I can't count the number of times I've heard lines like 'Can you make it look like explorer?' or 'Make it work like Outlook', or even proactively looking for ways I can make my web application work like a Microsoft windows application.
It makes me wonder if (a) MS just managed to get User Interface down pat or (b) everyone is so used to MS interfaces that even without thinking it has almost come across as a 'standard' for UI development.
I've yet to have someone ask me to develop a UI like Max OSX (although I'm sure it's happened to some people) – or worse yet, 'Can you develop a DOS prompt for the web please?' (Although, for those more technically minded, it a command prompt could be an efficient way of doing things).
I can never decide if this is actually really frustrating, as it's hard to be truly 'innovative' in terms of UI, or actually rather handy, in that I know that a user is going to have no trouble with a explorer like tree, or a drop down header, and icon displays that mimic Microsoft displays.
So maybe all in all, the more I work with what people already use (i.e. MS Apps), the less I need to worry about Users looking for that dreaded 'support' ;o).
Random thought for the day.