While listening to a PowerPoint lecture from my professor, a McAfee notification suddenly pops up over the presentation immediately exiting the slideshow. How rude, I thought to myself. Why didn’t McAfee design this notification as a pop-under, which would wait until the user finished what he was doing? I cannot tell whether this design is McAfee’s or Microsoft’s fault, but this is definitely bad design.
Is the update notification so urgent that the user has to immediately forget whatever he is doing to attend the matter? What would be the repercussions if my professor had not immediately installed the update? Would his computer suddenly crash from a virus infection or exploded? How would this fare had this McAfee update notification suddenly popped up during a professional presentation?
What really got me was not the fact that the pop-up appeared over the PowerPoint slide, but it exited the slideshow. Wouldn’t it have been far less intrusive had this pop up notification appeared in the taskbar and wait till the user clicked it?
P.S A few minutes later a java notification popped up resulting in the same thing.