My grandma tries Windows 8 for the first time (with video)

“In this video I show my 66-year-old nan attempting to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview,” Ben Strange reports via YouTube.

“She has used a computer since April 2009, then she used Windows XP on my Compaq Presario 6000, Now she uses Windows 7,” Strange reports. “in this video I tried to give my nan no hints, Although I had to give her a few at times because she wasn’t going anywhere and it felt like she never was going to get anywhere.”

“She found it very difficult to use as it’s completely different to what she has ever used, when she upgraded to Windows 7 she found it very easy as Windows XP and Windows 7 look pretty similar,” Strange reports. “This shows how difficult and confusing Windows 8 will be…”

MacDailyNews Take: Ben, what your nan really needs is a Mac. Now, be a good grandson and help get one. And, get a Mac for yourself, too. You can both thank us later.

As we wrote over a year ago, about ten seconds after we first heard about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8:

Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).

We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.

From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.

Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder)… People might as well get the Mac they always wanted… If Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”

As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.

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  1. Nan should have taken the time to read all of the 5,000 word+ posts Microsoft has graced its users with on their Windows 8 blog. Had she only put the time in to appreciate all the study that went into Win 8, she wouldn’t be so feeble when faced with actually using it.

    1. Haha!
      And imagine all the people who will load Win 8, boot it up, and then, after hours of smacking their heads against the wall, say, “Oh, I guess I’d better go on the Microsoft website, and maybe they’ll have pointers there for using Windows 8. … Hmmm. … what? … uuhhh … How the H___ do I get on the internet?! … (more head smacking here) …

    2. You should read the support pages (246) about Mountain Lion. The good reviews are buried by the I can’t AirPlay with my two year old MBP, iMac, Mac. Can reviews be posted by people who didn’t but ML? Like MS employees?

  2. Two things are know:

    1) 66 year old people (and everyone else) are NOT stupid and don’t like to be made to feel stupid.

    2) business professionals do not have time to deal with bs.

    And one more thing, 95% of the stuff on an iPhone/iPad is absolutely intuitive requiring no manual, guessing or studying. You just do what you want to do.

  3. Won’t someone please think of the trees!

    The amount of pulp that will be required to fill the incredible demand for paper Win 8 User Manuals and Win 8 For Dummies books, will completely wipe out the world’s last remaining forests.

  4. Just the tiles constantly updating was distracting! Maybe for people with ADD this will be a big hit!! Its way to busy. It would be like having message center always visible in the middle of your screen and updating every second with new content!

    It does appear to be a pig with lipstick! Sorry to the pig for that reference…

  5. So what’s with the Compaq name? They couldn’t use the dictionary to see how impresario was spelled? WTF is a “presario” anyway? Something like that weenie waver outfit “Fendi” not knowing how to spell “effendi?”

      1. I think you missed the dripping sarcasm in Jesse’s post. It probably had to do with the stupid names that lame outfits come up with, i.e. “presario” is from “impresario” (look it up) and they can trademark the word.

  6. I flushed winders down a deep, dark toilet bowl four years ago and have never looked back. AND, won’t. The Redmond Clown Collective can jump up and down, wave banners and throw wild press lie-fests, grope demo-dollies at every trade show on earth or even throw Bomber off a skyscraper in Delhi… Meh….

    What they have devolved into is junk packaged as something else. They have devalued their decades-old relationships with people and companies all over the world. That blade cuts both ways… They’re on a steep slope to oblivion.

  7. Remember Microsoft’s short-lived marketing effort designed to show how great Windows Vista was, in which user interaction with the OS was dubbed “the Mojave experiment?”

    I dub Windows 8 “the Enigma experiment.”

  8. If I gave that POS to my wife to use, divorce papers would be the least of my worries! How in the world could anyone come with something so asinine?

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