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  • by jplindstrom (594) on 2004.04.13 13:19 (#30069) Journal
    windows isn't easy, people are just used to it

    But, does it matter why most people think Windows is easier?

    The fact that they do is the only interesting data point when it comes to designing user interfaces. People aren't complete novices. They have already aquired both experience and preference.

    It's like the web. You shouldn't invent completely new idioms for navigating your web site because... 99.999999% of the time, people surf on sites other than yours!

    So if you, say, for argument's sake, want people to adopt Linux on the desktop, it must look and feel like what they're used to, however brain-dead and sub-optimal that is. You have to ease people into something different.

    Mozilla Firefox is a grand example of this. It's very similar to Internet Explorer. And where it's not similar, it's better than Explorer. So for me there's no going back unless Microsoft improves IE (which they won't since they already won the browser war).

    In general Microsoft is very good at this. They make is extremely easy to migrate to a Microsoft product. Import wizards left and right. Key bindings that imitate competitors products. Stuff like that. But they make it very difficult to leave their stuff.

    I really can't blame them, even if they make life difficult sometimes. I can blame people and companies that don't realize this and make the migration threshold very high. It may not be their fault, but it's their problem.