For the past week I’ve been trying to find negative reviews on Windows 10, but they are hard to find… does Microsoft have a winner on its hands? I truly think so. When compared to the first days/weeks/months when Windows 8 came out, the internet was flooded with negativity about the new OS – it was burned down to the ground before most people even installed the preview and in my opinion killed by the media/so called reviewers in very unfair way.
Just one out of the many examples here: http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-8-is-hard-so-say-14-typical-users/
When Windows 8 first came out, it took me a week or so to get used to it, but when I got the “hang” of it I totally understood where Microsoft was going with this bold new vision on what Windows should be. Windows 8 was made and developed with mobile in mind but worked well enough for desktop users (if they took a little time to invest in it).
Mobile FIRST is the life-line for Microsoft and I was happy to see that 8.1 brought extra features and made navigating with a mouse and keyboard a lot easier for desktop users that were too lazy to figure out what 8(.1) had under the hood. I believe that Microsoft really improved the productivity experience with Windows 8.1, it’s just too bad the Windows 8 already had a bad rep by then.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked and best features in Windows 8/8.1 is search. (Just start typing your command/request) in the Metro environment and this brings you to everything available in your machine, and most of the time the first option is what you are looking for. Try it for the fun of it, type CM and CMD will pop up on the right side of you screen, or type “sk” (Skype is there) or con (Control Panel is there), type wo (and Word is there). Fortunately search is still available in Windows 10 but not as easily accessible as in Windows 8.
My experience with Windows 10 and features that really make a difference
Anyway, it does not really matter anymore as Microsoft had to please the NAY Sayers even after 8.1 but I think they did that in a very elegant way. I installed Windows 10 on a 5 year old machine yesterday and this machine FLIES compared to when it ran the pre-installed Windows 7 and, everything works flawless! NO driver issues, boot up time is at least twice as fast, it looks and feels like Windows 7 with a more up-to-date UI-so I don’t think that desktop users really have anything to complain about anymore.
Not only is everything familiar in Windows 10 but I found it has a lot of additional features like multiple (virtual) desktops, still a great “search engine” (with built-in Bing) that when you search for files on your machine, it automatically searches the internet for additional search results, and I really like that you’re able to snap four apps-with each taking up a quarter of the screen. I found that Microsoft also made File Explorer more intuitive, and for Windows 8 fans, the “Start Screen ” is still there in the form of a traditional Windows 7 Start Menu, and it works just the same with the pinning of apps and resizing of live tiles. For those who prefer the Windows 8 Start Screen, Microsoft gives you the option of bringing it back.
There is a lot more to discover and I have been using Windows 10 Preview only for two days now but I am quite satisfied with what I have found so far and I am waiting for the NAY SAYERS to stand up and fight their old fight and accuse dear old Microsoft of not doing their job AGAIN ;-)…. But with none yet standing up against Windows 10 makes me feel that Microsoft has really nailed it with this version.
It appears that Microsoft is really making an OS that’s familiar to everyone upgrading from previous versions of Windows, making a truly universal and versatile OS which is built to accommodate all types of devices. I believe that this is a very important step for Microsoft to make in order to move everyone forward to Windows 10 especially to get everyone involved in the Microsoft ecosystem, something that will potentially benefit Windows Phones and tablets in a big way.
I invite readers to join us in exploring Windows 10, share your opinions (good or bad). Be a part of the ongoing growth of this new Windows that’s aimed to please desktop users and the enterprise. Let’s also make sure we don’t let Microsoft forget (at least that’s how I see it) their Windows 8 fans, as I’m a fan of the Windows 8 Start Screen. I see that with Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to accommodate the desktop users, and I’m hoping that Windows 10 Continuum doesn’t change the mobile experience too much, because I love the way Windows 8 does it. I’ve become very accustomed to how the modern Windows 8.1 experience works and I loved the out-of-box experience it gave me.