Not impressed. I am not a fan of AeroGlass (I didn’t even know that’s what it was called), but this UI looks way too flat and bland to me. The ‘flatness’ is, I guess, in line with the Windows Phone Metro UI, but making the desktop practically monochrome seems to make navigation and orientation more difficult. On the other hand, many people hate the not dissimilar ‘new’ GMail UI, but I got used to it after few weeks too…
I rarely feel the need to publicly moan about TV adverts, but after seeing one of the Windows 7 commercials named (by Microsoft themselves) “Homework 2.0 TV Commercial” that is currently being aired here in the UK I feel the unstoppable urge to express my utter disbelief that a cash rich SW company with a massive marketing department and huge experience and (unfortunately) leading position on the OS market is able to approve and actually launch a TV commercial on their premium product that is so incredibly poor.
Why on earth should anyone want to buy an operating system that produces presentations that look like something produced in 1998? And why would any sensible adult professional who works in sales (I cleverly assume the ‘TV father’ is in sales as he’s producing charts about sales) for any respected company and whose son turns his clean, easy to read slides into a complete mess would actually be pleased about it? Why?
So, if you want to see how NOT to promote your new OS, check out the videos below — two variants (presumably for different markets) of the same thing. And for completeness and to confirm MS is actually series about it, I present you also with Microsoft’s official video description:
A father and son swap their Windows 7 laptop PCs so dad can help out with a difficult homework assignment. But dad is surprised and impressed to see how his son returns the favor. It’s a great time to be a family.