Thom Holwerda writes an excellent article about technical experts views on changes in technology specifically user interface paradigms in modern operating systems such as Windows 7 and Linux desktop environment KDE 4.x.
“With Windows 7 having made its grand debut, and with KDE4’s vision making leaps and bounds forward with every release, we have two major software projects that have decided to implement some fairly drastic interface changes. Such changes are bound to receive some harsh criticisms – but the funny thing is, these criticisms usually come from people you least expect it from.
I find it slightly amusing that the people who are the most stern advocates of normal users moving away from Windows, trying out alternatives, are the same people who are usually lost whenever they themselves have to change their way of doing things. Do as I say, but not as I do.”
Read the entire article here
I too find it strange that persons who normally advocate migrations to alternative to platforms such as Linux or OS X would describe enhancements to an OS such as Vista or 7 or an application suite such as Office 2007 too much for the average user to bare. I know folks who are not savvy when it comes to using products like Microsoft Word and I see them adjusting to Word 2007 in minutes. I often ask persons, how is your experience with Office 2007? They reply, its great, everything is there, I don’t need to search under drop down menus for it. And that’s the point of an upgrade like Office 2007, its not specifically new features, its about exposing what’s already there and making it even easier to use. That’s one of the key fundamentals of Windows 7’s Scenic user interface, better accessibility and more functional, features like Jump List and Taskbar grouping along with features from Vista such as Taskbar Thumbnails streamline the UI making it easier get more from it. So, I think a lot of this concern about, users won’t get it is just unfounded.