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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What a weird article Thom
by avgalen on Fri 28th Aug 2015 11:04 UTC
avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

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.

Why would anyone use nothing but Metro applications? Windows 10 is getting good reviews because it is a good OS. Metro applications are a tiny and optional part of that. Should OSX be judged by only using Store-Apps?

You make some valid points, although heavily biased by your obsession with UI-consistency but this only affects a tiny part of the entire OS that people are reviewing.

Here is a related article: http://www.windowscentral.com/14-reasons-not-to-upgrade-windows-10
1. Upgrade problems
2. It's not a finished product
3. The user interface still a work in progress
4. The automatic update dilemma
5. Two places to configure your settings
6. No more Windows Media Center or DVD playback
7. Problems with built-in Windows apps
8. Cortana is limited to some regions
9. Shutdown and reboot take a long time
10. Devices with limited storage are still limited
11. OneDrive selective sync problem
12. Microsoft Edge isn't ready to replace your default web browser (yet)
13. Continuum is not enough
14. Privacy concerns

Thoms points are basically 3 and 7 (and a bit of 12).
Some points (8, 10, 12 and 13) are silly because they are not better in previous versions of the OS.
Several other points (1,4,6,9) only affect some users and are not wide-spread issues.
The points that I personally would like to see fixed are 11 (promised to be fixed before the end of the year actually) and 14.

The privacy issue is something that has been mentioned excessively in the media, and rightly so. Some defaults are not user friendly and Microsoft needs to fix that. I only need to tweak a few settings myself so this isn't a showstopper for me.
Is Windows 10 perfect? No, not by a long shot.
Is Windows 10 the best OS on the market? It is for me and I think it is for most people.

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RE: What a weird article Thom
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2015 11:06 in reply to "What a weird article Thom"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Go back and re-read the article, because you clearly didn't get the main point. My point isn't 3 and 7.

My point is even in the damn headline.

Edited 2015-08-28 11:07 UTC

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Okay, I read your article again. This time I focused more on your headline and your statement "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."
Now a proper headline for that would have been "Metro: it's always the next version", but instead you wrote "Windows" and then talked about Windows reviews in your opening paragraph.

Now if you wanted to write a detailed article about how Metro isn't improving you could have talked about developers targeting common platforms (which is not Metro) or the 4 bridges (Web/Android/IOS/Win32) that Microsoft is building and releasing in the next 6 months. That would have actually nicely fitted with your "It is always the next version" statement.

Nobody (except sales andd marketing departments ;) ) is claiming that Metro is a well developed eco-system. The whole reason behind Windows 10 being free is actually to create enough traction to finally start creating this eco-system.

And for the record, I didn't say your POINT (argument/statement/conclusion) was 3 and 7, I said your POINTS (examples/discussion points) were 3 and 7 and 12 which they clearly are.
You are also claiming that the desktop part has hardly improved since Windows 7 which is nonsense (see another post of me in this thread: http://www.osnews.com/thread?616816)

The next version will always claim to be better than the current version. No current version is perfect. Some technologies will die a (sometimes well-deserved) certain death, but Metro is not a bad technology or idea in its core. If developers, including those at Microsoft, are finally going to embrace it remains to be seen but the tech doesn't seem to be the limitation.

Enjoy using this new OS with your older programs for now and hopefully add some Metro apps in the future when they are ready. I think that we can agree that this is the way to make working with Windows 10 productive and sane.
Stop confusing the OS and the included tech with the apps that are running on top of it, that is not what we expect from OSNews

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