Microsoft Explains: Why Logic Error in Windows 8 Existed

Jaycee De Guzman July 16, 2013 1

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Windows 8 existed because Microsoft observed that most consumers preferred tablets and Smartphones nowadays. Their observations have become the assumptions. The company undoubtedly understood that the touch screen is the key to attract people. But, people were so fascinated with touch screens only in tablets and Smartphones. There is no better than using fingers to navigate the content on small screens. For tablets and Smartphones, there’s no space for mouse or track pad. Of course, the advancement of technology today would allow us to input out gestures or voice, but touch would still be the best option of navigation and input.

Dilemma Between Tablets and Smartphones Vs. Microsoft’s Windows 8

PCs and Laptops have huge screens and are designed for keyboard, trackpad and mouse as input devices. The logic error arises when Microsoft assumes that, when the tablet and Smartphones are greatly in demand to consumers, what more on PCs and Laptops. But, in our recent research, we come to realize that the idea is erroneous.

Research has been conducted to support the studies. According to the results, no one has ever admitted or said that he or she wish to have a touch PC or Laptop to get things done quickly. The use of mouse, trackpad and keyboards have become nature to them, therefore touch is another lesson to be learned.

Microsoft Explains Why Logic Error in Windows 8 Existed (2)

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Flawed Logic Explained

Adding a touch to big screen is not a bad thing. As a major form of interface, no doubt people can adapt quickly to touch on larger PCs. However, this cannot happen overnight. So, at the very least, before introducing it to the world, Microsoft should have presented a gradual path to touch as an alternative input. Instead of pushing the distributors to vend their touch-based laptops and Screens, there should have been trials of experiments, like helping people to get used of zooming, pinching and other touch gestures.

Another unresolved issue is that, the touch is not excellent for precise cursor positioning, most especially in desktop publishing, documents, spreadsheets and various applications where the pinpoint cursor control is the key to the program. This issue is believed to be the major reason why touch-based laptops or PCs are not serious demands on IT departments. People think that Windows 8 with touch isn’t the priority for now as it change the concept and purpose of PCs and laptops.

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Why did Microsoft dash a new interface to the market when people using the PCs were already content? This is because Microsoft has a desire to differentiate and go beyond Samsung and Apple by making a touch central for future PCs. Speculations pointed out that, Microsoft do not only use the touch as a differentiator, but to top the competition and establish a leadership position in operating system software.

Why did Microsoft fail to focus a gradual introduction to touch through some smart trackpad before introducing Windows 8?

The answer is hard to assume, but according to OEMs, Microsoft was so hooked with the idea of a ground breaking, new touchscreen-based operating system interfaces. This overlooked them to start at scratch before hitting hard.

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One Comment »

  1. Don108  July 17, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply

    I am just astounded that you’re buying the Microsoft Kool-Aid and ignoring your own research. Your research says “no one has ever admitted or said that he or she wish to have a touch PC or Laptop to get things done quickly.” Of course, anyone looking at the ergonomics would see that touch on these devices is illogical and impractical because their larger monitors require the user to be further away. My own monitor is big enough that my arms won’t even reach it. Plus, the greater the distance the monitor is from the user’s keyboard, the more time it will take for the user to come off the keyboard and reach for the touch screen. That’s why power users tend to use keyboard commands rather than input devices such as mice, trackballs, trackpads, etc.

    The problem is not the missing logic of slowing introducing touch screens. Rather, it is the illogic of why introducing something that is impractical in the first place. The answer is Microsoft’s (i.e., Ballmer’s) dedication to Bill Gates decade-old vision known as “Windows Everywhere.” The goal was to have the same version of Windows on everything from phones to PCs to refrigerators. Ergonomically this was impractical then, now, and in the future. Users spent a decade rejecting this with Microsoft’s failed tablet designs. But Microsoft carried on with their fantasy.

    They say that Apple was successful with a touch-based UI on phones (destroying Microsoft’s phone business) and tablets, so they assumed, incorrectly, that the solution to all their problems was to change Windows to a touch UI on everything. But, following your logic, they decided to give users an option, so they put both the Windows 7 UI AND the Windows 8 touch UI on desktops and some tablets. The result confused users and has been a failure.

    For Microsoft to remain relevant they will have to abandon the Gates’ fantasy of the same Windows UI everywhere and follow the Apple model of a UI that is appropriate and ergonomically logical to the device, and that allows for easy transfer of data between devices. That is what the market wants, and all of their hopes to fulfill Gates’ archaic desires must be forgotten.

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