Six Reasons It's Worth Being Cautious About Windows 10

Don't get us wrong, we are super excited about Windows 10 and will be upgrading right away. But there are still a few things that are worth being concerned about.

To start off, read the six things we are looking forward to in Windows 10. Or check out what version you can upgrade to, figure out what that new little icon is and learn more about the new OS.

Every new Windows version gets some complaints. Mostly it seems like a lot of people don’t like change. Other times there are legitimate gripes. Every new version is branded as the worst ever. Of course in Vista’s case it was justified.

If you do upgrade to Windows 10, give it a proper chance. Some things will work differently and it will be frustrating. When Windows 8 came out, a lot of people found it hard to get to things like the control panel or settings. But really it was actually now faster — just a click or two away in the (admittedly disliked) charms menu.

Embrace the search. Don’t waste time searching for ways to find certain settings, files or programs. Just search for it. It’s fast and super easy.

So what should you be worrying about?


Features Not Ready At Launch

Cortana is great, but likely won’t be properly available in Australia at first. In the preview, Cortana is available for US English only. The good news is that you can adjust your regional settings to give it a try anyway. The bad news is that if it is anything like the phone version, it won’t handle Australian accents too well.


The Start Menu

Ok, so we also love the new start menu. But it still needs work. Of course it remains to be seen how it operates in the final version, but the current build of the preview removes some customisation options. Come on Microsoft, let’s make it totally adjustable.


Search

Search functionality is so much easier than hunting around manually. But the Windows 10 search tries to do to much. Maybe others use it differently, but 99% of the time we are looking for a program, file, or setting.

Instead Microsoft pushes you to web results (Windows 8.1 does it too), which slows down the experience. Sorry, but we don’t want to use Bing. If we are going to search the internet, it will be via Google.


Loss Of Control

Windows 10 Home will install updates automatically, with no option to delay them. In many ways it is an excellent feature. But it’s also something to be cautious about as many techy users still run the Home version on some PCs.

Knowing your parents computer will always be up to date is great. But it’s also a step further down the road towards loss of control. If Microsoft wants Grandma to get her updates, just make it hard to turn off, not impossible.


A Push To Certain Programs

It’s always been an issue with Microsoft - heaps of people use IE simple because it is what came pre-installed.

A big concern is Bing integration, but hopefully it just means the search functionality will actually be brought up to snuff.

But there are also other inclusions, such as Skype for messaging. And I really don’t want to have to use Skype more than I have to.


What Is With The Names?

Maybe this isn't exactly something to be cautious about. But Windows 10? Where was Windows 9? With changes coming left, right and center, having a predictable name would be like a warm fuzzy blanket.

The rumour is that Windows 9 could have caused some program issues with coding, thanks to Windows 95. If so, fair call...

But still, just call it Windows Awesome or something cool. Of course we are also sad that the Spartan name was ditched in favour of Edge.


Despite a few concerns, Windows 10 is looking great. Will you be upgrading right away? Tell us in the comments.


Comments

    I'm curious about how strong your Australian accent is Angus, I was just driving and had a pretty thorough SMS conversation with someone via Cortana. Also I'm over the moon all the oldies I know will not be able to turn off or stop updates. Makes my life easier!

    Also nothing stopping you from searching in Google, realistically anyone who's a super google fanboy/girl will be running Chrome anyway. Do you also suggest people don't use Android until Google allow their universal search to be replaced by Bing?

    Last edited 04/06/15 12:27 pm

      I don't think I have a 'bonza mate' Aussie accent. But I really struggle to use Cortana. I have it on my work mobile (Lumina 635) and I have to keep switching to my personal phone (S5) on Lollipop with no issues. Even my old S2 handles voice instructions better. ...don't even get me started on maps.

        I think I have a fairly normal Australian accent and I find Cortana mostly brilliant at understanding me. I also prefer Here or Bing Maps to Google most of the time. Both feel like they are there for me, not me there for them. And they look nicer. I used to like Google Maps but since they changed around the UI, I prefer the others. OpenStreetMap is also pretty good, especially if you customise it to your needs.

