I personally feel that W8 is a failure due to the fact that it's main competitor (Apple) makes things so easy. W8 is NOT intuitive at all. Big mistake. Along with making it fugly.
Agreed 100%. That link only backs up with everyone is saying.
And while fugly can can modified, updated, and customized quite easily (witness Apple's always terrible blue jelly sliders debacle), the fact that this OS has no obvious visual clues to the new user about how to do any of the things that article talks about (touch OR mouse) is one of the biggest mistakes in modern UI history.
Brad's video makes this crystal clear. Treating it as any layman would, he sees the applications on the metro start bar. Easy and intuitive enough since I can clearly touch/click on an application to run it.
But then what?
No taskbar to see what's running.
No visible widgets of any kind for close, switch, etc.
In a modern GUI, the keyboard should be an OPTION not a requirement.
The bottom line is that even on touch devices, new users (ESPECIALLY the ever-growing elderly population) are going to be having strokes over these bewildering intuitiveness issues.
And the solution to this obvious problem is NOT "just don't upgrade". That's against the whole "upgrade to the newest thing" consumerism credo. 8)
Ironically, the BEST way to interact with this UI isn't even being discussed.
Clearly, that would bypass almost all of this as far as core UI navigation issues.
But let's look at Kinect a moment. Waving and gestures are fine, but that device is NOT precise enough to have us point to just that wee corner of the screen, hold and then scroll down, etc.
And are we supposed to learn some crazy macro gesture for Alt-Tab? 8P
PS Apple is remarkably silent here. They, under no circumstances, want MS to fix any of this. In 3-6 months, when these issues are beyond modification, you'll know what Apple truly thinks of Windows 8 when you see their inventory/manufacturing orders doubling or tripling. They'll smell the blood in the water if MS doesn't do a major rethink and fast. 8P