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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Bill Gates....

Once upon a time, a long time ago, Bill pontificated that windowed designs were "intuitively obvious".

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Twentysome years later, billions of training hours later, we've discovered what many people believed BB (before Bill)................namely that this is complete crap.

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....because every time Apple or Microsoft reorganise menus, every time we get an "improvement" like the Microsoft Word "ribbon", every time we get an improvement like "flat UI"...........we get a learning cost of billions of hours of user retraining.

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Another example of this crap can be seen in the early 1990's with Windows Server. Who ever thought that managing a server needed anything more complex than -- gasp -- a terminal window?

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But the "intuitively obvious windowed technology" got Microsoft billions of dollars of licence revenue.

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The "improvements" (MS Word "ribbon", flat UI) got Microsoft billions of dollars of licence revenue.

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Am I missing something here..............or is this all about dollars, and NOTHING to do with usability?

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