Microsoft Windows 8 testers clamor for more interface customization (and may get some)

20 Oct

The new Windows 8 interface is the most significant change in the upcoming Windows operating system. It has been a polarizing one with its own likes and dislikes. Many of them find the UI to be complex on non-touch PCs and tablets. In the developer preview, users need to use a less-than-optimal scroll bar to navigate with a mouse.

Number of Microsoft watchers hope that Microsoft is going to take measures to bring relatively few user/tester-suggested changes to Windows 8.

“We are working to improve mouse scrolling in the Start screen. We’ll talk soon about a new way to scroll without having to use the scroll bar. Also, the scroll wheel is not working in the Developer Preview as we intend it to and we’ll be fixing this as well,” Chaitanya Sareen, program manager lead on the Windows “Core Experience Evolved” team, told readers in the comment section of her post (October 3, post entitled “Evolving the Start Menu”). The new scrolling capability will be in the coming Beta of Windows 8, he said.

Sareen also said that there will be a way to close Metro-style apps without having to rely on the Windows 8 Task Manager — another common request from a variety of testers.

Sareen’s post received nearly 200 comments with mixed opinions about the new Start experience in Windows 8, with more criticizing it than complimenting it. Couple of posters exposed their concern that Microsoft’s insistence on the new touch-centric Start Screen as the default UI is going to end up like Microsoft’s decision to make the Ribbon interface the default for Office. While some users love the Ribbon UI, plenty hate it and state it as a key reason they are unwilling to upgrade to more recent versions of Microsoft’s Office products. Office users can hide the Ribbon but they can’t go back to the pre-Ribbon UI days with Office 2007 or 2010.

The past releases of Windows and Office has defended the fact that Microsoft doesn’t provide multiple UI choices because it complicates its developer story. In the case of Windows 8, however, developers writing apps that are based on the new Windows Runtime, or WinRT) have that choice made for them: WinRT apps are Metro-style apps. Period. Developers who aren’t relying on WinRT seem to be able to choose whether they build Metro-style apps or more classic-style Desktop apps.

People like the new Windows 8 Metro interface, but they’re still a skeptic regarding its suitability outside the realm of touch tablets.

Source: zdnet

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