Mozilla CEO blasts Microsoft for making it harder to keep previous settings …

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A fresh start: Microsoft’s Windows 10 wins plaudits.

The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout.First, it should be noted that Microsoft says it will be operating under a “Windows as a service” approach from now on, meaning that Windows 10 will be the company’s last major OS release.Microsoft MSFT 1.27% began its Windows 10 ad campaign last week by having Ethan Hawke explain to us how adorable babies will grow up with this wonderful new technology, appealing to consumers’ love for smooth voices, catchy songs, and cuteness.

Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler said Windows 10 fixes most of the issues with Windows 8 and improves on Windows 7, Microsoft’s most popular OS in recent years. Some security experts feel this constant, ubiquitous updating will ensure that no Windows laptop is vulnerable; meanwhile, others see the default automatic updates as a potential vulnerability – since files will be added to one’s computer without the usual manual checks.

The company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet, or cloud. “It’s a step in the right direction. Indeed, the difficulty to turn off automatic updates meant that Gizmodo author Sean Hollister had some issues with his data connection while using a cellular “mifi” connection on a train: Yeah, in case you haven’t heard, Windows 10 updates aren’t optional—and though they’re not supposed to download over a metered data connection, I couldn’t find a way to specify that. “Set up data usage limit” is one of those settings you’ll see in search that goes absolutely nowhere.

They went back to their core DNA around software and a cloud-centric model and ultimately Windows as a service, a subscription model,” Ives told Reuters. “I doubt it will convert many Mac owners, spur a shopping spree in new PCs, bring in droves of new developers, or save the Windows Phone,” Mossberg wrote. For many people, the failure of previous Microsoft products was due to its inability to understand what its customers wanted, and the success of this will be due to whether it can correct that. With the constant update structure of Windows 10, the company will be able to see what its users want, account for bug fixes, and change its product based on what works and what doesn’t in a much quicker release cycle than its “Patch Tuesday” strategy of years past. The layout makes sense for touch-screen users and with a flick of the finger, a panel can be extended that switches the view back to something more comfortable for desktop users. Certain aspects of the tablet mode, such as Window’s “Screen Snap” feature, still need improvement, but as a concept, it seems very useful for users on multiple platforms.

Microsoft Office 365’s service, Azure cloud, Microsoft’s OneDrive – all are examples of the company trying its best to unify customer data in an age when multiple devices means that work is continuous and disk space is irrelevant. When highlighting a series of text in Windows’ new Edge web browser, an option will pop up to “Ask Cortana.” Cortana will pull up the relevant information, whether it’s a definition or business hours or directions or a recipe – pulled from Bing – and will show the information in a convenient sidebar without ever leaving the page. Users can also activate Cortana by saying “Hey Cortana” to their computer, but one reviewer at The Verge noted that he only used that feature to show the functionality to friends and family. With an improved user design, Microsoft takes a cue from Apple in its reorganized settings menu and ability for users to create virtual desktops and view all open apps.

The operating system also ships with Microsoft’s successor to Internet Explorer, called Edge, which Wired says still feels fairly bare-boned and prototypical. For users who want to switch to Chrome as a default, they will have to dig through many settings to disable a security feature that prohibits applications from setting themselves as default. This can be frustrating, and echoes early concerns with Windows Vista’s User Access Control that prevented users from easily interacting with non-Microsoft products. On one hand, Microsoft will no longer release operating systems in this type of fashion, so Windows loyalists will be forced to switch over eventually.

It certainly still has its bugs – not everything works and even some features feel as if they’re not finished – but those are soon to (hopefully) be corrected. As a free upgrade, it truly depends on whether or not you’d feel comfortable risking the inconveniences for the features and security of the new operating system.

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