What is Windows 10 all about? Start menu is back, desktop is back: “The future is bright” (The Verge). People are celebrating the release of Windows 10, which “is here to save us from Windows 8” (The Verge). But is it that easy?
Why bringing back the old stuff doesn’t lead us into a better future, the misunderstanding of Windows 8 and why Windows 10 still is the best Windows OS ever. Here is my review:
THE WINDOWS PEOPLE WANTED
To understand what’s good and bad about Windows 10 you have to understand what went wrong with Windows 8. Back in 2012 Microsoft made a bold and risky move reinventing its famous operating system by giving Windows a complete new user interface. While the Windows UI basically hasn’t changed since Windows 95, Microsoft believed what people do with a PC, the way they do it and the devices they do it with had changed drastically. Internet, e-mail, digital cameras, Facebook, Google, the cloud, iTunes, Spotify, smartphones… all this didn’t really exist in 1995 and it changed everything we do with a computer. So it was time to think about a whole new way to interact with a PC. A better way. A way customized for modern user behavior and present and future devices. Windows 8 was about to leave the past hard-line behind and rise to this challenge.