my 5 yr old works in Windows 8 all the time and loves it. After I removed the RP, he was upset because he likes it better. Is there a learning curve? Yes. Is it steep? No. I think that as tech support people, we sometimes get irritated with users and over time think of them as stupid.
If you have a 60yr old who can barely turn on the computer, then, yes, they will probably have a hard time with it. However, 60-70% at least will complain but then will be using the program in no time at all.
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