Has Microsoft Hit the Jackpot with Windows 8
Microsoft has launched Windows 8 and CEO Steve Ballmer says that it will “shatter the perceptions of what a PC really is”.
However, his statement has been met with some scepticism, desktop computing has been evolving for the last forty years and it seems unlikely that this release will be revolutionary enough to shatter perceptions.
In fact, some people have pointed out a striking similarity between the news Windows and an online slot machines.
It seems that Microsoft designers have spent too much time on Vegas machines and subconsciously imported the design onto the computer desktop.
When a Vegas slot machine is left alone for a while the “tiles” on the machine are animated and change colour in order to attract attention. The tiles on the new Windows desktop seem to work in much the same way.
Slot machines also use touch screens these days, a concept introduced when Microsoft began designing Windows 8.
All that Windows is missing is a few cherries, dollar signs and a big 7 and it would be almost undistinguishable from a gaming machine. It won’t be long before someone develops software to turn the icons into virtual reels which spin when the mouse is clicked.