Apart from MS Office 2010, I have a few minor applications on my PC.

  1. Skype Messenger
  2. A utility to capture YouTube videos
  3. Filezilla to upload changes to my website
  4. Paint.net because it is more accomplished than the Windows offering
  5. Arcsoft Photostudio
  6. Power2Go 7 and LabelPrint 2
  7. Treesize
  8. A couple of games
  9. The normal drivers and utilities associated with running a desktop
  10. Windows Live Writer..

.. and that’s about it. Everything that I do daily on this PC is covered by the list you see above. I don’t even see this much on many of the computers owned by my clients.

Back in the heady days of Windows 9x, when all computer magazines carried floppy disks full of shareware, it was a very different picture, and it was not unusual to see a desktop screen brimming with junk.

So, when a Windows 8 user opens the Windows store, me included, and looks through it, there is a lot of junk there, just like the floppies of old. Some of the free stuff is not exactly free either. Games start by being free, but you have to pay if you want to be able to go beyond say, level three.

A lot of the info apps do no more than a website can give you, and are way more inconvenient to switch between than tabs on a web browser. The actual delivery may be better, more like reading a book, but for general access, they get a zero.

Microsoft has a bumpy ride ahead. The Windows 8 UI, apart from being unreliable, is going down like a lead balloon with a great many users. Having told us that the traditional Start menu is old hat, backtracking to it for Windows 9 is going to be an embarrassment, and I am eager to see how they will manage it, because they are going to have to manage it somehow.

‘One size fits all’ is a flawed concept for any and every product ever made, the only benefit being that it is cheaper for the manufacturer at the production stage.