First thoughts on Windows 8/10

Now begging from the top, I have used Windows 1o for a good few months now (Including the Developer Preview). Although within these few weeks I have enjoyed the use of it and have gotten to known it’s inner workings, I can’t help but feel like something is missing and I can’t quite put my finger on it. This may be from the constant use of Windows 8 in the past year with the full screen start menu, which after a year I grew quite fond of and I shall tell you why.

Let’s be honest here Windows 8 was met with a bad reception, the press and the constant criticisms on social media did not aid with it’s release. And we all know why this was, the re-imagined start menu which was implemented as a way of bridging the gap between Tablet PC’s and Desktop PC’s. The problem was Microsoft had to re-invent the Windows UI so that people would have a reason to buy the Operating System and at that particular time the emphasis in computing revolved around Tablet/Desktop PC crossovers.

Although the start menu had met the requirements as an Tablet OS feature, a majority of people disagreed that it met the requirements of a usable desktop menu. Now in most cases, they would have been correct. But the outstanding relation between the people who disliked it, was that they hadn’t used it. They had not attempted to even configure the start menu to it’s full capability.

Within a week, I personally had leaned how to use the Operating System and linked most of my most used programs and utility’s to the start menu for easy access. And a much as people may argue with me, it was an easy process. It just took a bit of learning how to use and that was the key factor in the situation, people did not want to learn a new layout of a system that they had already been familiar with. And this is understandable, Microsoft should not have risked bollocking up an already pristine system for the sake of innovation. Okay the future was about Tablet Computers, but this version of the OS was not for Tablets it was for without doubt a full Desktop Computer.

As much as I liked the simplicity of it, I could still see that at core it was designed for Tablets and this was a problem. I imagine Microsoft as being that one aunty who for ages makes cookies exactly how you like them, then all of a sudden changes the recipe and shoves plies of cookies on to your plate without asking you before hand weather you want them or not. And that’s exactly what they did with Windows 8, pushed it on desktop users without doing any sort of research before hand. And because of this bugger up, Microsoft’s fan base had decreased and stock value went down by 8.6% (all of this while Steve was still CEO).

At this point I think Steve saw his opportune moment to leave the company, and so he did (I don’t blame him). This left Satya Nadella to pick up the broken shards of razor sharp fuckupery that Balmer had left behind with Windows 8 and try and repair it with a different perspective glue. And fair does to him, he sort of fixed the issue without compromising the Windows 8 style or Windows 7 style.

Unfamiliar and sometimes unintuitive interface navigation. Few tablet apps compared with competing platforms. Two separate control panels and browsers could cause confusion.

PC Mag on the cons of Windows 8




What we got was a sort of mix, but a good mix. A sort of Gin and Tonic, rather than lumpy pancake mix. This has been highlighted in the above picture of the re-re-imagined Windows start menu. It’s like a re-design of a car but in a modern design, sleek but not too sleek that you don’t recognise it. Like an Uncle that recently shaved his beard off, but you can still tell its him because of the same glasses he wears.

As you can tell, the start menu resembles that of Windows 7 but also the element of Windows 8 that Microsoft refused to give up. This was admirable, they kept the same system that failed them but minimized it in to a sensible amount without over doing it.

That is the noticeable point, the familiar user interface and ease of access that Windows 8 did not offer from the outset. Everything is spoon fed, almost I mean it couldn’t be more obvious to what everything does. And now with the ability to pin files straight to the Windows explorer, they really focused on the usability. Okay yes, some compatibility issues existed which did get fixed, but that was to be expected.






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