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Windows 10: 8 Things Microsoft Got Right

Windows 10 doesn't launch until July 29, but Microsoft has already proven its commitment to making up for its Windows 8 mistakes and competing in a modern tech world.
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Old Design, New Functionality 
Microsoft has given its operating system an interface overhaul in Windows 10. Customers who download the new OS will be happy to see the return of the Start menu, albeit with a more streamlined, touch-friendly, and customizable look. You'll be able to adjust the apps you see in the Start menu based on your interests and user habits.
Going back to the company's old design roots will undoubtedly appeal to the majority of people who disliked Windows 8, which proved that too much change is not necessarily a good thing. The Windows 10 interface will be familiar to seasoned Windows customers, but also have the modern customization capabilities people will appreciate.
(Image: Microsoft)

Old Design, New Functionality

Microsoft has given its operating system an interface overhaul in Windows 10. Customers who download the new OS will be happy to see the return of the Start menu, albeit with a more streamlined, touch-friendly, and customizable look. You'll be able to adjust the apps you see in the Start menu based on your interests and user habits.

Going back to the company's old design roots will undoubtedly appeal to the majority of people who disliked Windows 8, which proved that too much change is not necessarily a good thing. The Windows 10 interface will be familiar to seasoned Windows customers, but also have the modern customization capabilities people will appreciate.

(Image: Microsoft)

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DaleDeSilva
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DaleDeSilva,
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7/24/2015 | 3:01:17 AM
Re: Awkward
he he. It's true. I am promoting my website, you busted me.

@mejiac
I don't mean to imply it's not a step forward, I still much prefer windows 10 over windows 8, and It's solid enough as a desktop to prefer it over windows 7 too. I'm upgrading immiediately no matter what anyone says - even myself ;)

@mak63
I'll explain some of my concerns, you might have expereienced them as well if you're using a tablet.

With a tablet, they keyboard is still very inconsistent to use. Sometimes it doesn't come up, often it's in the way. Often you finish with it and it stays around when it's obvious you don't need it anymore. In desktop apps, autocorrect doesn't work at all so while you can use desktop apps on a tablet, it's painfully difficult if you don't attach a physical keyboard.

Windows 10 is functional and usable and has some great features, and it will be cosmetically polished when it comes out, but it isn't "functionally polished". Meaning that the functions it has built in work acceptably and are needed (much better than not having them) but they are not designed as intuitively or transparently as they could easily be.

Cortana is great, but that's only one feature and as great as it is, it could be more intuitively built into the interface. In fact, on a tablet, the onscreen keyboard covers most of it up.

There are a lot of great improvements in Windows 10, I just think a lot of them could be a lot more polished.
mak63
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mak63,
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7/24/2015 | 1:57:33 AM
Awkward
Large issues with keyboard usability have been ignored and a number of new features in 10 create inconsistencies which add up to awkward experiences.

I wonder what he's talking about, besides promoting his website that is.
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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7/23/2015 | 6:05:31 PM
Re: I doubt it
DaleDeSilva, I am surprised! I thought they nailed it this time around.
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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7/23/2015 | 6:03:31 PM
Re: I doubt it
I agree! Having Cortana available is awesome!! It is a convenient feature.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/23/2015 | 2:13:23 PM
Re: I doubt it
@yalanand,

Agreed! Having Cortana available it's a great feature!

It's phenomenal for those quick internet search that you sometimes need to do (like flight information, traffic and weather)
yalanand
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yalanand,
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7/23/2015 | 1:52:55 PM
Re: I doubt it
The windows 10 has a different interface that is a mix and match between windows 7 and windows 8. Microsoft took all the things that made 7 popular and powerful and all the things from 8 that made it fun to use.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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7/23/2015 | 1:50:49 PM
Re: I doubt it
I too have the preview version and I too am loving it. The best thing is Cortana! Although she hasn't been integrated as of get but I feel she would be providing an edge over El capitan. Making every windows x user feel like master Chief, apple can't do that.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/23/2015 | 1:46:37 PM
Re: I doubt it
@DaleDeSilva,

Sorry to here your experience hasn't been the best. For me I'm pretty happy with it.

I've been using the preview version since it was made available, and I love it. I currently have two PCs running it, once that I use as a HTPC and the other for daily task, and I have no complaints (aside from some applications crashing know and then, but that's expected)
DaleDeSilva
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DaleDeSilva,
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7/22/2015 | 10:19:29 PM
I doubt it
I've been following Windows 10 closely too - I don't think they've got it right.

They've fixed a number of large issues that users were complaining about, however, there are a lot of equally large issues that ruin the experience of windows 8 and 10 that masquerade as less important and have been ignore.

Large issues with keyboard usability have been ignored and a number of new features in 10 create inconsistencies which add up to awkward experiences.

I'll be disecting Windows 10 in detail in my web series Re:design. Visit www.redesignseries.com to check it out.
If you don't think about interface design now, you will after you start watching this series.
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