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Why Defend Windows 8?

Clair from Downington, Pennsylvania writes:

I can’t understand why every time someone asks a question or puts down Windows 8 you always defend it. I work in IT and almost everyone just doesn’t seem to like it. I have it on one of computers and I find it a bit clunky although I do believe it has its uses. I just wonder if Microsoft is giving you a kickback?

Clair, Microsoft isn’t giving me a kickback – if anything I’ve kicked a whole lot of money their way purchasing a Windows 8 Surface Pro and an Office 365 subscription in 2013.  Here’s why you often find me “defending” Windows 8. First of all, I like it. It’s a decent little operating system once you know your way around it. I’m fortunate in that my job requires me know my way around it, so I’ve spend a great deal of time navigating it and learning the features. Not everyone has that kind of time to explore, so I like to share what I’ve found out.

Secondly, most of the people I hear from already have Windows 8. “Yep, you’re right, it’s awful.” wouldn’t be be a very helpful response to their questions and normally there is a fairly simple work-around for the issues they’re having.  I don’t think there’s any reason for people to be afraid of a Windows 8 computer. If you purchase a new PC, that’s likely the operating system that’s on it.  I’ll admit there’s a learning curve, but it’s my job to help with that learning curve.

I don’t think Windows 8 is bad, I just think it’s different. And it’s what’s available for PC. Most users really aren’t interested in switching to a Linux-based or Apple computer. Although if they hate, 8 that much , it’s certainly an option. Although considering the amount of complaints I’ve seen about iOS7 and Mavericks, things change in the Apple world as well from time to time.

But I suppose the main reason I like to emphasize the Windows 8 isn’t so bad, is that over the course of 25 years working with a variety of technology, I’ve discovered that attitude is half the battle with anything. If you believe something won’t work for you, you are absolutely guaranteed to be right. If you are sure that a program or operating system is too difficult to master, you will not master it. And I firmly believe that any reader who has used Windows XP or Windows 7 can figure out 8. It’s  only live tiles, not rocket science. Although I will admit that I couldn’t figure out why everyone hated Windows Vista so much either.

And not everyone hates Windows 8.

Christopher from West Yorkshire UK writes:

I just want to know why seems to be a lot of animosity towards Windows 8.1. I started with Win.98 in 2000. When Vista came out, I immediately upgraded, then Win7, & now Win 8.1. Some people, it seems, just don’t like change. I reckon they are just old fuddy duddies. I’m 63, & i love change, especially for the better, & I reckon 8.1 is great.


Richard DiLio from New Jersey writes:

I’m not writing to complain about Windows 8/8.1.  I think it’s great.  I would like to suggest you highlight that there is a very simple way to get a start menu not very different from the old start button.  On the desktop task bar, right click and select toolbars.  Then select Start Menu and Desktop.  All of the desktop programs are presented under “Start Menu” on the right side of the task bar, just like All Programs in the old Start Button.  If you are a bit knowledgeable, you can easily navigate to that folder and change the presentation/hierarchy of the various program folders.  I have lots of programs, so I also place the most used ones on the desktop and access that list from the Desktop toolbar, making it a bit quicker.  Not quite as elegant as the old style Start Button, but just as functional.

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~ Cynthia