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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Paul Allen weighs in on Windows 8

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen weighed in recently with his thoughts on Windows 8.

In general, Allen is excited about the new operating system, which is set to launch on Oct. 26, and is designed to work on both traditional desktop PCs as well as tablets.

On his website (which touts his memoir, “Idea Man”), Allen says:

The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I’m impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7.

He did, however, find that the “bimodal” experience — in which users can switch between the new tile-based, touch-friendly user interface and the classic “desktop” mode — can cause confusion. He writes:

I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application – such as Internet Explorer – can be opened and run simultaneously. Files can also be opened in either of the two available modes. For example, after opening a PDF attachment in Outlook from the desktop, Windows opens the file in Microsoft Reader, an application more suited for use on a tablet, rather than the desktop Acrobat Reader. A manual switch is then required to return to desktop mode.

Here’s Allen’s full take on Windows 8.

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