In the beginning of the 2014 Q4, Microsoft announced the new version of their Windows, Windows 10. Here are some of the changes did by the company: redesigning the start menu (combining Windows 7 and Windows 8 menu), allowing multiple desktop (enable power users to switch and move apps in different screens) and changing the swipe action call (swipe from left now gives us a task view), etc.
Among all those updates, we think there is one change that worth to be discussed when we want to learn from their experience: merging of Windows 8 Metro app and Legacy window desktop for the new Windows user experience. Windows 8 Metro full-screen mode is no longer displayed by default in Windows 10 and users can access the standard window desktop apps first. The company would like the operating system to have tailored user experience between different screen sizes (i.e. smaller devices will use a different user interface).
Why is Microsoft making this change? Obviously, they considered the negative feedbacks from users when Windows 8’s launch on desktop computers. From their story, we can see that changing of UI and re-defining UX can be an expensive task. We need to prepare for exercising special caution and paying extra effort on critical changes. Getting UI / UX design correct at the first time is very important. To archive a better chance of success, techniques such as rapid prototype, MVP (minimum viable product) and lean UX design could be useful in driving changes that customers can accept more readily. We shall explore more in the upcoming blog posts.
Read more about the Windows 10 launch: http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/30/microsoft-announces-windows-10/