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 kaiwai on Fri 28th Aug 2015 23:04 UTC
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All I can say regarding Windows and consistency - if you're expecting consistency in Windows 10 after two decades of Microsoft not giving a crap about consistency then you need to lower your expectations if you decide that Windows is the operating system for you.

This is one of the reasons I moved from the Windows world and I find it funny how for years Windows advocates would bemoan *NIX and the 'lack of consistency' yet those very Windows advocates ignored the mess that was before them. What makes the situation worse in the case of Windows is that the operating system is supposedly maintained by paid programmers which should mean the sort of labour required to address those more boring aspects of the operating system but alas you've got crap with win16 era common controls and dialogues still in use today or the half assed attempt to move forward but not actually complete the job hence Control panel still hangs around like a bad smell.

Honestly, I was expecting that Microsoft would deliver somethings a lot better than what we see but I kind of wonder whether Microsoft is in the process of just giving up - hand the market to Android/iOS then on the desktop/laptop ChromeOS (with Android runtime on top) and OS X then focus energy on catering for the corporate sector and providing middleware. I come to that conclusion because is the only rational explanation I can think of for Microsoft putting out such a half assed half baked release - that it must have been deliberate rather than some sort of accident.

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