An Open Letter to Microsoft.. By John C. Dvorak

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is an open letter to everyone and anyone involved with Windows 8. Don’t let the critics get you down. You’ve done good work and it should be rewarded. Immediately ask for a salary raise of 10 to 20 percent. You deserve it!

Windows 8 is the future, let there be no doubt. The ham-fisted delicacy of the touch screen is indeed beautiful. It’s inviting and nothing welcomes you more warmly than a touch screen that lets you feel at one with the computer as you poke it with your greasy finger and make sexy smear marks all over the gorgeous shiny screen. It’s a masterpiece on your monitor.

Your idea that all interfaces should be simple, to-the-point, and touchable is the way to go. To heck with convention! We are all sick of the desktop and the whole idea of a desktop. It’s not a desktop anyway—it’s a screen and there are better things to put on it than folders and icons. These are dumb and they assume we all work in offices. Or worse, it assumes we work at all.

Just look at the old-fashioned interface. Those faux shadows and cutesy icons symbolize what exactly? This is not the interface for today’s modern user. We need representation. Something that reflects the "now." A symbol of the public—today’s public. Like some bland, square, one-dimensional tiles. Dumbed-down to an extreme. Dopey even. Tiles say it all. And you can poke at them and move them around.

Microsoft, you nailed it!

Windows 8 is the future. You achieve a sense of contemporary futility almost the minute you boot Windows 8. It has a gorgeous quality that screams "this is the future!"

This is especially true when the marvellous idea of a full-screen app comes into play on my 27-inch monitor. BOOM. It takes over the screen. I’m now forced to focus like a good citizen. No distractions just the task at hand.

This is genius. I was told there used to be full-screen apps in the days of DOS and CP/M but back then everything was full-screen because you really had no choice. You’ve reinvented the idea and it’s pure genius. I’m stunned by this sort of amazing creativity and utter greatness. Good work! Kudos to Microsoft and the Windows 8 team. You guys rock! Stay the course!


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