My mum has used windows xp since it was first released 11 years ago. She skipped vista, skipped windows 7 and now thinks its time to upgrade due to our printer driver not being fully compatible with windows xp. So what's the latest version of windows now? Windows 8 and should she upgrade? Well... I decided to give her a test drive of windows 8 running on my own computer and lets just say she may be abandoning computers forever.
Below is a video of her test driving windows 8 on my computer while I give her a bunch of general tasks to perform:
- Log in (Already told how to log in)
- Check your emails without using an internet browser
- Get out of mail back to the apps screen
- Check the weather
- Make, save then open a text file
- Download and Install firefox
She hated windows 8 so I decided to show her a totally different operating system all together: Ubuntu 12.10. Strangely enough she liked it much better than windows 8 and found it much easier to use. This just goes to show that loyal windows users may find windows 8 harder to use than a non-microsoft operating system. Here's a video of her Ubuntu experience:
- Change your desktop background
- Visit the gmail website
- Write and save a text document
- Quit Firefox
- Calculate 680 x 45 =
- Find where your downloaded applications are stored
- Turn off your computer
But I wasn't done yet because she had still said some very offensive things about windows 8... She called it "Cartoonish", "Childish" and "Like the first version of Windows as if every version ever released has been an improvement on windows 8". Well, I decided to put her theory to the test and actually get her to try out the first version of Microsoft Windows "Windows 1.0" released in 1985. Lets just say... She partially took back what she said about windows 8 Here's the video of Windows 1.01:
- What time is it?
- Write and save a text document.
- Have 3 programs running at once.
- Have the clock running along with your other programs.
- Turn of your computer.
For those who can't watch the videos here are some quotes from her windows 8 video:
The mail application:
Me: Try and check your emails without using an internet browser. So no firefox, no Chrome.
Mum: Mail, Probably.
*Clicks Mail App*
Me: There's your emails.
Mum: Ok Good, Now get out of it.
Me: How do you do that?
*Angrily clicks around the screen for a minute trying to quit the appication but instead deletes an email.
Mum: How do you get out of this thing? Do you roll something? Oh this is rediculous! Cnrl, alt delete? I don't know how to get out of it... what are you supposed to do?
Me: So this is what a computer user would do (holding back a laugh)
Mum: I don't know, I would just cnrl, alt delete. There's no options, its lost its options. What do you do?
Me: Try and put your cursor to the corner of a screen.
*Puts cursor to the top right corner of the screen, side bar with 5 buttons appears*
Me: What do you notice? What's there?
Mum: Symbols. I don't know what those symbols are. It looks like hieroglyphics.
Review of the new start/grid screen:
Mum: This looks cartoonish. It doesn't even look like an improvement on the last one. It looks like its going back to the start.
Me: What year does it look like?
Mum: It looks like the first one ever and all the others (operating systems) have been and improvement on this (windows 8).
Don't know how to download firefox:
Me: Seriously you don't know how to download a program?
Mum: But I've already got it on my computer. Why would I want to download it?
Me: Because you install Windows 8 on your computer on and you don't have Firefox.
Mum: I would never be stupid as to install windows 8 on my computer. After looking at it now its just stupidity.
Me: Well try and get it, Firefox.
Mum: But I don't want to! I want to walk back to my room and have my own computer.
So, Want to update your computer to windows 8?:
Me: If they said we're gonna install it on your computer. If you don't have it installed you've got to pay a fine of $100. Would you pay the $100?
Mum: Pay the fine of 100 Dollars. I've had enough of it.
Me: And How much do you think they are saying that it costs to buy windows 8?
Mum: They should pay people for it.
What's the Best operating system:
Me: So what operating system do you prefer to use?
Mum: The one I'm used to.
Me: Well what is that?
Mum: Windows 7, That will do.
Me: You don't even use windows 7
Mum: What do I use?
Me: *Laughs* Seriously you should know what you use!
Me: You don't, You hate vista.
Mum: Well what do I use then?
Me: The thing before vista.
Me: Yes XP
Mum: Well that's fine, just stay with the XP.
Mum: It doesn't matter. I'm used to it. I know what to do and thats it!
*slams the door on windows 8*