    These are not reasons to be cautious of windows 10.

    Actual reasons to be cautious would be: Blue screen of death, slow performance, bad interface designs, poor battery life.

    And you can't list forced automatic updates as a reason....that's just stupid.

      how an an OS have poor battery life it doesn't even have a battery....

        Nah, it's valid. When you have a laptop, how much drain the OS pulls on your battery compared to another OS is a legitimate concern.

        That just tells you how much people who write these comments know?
        They don't even know that the blue screen of death can be caused by bad driver which can be hardware and not software problem ...

      Nope. Completely disagree. The amount of fuckery Win8 automatic updates has caused my Dad's Dell laptop has caused me to turn them off or face regular long phone calls doing family-tech-support.

        Could not agree more.

        I use multiple Windows virtual machines for my work and during the "upgrade" to Windows 8.1, one VM updated without complaint while the other remained unchanged even when the updates were downloaded and "installed"

        In what could only be described as giving myself non-anesthetised root canal surgery, I had to install all five parts of the Windows 8.1 update (six if you include mandatory update so the later five with install and "appear" in Windows update in the first place).

        I've had to deal with installation issues with SQL Server, Visual Studio and various package management system in both UNIX-like and Linux OSes but none of them were as convoluted as what Windows Updates had become.

      I did not experience those issues in the early builds but it remains to be seen for the release version. Aside of course from the mentioned start menu design being not as good as I would like.

      I will be upgrading at least one laptop of my own to Windows 10 Home. Auto updates will be something I will be cautious about, as it often gets tethered to my phone.

      You sure can list them as a reason....why? Because say you need to send a quick email on a tethered phone or on a free wifi connection (with limited data). You could rack up a large bill in no time on some plans, or have used all of your quota on the wifi connection. I've had emergency situations while traveling where this could have completely screwed me.

        This is the number one reason not to have forced updates, it seems MS doesnt realise that some countries dont have unlimited data plans on their phones and home internet connections.

        Imagine if it did the updates whilst you were roaming outside your home country, connected to your phone, you could rack up MASSIVE data roaming bills in minutes.

        You can set the connection to a Metered connection and then Windows won't allow background use of data, same as your phone. This has been a feature since Windows 8. On my Surface Pro 3 on 8.1 If I tether my phone it automatically knows it's a mobile and sets it as Metered.

      Not really, there have been a number of updates in the past that have rendered features buugy or flat out inoperable. There was a recent audio one that affects lots of users. Now if they're talking security holes only then maybe I'd get behind that, but if it's *every* update I'm not interested. I'd much rather let non-critical updates percolate for a few weeks before risking them on my PC.

      Since Windows 3 the initially released Windows OS has always been extremely poor. Users had to wait for Service Pack 1, 2 or even 3 before Windows behaved itself. I suspect that this release will be just as bad.

        Not just windows. I don't even consider a version of OSX until the first point release.

      I use Windows for between 4 and 8 hours every day and the last blue screen of death I endured was in 2003, when I first upgraded to XP and tried to use an old driver for a pro audio device. So if BSODs are a factor, they are a factor that works in Windows' favour, because they were consigned to history more than a decade ago.

      Ditto for performance. My quad-core Windows laptop performs better than the brand new 8-core MacPro I use at work. Windows 8, for example, uses half the system resources XP used and the new Universal app platform can reduce system load even further, using up to 60% less memory and requiring up to 40% less of your CPU cycles than x86 software.

      My Lenovo Yoga 2 Windows tablet gives me around 13 hours of usage per charge, and that's on the non-optimised Preview build of Windows 10. Battery life is stellar on modern Windows machines.

      I will concede that the Windows 10 UI is pretty bad compared to Windows 8 but it's still better than OS X and no worse than any Linux Window Manager I can think of.

      Forced automatic updates is absolutely the #1 most glaringly obvious reason to be cautious. Think about it for just a minute, it's the perfect trojan horse tactic!

