re: Windows Blue: What We Know
I love all these comments. If Microsoft listened to us, we'd still be using the same GUI as Windows 3.1... or DOS.
Yeah, I loved knowing exactly where my files were and making the prompt show which directory I was in so I didn't get lost after a cd command.
I don't need any of them new-fangled "windows". I only use one program at a time anyway. And that's a PROGRAM, you whippersnappers, not an application or an app, and it was written by a PROGRAMMER, not a software engineer.
And what's with all these colors? I only need green (or amber!) on black. No need for WYSIWYG either. I can get a point across in monospaced characters without bold or italics.
In fact, I'd much rather go back to that ASR-33 with its continuous roll of paper. Who needs lower case anyway? If I need lower case, I'll use my typewriter.
Insert a few smileys here. Oh, wait, we didn't have those "emoticons" either.
Seriously, though (and I hope you enjoyed that walk down memory lane), I agree that changing a GUI is risky and disruptive, particularly if there's no clear benefit for doing so. I dred teaching my spouse and parents how to use any new GUI after it took years for them to get comfortable with the current one. But at the same time, we don't make any progress by standing still. Don't we all work in a field that moves faster than most?