Windows 10 may now be essential but users new and old have had a rough ride in recent weeks. And it has just gotten a lot worse after a new, high-profile Windows 10 failure has left more questions than answers and some seriously angry users.
The drama began yesterday as Windows 10 users suddenly found that Search was broken with a black bar showing where search results should be, even for those who tried to perform a local search of their files.
This is the future of proprietary operating systems like Windows, macOS and iOS as their parent companies move towards services and subscription models. More and more, they’ll use their operating systems to push their services and subscriptions, to the detriment of the user experience. It’s been happening in Windows 10 for a few years now, and iOS, too, is riddled with ads for Apple’s services.
And so, we arrive at the point where local file search breaks down due to server issues. What a time to be alive.
I manage a medium sized network of mostly Win 10 based machines, the remainder of which have been upgraded from Win 7 late last year. I keep a subset of the Win 10 machines, canaries that I usually those I associate with power users, on the fast release track.
We’ve not had one occurrence of this problem, which is odd because usually we’ll see this sort of problem days or weeks ahead of the general public!