”I hate Windows 7 and 8!” was my friend, Ray’s comment regarding the new Windows releases. Ray is not your average computer user. He has been in the computer industry for over 30 years and has participated in some major technology projects. Don’t fluff off his comment as someone who doesn’t know computers. His view is shared by a lot of us.
Windows 7 is still considered new by a lot of people but Windows 8 is already being shoved down our throats. It makes sense to innovate but many people are still happy with good old Windows XP. Microsoft can do what it wants under the hood but why do they have to force us to learn new ways to control our computers? Not everyone wants to become part of a computer collective. Most of us don’t want new ways to access information. Why can’t things stay the same?
Every Windows release always includes a new look and feel. While we will hear the marketing geniuses put a spin on things, the real issue is money. Microsoft attempts to release a new operating system every 3 years to keep up the revenue stream. How could Microsoft justify a new operating system if the operating system didn’t look different?
Why couldn’t Microsoft keep the same look and feel as the previous release of Windows? Perhaps Microsoft should take note that a program that has become very popular emulates or makes a Windows 8 computer look like a Windows 7 computer. Does this make sense? Customers say they want “X” but they are being forced to accept “Y”.
It never fails, just when you get comfortable with something, someone decides that there is a better way to do it. We should probably be thankful that no one has decided that we should drive our cars with our noses. Can you imagine what kind of problems that would cause?
If you get a chance to test drive a Windows 8 computer, don’t get too frustrated. When you point to the place where you would normally see Start, you will see a representation of the desktop. It will either be the new metro type or the almost normal desktop. Pointing and clicking in the lower left corner of the screen will give you the option of a metro or the old desktop type screen.
www.pokki.com can offer you help to migrate to the Windows 8 or metro environment. The program puts a little acorn where the Start button used to be. While it doesn’t exactly represent Windows 7, this program can make your life a little easier.
We are constantly being forced to change how we do things. Let’s hope the latest Windows is a better Windows.