      Step 1 - Get as many people as possible to upgrade to Win 10 Home for free (the reserving upgrades part being extra suspicious for this)
      Step 2 - Wait a bit for adoption to go through the roof, then start cashing in on their haul. They could give you adverts (already seen an example of an update leading to an advert - the windows icon for reserving win 10 itself), they could blackmail users into buying Microsoft by locking out the competition (already seen in Cortana and Search's exclusive use of Bing for the search engine), or they could just simply make beneficially ambiguous changes that you don't like.
      Step 3 - Make sure the store page to upgrade to Win 10 Pro is a nice big button - "PAY HERE"

      And hey presto, everyone bought Win 10 because they thought it would be free.

      Upgraded on 1 Aug.
      Win10 is faster on my Dell XPS 12 than 8.1
      (Remember that Win 7 was also faster than Vista?)

    A reason to be cautious, at least with business machines will be compatibility with line of business applications. I suspect given the free upgrade path, there will be a lot of pressure on 3rd party vendors to make their shit work with windows 10.

      Pretty sure if they are running Windows 8 already it will be fine. If not, well they would have had the same issue moving to 8.

      Only free if your business uses retail or OEM licensing, so small business only realistically. Enterprise is not free.

      Enterprise/business users won't be moving anywhere in a hurry. No free upgrade offer, even if it applied to the enterprise market, would make the process any faster. They care about stability and compatibility first and foremost.

    Just because Cortana is only in US english in the preview does not mean it won't be available here at release. Why have all languages covered for a preview?

      Good question. "Cortana available in select global markets at launch; experience may vary by region and device."

      I didn't spot a list of countries on the Microsoft website, but will see what can be dug up elsewhere.

      What they said at Build in Sydney on Monday was that it could be quite a while before Cortana is officially supported here but there will be generic, basic voice support in Windows 10 until it is ready. So you can expect Cortana to do the basics but the more subtle, nuanced stuff is not going to be there for a while.

    Agree with maybe one of these things. Really seemed like the author was trying to make up reasons to fill out the article - reading from the title (reasons to be cautious about using Windows 10) to the last heading (what's with the name), makes for a very poor argument indeed - "Hey, everyone, don't use Windows 10 because... they skipped Windows 9".

    Also:

    Sorry, but we don’t want to use Bing. If we are going to search the internet, it will be via Google.

    How about less of the royal "we", and more statements of fact. I use Bing in preference of Google, so this is hardly a reason to stay away from W10 (for me).

    Some more analytical reasons not to adopt would be better - this sounds like it was written by a high school student in a morning before it was due that day.

    Last edited 04/06/15 12:47 pm

      I use Bing in preference of Google

      Sure you do, Mr Gates.

        I use Bing about half the time and I know what it doesn't find well (yet). Part of it's liking Bing a little and part of it really is my own protest of Google's lack of WP apps (if you can develop Youtube for the Xbox 1 then there's no reason to ignore millions of Windows Phones).

          I agree that google are being complete dickholes about wp/w8. Doesn't mean I'm going to go use Yahoomail or askjeeves though.

        I know I do, Bing isn't as great for obscure searches, but I find it better for day to day, and I'd rather scratch out my eyeballs than use Google's awful image search.

        lol "Mr Gates". Very mature.

        Not sure it's necessary to prove myself here - but I will say this: If you exclusively use Google, you should probably get used to the idea that not everyone else has to be stuck staring at a white screen. Some of us enjoy looking at world class photography from around the world every day.

          I use google for searching, not for looking at 'world class photography' (by which I assume you mean pretty landscapes and sunsets and maybe the occasional animal*). If I wanted to look at photography, I guess I'd probably go look at a photography site . Crazy.

          In fact, I don't even do that, since I use a big boy browser and can just use the omnibox. You actually go to bing.com and tap out your search for hearing aids and cat jackets, grandma?

          Also, 'stuck staring at a white screen'? Are you indecisive? Not sure what kind of cat jackets you want to search for? Or how to spell cat? How long does it take you to figure out what you want to see? That's weird. Stop being weird.

