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 upgraded to 10 then downgraded to 8.1
by vodoomoth on Sat 29th Aug 2015 14:09 UTC
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I for one have upgraded to Windows 10 to Windows 8.1, which was itself an upgrade from Windows 7. The upgrade took place the night of Friday to Saturday one week ago. And in less than one hour of usage, I had decided to revert to a clean install of Windows 8.1, which turned out to make my laptop faster than ever. Therefore, exactly one week ago, I was writing a report on Dell's forum about upgrading my laptop:

I've read all comments and although Thom is right, others like avgalen are also right, they just look at different things.

Windows 10 is probably a good OS; I've read lots of forum posts and comments (including here) by people who feel like they have a flying machine, how things are richer or simpler, etc.

I didn't like Windows 10 because (aside from multiple driver problems, probably due to Dell's poor support) it was much slower. And also, the UI elements and workflow I was offered were directly inspired from tablets and phones and I had no other choice than to adopt them even though they don't suit my workflow, work habits or use cases. Quick (trivial, indeed) examples in my "report" linked to above. And some tasks got more complex.

I don't mind the "Plane mode" or "Do not disturb" in the notification center even though I don't see how useful these can be on a computer. It's just one more evidence that the traditional desktop PC is dead in the eyes of those who contributed to making it what it was (yes, past tense :-)) Desktop use cases have been forgotten about.

Anyway, to me, Windows 10 felt like a dictator saying "this is what it's going to be, period". And no, it's not a perfect 10.

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