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Why do most major new versions redesign their UI?

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+warwagon    11,367

Have you ever noticed how every new major version of a piece of software always has to have a new redesigned UI (Excluding Chrome and Firefox). For example It seems like every new update to Norton / Norton Internet security always has a new redesigned UI. What was wrong with the old UI? Although hit looks like Norton did damn good up until version 2008 then they started to change / redesign the UI every new version. Or is it software venders way of justifying the new upgrade?

Norton 2000

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Norton 2001

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Norton 2002

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Norton 2003

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Norton 2004

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Norton 2005

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Norton 2006

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Norton 2007

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Norton 2008

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Norton 2009

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Norton 2010

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Norton 2011

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Norton 2012

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Norton 2013

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Guth    104

my current media player UI and it works well with metro.... but this is not the default skin

I made the compilation and the artwork

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What player is that?

I'm still using Winamp as it plays FLAC and my whole collection is in FLAC. every other player I have used I don't like. I'm stuck with winamp but I hate the UI. I used to use Jaangle but its UI is even worse.

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remixedcat    2,766

J-River Media Jukebox

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darkrats    18

My pet peeve is when an application has a misture of UI designs. For example, Symantec Endpoint Protection. The main window looks like a cartoon while all the sub-windows look more professional:

subit.jpgmainvw.jpg

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garwin    136

To the user, the interface is the product. - Aza Raskin

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ramzorz    5

Very nice presentation to the original poster. I agree completely. A change of UI is completely useless in my option. It throws the user off and I feel like the public is prone to viruses posing as faux software - since UI's are consistent, they'll think that the virus is just another part of the antivirus program. And what is it with corporations ripping off Window's style?

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Dan~    234

It's so it looks modern. If no company did UI changes for major versions this thread would be called "Why don't most major.........."

I wouldn't buy a new car if it looked like it was build in the 90s

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.Neo    1,834

Because everyone knows that without a massively different interface nothing else has changed either. It's just common sense.

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Tuishimi    129

People are very visual. Minor functionality changes can be called major if it LOOKS different.

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