          * just checked bing and yup, 'world class' bland, generic landscape photography. Oh look, a lemur as well. How interestment.

          Last edited 05/06/15 9:11 am

            "You actually go to bing.com and tap out your search for hearing aids and cat jackets, grandma?" you bet I do, just so I can take another look at the Image of the Day. And I mean that quite literally - I can search from the address bar or new tab page but I always make the effort to go to Bing because it is beautiful and what sort of miserable git wouldn't want a bit of beauty in their day?

            I got half way through the first paragraph before I realised I was wasting my time with a spiteful, immature, condescending troll.

            I have no need to explain myself, or answer your jabs which have nothing to do with the original article or statements I was making.

            Hope you got the sad entertainment value you wanted out of your last post.

      You are correct, the name is not a reason to be cautious. Which I did say, and that I was just sad it wasn't named something cooler, and that Edge won out over Spartan. Maybe caution in case you mistaking think you missed Windows 9? ;)

      I stand by everything else though as a reason to be cautious. I am not saying don't upgrade. I specifically said that Windows 10 is great.

      But when people upgrade, there are things that are different, or don't work very well. And that frustrates people. It's how I felt playing with the preview.

      Maybe caution evokes too much of an image or avoiding danger. But really it's just saying, hey, here are some things that were a bit different and maybe annoying or could make your experience worse. So heads up as you upgrade!

        Not sure what version of Win 10 you have been using however all version that I have been using the search always returns local results i.e. Files and apps first and prompts you to search the web via Bing. I have never had an issue using Cortana on my phone and majority of the time Cortana works better than Google Now and Siri.

        Forced updates is a great idea when you keep in mind that the technical preview will still be in use by many millions of people across many types of hardware to test the updates prior to them being pushed out to all users.

        Understandable, and thanks for responding @lindsayhandmer - My point was that there are other reasons that are completely omitted and are (in my view) far more relevant, such as the lack of support for Windows Media Centre (which I use every day and will be using as the sole reason not to upgrade my Media PC), or potential issues with enterprise software/server environments etc.

        Last edited 05/06/15 8:56 am

          Absolutely - I hadn't considered the impact on media PCs at all, and didn't know enough to delve into the enterprise side of things.

          Definitely some other good reasons to be cautious though and we will look at revisiting this once we get hands on with the release version.

      I agree with his bing comments. I'd also prefer my search was more focused. If I'm really looking for something on the internet I'll searching using Google in Firefox (or Bing in Edge if it's a fresh install). If I'm searching in the start menu I'm looking for a program or file on my PC. It's pretty simple really.

      Also strongly hope they've rounded up the illogical settings and we access them through one UI in one place. Hell, even if the charms menu "Settings" redirected to the same settings as control panel it'd be helpful.

      I'd also like to add that I'm pretty sure the free version is going to *need* a Microsoft account. I don't want that. I have a legit, paid for version of 8.1 now but I use a local account and that's the way I want to continue. I don't need or want my computer to authenticate against an MS server somewhere every time I login.

      Finally, Start menu is still pretty horrible. I've played with the tech preview and I can this this 100% - if I install Windows 10 I'll be installing Classic Start Menu and replacing Microsoft's half-assed version as soon as possible. Live tiles can bite my non-shiny, fleshy ass.

    hmm kinda weird they're forcing downloads.
    I understand the use case- security flaws being quickly patched means their platforms perceived security will likely increase- but the cost is- for countries like Australia that have really bad broadband and even more restrictive download quotas- we'll be frequently interrupted from other things while it does it. The best I can muster is 400KB a second download. If my wife and I are playing an online game- and anything in the house downloads automatically- everything slows to a crawl and games become unplayable. I'm befuddled how MS could really miss this as a fairly fundamental requirement (being able to schedule downloads).

      This is a problem with my Dad's laptop, too. It seems like the last few times he's allowed Windows 8 to automatically install an update, or any time he agrees to an update, it completely fucks his system and I have to spend hours on the phone just getting his internet back on, so I can remote in and fix everything else the update fucked up. I've just straight-up turned off updates. It works now, it'll continue to work.

