Design guru Nielsen: Windows 8 a ‘misguided’ product; UI ‘smothers usability’

“User interface design guru Jakob Nielsen is none too pleased with what he’s found in Windows 8, which he calls a ‘misguided’ product,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

“Nielsen, who has spent much of his career analyzing all kinds of user interfaces, including most notably Flash software for Web animation, says that the new Windows 8 user interface ‘smothers usability with big colorful tiles while hiding needed features,’” Reisinger reports. “Nielsen found that the users took issue with the operating system’s supposed ‘duality’ that includes a tablet-focused Start screen and a more traditional ‘PC-oriented desktop screen.’ According to Nielsen, those different design concepts force users to ‘remember where to go for which features.’ In addition, the duality creates an ‘inconsistent user experience,’ hurting overall usability.”

Reisinger reports, “In the end, Nielsen believes that Microsoft has focused on tablets with Windows 8 to the detriment of PCs. He argues that while Windows 8 is ‘weak on tablets,’ it’s ‘terrible for PCs,’ adding that ‘on a regular PC, Windows 8 is Mr. Hyde: a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity.’”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Buh-bye, Microsoft, you hacks.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “lawrence” for the heads up.]

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