I don’t see myself as one who is resistant to change. But, I can also be one of those who doesn’t understand change just for its own sake. I’ve fooled around with computers longer than most people and have tried to stay on top of the rapidly evolving world of personal computers.
DOS was the dominant operating system when I first got involved and before it went the way of the dinosaur I had pretty much mastered it. I well remember the many attempts of Microsoft to develop a version of Windows that could complete with Apple’s graphical user interface (GUI) and the over-hyped release of Windows 3.0 in 1990.
Windows 3.0 was quickly replaced by 3.1 and the versions and variants continue to evolve, each one seeking to create a more stable and user-friendly means of operating the device that has captured and revolutionized our lives.
While I do understand Microsoft’s constantly updating and improving their product I have trouble with their sometime desire to change the look and feel for no clear reason. They spent years and untold fortunes creating a feel and familiarity that users have come to embrace. Why would you change that and end up frustrating your customer base?
This rant came out of my son-in-law buying a new Windows 8 laptop and asking me to set it up and install some software. I had no prior knowledge of, or experience with, Windows 8 and from the go found myself frustrated. Where’s the Start button? How do you restart or turn it off? Where’s My Computer? How do you get to Control Panel? Why do users need a “panels” option as well as the familiar Desktop? Why did I have to go online and Google the answers to all these questions?
I finally figured out what I needed to know but kept finding myself asking, “Why are they making me go through all this?” The only answer I could come up with involves a scenario where a bunch of Microsoft engineering geeks are sitting around a conference table having fun as they devise ways to screw with our heads. Instead of creating a leaner, meaner, more stable, and user-friendly operating system that the world would clamor for, they’ve developed one I wouldn’t spend a cent on until absolutely forced.
While Bill Gates will probably never be broke, his new OS is.