Friday, September 16, 2011

Ribbons are for Knots

The first Windows 8 Beta is due any time now and its going to expand the use of ribbons along with the magical tiles.

The ribbon looks like it going to infect Windows Explorer based on telemetry data collected from users.

The only thing that the geniuses of Redmond have forgotten is the only people that let Windows send telemetry back to the hive mind are the non-power users who don’t find the ribbon a pain and don’t use the more complex functions available in the OS.

Most power users break the connection to the Redmond hive the first chance they get. So even though the telemetry tells them what people want, maybe they’re listening to the wrong kind of people?

Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

On the upside they do say that they’re going to fix the download time estimates so they are a closer reflection of reality - I suppose this gives Microsoft a lot of latitude because they could make it just wildly inaccurate and it would be an improvement on the galactically idiotic estimates it currently gives.

Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

There’s potential in Windows 8, but, there’s also that sense of quiet desperation.

If they don’t smack this one out of the park, I think Microsoft may have a real problem on their hands.

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