It has always struck me that the users must adapt to what Microsoft throws out there instead of the other way around.Originally Posted by CokeRobot
That last part is true, as is the reverse.
Technology in hardware demands newer updates to take advantage of what is already built in to most computers. So rather that look at what problems it solves seems more to the point that hardware demands new software and any company that does not recognize that is in trouble. If in the process of building software to utilize the hardware advances happens to require less memory to run ( when I boot Windows 7 it uses 2232 meg of memory and less than 1000 when I boot Windows 8 developer) then so much the better for users.
I can't imagine a computer world where stop developing is even remotely considered.
Problems that Windows 8 will solve? hmmmmmmmmm...WELL to alot of us, it will solve what to do till Windows 9 comes out.
IF there is a Windows 9. For some REASON, unbeknownst to me, I have a feeling the following up to Windows 8 will be Windows X
(Can they use that as a naming convention? I remember a Operating System named Windows X). Then again it is Microsoft.
Windows 7 didn't really enhance my life that much. Actually, since I went with the x64 version, it could be a step backwards since I have a ton of stuf that won't work now.
I'd be willing to bet that the average user doesn't see much of a difference between Windows 95 and Windows 7 except for stability which most won't even notice and the gee-whiz features of the shell. There are icons and they click on them to make things happen.
Seriously. I teach an adult ed computer class. The students are usually in their late 50s to early 60s but I get students in their 20s and 30s as well. Most don't have a clue. In today's world of technology, it amazes me that people don't know how to do simple things like copy and paste or create a shortcut. Most don't even have a clue about their directory structure and where their documents are stashed. If MS Word didn't know show them where their documents were, they couldn't find a thing.
Sadly, the same is true for many young people who grew up with computers in their bedrooms. I work with many young people and they are as clueless as the older folks. They can create videos and put them on Youtube or they can send Tweets but to actually have a glimmer of a clue as to what goes on is far beyond their ken.
What Windows 8 will do for most of the computer using public is very little. Everything will stay pretty much like it did when it came out of the box. The users will click on an icon and they'll blunder about barely understanding what they are doing.
Sadly, this is true of too many things in life. Ask the average automobile owner to explain why the engine in his car is called a "four stroke" and he'll just blink at you.
Last edited by BarnabasSackett; 04 Apr 2012 at 13:37.
You got a good point. I see the same in the classes I teach. But fortunately there are a few that are willing to learn - but you have to spoon feed it to them.
I now only teach people who bring their own laptop and can immediately do themselves what I show on the screen. I am hoping that this will stick better.
But the education level of the general population is pretty dismal - and not only on technology. Ask them any geography or history question or how many foreign languages they speak. You usually draw a blank.
It solves nothing, because their is nothing wrong with win 7. However, those upgrading from Vista, will see a lot difference.Windows 7 is greight, and until big corps move to 8.... It will keep saving the daysWindows 7 didn't really enhance my life that much. Actually, since I went with the x64 version, it could be a step backwards since I have a ton of stuf that won't work now.
I used to facilitate "Intro to PCs and MS Office" training.
I can only remember 1 student who didn't want to know "more than one way" of doing something.
If you've never been shown how to use a PC OS, you aren't going to know the "tricks".
It's hard to explain the "imaginary" locations (in the directory structure) to beginners.
Also MS doesn't make it easy to find out what features are available and they are unable to explain their operation anyway.
The chaotic way MS groups various features/tools doesn't help either.
Various tools and monitors seem to be strewn about at random.
This is what led to the "Ribbon".
MS were unable to explain how to use various functions in Office.
Sinofsky doesn't seem to know how to use the "Start Menu" and he's responsible for creating new Windows features!
I only recently discovered that "Ctrl + Shift + N" creates a new folder in Windows Explorer (just like it does in Nautilus).
When was that introduced?
Various "improvements" in Windows 7 haven't helped either.
For example, the way that Windows 7 completely ignores the "Read-only" file attribute.
When I was training students I told (and demonstrated to) everyone how set the "Read-only" attribute, to prevent the accidental deletion of important files (we had XP on the PCs).
Windows 7 happily deletes everything, without any warning.
Remember the menu shortcut key underlines?
There doesn't seem to be a simple way to make them stay displayed anymore.
Windows 8 will just make things worse, because "everything you know is wrong" now.