It is here. Windows 10, Microsoft’s much vaunted follow up to the powerful, yet at the same time sluggish, Windows 8 has arrived. Sitting in the task bar of my computer as it probably is on millions of computers around the world is a white Microsoft icon that is the doorway to an upgrade to Windows 10. The upgrade is free – the reasons for my delay upgrading are more personal than any perceived or known issue with the new Operating System. So how is Windows 10 going?
Thus far, the commentary I have seen has been very positive. And from Microsoft’s perspective, after the mediocre reception to Windows 8, which was viewed as going too far too fast, without really perfecting some of the features, it is just as well. Windows 8, to be totally fair, is actually a very powerful system and compared with the previous Operating Systems including Windows 7, but in particular the universally popular XP, quite secure. XP’s demise, now assured by the absence of Microsoft updates and security patches for over a year, was a fantastic system, which many people preferred to remain with or wait until Windows 7 came out instead of upgrading to Vista. However XP had numerous and growing security issues that made the potential danger to the user, unacceptably high.
Vista’s failures have been well documented. Although it sought to address some of the security issues and offer a newer Operating System to XP, its functionality was flawed. Many employers refused to use Vista and elected to instead wait for the roll out of Windows 7. This Operating System, has proven very popular and in many ways has been to Windows 8/8.1 what XP was with Vista – a case of the newest not necessarily being the best. However Windows 7 is now in the extended Many are still on Windows XP. In India for example numerous Government departments were still running on XP, though that might have been more due to internal planning and operating issues in the individual departments than not being able to upgrade to a newer Operating System.
But back to Windows 10. In light of the previous Operating Systems and what has appeared to be a pattern of 2 steps forward 1 step backwards, Windows 10 definitely appears at this point to be a case of two steps forward. In order to put some distance between Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 it skipped Windows 9 as a name. First and foremost, Microsoft has made upgrading from Windows 7 or 8/8.1 free for the first year of Windows 10, which has certainly encouraged rapid uptake of the new Operating System. Among the improvements, Microsoft has acknowledged the popularity of the Start menu, which disappeared with Windows 8 and 8.1. Another improvement it has made is to reconcile the user interface on mobiles with desktops – something that had been like children feuding.
With this kind of feedback I can see a strong case for joining the throngs of people who are enjoying Microsoft’s latest offering. I can see that Microsoft has managed to redeem itself in much the same way it did with Windows 7 following the failure of Vista. Now it just remains to be seen whether or not the 2 steps forward 1 step back pattern continues.