In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of critics saying negative things about Windows 8. We’re not surprised, and we expected a lot of it. When a company as big as Microsoft changes so much there is bound to be some friction. The new “Modern UI” of Windows 8 is one of the main things critics have been talking about.
Raluca Budiu, a usability expert of the Nielsen Norman Group, had a lot to say about Windows 8 and what consumers will think about it.
“Windows 8 is optimized for content consumption rather than content production and multitasking,” he said. “Whereas content consumption can easily be done on other media… production and multitasking are still best suited for PCs. Windows 8 appears to ignore that.”
He does have a point. In my experience with Windows 8 I’ve found productivity to be the most difficult. The question is whether or not content consumption will be more important to consumers than productivity.