### Windows 8 should not drastically change user interface

by Forrest Sheng Bao http://fsbao.net

One last thing a developer should do when upgrading a software application is to drastically change the user interface (UI). Users' purpose of using software is not just to use it, but to get things done. Unless you make their lives easier, they will hate the change, and even go back to old versions.

Sadly, Windows 8 made the mistake. To be short, I cannot find the place to restart the PC, nor can I find the Program menu after clicking Start button. Why would I use an OS that does not give me quick access to all my installed applications?

 I cannot find anywhere to power off the computer.
The new UI isn't making life easier. For example, Windows 8 puts soooooo many buttons around the Windows Explorer (the window you use to manage files). The space to view files is squeezed. And those buttons are very stupidly designed, like the one introduced in Micro$oft Office 2007. Too many stuff, too many layers. Are we flying a jet plane?  Too many buttons. The new UI is a very simple shell over old Windows. For example, the Control Panel on the entry interface cannot allow you to set everything. When you click "More settings", it brings you back to old Windows Control Panel. Then, what's the purpose of this? Why would someone pay, let's say$50 upgrading fee, just for that?

 So, there is another Control Panel for More settings?  And the "S" in "settings" isn't capitalized as other options?
A good news is, Windows 8 will be a good chance for Mac OS X and Linux. When people are tired of Windows, they will look for alternatives.