Is Windows 10 any Good?

By Liza Mock on Mar 08, 2016 in Let's Talk Tech

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A significant number of our customers access Gliffy from various iterations of Windows, so every time a new version is introduced we take a deep breath and hope for the best. When Windows 10 made its debut we wanted to take a closer look, because let’s be honest, not many of us loved Windows 8. Paul Thurrott, a prominent blogger on the Windows ecosystem, called it a “disaster.” Consumers jammed review sites with scathing comments, calling it a “nightmare,” “the worst” and “a relic.” Windows 8 was a tepid attempt by Microsoft to bridge the gap between their core desktop operating system and the fast-rising world of mobile computing. Some people were even perturbed by little things like the removal of the familiar Windows START button.

Under Pressure

The pressure was on when Windows 10 came to market. Consumers and trade press wondered if the leadership in Redmond could redeem themselves. Introduced in September of 2014, Windows 10 was officially released to consumers on the first day of August the following summer. Now that it’s had sufficient time to both shine and show its flaws, we wanted to check back to see how it was faring with users.

It’s Alive!

First, the good news: Windows 10 has been well received. It’s robust, easy to use and relatively speedy. Positive reviewers said it managed to combine the best old and new features of the operating system and upgrading was painless. But introducing a new operating system always has glitches. Here is a snapshot of both pro and con comments posted around the web:

Windows 10 Pro Comments

• Pleasant and appealing tile-based, graphical user interface.
• Great new applications.
• Easy to use.
• Reliable like Windows 7.
• New, fast browser.
• Better than expected.
• Better security due to frequent and valuable updates.
• This time around the company did it right.

Windows 10 Con Comments

• Slow.
• Apps sometimes don’t work properly.
• Have to learn new keyboard shortcuts.
• Switching to Apple next time.
• Locks up computer.

Hard Numbers

What about hard numbers? According to a recent report from StatCounter Global Statistics, Windows 10 has captured 13.65 percent of desktop usage. This is up from fall of 2015 when it only had 9 percent. Windows 8 has 11.67 percent and Windows 7 dominates with almost 47 percent usage.

Windows 10 has bolstered Microsoft’s reputation among end users and industry insiders. CEO Satya Nadella sees Windows 10 as the company’s core operating system that will run in all environments — desktop, smartphone, enterprise and mobile – with equal performance.

It’s a winning operating system because it reflects the realities of modern computing. Rather than producing one monolithic update every few years, Windows 10 is updated and modified continuously. More than simple patches, these updates are designed to help the operating system adapt to today’s rapidly-changing computing environment.

Phew. All this means that we can finally let out that breath we’ve been holding. They even brought back the beloved START button.

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