I think you are missing the point with your comment, "I have set my XP upgrade to have tiles that look like my icons on my XP desktop." Under Win VIsta, I booted directly to the desktop. Under Win 7, I booted directly to the desktop. So give me a valid and logical reason why I should have to deal with tiles particularly when the dumbass reason provided by Microsoft is "it makes it easier for tablet users".
Would you like to compare the number of computer users just in North America to the number of tablet users? A small drop in the bucket by comparison! What's the next illogical step for MS to take? Have Windows X only work with touch screens?
I have no problems with improvements but this is NOT an improvement and MS lately seems to be into making changes that are NOT an improvement, just a change for the sake of change. Why do you think MS Office 2007 received such deluge of criticism? Because the changes were good? Their sales plummetted and MS Office 2010 wasn't much better.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm not interested in greeted with the additional tasks of making up tiles to replace my icons just so my desktop and laptop look like a tablet which, in my opinion, is nothing more than a tool for entertainment or mindless idiots who can't do anything without immediately posting to facebook or some social media.
If you like tiles, good for you. I don't! Furthermore, I found it a total waste of my time to "upgrade" my laptop to Win 8 and then most of a day removing the operating system; cleaning and reformatting my hard drive and then reinstalling the software programs that I use on a daily basis.
It seems that MS is so determined to pump out new versions of WIndows OS that they don't really care if a change is beneficial to the majority of users or not. As long as it is a change, that is what counts.
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