Microsoft has responded to user feedback on Windows 8 with a blog update offering hints and tips for newcomers to find their way around the new Metro user interface.
In a new posting on the Windows Experience Blog, Kent Walter of Microsoft's Windows team delivers a comprehensive run through detailing how users can find their way around in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, especially when using the new-look Metro-style applications and user interface.
However, the fact that Microsoft has had to resort to hints and tips to advise people how to use Windows 8 should be ringing alarm bells at the software giant, and does not bode well for the success of the Metro-style user interface itself.
Windows 8 is a huge change from earlier versions of Windows, which in many ways is a good move. However, the company should be striving to make user interfaces simpler and more intuitive, especially with the mass market for consumer tablet devices forming a major target for this platform.
If users need instruction on using Windows 8, it demonstrates that the Metro user interface is perhaps not as intuitive as Microsoft intended, and that it could perhaps do with some tweaking if the company is to avoid discouraging potential buyers from the next version of Windows.
Certainly when V3 tried out the interface last week it took us some time to get our head around the navigation and display of the system, an experience which is likely to be replicated by the millions of Windows users out there.
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