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Is 8 and 8.1 creating OS illiterate smartphone users?

  1. #81


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    Vista is a nice system. We still have 2 systems running with it and never have any problems - which cannot be said about 8.1.

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  2. #82


    Hello, rafael1979. Welcome to Windows EightForums. I’m glad to see you’re in our corner.

    I read your post here earlier: https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...tml#post362362

    Not too many understand what MS is trying to accomplish with an OS familiar across all devices in conjunction with WP8. I think you’re starting to or already have seen that. I believe one cannot see that until one learns and uses the Modern Store apps on a regular basis. Once the 95% of “commoners” find this out then we’ll start to see sales increase dramatically.

    They’ve come some way with the release of 8.1, but I think they regret releasing 8 as it was. I bet they wished it never saw the light of day. Too drastic of a change. I feel that the influential tech writers, IT Pros, and power users who are so hell-bent on using the Desktop gave it a bad reputation and probably rightfully so. Now that there’s the option of booting to the Desktop app most seem to be satisfied with that. That’s why they hurried that out the door. In a few years 8 will be a thing history.

    Again, welcome and enjoy your stay.
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  3. #83


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Vista is a nice system. We still have 2 systems running with it and never have any problems - which cannot be said about 8.1.
    I've only tried Vista once about a year and a half ago and couldn't give it a chance since it went bad on me in less than a couple hours. I guess for those users who really try it can be a good OS.

    As for Windows 8/8.1, I think that if MS did a bit more of consumer research they would come to the conclusion that people want something familiar to them, easy to use on a daily basis for common tasks such as internet surfing and Office usage.
    Something that's user friendly like Windows 7 or XP. Or maybe it's just a matter of time before touch screen monitors get cheap and most people buy them and then maybe Windows 8/8.1 would become a more viable option to the more common users.
    I guess it's a bit of both, most users want something similar to XP and 7 and at the same time Windows 8 has to evolve into something more user friendly and as time goes by touch screen laptops and desktops will become cheaper. Maybe MS released Windows 8 a bit too soon, that was my first impression when it first came out anyways.
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  4. #84


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    Blame it on television shows with the huge transparent touch screens they are swiping every which way.
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  5. #85


    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Hello, rafael1979. Welcome to Windows EightForums. I’m glad to see you’re in our corner.

    I read your post here earlier: https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...tml#post362362

    Not too many understand what MS is trying to accomplish with an OS familiar across all devices in conjunction with WP8. I think you’re starting to or already have seen that. I believe one cannot see that until one learns and uses the Modern Store apps on a regular basis. Once the 95% of “commoners” find this out then we’ll start to see sales increase dramatically.

    They’ve come some way with the release of 8.1, but I think they regret releasing 8 as it was. I bet they wished it never saw the light of day. Too drastic of a change. I feel that the influential tech writers, IT Pros, and power users who are so hell-bent on using the Desktop gave it a bad reputation and probably rightfully so. Now that there’s the option of booting to the Desktop app most seem to be satisfied with that. That’s why they hurried that out the door. In a few years 8 will be a thing history.

    Again, welcome and enjoy your stay.
    Thank you for welcoming me here! :-)

    Like I stated on my previous post maybe Windows 8 was released a bit too early. It's probably one of those things that when first released cause fear and push most people away from it because it's so different to what people are used to, but as time passes it soon becomes the next big thing. I think this will be the case with Windows 8.
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  6. #86


    Just for grins today I turned on the old Dell Dimension 4550 loaded with XP that my daughter gave me a little while back. It surprised me once more how something just 12 years old could look so archaic. I guess if one didn't see new or modern, one wouldn't know the difference.
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  7. #87


    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Just for grins today I turned on the old Dell Dimension 4550 loaded with XP that my daughter gave me a little while back. It surprised me once more how something just 12 years old could look so archaic. I guess if one didn't see new or modern, one wouldn't know the difference.
    I too have an old laptop loaded with Win XP Pro, and despite its age and rather old looks if compared to Vista and so on, it is still a good OS for the "commoners" it does the old fashion way what most people require from a PC, it has modern Office, it surfs the net very well (with its MS demise let's see until when though). Anyway, XP still serves most people's basic needs from an OS. If given the choice between Windows XP she knows really well and Windows 8 my sister would probably jump back to XP, lol.
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  8. #88


    Yes, Rafael, it is a good OS, but unfortunately it won't be supported anymore.
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  9. #89


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    XP is kind of the DOS of Windows. It is a bar that is hard to jump. Business environments love, love XP. So malleable.
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  10. #90


    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    XP is kind of the DOS of Windows. It is a bar that is hard to jump. Business environments love, love XP. So malleable.
    Some people with low end PCs (that's a good amount of people) still use XP. When you have few resources, a lesser CPU, then XP can be your only choice, unless you want to go back to Windows 2000 which is a bit more ancient but only requires a minimum 32Mb of Ram(XP Pro requires 64Mb). In comparison, my Windows 7 Ultimate, in idle, uses about 1Gb of ram, as does Windows 8 Pro 32bit.
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