Windows 10 – Both Fresh and Familiar

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Even though people are pretty familiar with computers these days, it doesn’t mean that we want to bother with operating systems that are overly complicated. Then, Microsoft came out with Windows 8, and it seemed like they hadn’t listened to user feedback at all.

Windows 8 was complicated and had an entirely new user interface, and few people have been known to say that they liked it. Windows did upgrade and make things a bit easier with Windows 8.1, but that still wasn’t enough for those who missed the old Windows 7. So, on July 29, Windows 10 was launched. This is a throwback to Windows 7, but with a lot more flash.

The Development of Windows 10

In recent years, there have been some significant changes to Microsoft. Management has changed, and new ideas have been brought in, including Windows 10. The development of this OS brought about some changes that saw the return of many popular features of Windows 7.

While Windows 8.1 introduced us to Universal apps, Windows 10 is really going to run with them. The future of Windows is to be the platform for all devices. For this reason, not only is Windows the OS for 32 and 64-bit PC’s, it is also running on the ARM platform that is used for smartphones, tablets, etc. The Universal apps will work for PC’s, Windows 10 phones, Windows 10 for IoT devices, and even Xbox.

Say Goodbye to Windows 8

Windows 10 is a refreshing step back to the desktop. You no longer have to swipe to bring up a menu, and you don’t have to wonder where everything is. When you click on the Start menu in Windows 10, everything you want will be right there. This was one of the biggest complaints about Windows 8.

Many users couldn’t find any of their files, or anything else, without going through a lot of steps and even then not always being successful. Many programs usually installed by default were made optional and you had to get them from the app store.

That was a process in itself, because for a long time the App store was clunky and the search facility was poor and often required an exact name search to find what you were looking for.

Back to the Desktop

With the new Windows 10, everything is back where you want it, right on your desktop. You don’t have to swipe across the screen to bring anything up. All it takes is a click of the mouse, and you have your start menu and all of your files right there in front of you to choose from. There is a settings app that is a replacement for the control panel, and the universal apps are a better quality than ever before.

When it comes to using Windows 10, it is quite similar to the Windows 7 that so many of us loved. There is a Start Menu (with a few significant changes such as tiles), and you can access all key functions from the taskbar. The design is more attractive than Windows 7, and you aren’t stuck with those annoying Charms that you had with Windows 8.

If you are running a tablet you can change a setting so that you do still see the finger friendly tile interface by default, but this was something only a minority of users preferred.

Insiders Program

Microsoft has created the Insiders Program. This may be in response to all of the customer complaints about Windows 8. Now, instead of just developing a new OS, users can actually give the company feedback.

They can tell Microsoft what they like and don’t like about new system ideas, and help to create an OS that is completely user friendly. There is actually real response to the beta feedback from users, and they are going to help shape the future of Windows and this time around it looks like Microsoft has really listened to this feedback and implemented at least some of the feedback.


The world has been waiting to see some of their favourite features of Windows 7 come back, and to see Windows 8 disappear completely. This is been proven with the immediate success of Windows 10.

Just two days after being released, this OS has already been installed on more than 14 million computers all over the world. If you already have Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1, you can get the free upgrade (free within the first year) and this includes businesses. I discussed back in March the merits of taking this free upgrade, and the stability and success of the ‘in place’ upgrade of the final release has only reinforced this.

Installation is fast and easy, and you will be back to an OS that you can actually use.

This post was written by Rob Gordon, an IT geek, gadget lover and blogger. Rob has been using the internets since 1994 when the only streaming video was that coffee pot in Cambridge (rip).... Follow Rob on Twitter - @robgordon -