Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
@DDURBIN1 I'm going to disagree. On a small level, there were several things I had to learn how to do just upgrading my iPad to iOS 7. Over the years, I'm sure there have been plenty of things that had to be learned when new iOS versions came out, the same as new versions of Windows. The big difference right now is that Microsoft chose to make a major, fundamental change to Windows with Windows 8. That's definitely going to mean learning some new things. However, that's life. We're always resistant to change. Microsoft has done something nobody else has done so far, and they took a risk doing it -- they've made everything work and look the same, from phones, to tablets, to laptops to desktops. I really like it, but that's because I could tell from the display models in stores that a non-touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 would be aweful, and I had an open mind. Not only does everything look alike, but it all knows everything I've done. I can sit down at my desktop, and start to type a URL address into IE. It can be a URL I've only ever been to on my laptop, but my desktop knows about it. It's magic!
As far as 8.1 is concerned, I don't know. I upgraded my laptop to it when it came out, but that was a disaster. It turned my favorite computer I've ever owned (and I've owned tham all the way back to the IBM PCjr) into the worst. That's because it reduced the sensitivity of the touchscreen to where it barely worked, and it disabled the bluetooth. There was no Windows 8.1 compatible driver for the bluetooth on that computer, and I suspect, a similar problem with the touchscreen.
Learning Android (I've had Android phones and an Android tablet) isn't that easy, beyond just the basics. I'm totally lost trying to do anything on my daughter's macbook. Learning Windows 8 wasn't too difficult, and I'm not a geek. All you have to do is read up on the tips and tricks stuff and watch a tutorial or two. I've been using it for over a year, and I'm still learning. however, I've been using earlier versions of Windows for decades, and Windows 7 at work, and I'm still learning things on those too. Nothing new there.
Were you around when they went from the old Windows 3.1 to Windows 95? That was a pretty major change, as I recall, and took a lot of getting used to.