      There REALLY needs to be an option to turn off updates.

        This is not an update problem, this is another issue. If 200 million other computers don't display this signs of failure after an update, then clearly the issue is not the update. I've got 12 computers and all auto update all the time and have done for decades across many different PCs (and MACs). I dare say you Dad is the issue.

          Yawn. IT time! "It's not the update, it's something else!"
          Yeah, no shit. Just something else which is always triggered by the update, which makes having control over when that happens STILL RELEVANT.

          It's likely a combination of the crap Dell put on their machine, and one of the many incompatibilities which affect 1% of users after an update.

          The point is not who is to blame for the update fucking up the machine, the point is if the updates have a tendency to completely fuck the computer requiring a few hours of reconfiguration, restores, and selective individual updates with restarts until it all settles down to play nicely, then the simplest solution is to not make that shit mandatory and involuntary.

          Let us have some fucking control over when changes are made to the operating system.

          Last edited 04/06/15 3:40 pm

            But then people don't update and security flaws go unpatched then suddenly something bad happens and it's all Microsoft fault, not the people that didn't keep their systems up to date.

    I wanted to know if my comp was 64 bit and couldn't find the info anywhere, so I typed in 64 bit in search and it came up with all this other shit. Why don't they just take a leaf out of android phone's book and have every setting in one section. Is that too hard to do ?
    I hate trying to find some setting in windows 8. They could be anywhere. Oh, and the search feature only works if you know the correct name. If you don't, then you're fucked.

      Right click the start button, click System. OS version and CPU platform has always been in System... I like this since windows 8.1, that unless your an IT pro there are certain elements of an OS you wouldn't use often so why fill up your start menu with it. I consider right clicking the start menu as being "The pro start menu". Having said that, you can pin these control panel applications into the start menu too if you need them.

        My problem is I don't need to use my computer very often so it takes ages before I learn how to do things. I kind of mastered XP and 7 was similar but 8 threw me a curve ball. Such is life, and now I'll have to learn 10.

          Although I was a supporter of the new look windows. I did feel a bit dumb having to Google how to shutdown my pc when 8 first came out.

            Yeah, it's the stupid little things that make it annoying. I know they changed some of the words for things and that took me a while to figure out things. I was searching for what it was called in windows 7 and that got me no where fast.

        It's my favourite feature of any OS right now. It reminds me of the OpenBox right click menu, everything you'd need as an admin in one neat window that doesn't clutter the display at all.

    Search functionality is so much easier than hunting around manually.
    ...99% of the time we are looking for a program, file, or setting. Instead Microsoft pushes you to web results (Windows 8.1 does it too), which slows down the experience.

    [Assertion], [proof against assertion]. Whaaa?

      I think the first part "Search functionality is so much easier than hunting around manually." is a general statement not meant to be targeted at windows 10.

      basically saying searching is so much easier than finding something manually but windows 10 has issues with how its search works.

      Last edited 04/06/15 1:54 pm

        Even if you take it as a general point, and not something specific to Win10 or Win8.1, it still makes me wonder what OS they've got to point to, to back that assertion up. At the moment all I can think is that this sentence really needs to start with, "In theory..."

      Sorry, badly explained. Search functionality is great (in Windows 8.1 and 10) but having Microsoft give you web results as a high priority is annoying.

      You can select to search settings, or files etc only. But it's an extra step, which is tedious.

      What would be better (for my use anyway) is if the search gave higher priority to files, programs and settings, and less to the web.

      Maybe others use the search option for the web. I do not. So it feels like Microsoft is pushing their own web search more than is needed.

        Common sense would be to do the local search and at the end of the results (or empty list as the case may be) have a link that said "Search further (using the internet)". Sure it becomes two clicks if you're actually searching for something on the internet but do people really do that via the start menu's search box?

    Cortana is actually available for UK English in the preview as well, that's the one I've been using with more success than the US English.

