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Google’s head of design really hates Windows 10

Windows 10 has a nice design on the surface, but once you start using it, there are a number of poor design choices and a ridiculous amount of inconsistency in the design language. This has generated a lot of criticism for Microsoft, especially from Matias Duarte, one of the heads of Google’s design team and the father of Material Design. Duarte recently took to Twitter to express how much he dislikes the operating system, not just with how it looks, but with how it operates. 

Matias Duarte, Google’s VP of design, recently took to Twitter to display his displeasure at the design of Windows 10. Likening it to Windows XP with a flat design, he argued that Windows 10 worked the same way as Windows XP did 10 years ago! Duarte is, of course, known as the face of Material Design, the new design language Google unveiled alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop. While that was met with almost universal positive reception, as most readers here know, Windows 8 – and, subsequently, 10 – had its own set of challenges, as Microsoft sought to undertake arguably the biggest transition in the history of Windows by creating a dual-use OS. Still, most naysayers of Windows 8 had come around by the time Windows 10 made its way to the market, but even this refined version of Sinofsky’s vision of a ‘Metro’ design language wasn’t enough to sway Duarte. Following the ruckus created by his posts, however, Duarte soon rushed to the scene with (relatively) admirable words about Windows 10, arguing that while he had no problems with the way Windows 10 looked, what frustrated him was the way Microsoft was still clinging to the ways of Windows XP.

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