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Do you find Windows 8 simple to use?

Survey period: 27 Aug 2012 to 3 Sep 2012

It's a loaded question, sure, but overall, do you find it an easy OS to use?

OptionVotes% 
It's extremely simple and intuitive937.0293 votes, 7.02%
It's easy to use14210.72142 votes, 10.72%
It's not difficult to use1098.23109 votes, 8.23%
It's unintuitive and sometimes difficult to use22917.28229 votes, 17.28%
It's extremely difficult to use463.4746 votes, 3.47%
I have not used Windows 870653.28706 votes, 53.28%



 
GeneralIt sure is ugly for destop applications. PinmemberJohn M. Drescher2-Sep-12 2:45 
GeneralEasy to Use PinmemberJohn R. Bandela31-Aug-12 18:00 
GeneralGoing to install PinmemberSwinkaran30-Aug-12 13:34 
GeneralTakes some getting used to Pinmemberekolis30-Aug-12 10:02 
AnswerLike using a Mac PinmemberYvan Rodrigues29-Aug-12 4:19 
GeneralWindows 8.1 PinmemberForogar29-Aug-12 3:33 
GeneralSuch negativity.... Pinmemberseunarayan29-Aug-12 3:13 
GeneralMicrosoft is crazy PinmemberKarstenK28-Aug-12 22:21 
GeneralToo Userfriendly PinmemberPasan Indeewara28-Aug-12 17:01 
GeneralMS is making a big mistake. PinmemberQwertie28-Aug-12 11:22 
I haven't used Win8 but the UI sounds badly designed: Why I'm uninstalling Windows 8
 
But it's not just the UI that MS has messed up. It's also the developer experience.
 
They could have finally made the standard Windows desktop touch-friendly. For example, they could make buttons taller, enlarge the vertical space around menu items (when operating in touch mode, anyway), allow you to "fling" listboxes, recognize vertical dragging as a way to scroll instead of to select text, add a "resize bubble" in the bottom-right corner of each window, support tap-and-hold for the right-click menu, etc. Developers could easily digest that, and users might be happy too.
 
But instead they decided to change absolutely everything. Everything! Developers not only have to learn to develop a new kind of user interface, they have to use a completely new API, too! Developers choosing to write apps for Win8 not only have to invest the time to learn the new API, they also have to discard potential customers using Win7 and WinXP (okay, a good developer can write two separate UIs for his app, but even a good developer would rather not).
 
Maybe if there were large and obvious benefits to Win8 over Win7, and if MS still had an iron-clad OS monopoly, that would be a successful strategy. But I think Win8 will prove to be a big mistake. Lots of developers that quickly upgraded to Win7 will, this time, sit back and wait to see if Win8 succeeds. But Win8 will not succeed without developers backing, and too many "wait and see" developers will translate into failure for Microsoft.
GeneralRe: MS is making a big mistake. PinmemberRob Grainger28-Aug-12 22:09 
GeneralToo jarring to use Pinmembercjb11028-Aug-12 2:19 
GeneralOf course it's easy... PinmemberNagy Vilmos27-Aug-12 21:58 
GeneralI don't know what's true, but... PinmentorTom Clement27-Aug-12 7:31 
GeneralRe: I don't know what's true, but... PinmemberAmol_B27-Aug-12 20:26 
GeneralSmall learning curve then easy to use PinmemberJeremy Hutchinson27-Aug-12 3:31 
GeneralUnintuitive and easy to use PinmemberNemanja Trifunovic27-Aug-12 2:32 
GeneralRe: Unintuitive and easy to use PinmemberPhilip Stuyck31-Aug-12 6:14 
GeneralConsidering the 60% .... PinmemberChris Meech27-Aug-12 2:03 
GeneralRe: Considering the 60% .... PinmemberTim Corey27-Aug-12 2:13 
GeneralRe: Considering the 60% .... Pinmemberryanb3127-Aug-12 4:38 
GeneralRe: Considering the 60% .... PinmemberChris Meech27-Aug-12 5:21 
GeneralRe: Considering the 60% .... Pinmemberryanb3127-Aug-12 5:30 
GeneralRe: Considering the 60% .... PinmemberTbone198328-Aug-12 23:38 
GeneralFeels odd on a PC PinmvpDave Kerr26-Aug-12 21:35 

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