Early look at Windows 8 baffles consumers

Yahoo News- "The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done."

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aviator1891468d ago (Edited 1468d ago )

I was only surprised by the introduction to a start screen, but I'm in no way confused or baffled by windows 8.

My kid is is kindergarten and I've taught the majority of the tricks and basics of windows 8 start screen to him in under a day and he loves the thing. And I got him a surface for the holidays. He's going to be one happy kid come christmas day. :)

FredEffinChopin1468d ago

Kids also learn new languages like putting on new clothes. To state that a child gained mastery over a new interface isn't that big of a deal. I'll be convinced when I see a "my mother totally got the swing of it fast" post.

aviator1891468d ago (Edited 1468d ago )

So, you're saying that a mother can't learn new languages and new things "like putting on new clothes?"

I don't think that mothers, who are capable of doing one of the toughest jobs in the world- being a mom, being a wife, juggling a possible job on the side, cooking for the family, etc., are as incapable on adapting to new technology as you think they may be.

FredEffinChopin1468d ago (Edited 1468d ago )

I think you're either really misunderstanding me or really trying to twist what I'm saying.

It's not about "mothers", it's about older people, and it's absolutely true. It's a scientific fact, with biological evidence to back it up. Kids are FAR more capable of learning new languages and interfaces that old people are. A quick google search will show you the physiological facts behind that, don't take my word for it.

Besides, haven't you heard the expression "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Yes, it's a phrase, but it has a real-world basis. Older people tend to get comfortable in their ways, and more resistant to change, and new ways of doing things.

Since the discussion surrounding Windows 8's new interface is about existing users being able to adapt to new interfaces, I don't find it especially relevant that a young child who hasn't become acquainted with the particular GUI for a couple of decades is having an easy time adapting. A child has less old ways to unlearn.

Cueil1468d ago

it's not that difficult... people are acting like the desktop environment doesn't exist or that Microsoft isn't going to have an introduction video when you first start up your machine.

wishingW3L1468d ago (Edited 1468d ago )

Windows 8 is so crap that I'm gonna skip it even when I can get it for free from Uni because I'm a computer science student.

The OS is uncomfortable and awkward. Period.