Friday, September 16, 2011 6:46 PM
PC is a computational devices like a phone or tablet, Microsoft dominates PC (desktop) which can transform (by adding specific hardware connected to the core OS) to anyone of these. This is the route Microsoft should take instead off calling it a phone, they should call it a mini PC (or palmtop) in its marketing campaigns and functioning. General population still think there is deference in these computer devices they should be corrected!
You should not allow a distinction between the same computational devices (non mobile or mobile) this confuses consumers and producers present a clear path forward just computational devices in deferent physical formats for particular purpose and function running the same engine and not allowing deferent UI across the devices keep the traditional Microsoft UI feel to remind users this is a computer device and in your all your marketing campaigns.
To achieve this remove the metro UI or allow users to choose between normal icon view on a platform (desktop).
As an mechanical engineer i wont be using my fingers rather a pen/stylus or mouse on tablets or phones. The interface can generally be in any visual format (metro style included), if your products force people to change when they don’t want to change this will affect market share and you might loose, allow people to choose what kind of interface they want to use not force a particular visual style on them allow default windows desktop format enlarged to accommodate touch.
Website interfaces are different relative to the audience or user group, windows OS should have non specific style for a general purpose, metro style is not appealing for business, government, academic, or student its more appealing to a niche design group, a style that will go out fashion like clothing or any other design. This UI hides the desktop, rather than find software programs or application icon within the desktop, laptop or palmtop (tablet or phone). It should have a main board or platform on its interface where you find all installed software programs/applications not pin social media as core, in business only PR and marketing will use this, how about accounting, operations, Research, Human resource etc, how about government units, how about academic units.
Recommendations: 1. if you like it so much allow users to choose between metro UI and other millions of UI ideas or concepts that can be formed (designed by third parties including others that come with the OS).
2. Or simply enlarge normal windows UI to allow touch
3. Or add a mini touch pad like the on laptops with right click and left click to navigate pointer/cursor and a stylus on palmtops (phone and tablet), laptops, desktops. If users want to write or navigate they can use the touch pad or stylus or even plug in a mouse, this will avoid enlarging objects, using metro UI or using touch (the primary is to interact with the device in a simple way, doesn’t matter if you think it, touch it or use your eyes).
4. Allow open use as windows has always been, allow user to reconfigure it in any they like, add external devices (printer, etc drivers coming from a download etc) easily with all the devices like always on all computer devices using your engine.
A quote from steve jobs “users that are familiar with something that, you know, they don’t want a car with six wheels. They like the car with four wheels. They don’t want to drive with a joystick. They like the steering wheel.” http://allthingsd.com/20070531/d5-gates-jobs-transcript/
My predictions: The Computer is going to or should swallow the phone, why because it’s a computational device that allow a socket for a SIM card to be a phone, allow its screen to be feel touch to be a tablet, unplug its self from the wall and make its self smaller to fit your Desk (desktop), Your Lap (laptop) or Palm (phone or tablet)