“It runs better than Windows 7”. This is what I kept reading in the interviews with folks from MS. That’s not how you do it. Windows 7 is the flagship product and the only one that they can sell right now. Why does MS insist on comparing 8 and 7? Why not just say what makes 8 better and it better not be because 7 does it worse.
The first reaction I had when I read the stories on Win 8 is that MS is trying to sell me more bling. Nice, but tell me how are you controlling ALL of the user experience? UX starts, not from when you start the OS but from when you open the box. All those unboxing videos on YouTube should be an indicator of what it means to use a product.
If I were around to launch something like the Win 8 I’d just start off saying Win 7 is the most awesome product and Win 8 is my next big contribution to OSes. Don’t ever talk to me about memory usage when I am just trying to use the OS. I want to know about the memory when I am a developer not an Office user.
Having multiple interfaces will be tricky to say the least. It can back fire in most cases but I can be sure that it all depends on how the UX guys decided the flow would end up being. I really wish this will happen seamlessly. BTW don’t introduce more than 2 versions of the same OS – EVER. One targeted at HOME and the other for OFFICES. Also make sure that you don’t offer the multiple interfaces in multiple versions. All interfaces must be available in all versions. You developed the code for it, might as well get it onto people’s computers.