LandOfConfusion wrote:I don't want to be harsh but that's not a good sign. If the UI isn't at least fairly obvious to smart people then it isn't doing it's job.
All I could say to that is that if it isn't a single button on a blank face, it has become too complex for most, even if the buttons are given names (presumably actions like ON, OFF, Power, Stop, Reset)
--interface design whether it is a tool for manufacturing or some personal software is inherently more complicated than it seems to be at first, the designer can't possibly understand everyone's needs in regards to understanding of an interface style
Just check all the windows forums or Apple OSX forums
--I assume those vendors think their desktop is simply so obvious that anyone might use it, nevertheless they provide help: that is a standard for any new device or system..
Possibly you might remember all the so called smart people who couldn't program their own VCRs' with clock running at a flashing:00
Smart has nothing if anything to do with practical understanding/experience or knowledge..
--and in any case, is always a matter of opinion.
Apart from all that foohahha!
A good story about possible conversion of generic window OS users and their application needs
--lets hope they don't get too tempted by Ms new outlook domain where the other windows tools exist (office suite..), the all-in-one package ???