Microsoft has just officially announced that it will release Windows 10 on 29 July.
Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.
Marketing blabber aside, the update will be free for the first year for all Windows 7 and 8 users. You’ll get a notification in your notification area which will allow you to reserve your Windows 10 upgrade.
I’ve been running build 10122 for a while now, and while things have improved, this acts and feels like an OS that’s at least five years behind OS X in many many respects:
1. The UI is outright ugly. The new icon set in this build is better, but still painful to look at. Bright orange and almost completely flat (?!!)
2. WiFi connectivity is extremely unreliable when roaming between AP’s (my house has three). A reboot is required. Did they port discoveryd or something?
3. The settings situation is very confusing. Still some stuff in the classic settings (which are mostly better than the metro ones, by the way)
4. Tons of UI tearing and lag on 4K monitors. External monitor handling is otherwise good though.
5. The Windows 7 start menu is still VASTLY better than the crap they’re cooking up for Windows 10 (which is there to not hurt the feelings of the Windows 8 start screen people – I see no other rationale for the stupidity of this thing.)
6. 3rd party developers making File Explorer alternatives have nothing to fear – it still sucks in more ways than you can imagine.
Edited 2015-06-01 10:39 UTC