Windows on the x86 architecture has become a horrible bloated mess, dragging behind it years of legacy, and offering a never-ending supply of footholds for malware to enter your digital fortress.
—Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet
I have been using Windows since 3.0 replaced DOS on my home computer. I have written many articles about Windows and taught numerous classes about Windows. I give talks about Windows. Over the years I have owned and used dozens of Windows PCs. So, I think it is fair to say that I know something about Windows and one of the things that I know about Windows is that it is a PITA.
In the last couple of years, I have also owned two Android tablets, an Android smartphone, and an iPad. They are not a PITA. In fact, the iPad is a positive joy to use. However, because I write and lecture about Windows, I try to keep up with new Windows platforms so I recently bought a popular tablet running Windows 8.1. It is a PITA.
Windows being Windows, naturally my new tablet had to download and install a bunch of Windows updates. That’s right, the brand-new Windows 8.1 operating system, barely a month after release, had to be updated, a long and slow process. Then the wireless stopped working. After going on the Internet, I found that a lot of people were having wireless problems. The reason – a new driver was required. You may say that the driver problem should be blamed on the hardware manufacturer but driver problems are endemic to Windows systems. This is only one of many examples. I only found out about the driver problem because I know how to do these things. What about the average computer user who thinks a driver is the person behind the wheel of a car? They’d have a brand new tablet with a flaky wireless connection and wouldn’t have a clue why.
Then there were all the upgrade problems I have had. I am not going to bore you with my tale of frustration in trying to upgrade three different Windows 8 systems to Windows 8.1. I will just relate that two of the three could not be upgraded. Two laptops that ran Windows 8 perfectly well wouldn’t work properly with Windows 8.1. One of the laptops was brand new. In fact, the Internet is full of stories of people having problems with an upgrade issued just a year after the original Windows 8.
It isn’t just the interminable updating that Windows requires nor is it the fact that the updates sometimes break things or don’t work. Windows is a PITA because it is a fragile and bloated system that requires constant care, suffers numerous security problems, has all sorts of operational glitches, and is much too complex for the general populace.
I have been saying for years that Windows is not an operating system suitable for the average person. As I wrote in a previous post, Windows 8 reinforces that opinion. I am not alone in my opinion. Even technology professionals are becoming tired of having to deal with Windows. For example, respected Windows and computer expert Adrian Kingsley-Hughes recently wrote in his ZDNet column:
After more than two decades of being a dedicated Windows power user, and having invested tens of thousands of hours into mastering the platform, and run versions spanning from 3.0 to 8.1, I’ve now all but given up on Windows.
Addendum: I’ve been told that not everybody knows what PITA means. Definition here
Over the years I have posted a number of times about Microsoft’s schoolyard badmouthing of rivals. Time and again Microsoft marketing has preferred trash-talking the competition instead of explaining the good points of its own products, Oh, we get meaningless empty stuff about how Windows will save the world but there is never any actual content about what Windows actually might do better. Could it be that there is no content to be had?
Recent targets of Microsoft have been the iPad and now the Chromebook. These products are, in fact, real threats to the consumer portion of the Windows market. Personally, I believe that the majority, maybe even most, average home PC users are better off to avoid Windows and to use an iPad or a Chromebook or an Android tablet.
Here is what some technology writers are saying about the Microsoft bad-mouth campaign and the Chromebook.
- Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google’s Chromebooks
Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about Chromebooks? Because it can see the writing on the wall.
For many mainstream users, the operating system they use is slowly becoming irrelevant, and even though Chromebooks are not right for everyone, they are slowly becoming a real alternative in the low-end laptop market.—Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch
- Microsoft is missing the point with Chromebooks
Microsoft has launched a new attack on Google. The latest assault, which is part of a broader campaign called Scroogled, is aimed at discrediting the Chromebook platform by pointing out how consumers should be “leery” of the platform because of a list of “cons” and “can’t” that Microsoft has pulled together.
Problem is, rather than causing me to question Chromebooks, what the Scroogled campaign tells me is that Microsoft is actually scared of Chromebooks, and instead of addressing the needs of consumers, Google has brought the Redmond giant to the point of panic with Chromebooks ahead of the holiday spending extravaganza. By choosing to go on the offensive against the Chromebook, Microsoft has inadvertently given validation to a platform that most mainstream buyers – the sort of people looking for a computer over the next few weeks – would never have noticed—Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet
- Why the Chromebook pundits are simply out of touch with reality
Two recent articles belittling the need and use cases for Chromebooks also belittle those consumers who buy them. It’s a shame that some are stuck in the old-school traditional computing model where the thought of “more is better” overlooks cases where less is more—Kevin C. Tofel at GigaOm
Of course, there are still plenty of the technorati who simply can’t get it through their heads that average people neither need nor want a computing device as complicated as Windows. They never seem to understand what it is that average PC users actually want to do with their systems. For example, Paul Thurrott, who should know better, pooh-poohs the Chromebook because it is basically an inexpensive Internet device. That’s what a lot of people want, Paul, get it? Can’t do spreadsheets? Actually, you can, right on the web with Google Docs. But how many consumers want to do spreadsheets or create PowerPoint or write books? Chromebooks are really simple to use and maintain, updates and backups are done automatically, and there are very few system virus threats – not bad.
- The new killer app is a real human
Live experts like those from Google Helpouts and Amazon’s Mayday are changing everything—At Computerworld, Mike Elgan reports on the growing use of live humans on the Internet
- 10 reasons the browser is becoming the universal OS
Extensible, mutable, and rapidly evolving thanks to open source roots, the Web browser reigns as a platform for users, developers alike—Peter Wayner at InfoWorld
- Microsoft Is Making An Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties
Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it’s pretty much all profit—Business Insider
- Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?
For two years in a row now, Google has gone back on major promises it made about search. The about-faces are easy fodder for anyone who wants to poke fun at Google for not keeping to its word. However, the bigger picture is that as Google has entered its fifteenth year, it faces new challenges on how to deliver search products that are radically different from when it started. In the past, Google might have explained such shifts in an attempt to maintain user trust. Now, Google either assumes it has so much user trust that explanations aren’t necessary. Or, the lack of accountability might be due to its “fuzzy management” structure where no one seems in charge of the search engine—Search expert Danny Sullivan at Marketing Land
- What Went Wrong At Microsoft: Surface and Marketing Mishaps
At Petri IT, Aidan Finn says, “Over the last few years, Microsoft has dropped the ball on many opportunities,” and analyzes what he says were marketing mistakes.
- Amazon unveils “Prime Air,” a plan to deliver by drone in just 30 minutes
On 60 Minutes this weekend, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surprised correspondent Charlie Rose by revealing a new R&D project to deliver packages via drone. It’s called Amazon Prime Air.
This future Amazon initiative would use octocopter drones to fly orders directly to customer doorsteps in just 30 minutes. Bezos told the news program he anticipates the project could be rolled out within the next four to five years—Ars Technica
Quantum computers are still in an early stage of development but they promise to someday change computing. Here is some information about them.
First is this video:
Also this link has more videos.