Windows 1 mouse vs Windows 8 touch
I noticed the following in the latest Building Windows 8 blog post, regarding scepticism over the introduction of the mouse to computing.
Obviously there's a bias in the reporting of this as Microsoft and the Windows team obviously really have to push touch as a relevant and productive interaction tool, and defuse doubts to the contrary.
Nevertheless, it's interesting to note the consistencies between concerns raised regarding the mouse and touch. And even if it ain't interesting or relevant... it's slightly amusing at the least.
A mouse was strictly optional and very few PCs had one.
In fact, the mouse was a bit of a curiosity at the time, perceived by many experienced users as inefficient, cumbersome, un-ergonomic, and hard to learn how to use. The mouse was certainly exotic. Do you roll it on the screen? Do you pick it up and talk into it?
Here are a couple of published expert opinions from early 1980s print publications about whether the mouse would catch on:
•"Mice are nice ideas, but of dubious value for business users" (George Vinall, PC Week, April 24, 1984)
•"There is no evidence that people want to use these things." (John C. Dvorak, San Francisco Examiner, February 19, 1984)
•"I was having lots of fun, but in the back of my corporate mind, I couldn't help but think about productivity." (George Vinall, PC Week, April 24, 1984)
•"Does the mouse make the computer more accessible, more friendly, to certain target audiences such as executives? The answer is no." (Computerworld, October 31, 1983)
•"There is no possibility that this device will feel more comfortable to the executive than the keyboard. Because of its ‘rollability,’ the mouse has the aura of a gimmick…" (Computerworld, October 31, 1983)
•"The mouse and its friends are merely diversions in this process. What sounds revolutionary does not necessarily help anyone with anything, and therein lies the true test of commercial longevity." (David A. Kay, Datamation, October 1983)