How can one sum up the past few weeks of using Windows 10 24/7? Well allow me to try. Windows 10 is unfinished fun!
Windows 10 is unfinished fun!
See, while many users such as novice and some professional users will be thrown with a learning curve, for power users and experts, this is nothing more than Windows 7 and Windows 8 colliding.
While some snobbish Mac users might see the unpolished features and user interface elements, all I see as a long time Windows user, is potential and improvement. When I look at Windows 7 after using Windows 10 on my main machine, I see the dated features and looks.
Windows 10 is for the most part a smooth ship, but I have been one of the lucky ones. If you head over to reddit’s Windows 10 thread, one starts to see the bugs that is present in Windows 10.
Build 9860 has hidden gems
While Microsoft has covered quite an extensive list of added features on the official Windows blog, users are reporting some rather interesting features hidden within the Windows 10 gem pile.
One of these features is a “Linux like” package manager with repositories and so forth.
A package manager is a collection of software tools that automates the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software packages for a computer‘s operating system in a consistent manner. It typically maintains a database of software dependencies and version information to prevent software mismatches and missing prerequisites.
To access this package manager, you have to open power shell and type: Install-Package “package name” ex. VLC
Is this Linux or what?
Many users familiar with Linux based operating systems will with out a doubt agree that many of the “new” Windows 10 features comes from open source projects build for Linux. I also agree.
The notification system comes straight from various desktop environments running on Linux operating systems. The virtual desktops also comes from Linux. The previously mentioned package manager also comes from Linux.
The Windows app store, while not specific to Windows 10, also comes from Linux. So it is apparent that many of Windows 10’s “new” features comes from Linux. That’s a bad thing, but also a good thing.
See, it’s a bad thing, because Microsoft does have a history of bashing Linux and threatening it with patents. Hypocrites if you ask me. It’s the same with Apple. The good thing on the other hand is the users. Users will benefit greatly from these features. See it as a here is a Linux desktop with a Windows kernel. Here is some Linux goodness with all your familiar Windows programs and apps.
I am in no way saying that Microsoft didn’t implement any of their own ideas. I am just pointing out that if you are running Linux, this is the time to make your evil laugh.
Is Windows 10 going to be successful?
I am going to go with the following cliché: “Only time will tell.” Only time will tell if Microsoft can get it work as smooth as Windows 7. Only time will tell if users upgrade.
At this stage Windows 10 is doomed. Unfinished features, bugs and a key logger. 6 Moths later, we might have the next big thing coming out of Microsoft’s garage.