Disappointing Windows 8 User Test & Expert Usability Review
Watch what happens when you get a Windows user drunk on tequila and take Windows 8 for a test drive. A blunt and hilariously awesome uncensored look at the broken user experience.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I’m not sure what the goal of this Windows 8 update was, I love Windows 7 and when you give Windows 7 enough power, it is really good. In fact, OSX Lion was lacking a couple usability features which Windows 7 provided, that are now available in Mountain Lion. Examples you ask? Cutting and pasting files in finder – shocking ay! As well as pasting a bunch of files in a folder, where the same file name already exists – windows 7 allows you to replace, cancel or keep both by appending a number to the new file – Lion freaks out and gives you the option to replace or cancel. There are plenty more too. I still prefer Windows 7 to Mountain Lion.
I was very curious to check out Windows 8, but after trying it out at a store, reading Jakob Nielsen’s Windows 8 Review and watching this drunk user test of windows embedded below, I’m definitely skipping Windows 8.
Jakob Nielsen’s Summary: Hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced power from a single-window UI and low information density. Too bad.”
- Double Desktop = Cognitive Overhead and Added Memory Load
- Lack of Multiple Windows = Memory Overload for Complex Tasks
- Flat Style Reduces Discoverability
- Low Information Density
- Overly Live Tiles Backfire
- Charms Are Hidden Generic Commands
- Error-Prone Gestures
- Windows 8 UX: Weak on Tablets, Terrible for PCs