'You can, of course, use the desktop applications in the normal way with keyboard and mouse, but if youd like to utilise touch as well, Id recommend you increase the size of all items by 125 percent and increase the text size of such items as title bars, menus, and message boxes to at least 11pt. This not only separates the UI elements to make them easier to touch, but also increases the visibility of desktop text for those of us with older eyes.'
I've got no problem with customising a display to personal preferences, but Microsoft have really stuffed this one up.
I've heard a lot of people complaining W8 looks '90s', with its clean and simple lines. Reminds me of Windows 3.1 albeit with a few more colours, with a text-and icon based 'Command Explorer' in a grid - almost identical. It also has about the same level of usability as a virgin system using 3.1 as well - a notepad, calculator, very basic paint app and a simplistic display that was developed from the naturally-gridded character cell display that preceded it. (it wasnt a huge step to colour and select a word by putting a mouse cursor on it rather than type in a command from the keyboard...) and doesnt appear to have changed much.
I wont be using RT myself, but I can see why the millions of 'computer savvy' users will. Its very familiar if you've used early versions of Windows and dislike what happened after XP because its about as limited:
Where's the CD/DVD burner, FMV media player and basic WP that can read a Hypertext document or a PDF? Where is the programming interface that anything that calls itself a computer MUST HAVE to be called a computer and not an appliance?
I'm not kicking just Windows here, IOS and Android also suffer from the same problem of pretty-but-useless. I guess people really just dont need computing power at their fingertips, but as its availble they'll use it for entertainment...
Theres a whole bunch of stuff missing that i'd have to pay for or just do without, so I'm staying well clear of tablets until they have matured into true computers.
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