over a great OS?

    it simply puzzles me...
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    echondo , October 4, 2012 12:42 AM
    "While Allen was evidently critical of the operating system, Acer's founder had gone as far as to say that Windows 8 is more stable than Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6."

    LOL, nice little note right there!

    In all honesty, I don't like W8, I'm going to stay with a dual boot of W7 and Ubuntu. When W7 finally starts feeling, old and lacking, I'll just fully migrate to Ubuntu or CentOS etc.

    It just feels as if W8 will be much better if I had a touch screen monitor, and I don't want one because it'll have my finger prints all over it...and I don't want to be wiping off a 27" monitor daily xD
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    echondo , October 4, 2012 12:42 AM
    "While Allen was evidently critical of the operating system, Acer's founder had gone as far as to say that Windows 8 is more stable than Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6."

    LOL, nice little note right there!

    In all honesty, I don't like W8, I'm going to stay with a dual boot of W7 and Ubuntu. When W7 finally starts feeling, old and lacking, I'll just fully migrate to Ubuntu or CentOS etc.

    It just feels as if W8 will be much better if I had a touch screen monitor, and I don't want one because it'll have my finger prints all over it...and I don't want to be wiping off a 27" monitor daily xD
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    NiPPonD3nZ0 , October 4, 2012 12:43 AM
    What i still don't understand is why the frak metro is overlaping the start menu... i'm trying to adapt, i really am, but damn its a rock in my shoe not having start menu...

    Changes? yes, i can live with them, but why should i have to be this way on the desktop? it would be much more apreciative if they could apply them good changes (faster, responsive, the under the hood changes) and keep it with no metro and with the start menu... Windows 7 is a winner... why not work on it to make it better? why did they have to puke the metro hell all over a great OS?

    it simply puzzles me...
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    memadmax , October 4, 2012 12:46 AM
    I don't want to sound mean or anything, but anything you build, write, show, etc etc and intend to release it to the general public needs to be simple enough for a 12 year old to understand. This is what they teach in journalism school "keep it simple stupid" to the extreme. This is why lots of news articles are vague/lack detail and are short...

    Microsoft seems to have lost sight of this.

    An operating system designed to multi-function like this is much too complex for most people. That's just the way it is. Not everyone is computer nerds like us. I think what happened is there is some sort of conflict going on inside MS between the engineers and software packagers along with the accountants... which is nothing new, but in this case it seems to have gone to the extreme.
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    nforce4max , October 4, 2012 1:00 AM
    No thanks but I am sticking to XP, Vista, and Win 7 on my daily machines.
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    bak0n , October 4, 2012 1:04 AM
    I've always wanted to use my computer like a phone...

    Oh wait, no I haven't.
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    ricdiculus , October 4, 2012 1:14 AM
    From the mouth of babes....
    Finally someone seems to get it.
    Guess that makes Paul Allen a troll too in some eyes
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    AndrewMD , October 4, 2012 1:26 AM
    BigMack70Windows 8 is the worst desktop OS I've ever seen.

    Then you haven't used Ubuntu then.. I hate the new interface of Ubuntu, give me gnome desktop any day over that crap Ubuntu installed by default without asking me if I want Gnome.....

    As for your opinion from a consumer's point of view and Microsoft, you sir are irrelevant and account for the less then 1%'ers
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    echondo , October 4, 2012 1:30 AM
    AndrewMDThen you haven't used Ubuntu then.. I hate the new interface of Ubuntu, give me gnome desktop any day over that crap Ubuntu installed by default without asking me if I want Gnome..... As for your opinion from a consumer's point of view and Microsoft, you sir are irrelevant and account for the less then 1%'ers


    The difference between Ubuntu and Windows 8 is that you can remove it and install Gnome, Micro$oft is trying to and is willing to remove all 3rd-party programs that implement the Start menu.
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    DRosencraft , October 4, 2012 1:32 AM
    memadmaxI don't want to sound mean or anything, but anything you build, write, show, etc etc and intend to release it to the general public needs to be simple enough for a 12 year old to understand...


