Roving Dynamics GP reporter Tim Wappat travelled to London today to get a sneak peek at a very early version of Dynamics GP 2016. He posted an article on his blog:
One of the interesting side notes that he mentions is that the "hamburger icon", or "hamburger menu" was being used, for the time being, in the pre-release GP 2016 web client.
The demo that Tim saw was obviously pre-pre-pre-Release, and everything is subject to change, but if Microsoft is even considering using the hamburger menu, I beseech them to reconsider.
I admit that I didn't know the name of that three-bar icon until a few weeks ago--which is when I read this very convincing article on why the hamburger menu is a horrible UI element.
The article is very convincing in its explanation of why the hamburger menu is detrimental to application navigation, and then it goes on to cite numerous examples and statistics to support its assertion.
Here is another article with the same conclusion and more stats:
After reading about the design deficiencies, I now notice how annoying the hamburger menu is on my iPhone apps--I am looking for settings and options and features, but can't find them--until I realize there is an innocuous little three line icon in the corner that I have to click to expand a menu. It's a great way to hide features so that your users never use them.
While there may be some situations where limited use of the hamburger menu may make sense--rarely used settings or infrequently used windows, it definitely should be used very sparingly. But based on the articles above, it should be replaced with some other menu design.
Save the cows. Get rid of the hamburger.