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Some interesting statistics

Post by mbrazil » Mon May 06, 2013 4:44 am

This should be of interest to many people, and it contains a lesson that Anderson should pay close attention to. At present, 38% of the world's computer users still run Windows XP on their computers, and to date, only 0.09% of Windows XP users have migrated from XP to Windows 8! Think about that. XP will be 13 years old in August, and yet many millions of users prefer it to newer versions. Why? Because it does it's job well, it satisfies their needs, and they are very familiar with it. They stick with XP rather than being forced to learn something newer and flashier, because they're familiar with the operating system they have, and they know that switching to a newer version that looks different and works differently will consume a great deal of their time to learn and become proficient at using with little or no reward. Why waste time on something new, different, and confusing when you already have something that works well for you and that you already know how to use?

Many people consider XP to be slow, inefficient, and obsolete, and yet 38% of the PCs in the world still run it. The eye candy in the user interfaces in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (yuck) doesn't tempt these XP users to switch even though many other people rave about Windows 7, and a few here and there are somewhat happy with Windows 8. :) The bottom line here is that a newer version with a new, flashy, trendy user interface that has lots of eye candy but doesn't offer the convenience and ease-of-use of its predecessor doesn't appeal to users who already have an operating system and other software that works well and that they are satisfied with. New and different are not always better and in fact are frequently more trouble than they're worth.

Microsoft's experiences with Windows XP and the subsequent Windows versions can teach us a lot and can be used as a basis to predict what will happen to Avant 2013. The new Avant UI is never going to appeal to a large percentage of current Avant users. It is less intuitive to use, has a significantly reduced feature set, requires quite a bit of time and effort to get used to and become proficient with, and it is unlikely to ever be as versatile and efficient to use as previous versions. This will create an opportunity for other developers take over the niche that Avant used to fill. It will allow them to successfully fill the demand for a highly configurable browser created by the new direction Anderson has chosen for Avant. Avant will have become just another Chrome clone that won't have much of anything going for it to hold onto current users and to draw new users away from other browsers. Let's hope that Anderson wakes up and that never happens.

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Re: Some interesting statistics

Post by Tinman57 » Mon May 06, 2013 9:41 pm

Some big companies release "New & Improved" software every year or so with the sole intention of raking in more money. Seems that we have forgot that new & improved may not be better. Norton SystemWorks was a good example of this. I was using version 2005 when they "updated" (NOT!) to the next version. Imagine how disappointing when I found that not only did they mangle the UI, but also there were a lot of functionality that was left out in the new and improved version. Not only was it harder to use and less functional than the last version, but it used more memory/cpu and also didn't get along with a lot of my software AND crashed my system a lot.

Seems that new and improved is just another catch-phrase nowadays. If something is working well, leave it be. If they want to "ADD" something to the program, that's great too as long as they test it properly and not munge up the already good UI.
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Re: Some interesting statistics

Post by mbrazil » Mon May 06, 2013 11:43 pm

What's unfortunate when it comes to software is that, with all the security and compatibility issues, staying with an earlier version is frequently not a viable choice, so you're left with a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" choice. That sucks.

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New Coke, Windows 8, Avant 2013?

Post by mbrazil » Tue May 07, 2013 9:41 pm

"Remember New Coke? Twenty-eight years ago, Coca-Cola replaced the secret formula of its flagship brand, only to announce the return of the "classic" formula just 79 days later. Had it launched in 2013, Coke's Jay Moye suspects a social media backlash would have prompted it to reverse itself even sooner. In a timely follow-up, ZDNet's Steven Vaughan-Nichols points out that Microsoft is facing its own New Coke moment with Windows 8. 'Does Ballmer have the guts to admit he made a mistake and give users what they clearly want?' Vaughan-Nichols asks. 'While it's too late for Windows 8, Blue might give us back our Start button and an Aero-like interface. We don't know.'"

Et tu, Anderson?

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Re: New Coke, Windows 8, Avant 2013?

Post by Tinman57 » Wed May 08, 2013 1:20 am

mbrazil wrote:"Remember New Coke? Twenty-eight years ago, Coca-Cola replaced the secret formula of its flagship brand, only to announce the return of the "classic" formula just 79 days later. Had it launched in 2013, Coke's Jay Moye suspects a social media backlash would have prompted it to reverse itself even sooner. In a timely follow-up, ZDNet's Steven Vaughan-Nichols points out that Microsoft is facing its own New Coke moment with Windows 8. 'Does Ballmer have the guts to admit he made a mistake and give users what they clearly want?' Vaughan-Nichols asks. 'While it's too late for Windows 8, Blue might give us back our Start button and an Aero-like interface. We don't know.'"

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