In April of this year, Microsoft will release an update to Windows 8.1 (remember Windows 8.1 was a free update to Windows 8!) with a number of minor yet incredibly useful features that will improve your experience of the operating system when using a mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 has been criticised by many users for ignoring traditional computers and going ‘all in’ with touchscreen interactions. Although I don’t agree with this viewpoint, I can certainly see the need for improvement.
Each operating system will have its own distinct look and feel. Graphics and navigational methods will vary between competing formats and your challenge is to replicate this experience throughout your own app wherever possible.
People who use app capable devices are not always your typical technological stereo-type. The portrayal of nerds and geeks have been associated with technology enthusiasts for many years. More recently with the widespread appeal of gadgetry, talking about the world of transistors, capacitors and diodes can even be classed as ‘cool’ by the very same people who a decade ago would have scoffed at the thought.
A few days ago, the release of the new Skype 4.0 beta appeared for public consumption. I have been tinkering with this particular post in my WordPress Drafts area for some time now, however after having a few more days experience with the beta, I am actually devastated by the decisions made by the Skype team.
With the latest beta, we get to view the new user interface. If you expected a Vista like sleekness… well forget that notion right away. Skype 4.0 is currently an utter shambles and needs a complete overhaul, although to be honest, I couldn’t find that much wrong with the previous version so why the big upheaval? There are a couple of new interesting features though that do appear. One that allows you to move around and resize the video windows and another to view the different conversations within the same area, removing the need for endless taskbar clutter, but both of these could surely have been achieved within the current version 3 series of Skype.
So what has gone wrong?