@David "That means if she changes she'll have to get used to the new office ribbon, right?" She's getting used to it but really, she hasn't had to use the ribbon much. I did have to show her how to insert a row in Excel.
I just switched the computers so the Win7 box is under her desk. The XP box is in the temporary location. I had to connect it because she needed the browser bookmarks from the XP box.
This is why one should not wait for a disaster to upgrade. Suppose the XP box hard drive had died and the data was unrecoverable. Then what?
Because the Win7 box is a used computer (upgraded from Vista), I don't trust its hard drive. Most of her work files are on a USB flash drive and the few files she used at home only are not on a flask drive on the network where I can back them up easily and any time.
I'm trying to wean my wife off XP and on to Win7. It's a hard sell. The Win7 box is set up next to the XP box but I have to almost carry her to the Win7 box. The Win7 box has office 2013 while the PX box runs Office 2003. She's sort of OK with Outlook 2010 but she still wants to use WordPerfect 11 for typing. WP11 runs on Win7 but only in XP emulation mode.
The other problem with why she goes to the XP box is that her whole work setup is around that space. I'l move the Win7 box into the permananetn space and the XP box to the temporary space. That will help. At least the XP box is still running so it gives her comfort and it does make the transition easier. Still, old habits die hard.
Window is just anxious about other OS competitors especially iMac, this is all about keep rush up with new OS not necessary a better one but could be a worse than recent verson. Consumers become their testers at loss.
I loaded Windows 8 on a little-used laptop at home and once I got over the shock of the new interface I'm beginning to warm up to it. It s MUCH faster than win 7.
I'll be sticking with XP as long as I can on my computers at the office and in my lab at home. We tried rinning Win7 on a laptop at the office and had endless troubles with USB-based test equipment that had always worked flawlessly on XP. I expect Win 8 will have the same troubles.
Why not allow the user to choose his interface.
Boycott the ribbon!
I mean boycott the tiles!
Call stick in the muds but if it works why change it.
Some new feature that you want to try?
Go watch the utube video-slideshow on how it works and decide if you want to switch your interface so you can use the new interface feature. Most of us would never update to the new interfaces.
Your view accurately reflects mine, too! There are HUGE productivity benefits to sticking with old tools unless new ones have REAL (rather than "gee-whiz") advantages. I'm an analog circuit designer (I can hear the kids snickering "old-school") and my computer is simply a time-saving TOOL ... not the end in itself that consumers of games, movies, you-tube, social media, ad-nauseum seem to regard them as. A true pity that Microsoft is alienating content producers for the fast money of consumers. As much as I hate the arrogance of Apple, once I can't use Windows 7 any more, I'll likely move to an Apple product! Let Microsoft have the "open mouth" consumers (love that phrase!) and virtual-friendship generation.
I have the same problem shopping at local stores. Using my credit card, sometimes I press on the screen and am told, "it's not a touch screen". Other times I'm looking for buttons and am told, "it's a touch screen". And they both look alike. It the same with ATM's at banks.
The problem today is there is no standardization in industry like there was years ago. Companies are free to do what they please and it's driving everyone crazy trying to keep up.
We used to have more cooperation among industries; where has it gone?
This reminds me of a story: I was touring England during the 70's and I noted, when my friend bought an appliance like a hair drier, it had no plug, just 3 bare wires.
Why no plug, I asked? They told me, "Every part of the city had a different outlet type, so rather than manufacture the hair drier with a dozen different plugs, they just leave it off". Then you have to take it to an electrical shop to get a plug installed.
Sounds like the same problem all over again, lack of standardization.