re: Windows 8: 5 Hopeful Signs
"There's been some doublespeak from Microsoft on the usability point. Redmond executives have claimed that customer feedback informed Blue's development -- but they've also defended Win8's Live Tile start screen, which has been a significant driver of user criticism. There's a fine line between upholding one's convictions and alienating one's fans. Win 8.1 looks like it will land on the right side of that line -- but I'll come back to that later."
Microsoft is trying very, very hard to lie to their sheep (of which I would be considered one) as long as possible, hoping that somehow, momentum will build with Windows 8, and they can ignore our feedback, and finally get on to their objective, which is to "monetize" those friggin' Live Tiles.
News Alert For Microsoft:
Quit stalling. Your stunt FAILED. Don' you get it? Your user-base sees through all that Metro crap and what you are trying to do. This sentence says it all:
"Speaking of those rumors, with Windows Blue, users will likely gain the option to boot directly to the desktop interface, rather than being force-fed the Live Tiles start screen every time they start their machines."
Get it? Your force-feeding strategy already FAILED. Give it up already. We want a Windows 7-like interface.
If you want to create a separate application that launches Metro, fine. But quit trying to play mind games with us. We're not stupid, and we know what we want.