Originally Posted by TwoCables
Exactly. Universally compatible. Microsoft has tried to set up the defaults of Windows to be as compatible with as many different kinds of users as possible. The more universally compatible it is, the more accessible it is to everyone and the less customizing the average user has to do, like a soccer mom.
Universally compatible, with as many different kinds of users as possible.
Oh boy. (shakes head)...
TwoCables, compatibility in the world of IT/computers has nothing to do with sharing files on a computer. In another words, compatibility and sharing are not synonymous. For example, say that I am a Mac user and I email to you a file called "My Resume.webarchive". If you were to download that attachment and save it to your Win7/Win8 computer, you would NOT be able to open or view that document unless you had the appropriate software to open such filetypes. (In this case it would be something like Safari for Windows). Even if you saved it to this magical folder you keep referring to as "universally compatible",
....it still would not
matter. You would still need Safari for Windows to open that file.
Now If I were to create a file that was created in Mac version of Word (and save it as a *.rtf file), that same file can be opened on just about any other computer regardless of the operating system including Linux. This RTF file could be stored almost anywhere on the computer and still be opened by the end user regardless of whether that person had Microsoft Word installed on their PC or not. I say almost anywhere because if you are running some flavor of Windows OS on your desktop and your account is password protected, any file that is stored under user profile would be off limits to other users (except for the administrator of course).
As I stated from the onset, the "C:\Users\Public\All Documents" folder has nothing to do with compatibility and is all about allowing users who log onto a PC to share files with each other. It's plain & simple and there's nothing more to it than that.Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/12/14 at 7:27pm