I can’t think of a come down from a tech company that was as big as Microsoft giving us Windows 10 after the disaster of Windows 8.
After Microsoft completely missed the move from traditional computing to the mobile world, they hurried and tried to catch up by taking the gentrified Windows operation system and slapping a touch interface on it.
That didn’t work. Windows 8 was such a huge departure from what went before it, it turned its installed user base away, rather than attract any newcomers.
Microsoft had to face reality and change things. Windows 8 was a mess. They had to face facts and backtrack.
They have, and they’ve pulled it off. Windows 10, the brand new version of Windows, both brings back the traditional desktop OS as well as providing the ability to be a good touch-based OS.
The confusing and chunky start screen of Windows 8 is gone. Instead, we’re back to the familiar desktop we had in Windows 7 and before. The start menu is back, no longer a full screen and just the pop up in the bottom left hand corner you know so well.
When you open that menu, then you see the biggest difference in Windows 10. While Microsoft was so keen to distance itself from 8 that it skipped 9, the modern style apps from Windows 8 are still there, now as tiles in the start menu.
If you used those apps, the few there are, you’d probably be sorry to see them regulated to just the tiles in the menu. The idea that they would show live information on the start screen in Windows 8 should’ve worked, but because there was very little uptake from developers to make these apps, it just fell away.
The more I use Windows 10, the more I’m reminded of Windows 7. That’s a very good thing, but it also shows that Microsoft is stuck with this for a long time to come.
Windows 10 has been called “the last version of Windows”, because we’re not going to see anymore major updates similar to Windows 10. From now on, you’re getting small, regular updates that’ll keep things ticking over.
A big change though is not in the software, but how you get it. Windows 10 is free for anybody running a PC with a modern version of Windows to upgrade to.
Frankly, as far as my usage shows, there’s no reason not to upgrade. I had a problem when I first installed it on my laptop, but the very next day an update appeared that fixed it. It all runs smoothly now.
Windows 10 doesn’t offer a whole lot new, like Windows 8 forced you to have, and that comes away as a good thing.
It’s classic Windows, and while that may repulse a lot of people out there, Mac users especially, Windows still runs the world when it comes to computing.
You cannot get away from it. And now, we have a good version to use again.