    Don't mean to mean either, and I can't say it's your fault, but i think you're going to the wrong journalism school. As you say, journalism nowadays is the fact that everything is dumb down to the point of losing important details and meaning. That's not good!

    We're supposed to be getting smarter as a species over time, not staying the same, or getting stupider. I think that if you don't challenge people at least a little then nothing will change. Quite frankly it's not that hard to use the OS. Most of the people I know or read about who have problems are simply turned off by the appearance of the interface and by not having the Start menu. Most simply don't care to try. If that's the case, nothing that was different from 7 would satisfy anyone, ever. We would have the same interface from 7 for ever, because the argument would always be that a new interface is confusing. Is it perfect? No. But I do appreciate the effort to do something new.
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    dimar , October 4, 2012 1:35 AM
    Windows 8 is OK as long as Classic Shell works with it.
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    luciferano , October 4, 2012 1:55 AM
    echondoThe difference between Ubuntu and Windows 8 is that you can remove it and install Gnome, Micro$oft is trying to and is willing to remove all 3rd-party programs that implement the Start menu.


    MS only got rid of programs that piggybacked on MS's start menu code. They're not doing anything about the third-party start menu programs that install a new start menu. Classic Shell, ViStart, Start8, and many more work very well (several of which let you log directly into the desktop) in all versions of 8 and Server 2012.
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    nebun , October 4, 2012 2:43 AM
    "introduce confusion"....really now....i wonder what gave that away, lol
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    Bloob , October 4, 2012 3:54 AM
    PC is such a versatile tool, that any changes to the UI are likely to "introduce confusion" without proper training ( videos, slides, hands-on ). From a desktop point of view, the metro/modern is relatively pointless (although some of the live tiles are good), but imo is not something that takes anything away either, it's pretty much the same thing as the Start menu, after all.
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    freggo , October 4, 2012 4:04 AM
    I don't think it will be easy to convince the majority of guys to upgrade to an OS that uses "Charms" :-)
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    excella1221 , October 4, 2012 4:22 AM
    Well at least someone at Microsoft knows how to point out the negatives.
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    livebriand , October 4, 2012 4:31 AM
    Now if only Microsoft would listen to him and the rest of us, and let us disable metro...
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    SteelCity1981 , October 4, 2012 4:34 AM
    i've been saying this since Windows 8 went to Modern UI that they should make 2 versions Windows 8 pc edition and Windows 8 tablet edition and not try to combine the two into one OS that streches across both platform.
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    murzar , October 4, 2012 4:34 AM
    Quote:
    Windows 8 on tablets, meanwhile, is "elegant, responsive, and stacks up nicely with other tablets on the market."


    EXACTLY! Tablets and smartphones! I hope they avoid dirty plays to start shoving it down desktop user's throats.
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    brettms71 , October 4, 2012 4:35 AM
    memadmaxI don't want to sound mean or anything, but anything you build, write, show, etc etc and intend to release it to the general public needs to be simple enough for a 12 year old to understand.


    Actually my 12 and 14 year olds picked it up with no fuss and bother. However my partner, who of course is older still struggles with it. I think it may be a matter of teaching an old dog new tricks that is the confusing bit. Like another person here said. It really does need to come with more training and walkthrough options on how to do stuff. Maybe the retail version will when it ships. But probably not.
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    V8VENOM , October 4, 2012 4:55 AM
    I'll pass on Windows 8, but I have to code for it sadly ... agree that iOS6 is full of problems, but iOS6 (mobile) is not OSX (desktop). I'm passing on iOS6 also.

    It seems the OS's of today are more about forcing people into a user interface they never really wanted - full of compromises. It's a interface used to leverage dubious business practices (aka iTunes only Apps, Windows 8 App Store).

    I think Microsoft need to establish their OWN identity rather than just do whatever Apple does.

    Bill Gates AND Paul Allen were both very critical of Windows 8 at a developer conference I went to ... it was kinda odd, I expected the party line speech and was treated to something very different.

    It's not a matter of teaching an old dog new tricks, because the tricks are the same as before, except now you have more work to do to make the tricks happen ... i can't understand why "more work" would be a better way of doing anything??
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