New OS blends elements of 7 and 8
“We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, referring to Microsoft’s decision to skip the number 9 entirely for its latest operating system, Windows 10. But is the new OS the great leap forward the company claims it to be?
Writing in ComputerWorld, Woody Leonhard puts the question this way: “Is Windows 10 as goofy as its predecessor?” — or has Microsoft “righted enough of Win8’s wrongs to make it a worthwhile PC upgrade?”
Windows 10 does not officially launch until the middle of next year, so some features may evolve further, but the bones of the new OS are in place, and Leonhard highlights 13 hits and misses.
The Start menu — absent in Win8 — is back, somewhat modified but familiar enough. It shares the stage with the Metro tiles from Win8, which, if so desired, can be unpinned from the page by right-clicking. Leonhard gives Microsoft credit for “righting the ship” after its controversial decision to forsake the Start menu in Win8.
Leonhard is less enthused about the way Windows 10 handles pinning apps (programs) to Start, because it adds the programs as Metro tiles — which Leonhard dislikes. Users can drag programs from the Start menu’s most-recently-used list to the leftside Start menu … not an intuitive solution.
Leonhard also dislikes the fact that searching your computer in Windows 10 sends the same search string to Microsoft, which returns the results from Bing, “to, uh, enhance your shopping experience,” Leonhard surmises.
As in Windows 8, libraries are hard to find in Windows 10. And File Explorer has not improved since Win8, as it opens in an area it calls “Home” which, in the reviewer’s opinion, adds another layer to click through to get where you want to go.
Leonhard cheers the fact that gadgets are back — as Metro tiles. They might be a little ungainly, he says, but they can be put on the desktop, and they “run rings around Win7 gadgets.”
Read more about Windows 10 hits and misses at computerworld.com: