Well, this one struck a nerve. Here’s the breakdown of the reaction:
- Normal people/Mac users: “Wow, that Microsoft Explorer UI is the worst thing I’ve ever seen!”
- People who work for Microsoft/Make a living off of Microsoft: “Your comparison is unfair!”
1) I still love it when I see venom in reactions and then I look at the person’s bio and it reads: “Microsoft enthusiast and .NET software developer” or “Microsoft MVP”.
2) What’s most telling is what the Microsofties aren’t saying: “What do you mean?! That’s a great design!”
So they’re essentially saying, “We agree it sucks, but…”
There is no “but”. It’s awful. I’m sorry, it’s just awful. Compare it to anything you like. It will lose. Cable boxes have better UIs.
Update: And just to add insult to injury, how about a poll?
I’d say no, there is no chance of this happening.
First of all, Apple doesn’t need webOS. If they make a low-cost iPhone, it will run iOS, just like every other iPhone.
Yes, Rubinstein used to work for Apple and was one of Jobs’ closest generals for a while (he also worked for NeXT). But in recent years his actions with Palm and then HP have probably only pissed off Jobs. Now that Jobs has stepped down as CEO, I supposed Rubinstein could be a good candidate to take the COO reins from Tim Cook — but I’m not sure he’ll give them up in his new role.
Apple is now a completely different company from when Rubinstein left. For example, there was no iPhone, now the company’s key product.