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Is 8 and 8.1 creating OS illiterate smartphone users?

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    Is 8 and 8.1 creating OS illiterate smartphone users?


    Appears to me with many recent posts that new 8/8.1 users are kind of Windows illiterate. Is it because of the smartphone/tile/android generation?

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    Not very flattering description, although quite a few posters have described themselves that way.

    Maybe it has something to do with the tileworld/little squares to jab at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Appears to me with many recent posts that new 8/8.1 users are kind of Windows illiterate. Is it because of the smartphone/tile/android generation?
    No. It is that users want to be spoon fed all of the time. If they have issues, instead of searching for the information, they come straight to the forum and we play 20 questions before we even get anywhere to a starting point.

    The first time I have had to post a question in a forum. Was two weeks ago, in diychatroom.com, regarding my Induction blower is starting to go out on my furnace. It was mainly as to where I could possibly find the part cheaper then what I have found it on amazon & coziparts.com.
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    . . Please lets get real. . .
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    It's the playmobile generation and 8.1 suits them. But there are also still a lot of smart people around that know their stuff.

    And btw - Android is not that easy. W8Phone is a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    It's the playmobile generation and 8.1 suits them. But there are also still a lot of smart people around that know their stuff.

    And btw - Android is not that easy. W8Phone is a lot easier.
    More like the reverse opposite. I know a lot of Android users and iOS users out there, that all agree that the W8 Phone OS is the worse idea ever devised. Same with incorporating a Touch Screen interface on non-touch capable devices.

    Until Microsoft Sales & Marketing wakes up and stop trying to kill their company. MS will continue in the direction over the cliff.
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    My feeling is that Win 8 and 8.1 revealed that many users are completely Windows illiterate despite the fact that they may have been using it for years. One small example, how many new Win 8 users don't know how to change the default program for opening a given file extension? They complain that they don't like the Metro app that opens to view photos but don't know how to change things to use the program they prefer.

    My sister is one such user, she has been using Windows for many years (and DOS before that) yet still has trouble copying files from one folder to another on her computer.
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    Wasn't trying to insult anyone's intelligence by asking for help here. What I was getting at it it does seem some may have jumped to 8/8.1 simply because of Metro, tiles, whatever you want to call the interface. They may not have had much previous Windows experience and seem at a loss to dig deeper into the system.

    Actually, a good thing for the forum but strikes me that GUI itself makes some less prone to "get under the hood". I appreciate the responses.
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    @popeye,

    It is the opposite.

    If you look at the poor sales, it is obvious many people are trying to stay away from win8x.

    The metro nonsense is repelling people, not attracting them.

    Inevitably, some people end up with it - through an error of omission or commission.

    They are finding for the first time ,they have to fight with the OS. They never had to do that before, so they don't know how.

    If you consider how few people are inflicted with 8x, this forum is remarkably busy. That tells you something.
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    MS are aware of the problem. They have no intention of ditching the metro stuff. These big updates from 8.0 to 8.1 and the forthcoming 8.1 update are trying to disguise it.
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