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To be brutally honest i’ve got to say a yes, well that would have until last night when i had a quick play with the Surface RT, and while the interface is a bad of cats mad the actual experience is butter smooth. Microsoft have done good with their own hardware and i’ve had a go on about 6 or 7 Windows 8 tablets from major vendors in the last few months. This is a transition phase, a learning experience. Windows 7 rose from Vista and Win 9 will rise from this. Its not easy making big changes.
Earlier this week, Jacob Nielsen, a usability expert, penned a detailed post where he effectively panned nearly every aspect of Microsoft Windows 8 (s msft) from a usability perspective. And by panned, I mean completely ripped it apart. Nielson’s commentary was part of a study where 12 experienced Microsoft Windows users were observed while using the new Windows 8 operating system. And perhaps that’s part of the issue here as Windows 8 isn’t quite like any prior version of Windows at all.
I’m certainly not trying to defend Nielsen’s study, nor the experiences of the dozen participants. In fact, I’ve struggled with the new operating system on a Surface RT review unit and I have 15 years of hands-on I.T. experience in Fortune 100 companies that relied heavily on Windows. Plus I have some previous with experience Windows Phone, which has used a similar interface to that of Windows 8…
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