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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Heritage problems and whatnot
by MrHood on Fri 28th Aug 2015 08:00 UTC
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Well, I still haven't installed the upgrade to Windows 10 and I cannot comment on the quality of Metro apps (I admit that - given the bugs you described - they could have been shipped in a better state. Let's hope they keep listening and update that stuff very soon).

However, regarding the consistency problems you mention, I disagree for two reasons:

- due to Windows heritage (and very bad API choices made in the past) they are still trying to keep compatibility with a billion old programs written using prehistoric APIs. Having the appearance of - say - every app contextual menu being exactly the same is no easy feat, otherwise they would have done it perfectly at this point. How many other OSes do you know that keep compatibility in such a regard? I'd say zero.

- still, the situation is still orders of magnitude better than how it's been in the past. Do you really want to get me started on the multitude of inconsistent appearances that apps had during the Win32 era? (not to mention the kitsch-ness of WinCustomize themes, or the PlaySkool looks of WinXP). There was a time when any Windows user with a minimum attention to design would have badly envied Mac users - now it's no more, and with Metro (or whatever you call it) MS has finally shown care for a single design language... Or at least, it's trying hard to.

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