Bill Gates decided it was time to blatantly copy Steve Jobs in every respect now that the competitor CEO is gone. The short of it is this: Windows is now finger friendly. Microsoft is copying Apple in the fact that the GUI has changed from actual windows to GUI buttons, so it’s like you’ll be working on your iPhone instead of your computer. But hey, if touchscreens become the norm in society, why not make the shift. CNet and Ars have more technical details if you want them, including information about the removal of the start menu, one of the most useful features of Windows, in my opinion. I, however, have a different point to make:
I spoke with a computer scientist recently who was pleased with the fact that I don’t view the details behind computers like a black box or magic (for lack of a better term) – I actually know how to program and know why or how such programs used in every day life can do what they do. It dawned on me as these articles about Microsoft came out that people are more and more going to view the workings behind computers as black boxes. What will this mean for college students of the future who want to learn how to program and yet have this funny idea of what it actually does. Not only will there be a disenchantment with computer magic, but the fact that there is this magical look will attract the wrong crowd to learn about it. Mathematicians and other engineers who might be better suited for the job might be repelled by their first impressions of what it really is. This is all just an idea, one that I may develop later, but it’s certainly something to consider.