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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I am also pretty (maybe "very") frustrated with the state of Windows 10 - especially the dichotomy of the different design codes --- but particularly the lack of fit & finish / polish.

My primary bugbear is the new-world "Settings" vs the old-world "Control Panels" -- the massive duplication of function aside - it's the LACK of duplication of some functions between one control scheme and the other - and vice versa that grates the most

Of course they won't - but if I were a very brave Microsoft - I would do the following:

a) Clean and tidy up the mess and inconsistencies as much as possible within this Windows 10 release cycle

b) Create TWO versions asap on a quick-as-you-can (but good-as-you-can) follow-up release [analagous to how Win7 "fixed" a lot of what infuriarated with Vista ; these two being:

c) Windows 11 "classic" - a furtherance of the Windows 7 design but incorporating absolutely as much as possible of the Windows 8 and Windows 10 technical "improvements" and underpinning -- with NO Metro capability - but with some Touch advancements (e.g. something clever like creating a hazy on-screen fingerprint tracking you finger + having the mouse pointed always follow this fingerprint on the leading side (and left and right click with single-finger clicks or double-finger clicks using the other hand) - or something similar)

d) And an almost Metro-only: Windows 12 "future" - release with (metro) MS Office apps built-in - including BOTH a simpler Mail client AND Outlook -- but strongly overhauled for better visual contrast and faster function. (allow - fallback to Windows "desktop"/"win32 apps" only within a windowed VM - max 3 such desktop apps simultaneous.

basically - they need a constructive and amicable divorce - don't laugh! - such things happen occasionally.. ;-)

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