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Windows 7, the last of the 2nd Generation UI


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We’ve know this for a couple of weeks now but today Windows chief Steven Sinofsky confirmed that the standard UI for Windows 8 will be the new Metro tablet interface.  The traditional desktop will still exist though the Start Menu is gone.  This does mean that, at long last, we’re saying goodbye to the second generation Windows Interface.

The first generation came with the very first editions of Windows and was popularised with version 3.11.  The second generation was introduced to great fanfare with Windows 95 and included the new Start Menu and new windows styles.

Now we have the third-generation interface, and while the second generation interface will remain in Windows 8, and this is essential to keep business users happy and to make sure that all of us don’t have to start buying our software again from scratch, Microsoft are clearly pushing a new way of working towards us.

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It’s will be interesting too how people with desktop machines, and perhaps large 22 inch and larger monitors will take to icons that are, effectively two inches high and four inches long.  Metro can be described as a bold move for the desktop and a gamble for Microsoft.

Of course, the reason they put so much focus on the new UI today at the BUILD conference is two fold.  They have lost significant market share in tablets and mobile computing, and need to hit the ground running with Windows 8, but also because this is a developer conference and for Windows 8 tablets to succeed the OS will need to launch with a significant number of readily available apps.

But for now there might be a choice for some people to make, and it could be a difficult one.  Move to Windows 8 in the next couple of years or stay forever with Windows 7.  The current OS is very secure and perfectly good.  What’s more it will continue to be supported for some years yet.  For many people this will be good enough, but for most advancement is the way forward.

What we’ve seen today with Windows 8 is merely scratching the surface of the new OS and it will be exciting for the coming months reading Microsoft blog posts about the hundreds of other features they said they didn’t have time to mention.  But we must now wave goodbye to the Start Menu and begin to say goodbye to an interface we’ve all come to know and love, in the way a hostage loves their captor that is  icon wink Windows 7, the last of the 2nd Generation UI

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Windows 7, the last of the 2nd Generation UI
Mike Halsey (MVP)
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:40:22 GMT


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