Apple's Usability→

“I actually think the company that is doing the best job today in terms of usability is Microsoft. Microsoft lost out on this attempt to make everything beautiful and simple but I think they have done the best job in making things that we can understand how to use.”

A talk with a historic Apple designer has him praising Nest and Microsoft, and taking issue with some of Apple’s current work. He’s the expert on the matter, but I agree – the ‘tiles’ in Windows 8+ were a great idea, though the actual execution took a bit of polishing to get down.