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McDonalds and Microsoft: a winning partnership for bad design

I'm seriously thinking I need to start a blog that only highlights bad design. There's certainly enough content for it.

Today's episode features the instructions provided at McDonalds to connect to their free wifi. (But I'm kind of thinking if you can't connect to the wifi on your on, I'm not so sure this pamphlet will help...)

From the comments on the original TwitPic post:

Connecting to a WiFi network with a PC is the equivalent of a hostage negotiation.

- @Mikey129

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that's microsoft for you :D MS can't help it...
Can you get fries with that? Yea, if you know how to connect to wifi, then that's why you'd want to use it while sitting at Micky Ds. But that looks like I'd be scared to even try.
Notice how easy the Mac set up is. Just saying.
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What's wrong with Microsoft, summed up in a single screenshot

This is a screenshot from an official promotion video of Outlook 2010. Seriously, what a trainwreck. I still remain a Microsoft fan, but this screenshot just shows the lack of any intelligent design direction anywhere in the company.

I previously wrote about the design disconnect at Microsoft here.

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I recently attempted to navigate this on a Clients computer not so long ago - instant migraine material!
I think messy interfaces make some people feel as if they're getting more work done.
That's why I never clean my desk. =]
I have no idea how people work like this. I have friends who came from PCs to mac and they complain that mac mail is too simple. When i dig deeper, it seems the app is fine, but the user doen't feel like there is enough stuff at their fingertips.
LOL. Needs more buttons.
This lack of design sense comes from the top:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/28/58697220_0f5db5fe00.jpg

-jcr

Looks like a Tweetdeck screen, and not in a good way... ;)
Pretty much totally not true. Whether Outlook is a bear or a great console of useful information at a glance is up to the user to configure. I find it's a fantastically fast and easy way to manage my work email. I'd use it at home if I had an Exchange account. Instead I use GMail, which is good, but not as effective as Outlook for keyboard users. Heck, in GMail you can't even sort mails by Subject or Sender. (Yes, I know you can search by them, but that's a search for each Subject and each Sender. INSANELY inefficient.) Also, GMail is doing substantially the same thing, by adding Calendar and Agenda and Task and Contact previews directly into GMail as well.
Yes, this screenshot is cluttert and should never been used to advertise office. But apart from that, outlook 2010 has a great UI. – The new GMail theme on the other hand doenst work for me at all. Having no visual context but a clean UI dies make it look simplerer but makes it impossible to focus and work with.
Jeff Stevens
found at: http://watilo.com/whats-wrong-with-microsoft-summed-up-in-a-sin#pcomment_comm...

* you are very right in ny opinion.

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...Whether Outlook is a bear or a great console of useful information at a glance is up to the user to configure {sic!}
I find it's a fantastically fast and easy way to manage my work email. I'd use it at home if I had an Exchange account.
Instead I use GMail, which is good, but not as effective as Outlook for keyboard users.
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I use both Google and Outlook, and what concerns real efficiency with a lot of data to be handled and combined, Outlook is lightyears ahead.

That MS does a bad job using a screenshot with such an ugly and 'anarchistic' GUI example is quite a different issue.
Maybe their default GUI is too coplicated for a 'casual user' anyway, it's suited for rather complex office projects...

I work from home selling export goods and I think MS is doing just what a company does, that is trying to make money. We still have a lot of other options, but right now MS is it.
Yea, there are not enough buttons!
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Homepages: Apple.com vs Microsoft.com, and why Microsoft has an image problem

In today's lesson about how NOT to design a homepage, we're going to focus on Microsoft.com.

First, go to http://apple.com. Nice, huh? Alright, now compared that to http://microsoft.com.