    And I find the search in W10 does exactly what you want, it finds me files, settings and applications first and only goes to a web search when nothing matches.

    Last edited 04/06/15 4:50 pm

      It lists applications and commands first, then settings, followed by folder, files and then web results. I find it best to try something before I complain about it.

      Really? That's new. Do you have to use UK keyboard layout for it to enable?

    Wow are updates really going to be mandatory at any time or date without option?

    What about people with strict data allowances?

    I regularly use my mobile phone as a pocket wifi to my laptop when I'm out and about but if this can just eat through my data with updates whenever it pleases then I certainly won't be "upgrading" to WIndows 10

      No it wont. If you right click on the WiFi network and set it as metred it will restrict downloads to a minimum on any application that supports it (Outlook won't download attachments for example)

      So it won't update until you're on a network that isn't metred. Or you tell it to manually. It's a really handy feature, even let's you know how much data has been used on that network by that machine.

    It's not hard to type www.google.com.au into an address bar.

    windows xp - good
    windows vista - bad
    windows 7 - good
    windows 8 - bad
    windows 8.1(9) good
    windows 10 - bad

      ... why would you separate 8 and 8.1? they aren't that different are they?
      or did you just need a way to show that windows 10 is going to be bad?

        well if you count windows 9 being good, then it follows that windows 10 will be bad

        I doubt it was their intent, but it does kind of show how silly the "every 2nd release" rule is. Especially when Windows XP was atrocious on release, and that'd mean that Windows 2000 was "good" and 98SE was "bad" which is nonsense - they were both excellent.

        When XP first came out nobody wanted to use it because it was a resource hog, was unstable, lost a lot of legacy compatibility (moving to the NT kernel) and generally annoyed people. It didn't stop sucking until SP2 came out and a lot of that legacy support no longer really mattered.

          Well, Windows 2000 was in the NT stream before they merged them so it kinda falls outside of the usual good/bad flip flop. And for the average home user it was pretty frustrating because there was a ton of driver/app incompatibility for quite a long time. Great for business though.

            Fair point, although the problems with NT kernel compatibility was just delayed for home users. XP's launch was much like Vista's launch, except that XP stayed around for years and had a lot of time to accumulate fixes. Vista was quickly followed up by 7 that capitalised on the ground work.

            Even ignoring Win 2000 you'd end up calling Win95 a good OS, and it was a long way from good, especially on release.

              Yeah true. I guess I didn't hit the same XP compatibility problems that a lot of users did because I went through that with Win2k. So I'd already ditched problematic/unsupported hardware when XP rolled around.

      Windows XP - Good
      Windows Vista - Bad
      Windows 7 - Good
      Windows 8 -Bad
      Windows 8.1 -Good (well :/ sorta)
      Windows 9 - Bad (skipped)
      Windows 10 - good
      Windows 11? - bad (subscribtion service?)

    I have had very few issues with accent using my phone set to US English for Cortana.

    The one thing im hoping for is that I can specify the US English voice when my region is set to Australia, because the current setup on phone forces the voice to the UK English one which is all kinds of terrible

    And it didn't even list my biggest concern.

    Going from windows 7 to 10 am I going to have to have an account tied to it, and is it going to upload all my settings and shit to the cloud. That is a treasure trove of (potentially) personal data handed over to Microsoft.

    Are the forced updates secure? I can see this as a potential point of failure for someone malicious to spoof the windows update server and create an instant botnet.

      no, you can have a local account, just like windows 7

      my annoyance with this, is one drive integration wont work unless you use a microsoft account

        Um, sorry, are you complaining that you can't have Microsoft Account features without a Microsoft Account? If I don't have a Windows machine I need an Account to use Onedrive, it's the same on Windows, doesn't that make sense???

          no,

          in windows 7 i could use onedrive with a local account (syncing)

          windows 8, 8.1, 10 i cannot sync to onedrive without it being a non local account

    Forced updates? No thank you.

    I've encountered updates completely screwing up a windows installation or apps far too many times now to not turn updates off straight away.

