I saw this article on Forbes and I thought the author had a pretty profound and eloquent quote. Whether you agree or not, it’s an interesting quote.

From Tim Worstall – Forbes contributor:

I could argue this from an entirely personal perspective. Sure, I use a computer as the essential tool for making my daily bread and butter. I use Windows simply because that’s what every cheap computer on the market comes pre-loaded with. Plus I’ve near 20 years experience of using one form of Windows or another (no, really, I had Windows 1.0 at one point). But I don’t actually use “Windows” if you see what I mean. I use something that opens a word processor, I use something that will allow a browser to run. And that really is about it. I’m sure my experience of computing is similar to the vast majority of people out there too. We’re no more interested in which OS we use than which spark plugs are in our car’s engine. As long as it works then we’re happy.

Which is the danger of presenting us with an entirely new way (the Metro interface which pretty much insists that you access as if you’re on a tablet) of interacting with the computer. If we’ve got to learn all this new stuff well, why not go off and use some other OS that doesn’t force us to do so? Or one that we don’t have to pay for?

He spells out the potential danger zone with Microsoft changing the OS so radically.

The point where people decide that if they have to learn something new, let’s see what else is out there.


About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • 123321

    people who are not openminded for new things should stay with their old OS.
    and will miss a lot of great experience. try it

  • Robert Kegel

    I do agree that the comment was well written but I don’t agree with the comment. Windows 8 is different but desktop isn’t that different. If all you use is a browser and Word then you shouldn’t have a problem at all with Windows 8. You go to desktop and on your taskbar or desktop you have your browser icon and Word icon and you’re good to go.

    If someone who is afraid of change decides to go to Linux or OSX they’re going to have to learn a whole new OS. At least with Windows 8 you have the familiar desktop, switching OS’ won’t be familiar at all.

    Also looking at the OneNote Metro app gives you a possible glimpse of how Office Metro might be like and it looks nice!

    People are afraid of change and I understand that but without change we’d still be riding horses everywhere and using fire to see in the dark. Change is good and Windows 8 is good.