I can understand new tasks being resource hogs like playing HD video. But stuff that could be done 20+ years ago with an average computer should not.
You make a valif point. Office 97 is and was excellent. I use office 2003 with the 2007 update patches so it can use .***x file associations. mostly because its not resource intensive and I cannot use tbe ribbon. it destroyed my productivity. was using office since ver 3 and i knew where everything was. why wouls i want a hosted program rather than having my files safe on my computer? Why would I want a bloated program to do something i could have done on a 386 faster?I second the emotion. I was using Excel 97' to document some settings on a new guitar pedal I designed a while back on my 486 DX4 and was shocked to find even back then, in the 90's, we had separate "sheets" within a spreadsheet. So why do I need to use Excel 365 when I can use Excel 97', fit the XLS file on a floppy diskette with some nice, and easy to read formatting. Oh I know - (late stage) CAPITALISM.
As an I.T. pro, something I've noticed about these new UI designs is that they sometimes beautify the interface so much it's hard to tell where the decoration ends and the functionality begins - ie white bar with a soft or slight gradient, with a tiny, 4pt carat for an arrow, for some kind of basic function. I get that a lot of it now is to "slimline" the look or make it "easy for touch" but it seems to me a lot of what they really end up doing is ruining the UI of any usability from a regular person. Hell, I get confused by the modern UI's sometimes because of these tiny or subtle changes that are supposed to suggest a function, but with a contrast setting different, or heck, even just on the norm, it looks like nothing is there and/or the icon for it is not immediatley obvious. This is why I'm a huge fan of the old style Windows 95 and Windows 3.1x icon style - because it's so low-res, cartooney, and blatent, it's hard to miss that you have an icon. What's funny is this seems to mostly be a problem with commercial software moreso than with Open Source - which I have heard "normies" call "ugly" or "outdated" - but the thing is, sometimes, something "ooooooold" might actually be better suited functionality wise if the "new" style is damaging things that the old style developers did not have to account for originally.
You can game on a high end 2010 PC since most of the work is done with the GPU these days. The real limitation of a 2010 PC is nvme support (or lack of) plus RAM limitations.