Ep 36 of 2011
When it comes to Operating Systems for the ubiquitous computer, evolution is the name of the game. We all want a slick, intuitive and easy ways of navigating around our PCs, but when it comes to the graphical user interface, how much change is too much change?
Taking a look at Microsoft’s up coming windows 8, you’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that the new desktop look is completely different from the user interface we’ve all been used to since the days of Windows 3.11, right through to the current model, windows 7
Microsoft will stick with the aptly named “Metro” Windows Phone 7 inspired tile interface for Windows 8, but users will get a heavier and more traditional option they can switch to on demand. Interface switching was Microsoft Windows 8 team's response to the battle of tastes between tablet and PC users.
Microsoft’s Windows chief Steven Sinofsky said that if users wish to use the Metro (tablet style) interface, then users will never see the desktop. It won’t be loaded unless they specifically ask for it.
Windows 7 desktop users who are familiar with icons and its Aero interface shouldn’t think that the touch-friendly interface meant the old way of getting things done was bad.
Not everyone in the blogosphere is happy with the relegation of the traditional UI as second class citizen which may come as a concern to Microsoft as I’m sure the company doesn’t need another Vista bloodbath on its hands. But is this the change that users don’t know they need? That is, an OS that loads on small screen devices AND a desktop environment?
Maybe this makes sense for developers as they only need to develop for one platform rather than the two in existence today? It’s a gutsy move for one of the world’s most establish computer companies, which in recent times has lost some of its grip to it’s competitors. Will the one OS cut it in the ruthless world of mobiles and pcs? I’m sure their customers will let them know in the not too distant future.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
Apple puts the Legacy FCP back on sale, Apple are still considering USB 3.0 in addition to thunderbolt? Microsoft to support windows Phone 7.5 forward facing cameras, Internode shake up sees four execs made redundant, Telstra released its 2011 annual report and Adam Turner joins us live in the Studio.
This week's App of the Week:
Android: Angry Birds Seasons
Angry Birds Seasons: Moon Festival! It's September and the moon is full and high as the Angry Birds head to China for the mooncake festival! The 3000-year-old harvest festival is one of the most important Chinese holidays, and the pigs think they can hide themselves in the midst of all the celebrations. Help the Angry Birds as they chase the pigs through 30 brand new levels filled with pagodas, rabbits, and red lanterns, lit by a dazzling harvest moon.
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