Apple’s UI philosophy vs. Microsoft

Microsoft’s Windows 8 team today posted a blog entry detailing the user interface “improvements” in the Windows 8 explorer. This perfectly illustrates the difference between Microsoft & Apple’s user interface philosophies.

Microsoft’s usage data shows that users are more likely to use a right-click context menu or hotkey to issue most commands, rather than the command bar or menu bar. Rather than optimizing the explorer for that scenario, they decided to do the opposite and make the UI elements bigger and more intrusive.


Apple, on the other hand, refines the UI elements and makes them less intrusive. Everything is still there when you need it, but it doesn’t stick out and get in your way.

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4 replies on “Apple’s UI philosophy vs. Microsoft”

  1. I'm a Mac guy, heck – I own 3 macs myself. BUT, what you're missing here is that almost all of the commands Windows explorer has attached to its main window aren't in a finder window – they're in the menu bar on the top (on a mac).

    Now, I know apple has guidelines, but it's not like it always follows them (iTunes?) – windows solution, while typically windows, is much more useful than the finder//

  2. Yes but you can simply turn off the ribbon or completely customize it to your hearts content in Windows.

    Make it what you want … unlike Finder.

    1. I'm guessing that you have never actually used macs. Dual platform user here. I absolutely hate the ribbon interface idea.
      If you want to customize the finder bar, just right click and choose…. wait for it…. customize toolbar. Oh, the shock and the horror.

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