Let me tell you about my nearly unbelievable first 3 weeks after buying my HP Windows 8 64 bit computer. I got used to or found my way around most of the things that new users complain about fairly quickly. I was personalizing and loading in my files and music and generally trying to make this PC as much like my old XP as possible. I noticed that every time I took a bathroom break and came back it had gone to the lock screen and I had to log in again. Each time this happened I went through all the settings I could find that could possibly be causing this. Each time I thought I had solved the problem. And each time it happened again. Now I will tell you I always disable the screensaver (by setting it to none) very early in the process of setting up any PC. I learned very early on that screensavers can play havoc with defrags and the like. Well anyway, After about 3 weeks of trying over and over to solve this problem I was about to try fixing it with a hammer. But I managed to restrain myself and started going through the settings for the millionth or so time when I noticed that Microsoft in their infinite wisdom had set the screensaver to come on after 2 minutes and to require a password upon resume. Could it be? Even with the screensaver set to "none"? I tried setting the wait time to 9999 and unchecked the password on resume option. Guess what? It worked! Problem solved! Are you kidding me? This had been happening with the screensaver set to "none"? Come on Microsoft!!! Give a guy a break. Must have been one of those "Internal Jokes" that they build in so they can get a good laugh at idiots like me pulling their hair out and going utterly insane trying to fix a simple (to them) problem. Like I said earlier. It was / is almost unbelievable.
Well, I had my first 'play' with an Android tablet today. A neighbour of my in-laws (who is 80+ years of age) has an Acer Iconia A200, which she just uses to play games, and her daughter had visited her and did things to it that set up apps that required internet access. The old girl didn't know how to get rid of these from the main screen, so my wife brought it home for me to look at.
I have to say, it was the easiest thing in the world to sort out. It took just a few minutes to find the settings control, hunt up the offending apps (one being Google+) and disable then from showing up on the main screen and starting. I played around with the tablet briefly to get a feel for it and, seriously, this is how a tablet based just on apps should work.
What I found most impressive was that once you were in the settings menu, everything was available at your fingertips (literally, as that's all I used). This is completely the reverse with what I've experienced with Windows 8 and the stupid way things are buried in the system. WiFi, Bluetooth, security etc; all controls were available on the one screen, on a side panel, and all you had to do was select one and the controls would open next to it.
If the Windows 8 start screen had been designed this way, I would have applauded it. As it is, it's a cluster, especially for someone who doesn't have a lot of technical knowledge.
If it was so easy why didn't the "old girl" figure it out?
Have you ever thought that perhaps MS might have made it a little more difficult for the commoner to get at system settings so they don't screw the system up? One gets three months support with 8. How much do you think MS or any business spends on that department? Is it evil that a business attempts to keep this at a minimal as much as possible? Besides, when all else fails, READ the help files. They've been around a long time.
Lol! There's a thread here recently on the Snippet tool. A few of us (including me) were trying to figure out the problem, when lo and behold someone posted that it was in the help file. Go figure.
Windows is a much more complex operating system with much much more settings. You could seriously screw up the OS through the settings. If you don't believe me, just let me be alone with your PC for 5 minutes and see what I can do to it. I promise you, I can make you not able to ever connect to the internet again. Or I can do a whole host of other things that will make the common user cry.
This is why there's really no devastating android virus out there. Yes, there are some questionable apps, but when they get found out all you have to do is uninstall them. Unless you're messing with the bootloader, you could never really totally mess up your android device. Again, give me 5 minutes alone with your PC and see what happens. What's that? You don't want your taskbar anymore? I'll make sure no amount of settings changes will ever bring back your taskbar. I got a program that does just that.
Seems clear to me.this is how a tablet based just on apps should work.
No idea why you are twisting that into an advert for 8.
I spoke to friend last night - she use her iphone for everything. She has a windows laptop, but never turns it on.
Hard to say how many people are fine with just their iphone/galaxy or android/ipad, and have no desire whatsoever to run windows programs.
Could be tens or hundreds of millions.
There is clearly a challenge for MS.