We need to talk about Windows priorities as a product. And I am saying this as someone who wants Windows to succeed – it’s a great OS that, despite it’s naysayers, is still one of the best when it comes to backwards compatibility and richness of functionality. I mean, I can literally run a game written for Windows 95 on Windows 11 without major issues (no, I am not going to open the SafeDisc can of worms this time). I can’t do that on macOS or Linux boxes reliably, and yet Windows is doing a-OK with this task. That being said, I am disappointed to see the direction that the OS is taking lately, and it feels like a very odd misplacement of priorities, especially given the advances that other Microsoft products are going through.
A detailed post outlining all the problems on Windows – problems that are only getting worse. Using Windows these days feels like visiting Times Square in New York – it’s a cacophony of lights and colours and advertisements and noise that, while an experience worth having, I didn’t want to stay for much longer than a few minutes. It doesn’t have much to offer besides the lights and colours and advertisements and noise, because those are the very point of Times Square. There’s nothing else of value there.
Windows is the same – it isn’t an operating system designed for its users, it’s an operating system designed to increase ad and services revenue. The people in charge at Windows clearly aren’t the people who care about a coherent, welcoming, pleasing, thorough, and well-crafted experience – it’s the advertisement bozos and cloudbros who run the Windows department.
And that’s sad.
I don’t know about Times Square, but what Windows offers is being the gatekeeper to cutting edge hardware and the largest software library ever. Want them? You need Windows.
Plus the fact hardware on Windows is either officially supported or not, while on Linux it’s more of a “whatever” situation (yes, even with hardware that’s in the tree, just look at the latest breakages around suspend on AMD GPUs).
Aye… I can agree to that. But you see, Microsoft is scared of thing called ChromeOS (which is available to OEMs for free), so they want to eventually go the same route of giving out the OS for free as a loss-leader and then making their money via commissions advertisements. But in traditional Microsoft fashion, they doing all that “monetization” in the most crass and annoying way imaginable. I never understood why the paying customers have to be subjected to that (and by “paying” I mean customers who have bought a boxed version of Windows and have paid the full price, not the Dells and HPs who pay next-to-nothing for their OEM license). I mean, dear Redmond, just give us an “Ultimate” version available as a boxed copy (or a paid download) that will have all that junk removed. That version already exists in the form of LTSC anyway, it’s just that you have to buy it from grey-market key resellers to have it.