The following is an excerpt from JOANNA STERN | October 22, 2012 | abcnews.go.com |
A couple of weeks ago, one of our talented ABCNews.com designers was playing around with a Windows 8 tablet I had lying around the office. At 32 years old, she is no computerphobe. Indeed, she is quite the opposite, spending her days and nights in Photoshop and InDesign.
After an hour or so with the tablet, I stopped by to see what she thought of Microsoft’s brand-new operating system that was designed for tablets, laptops and all kinds of computers.
She said she loved the colorful design and thought it was a really bold step for Microsoft. Somewhere during the conversation, I took a hold of the tablet and started messing around with it. I began swiping apps in from the left side and then placing apps side by side. I also pinched the homescreen to see a bird’s eye view of all the apps on the Start Screen.
She was even more impressed after my quick demo. But despite being incredibly computer savvy, she didn’t know about those features just by poking around herself. She needed someone to point them out.
I’ve seen the same reaction from lots of people in the past few weeks as I have been testing different Windows 8 tablets and laptops. While it’s simple for most to get the hang of opening apps and scrolling through the Start Screen (the new home screen with square-shaped applications that replaces the Desktop), other features need to be pointed out and explicitly taught.
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