Well today my invitation to download the new Microsoft Operating System – Windows 10 came into my inbox.
After a hefty download and a long upgrade process, I got to try it out on a Surface Pro 3. So far I am impressed – Very impressed.
Ahhh.. The Start Button – welcome back
For the people who have used Windows 8, you would understand the pain of learning how to use Windows without the ‘Start’ button. From a personal perspective – while I eventually got used to it with practice, seeing the start button come back with Windows 10 is nothing short of joyful. I believe that they have hit the sweet spot with this implementation and for the short time I have been using Windows 10, I love it.
However there is one drawback, more from an aesthetics point of view. Most hybrid devices (like the Surface Pro 3) have a capacative button on one of the edges that was useful in the Windows 8 environment, however with Windows 10, they are no longer relevant. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next generation of devices.
Well this is the ever intriguing question, as with most new operating systems, some application no longer function, while some are updated not longer after the release. If you were invited to reserve your download of Windows 10, it gives you a reasonable assurance that your experience will be a good one as it has scanned your system and applications to see if you are compatible with the upgrade.
From the Microsoft perspective, a good to fantastic experience is what they are looking for, they do not want to have social media flooding with complaints of painful upgrade paths and incompatible applications. I have had some interesting issues since the upgrade with Google Chrome crashing on me, however that is more than likely going to be resolved very soon. The more interesting quirk I had initially was the keyboard mapping, when I was typing an email address the @ was replaced with an ” – and vice versa. But a restart seemed to correct that.
The overall experience is very slick. Windows 10 seems to give you the best of both worlds (Windows 7 and Windows 8) – it has a tablet mode which gives you the Windows 8 style experience which is better for touch interactions. and in desktop mode, it is more like the Windows 7 experience, with the start menu back much to joy of many people out there.
Microsoft Edge – the Internet Explorer replacement
I havent been a great fan of Internet Explorer for quite a while now, Google Chrome has been my browser of choice for a considerable amount of time. However the edge browser is not as bad as I first thought – what puzzles me though is why Microsoft chose to keep one in the install?
If Microsoft offered Edge as a standalone install (like all the other browsers) then it might have made sense to me, however from my perspective it is a redundant application that is served by others better suited to the task
Should I download it?
This is a question that I have already been asked several times – and the short answer is yes. However before you go off and click that download and install button, there are come caveats around that.
Always ensure that you have a backup of your system in case something happens and makes your system unworkable
If you are using your device for business or mission critical tasks – do not attempt to install it.
Goes without saying, but if you have a corporate asset – let them take care of when you are going to get it, dont try to install it yourself.
The good news – Microsoft give you an out for 30 days, you can switch back to your previous installation if Windows 10 does not meet your requirements – remember that this is technically day one for this new system so there still will be some quirks in there and it will take easily a few months for them to get ironed out. so if you want to live life on the edge, install and enjoy. But if you want to play it safe, wait for a while and let the trailblazers clear the path for you