I recently upgraded my computer running Windows 7 up to Windows 10. I’ve told many, many people I’m never leaving Windows 7, but after playing around with a computer at Best Buy running Windows 10, I said “this…isn’t Windows 8.”
Microsoft’s vision for Windows 10 is ambitious. Microsoft believes that Windows 10 will bring users back who switched from Windows.
I believe that Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and that Microsoft wants you to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon – since they are giving anyone and everyone who has Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 the ability to download Windows 10 for free; but only if they upgrade within the first year.
So I told myself how bad could it be to give it a try? Microsoft is even offering a way to downgrade within the first 30 days. Microsoft’s upgrade process was fairly simple, considering that this is the biggest release of Windows in a long time. Plus, it’s a downloadable upgrade.
Apple has been pushing out updates through the Mac AppStore for years, and it was a good call for Microsoft to follow suit and allow users to upgrade over the internet. I hope Microsoft continues to release major software over the net.
Microsoft finally dumped Internet Exporter (IE) and built a brand new browser called Edge. While the icon looks much like IE, the browsing experience is not. Microsoft built Edge from the ground up, and I couldn’t be more happy. IE was old, ugly and very slow. Edge is clean, new and very fast.
RIP Internet Explorer (aka IE).
Microsoft is playing dirty with Edge. When upgrading to Windows 10, the software doesn’t save the existing user preferences and sets Edge has the default web browsers. While I agree that users should try Edge I don’t think it’s fair to change a users settings in favor of your product. This also has some companies upset, one of them being Firefox. Mozilla chief Chris Beard fired back at Microsoft in a recent blog posting.
While I wasn’t impressed with the tiles in Window 8, I found them useful in new start menu. Bringing back the new start menu was the right move for Microsoft and it will continue to help win back users who hated the older start screen in Windows 8.
Universal Apps, while I’m not sure this will help developers build apps for Windows 10, was a good and smart move by Microsoft. Allowing Universal Apps gives Windows Phone a chance in the growing phone market. But again time will tell if this will help Windows Phone.
Overall I’ve been using Windows 10 for the past couple of weeks and I am very impressed with how Microsoft turned around the software. It was going down hill in Windows 8 and now I see a future for Windows again. However, I did downgrade back to Windows 7, not because of anything with Windows 10. I had some battery issues and some software issues with my ThinkPad. I do plan to and will upgrade again in the future.
I think Microsoft is going in the right direction. Microsoft needs to continue to grow the OS with consumer and developers at heart. We will see, over time, how Windows 10 is adapting to users.
One thing I would like to see change in the near future is the price. Windows 10 Home will cost $119 and Windows 10 Pro will cost $199. Lowering the cost of the OS would help win over consumers.