Windows 8.0 misses: Misleading the user!
During Windows 8.1 setup experience, I could not shake off the feeling that something is missing. Yesterday, I ran into it; and frankly, although it is missing, I am not missing it.
Windows 8’s out of box experience (OOBE) includes educational welcome screens that are displayed when a user logs in with his or her user account for the very first time. It is supposed to tech the user how to use Windows 8. Instead, they mislead the learner, because they have pragmatic typos.
The first screen is a graphical representation of a user’s hand swiping a touch screen from the right edge with a thumb. As a result the charms appear. So far so good but an erroneous caption reads: “Swipe in from any edge”. Unfortunately, it should be: “Swipe in from the right edge.” According to Microsoft, swiping in from other edges performs other functions.
The second screen is a graphical representation of a mouse cursor being moved to the top right corner. As a result, the charms appear. Again, the graphical representation is accurate, but an erroneous caption reads: “Move your mouse into any corner”. It should be: “Move your mouse into top right or bottom right corner.” According to Microsoft, moving mouse to the left corners performs other functions.
Looks Windows 8.1 has done away with them. Good.
Posted on 26 July 2013, in Software Review and tagged educational, Flop, misleading, mouse, oobe, preview, switch user, touch screen, typo, usability, user account, user interface, welcome screen, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.