Windows 8 Requires Microsoft's Instruction, But Also a Willingness to Accept Change

Lastly, it will be launching 34 more holiday stores nationwide (making 65), where there will be trained sales representatives to help teach and instruct people to set up their new Windows 8 PCs and even upgrade their existing Windows PCs to the new software.

Is Microsoft doing enough? Probably not. Can it do more? Probably. It's really too early to say, although I will say it's easy to start seeing where it needs to spend more effort on education. For instance, it hasn't done a very good job explaining the difference between Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT (a version of Windows 8 that doesn't run older apps) very well yet, even to journalists.

Our Part

But it isn't all on the shoulders of the software giant. Don't get me wrong, it is on Microsoft to educate and give new PC buyers the tools they need to know how to use the new set of computers. But we can do something: We can embrace the change and make the effort to learn because it might just be worth it.

Yes, there is a learning curve. I can attest to that. I can also attest that the operating system does become second nature after you spend time with it, and the change isn't just change for the sake of change. There are worthwhile and useful changes that make things faster to use and push the ways we interact with touchscreens.

Younger users will adapt to the features and ways of navigating much faster. Just look at this video of a 3-year-old who has mastered using Windows 8 with a mouse. The video has nearly 50,000 views since being posted last week.

Older users, the ones who grew up using a Windows desktop and Start Menu (which has been removed in Windows 8), will undoubtedly have a harder time. For them, it's going to require relearning how to close applications or how to switch between them. It's going to require forgetting a lot of things about the way they have used Windows in the past. It's going to require an open mind, which it seems is even something Microsoft itself struggled to come to for the past couple of years.

But with that and Microsoft's educational efforts (if they are good enough), we might discover that Windows 8 is, well, better than the Windows we have gotten so used to.

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