CJEric, on 12 March 2012 - 15:13, said:
I'm not sure I get this. You think all of this is a good thing?! And you expect users to be able and be willing to change in those ways? Why again?
Here's the thing. Change has to happen. In all walks of life, change must occur. As they say, change is constant. True not all change is good change yet it still comes to pass. While not a fact, I speculate we will not be using computers the same way in 20 years as we do now. We will not have the same UI (if we do, that will be sad in my opinion). Things WILL change. Microsoft may then be seen as a pioneer or a mere catalyst. We don't know.
And, here's a revelation... with change comes a learning curve. People had to learn to drive cars, fly planes, use electric ovens, disco (sorry) program VCRs, AND use computers in the first place.
If you sit a person, who has never used a computer in their life, in front of a desktop with Windows 7 on it, it's not intuitive at all. They have no clue how to use it. They would first start tapping on the keyboard to see if that did anything as it's right in front of them. They may even ignore the mouse altogether or start messing with it if they failed to get anywhere with the keyboard.
If they did grab the mouse they would soon notice the pointer goes where they drag. But, there's an empty screen with what looks like a basket on it. Let's drag the mouse pointer to that. Hmm. Nothing happened. IF they accidentally pressed a mouse button and somehow thought to click once the pointer was on this basket, that would still do nothing unless it was a right-click. Then they would be getting somewhere.
But, for the first few minutes it would be befuddling. If someone were to show them, or there was a tutorial or pop-ups, something letting them know how to do it, it would be much easier. The reason some of you think 7 is so intuitive is because you've been computing most if not all of your lives.
Good thing is, with 8 people already know how to use a mouse and keyboard. So, now we just gotta figure out the rest. Not to mention, we don't know what's going to change between now and RTM. Mouse to the right or left edge of screen to make Charms and Preview Pane pop up. Mouse to the bottom of the screen to make all context menus pop up. Who knows? I don't.