Archive for March, 2015

More on the old versus new Microsoft

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

I found these quotes which tie-in well with my previous juxtaposition of Sinofsky versus Nadella

Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.

Paul Thurrott, SuperSite for Windows (pro-Microsoft author and blogger) [ref]

 

Windows 10 Undoes the Disaster of Windows 8 (Mostly)

David Pogue, Tech columnist, Yahoo (formerly with the New York Times) [ref]

Win10 Windows 10 preview.  Return of the start menu for keyboard and mouse users. 

Although I think that Thurott still misses the point, saying

The reason this happened is that while Sinofsky had the maniacal power and force of will of a Steve Jobs, he lacked Jobs’ best gift: An innate understanding of good design. Windows 8 is not well-designed. It’s a mess. But Windows 8 is a bigger problem than that. Windows 8 is a disaster in every sense of the word.

I have made the point before (Those pesky customers) that unless your name is Jobs, you would be best served by using real data to understand your customer and their needs.  That “innate understanding” will help you to avoid delivering a faster horse, however your design still needs to be informed by genuine understanding of your customers.