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25.8.15

Windows 10 after the first month

Actually I had W10 installed in a preview back on January and only because I wanted to be careful not installing the first insider preview but then I found some very annoying bugs that made me uninstall it and go back to W8.1. Finally and  it looks like I mean Literally Finally as they say this is the last version of Windows ever I reinstalled The Real W10 on the 29th... And realised much more acquiescent than surprised that the bugs that made me uninstall it were already there.

It's pretty obvious that my bugs are due to my particular set up and they are nothing you need to worry about. Who would have two monitors daisy chained to a Surface 3 Pro and a HiFi system hooked to them? If you have that type of set up you probably deserve loosing the image in your monitors and waking up every morning without sound.

I already know how to work around these issues. If your monitors stop working you need to unplug them off from the wall (turning them off or disconnecting the DP cable will not do, you need to pull the plug off the wall) and back on again. That plus a reset fixes it. About the sound it's either changing the quality of the sound or restarting the machine but enough of my old man whining already.

I have been working with Windows 10 in my everyday computer for three or four months and the single thing that makes me love the system every day is the fact that is Desktop-Centrinc this is my innovative use of the English language again.

Windows 8 was based in apps and the operative system wanted to push you to use the apps first... Even the desktop was an app... The desktop... AN APP!? the more I think about it the more outrageous it feels. It kind of makes sense if you have a tablet but 99% of people who works with a computer does it sitting on their offices with two 24" monitors. The desktop an app ... that's nonsense.. an app....

Windows 10 runs from the desktop (in desktop computers) and that small change makes everything make sense again.

Your computer starts with your familiar desktop and there you have all your familiar applications you feel like home. Suddenly you need to download something... you can either use your familiar browser to go to the wilderness that it is internet and download a random piece of software from a random server that will have access to most of the resources in your computer without you noticing after installing a bar in the browser or you can go to the now natural place to download software: The Store.

The apps from the store work now as windows in the desktop. You can maximise them as you always could, you can stick them to a side of the screen as you always could and you can use it in all the usual ways with all the freedom you are used to. That is fantastic. That makes the boundary between a mobile device like a phone or a tablet and your desktop disappear. You can use the same app everywhere but if you are in your desktop you will be able to run it right besides your beloved Winamp (Why Winamp? because you always dreamed secretly about whipping a llama's ass).

I do not consider myself a common computer user, in fact the vast majority of the days I use just the remote desktop and maybe the browser for reading the news if I'm in that mood but since I have W10 I have downloaded a couple of apps that I use sometimes and the more apps you download and use the more natural it feels.

With Windows 10 the ability to run the apps in Windows phones is not be the driver to migrating programs to apps any more. Windows programs are so from the 80's...

If the integration between apps and EXEs is so seamless and apps are the coolest thing around, Why have not all the companies migrated all the code from the last 10 years to apps already? After all it has been a month since they released Windows 10...

Because it took them 10 years to create that code in the first place.

I'm not saying that migrating an app would take the same amount of time than creating it from scratch but it's still an investment. It will mean migrating, at least, the whole user experience and, How often do programs change their user interface?


I suspect the risk adverse software companies (or the bigger ones that take longer to react) will wait until they need an interface change to adopt the new paradigm while the new software companies and the more dynamic ones will embrace the apps world as soon as they release a new version.

What do you think?