You're not alone if you are confounded by Windows 8's deceitfully simple interface.
In his blog, Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has described various elements of Windows 8 as "puzzling", as the company readies itself for the launch of the new operating system in late October. The billionaire investor mentioned that the OS "can induce confusion", primarily due to the bimodal Windows 8 operating system, although he was quick to add that he was excited and impressed by the "particularly bold and innovative" software on the whole.
The term "bimodal" is a word used by Allen to describe Windows 8's dual operating system. In a bid to challenge rivals such as Google and Apple, Microsoft has designed Windows 8 to be compatible with tablets as well as desktop computers, and herein lies the problem.
"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", says Allen.
The Microsoft man has been running Windows on both a tablet and a desktop PC himself. Allen has devoted a considerable section of his blog post on what he refers to as "Puzzling aspects of the Windows 8 UI", including operating system's inability to build hierarchies on the Start screen, and the general confusion between working with native Windows 8 apps and desktop apps.
We also agree with Preston Gralla, a contributing editor for Computerworld, in that Windows 8 on a tablet looks like a surefire winner. However, it's not only confusing on a desktop computer but also less effective compared to Windows 7 in terms of its usability.