@cjt20, you must think the average employee is pretty dumb, I dont know maybe you're right. Seems most people on here have got the hang of it in a couple of days, and that's to do stuff most people will never need.
The point is that many of us, especially those of us who, like me, have been using Windows for a LONG
time, have worked out specific ways to do things whivch suit US.
That was ALWAYS one of Windows' big strengths, multiple ways of accomplishing task.
So, we did. A combination of mouse, keyboard, command-line, Start, Quick-Launch, Explorer
(File Manager) etc.
Back then, we ALL had DIFFERENT ways of getting the SAME job done.
Now, we have Metro-supporters putting non-Metro fans down as being
Luddites, or 'won't learn new ways'.
That's offensive and stupid. I learned these things on DOS 5 and Windows 3.0.
Do not assume...
Within 24 hours of the Win 7 beta being released, I was using it as my main OS. Same with
the release candidate.
Run Win 7 Ultimate on one lappy and Win 7 HP 64-bit on this one, have virtuals with Win 95c
Win Me, Vista, MS-DOS/Win 3.11, Ubuntu, XandrOS.
The old P4 runs XP, and is optimised for gaming.
Still own a GEOS-equipped Commodore C64, and still have a PC copy lurking somewhere...
Put me down as much as you like for wanting a Start menu/Quick-launch, if you must.
Says much more about your ignorance, than it does about my skills/abilities.
**EDIT** NOT intended to be offensive, nor is it directed at any particular poster**
It is not a question of smart or dumb. It is a question of focus and priorities.
If you have a building full with 500 accountants, those people are smart. Still, they want to get a job done and are not interested in the intricacies of an operation system. Any change in their work environment is in their way and creates frustrations.
When I first used windows8 didn't care for it much.Using the developer preview I had my misgivings.I have since gotten to really like windows8.However I do not think I'll be upgrading my vast array of computers to to windows8 like I did windows7.
No knock on windows8,so much as windows7 get's the job done.Now if I buy another computer,which could happen then I would get windows8.I like windows 8 but I do not forsee great sales for this OS.
There are about 1 Billion PCs in the world - that sounds like a lot. But Apple alone sold 375 Million iOS mobile devices last year. Why should Win8 on ARM not do the same. Maybe not yet next year, but maybe in 2015.
The joint venture of Microsoft and Nokia alone should yield very high numbers. Nokia is very strong in Europe and Asia and has only been slowing down recently because of the demise of Symbian - awaiting Windows 8. And MS also seems to have many cooperation agreements with the Asian manufacturers of mobile devices. So I would not be too pessimistic.
I think it's unreasonable to call XP a "flop", based on either set of figures (yours or mine).
I think it would be more reasonable to say, every other OS released after XP, have been "flops" (excluding W7).
I am 83 & at first was confused with Win8, but as I use it I am beginng to use it more.
I have Win8 on a serparte desktop.
I think people who help the "Elderly" are "cool".
Programmers pay little attention to them.
For instance, I am hard of hearing & have poor eyesight, a normal "elderly person".
Recently I tried to register on an MS site & was required to enter the "picture code". I could not decifer the code because of poor sight. It offered to say it in audio, but I am hard of hearing!
It took a long time changing the "Picture Code" displyed to finally get the right interpretation, even with my wife's (also 83) help.
Programmers are a very "Anti Elderly" without thnking, group. They can't program "out of the box".
Brink does have a help file FOR this you do know, right? Shut down is simple. Go look at the help readme file and follow Brink's instructions.