Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Some people suggest that one thing Microsoft Research could do
with that time machine they're working on
is to go back in time and
change the name of the Program Files directory to simply Programs.
No, it really should be Program Files.
Program Files are not the same as Programs.
Programs are things like Calc, Notepad, Excel, Photoshop.
They are things you run.
Program Files are things like
They are files that make programs run.
If the directory were named Programs,
then people who wanted to run a program would start
digging into that directory
and seeing a page full of weird DLL names
and wonder "What the heck kind of programs are these?"
And eventually they might figure out that if they want to run
PowerPoint, they need to double-click on the icon named
"Computers are so hard to use."
If you want to find your programs,
go to the Start menu.
The Program Files directory is like the pantry of a restaurant.
You aren't expected to go in there and nibble on things that look
You're expected to order things from the menu.