Now let's note some key differences:
  • Apple.com looks like it was made in 2009. Microsoft looks like it was made in 1999.
  • Apple.com is sleek. Microsoft.com is...very blue and cheesy.
  • Apple uses little color, which can be a detractor. Microsoft uses way too much color.
  • Apple's navigation highlights several core products. Microsoft tries to cover everything in the kitchen sink.
  • Apple features a single product, while Microsoft tries to promote three.
  • Apple has four small boxes to promote different things at the bottom of their homepage. Microsoft throws in random links and lists to fill up space. Oh, and a random ad.

Companies pay big bucks for usability and design reviews. But because I'm such a nice guy, I'm going to review Microsoft's homepage for them for free.

(Having trouble reading my notes? At the bottom of the image, click Download full size.)

I point all this out because I am a big fan of Microsoft. Everyday, more and more people switch their allegiance to Apple, simply because "they get it." While Microsoft makes some good products, they certainly don't go out of their way to prove it.

When I visit Microsoft.com, I should be greeted by the latest and greatest, not some website clearly assembled by a marketing department to "cover all the bases." This homepage serves no purpose, other than to make sure that everybody within Microsoft is happy that they got their little share of the homepage.

Microsoft needs a leader who can communicate with the world that they are still relevant. This homepage certainly doesn't do the company any justice.
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Apple's home page is like an eye candy. While MSFT's homepage looks like shit.
I even hate how going to:
microsoft.com
redirects you to:
http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

that's a gross url

Great article. I don't always agree with everything Apple does, but their design is just textbook material.

And @Paul: Yeah, Ubuntu has a nice thing going on, people accuse them of copying Apple, but I think they take lessons (something Microsoft should do) and make their own thing (not to mention the OS which is progressing more than any other).

Apple being minimalistic is news as old as the fall of the Berlin wall. Most companies don't follow this ideology and are incredibly successful. Apple's site is just eye candy; it doesn't help them in the long run.
Apple does have an amazing sense of organization and attention to detail. A lot of companies could learn from them in that aspect.

But color isn't a detractor. Otherwise, companies wouldn't invest so much in maintaining their brand logo, images and design. In fact, colors can define a company..."what can brown do for you?" Apple's gray and white is boring and soporific.

I like apple!
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I think you raise some really great points. The search bar is confusing. The site is confusing.
just went through the MS website a few weeks ago and thought of the same thing...of how messy it is....totally agree with your points...
A little late with this comment, but I just wanted to say I agree with you on pretty much every point.
Also, I just went over to the Microsoft home page and found that a significant amount of the things you've pointed out seem to have been changed -- and many of them according to your suggestions.... :P

Keep up the great blogging!

Hi Cory,

You should talk about websites like www.ubuntu.com or the Mozilla website. Those 2 are really good sites!! I'm tired of Microsoft and Apple. Ubuntu and Firefox have much prettier web pages and nobody talks about them!

Let's look at free software!!

Wow Simeon, you're right. That's kinda funny!
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Yikes, Microsoft. Yikes...

Having heard a beta of Outlook 2010 was out, I decided to take a look to see how Microsoft might have improved its UI. I googled "outlook 2010" and was about to look at Google Images when I decided that Microsoft would probably have some more polished, more well-presented screenshots on their Outlook 2010 site. Boy, I don't think I could have been more wrong.

Not only does the website look very half-assed (lame design), but some elements on the page make me think they tried to use Microsoft Word to publish this site. And no, the site doesn't look any better in IE 8.

For one, check out the page borders, and how they don't extend more than a few pixels down the page:


Then I scrolled down to check out a screenshot, and this is what I find:


Check out that awesome pixelation action! Come on, Microsoft. Did you save this in Paint? I mean, I know Paint is your program, but it's okay to use this little industry standard program called PHOTOSHOP.

Oh wait, no, it looks like they did. If you click through to the Home & Business page, you'll see the same screenshot, but nicely aliased:


Microsoft, I've always been a fanboy, but when you do stuff like this, it makes me really sad.
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I played with 2010 beta on my new laptop but it kept hanging up when I would try to delete an email so I gave up on it.
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