Windows 8: Face the FUD
For the uninitiated, FUD has nothing to do with Elmer Fudd. It stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. A lot of people would rather not deal with the uncertain and stay with the devices that they have. Worse, some people will want to switch, but then give in FUD and decline. I’m seeing a ton of FUD with Windows 8, both offline and online, and it is a crying shame.
The first concern I had to deal with was interoperability with existing networks. I did a job for a small law firm where they were adding workstation, one not unlike the Dell Inspiron 660, and sharing with the existing Windows 7 machine. Despite my client not being technical, he adjusted in a few days.Another concern I have seen voiced is that the Live Tile screen is “too busy” or that it makes apps too hard to fine. People seem to forget that you can remove unwanted apps and customize to your satisfaction. Additionally, I think it is far better to just hit the Windows key and start typing…boom. Frankly, that universal search function works even better than the Start menu. No worrying about what is in what folder. What you can’t do is clutter your “desktop” with files and folders, which should be a sin on a device as fine as the Dell Ultrabook XPS 12. Then there are the people who think that Windows 8 is useless without touch. I’m gonna call cow patties on that one. My lawyer client’s workstation has no touch, and he is doing just fine. Is Windows 8 glorious on the touch version of the Inspiron 15z? Sure. It’s also just as usable on the non-touch version. In fact, the Inspiron may be a great example for another bit of FUD – that touchpad based gestures are too hard to manage. Is there a learning curve? Absolutely, but that’s to be expected with any device. In fact, if you’re still using a non-touch device, I suggest checking out Dell’s Wireless Touchpad and joining the 21st century.
“But Mordechai,” you cry out “what about Windows 8 RT? Surely you are not saying we should accept a crippled version of Windows?” Again, that’s just a pitiful argument. Windows 8 RT is to Windows 8 what iOS is to MacOS – the tablet OS. It’s not made to run on the same devices. I guess people get confused because they see the XPS 10 tablet and think “that looks just like Windows” – but that’s the point. Unlike iOS, you just don’t have to learn an entirely new system of visual metaphors. Do all the same applications work? No. But that doesn’t matter, because the average consumer has gotten used to buying apps from built in app stores, and will accept what is available. Especially since the single most important app for most users – an Office Suite – is bundled with the device. I’d like to see Apple do that.
Is Windows 8 different? Absolutely. It’s the biggest change Microsoft has made to Windows since they went from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. As someone who was already a tech user then, I can tell you that we had lots of people saying how the new visual interface would never fly. FUD is everywhere and everywhen. Don’t give in. Let Dell show you how to embrace Windows 8.
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