Actually, it's been developing over a long time and that realization is that most people are too stupid to really know how to use their computers or what goes on with their computers and really don't want to know. Surprisingly, this includes much of the supposedly "tech-savvy" younger generation.
I'm retired assembly language and C programmer and now work at a large store. One of my coworkers is a young fellow (23) and always talks about how "techy geeky" he is. Computers are his thing. Computers are where it's at. This fellow was surprised as all get out to learn that he could upgrade the operating system on his PC. He thought that the operating system that came on it was the only one that could work.
Anyway, back to the story.
I was at a store a couple weeks ago and was playing with a PC that had Windows 8 installed. I was was less than impressed by the black screen with the boring icons. Then I started that sideways scrolling thing to find programs. God that was awful.
I've always liked uncluttered desktops on my computers. I normally have only four or five things on the desktop. I use the QuickLaunch bar for things used daily, I have toolbars created for groups of programs that I use often and the Start menu is organized into groups. However, I am the exception.
When I use someone else's computer, their desktops are a mess. A gazillion icons on the desktop because every program plops an icon there even if it will never be used, like Acrobat Reader or whatever its current name is.
So for these people to have to scroll sideways through ten pages of big blocks to find Quicken is probably an improvement.
Back to my earlier rant.
Back in the early days of PCs, I'd wind up helping someone straighten out problems with their PC and I'd find that all of their data was mixed in with the applications. Why? Because the default save directory for many applications was the installation directory for that application. So if you did something like delete the entire application to do a fresh install, all of their documents were gone. Arrrrrr!
Fortunately, someplace along the way, Microsoft introduced the documents folder but I've found that people still don't know where their stuff is hidden on the computer. They just blindly let the applications put their files wherever the program desires which makes life complicated when they want to do something simple like copy a file onto an SD card.
I teach an adulted class that is computer centric. My students are all adults, mostly professionals, ranging in age from 40 to 60. Most of these people have computers at work but I am continually astounded at how few of them know how to copy and paste or how to find a photo on an SD card.
I guess that I shouldn't be surprised. I know people who didn't know that their car's engine had oil in it.
Well, that's the end of tonight's rant.