Backwards is forwards (ask Microsoft)

I've just upgraded my PC from Windows 8 to Windows 10. I've never been a big PC fan, but 8 was about as baffling and unintuitive a system as I have ever stared at. No start menu, you had to move your mouse to a corner (but which one?) to see anything. I never learned to do more than the basics, and I stuck to my Mac for day to day stuff. But I do need to look at PCs to see how much of the world (especially in big organizations) sees websites, so I have persevered, and clicked the Windows 10 upgrade button when it appeared.

And it's really much easier. There's a bar along the bottom with icons I can understand. The one to the left brings up a box with all sorts of useful and well labelled things, including something I used to rely on the old days - File explorer - but which was buried deep within Windows 8. At first glance it's a huge improvement - but it's been done it by going back to something less designed for visual effect and more for practical usability.

Does this remind you of websites at all? When I look at some modern ones - big fonts, big scroll, no navigation in view - it makes me think of Windows 8. But I've seen even more modern ones that are now taking much more care of their usability. They are designed for those of us who want to get around, not be impressed the amount of 'visible real estate', or whatever. Death to progress. Backwards is forwards. 

- David Bowen