Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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by TBPrince on Fri 28th Aug 2015 15:38 UTC
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I respect Thom and this website is one of the few I sometimes check for nice links (not articles, as obvious).

However, I think he's getting too biased about many things, especially Windows but not only that. I know that complaining makes you look more professional than appreciating and that Windows10 is everyone's favourite target for complaining but hey, come on, we cannot start from scratch everytime.

So let's summarize:

- Windows 7 was good but all blogs (and journalists and analysts, which is essentially the same thing because nowadays journalists and analysts are basically bloggers with a bigger picture) complained that Windows 7 was not ready for the touch era because PC is dead, desktop is dead, iPads will conquer the world and Microsoft is late.

- Microsoft designs a new (in my opinion beautiful but that's just my opinion) interface for touch-enabled devices and releases Windows 8 with touch in mind. because, hey, all bloggers state that iPad is going to kill PCs and desktop is not useful anymore.

- surprise ! Everyone discovers what we knew well in advance: you cannot simply do ALL the things that you do on a desktop with your touch-enabled device. Meanwhile PC is not dead, iPad sales are fading like iPods ones were before them and all those tablets are basically toys for fun or work machines doing very limited tasks. But when you really need to be productive, you need a desktop. Everyone screaming : we want our desktops back !

Microsoft then releases Windows 10. It brings desktop back for desktop devices while it is touch-enabled for touch devices. There's a lot more into Windows10, especially under-the-hood, but there cannot be much more on the surface because Windows 7 was already a great desktop machine.

So, for whatever reasons, Thom wants to review Metro applications only. Why? Hell, I don't know because everyone wanted their desktops back just to do more than you can do with touch-only apps.

So my question to Thom is: what mobile app did you saw that it is doing more (and better) than a desktop app ? I've yet to see any.

So why complaining that Metro/Universal app are limited when compared to desktop app ? It's not that Microsoft didn't invent a new paradigm, it's that Universal app are mean to work on different devices and they need to adapt to the lowest common denominator.

Oh and Thom, it's obvious that Microsoft want you to use Bing for searches and that's why it hid the URL bar and focused on search bar... but everyone is doing the same. Can you blame them ? ;-)

Is Windows 10 meant to use Univeral app only ? For God's sake, no! Windows 10 is aimed to bring all desktop apps back to the surface again since the touch-only revolution failed. So reviewing Metro apps only is like reviewing tyres only in a Ferrari review.

That doesn't mean that Windows 10 is perfect. It is not and somehow it could have been even better. But bashing for bashing doesn't help at all. Let's say that Windows10 is still the best way to use your PC/Tablet when you need to do something more complicated that accessing Facebook or doing a selfie. If bloggers (pardon, journalists) were serious about their job, they would first demand from Apple or Google that their systems were at least on par with Windows for features and applications and then start complaining. ;-)

Blah... but it's ok.

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