    I agree with everyone here who thinks forces updates are kinda uncool - was thinking maybe a workaround would be to set all connections as metered to stop updates and change setting - but i hope ms will put ppl back in control of their os - in particular not prioritising internet search over local files and settings - i hope ms dont make the (many times) repeated mistake of remiving control and shoving their choices on users - anyone remember 'push' on Win95? Users pushed back by leaving the OS in droves...

    nothing to be cautious about, writer of this article is actually dumb, i have a macbook pro installed win10 on it (i need it for actual work, ima Comp Science student), win10 works faster than osx10.10, even plays borderlands 2 lag free (dx12?) also apple did good job with bootcamp, in other hand borderlands 1 runs sluggish on osx 10.10, it worked fine at 10.9 but after the update osx feels a lot more slower (especially when i try multi plat games), who ever wrote this article obviously has not used win10 on macintosh (well what else would be this douche using), it's annoying to seen idiots spreading misinformation

      BL2 is not going to make use of DirectX 12

    You make some very valid points, esp. the push to applications and the (possibly) forced use of Bing. Let's hope they use their noggins and reign in Bing to internal searches with the option of "Search the net" as a button.

    My biggest fear is the new build identifying docs, avi's, mp3's etc and deciding for you they need to be 'tamed' - eg. putting them all in the "Videos" folder. This is why I use windows - the flexibility to choose my own way of storing and utilising my own applications and data. I dont want an over simplified and restricted operating system making value judgements on how I use it (eg. like the Mac OS).

    I still have high hopes, as anything would be better than the Frankenstein's monster of Win8 (I have a non-touchscreen laptop), having to pass one GUI to get to the next - pah!

      This is why I use Linux - the flexibility to choose my own way of storing and utilising my own applications and data. I dont want an over simplified and restricted operating system making value judgements on how I use it

      Fixed that for you

        Thanks, except I want something my workplace is compatible with too...

      You can turn metro off you know, we'll at least auto bypass.

        I have done that, but it's still there in the background lurking about like a simpleton, threatening to jump up at any time and gobble up system resources needlessly.

    Dumb article. Nothing but the authors personal preferences.

    The only thing I'd be worried about (maybe) is the auto updates. So far everything else looks okay. I definitely don't care about the Australia thing since I'm in the US, although I was wondering where the heck Windows 9 went too. Plus my upgrade is free, so not seeing too many issues right now. Will probably feel different when it happens though.

    I certainly consider forced updates a reason to be wary. An update killed my audio driver last month, the new one doesn't handle sound as well, making meetings more of a challenge. I'm sure our IT dept will have something to say.

    I see something very negative starting to brew about the forced updates. Careful defending this MS fans. You did this apologetics thing and vigorously defended the start menu issue when people were upset about it and it turned into a giant wave of backlash against Windows 8.

    If Microsoft is going to be that stubborn again with this "feature" in the face of complaints...they are shaping up to deliver yet another dud. that people will run the other way from. i certainly will not install an OS that's going to make updates mandatory. Screw that.

    I'm on Win 7, have multiple users, with different security settings. Two monitors with a spread desktop. And unlike Win 8 I can open lots of windows at one time....and I do.

    Now is Win10 going to port all that over?

    I bought a new laptop two years ago so there was no option in the shops but windows 8. I'd "upgrade" to 7 with a return to being treated like an intelligent adult if I could... 10 doesn't look any better than 8 in this respect. Stupid squares all over the place *grumble grumble*

    A resource inside Microsoft told me that part of the choice in naming Windows 10 was rumored to be that they wanted to distance themselves from the failures of Windows 8, in much the same way they went from names like Vista (another flop) to numbers like 7. While 7 aligned with the number of major consumer Windows release that it was, 10 would give that up for the sake of being no where close to 8. At the same time, it happens to put them on par with the many versions of Macintosh OS X, as the new Microsoft OS model will continue to follow. e.g. Windows 10, 10.x, Win 10 Catchy-theme-here, Win 10 Next-thing-in-theme, etc...

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