1.    30 Dec 2015 #1
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    Windows 10's end-of-year report card: Room for improvement in 2016

    It's no exaggeration to say that Microsoft's future hinges on how well it can handle the transition to Windows 10. In 2015, the company delivered its first official release and its first major update. So how'd they do? I'm handing out the end-of-term grades.

    If one product defined Microsoft in 2015, it was Windows 10.

    After stumbling badly with Windows 8, Microsoft needed to step up with this year's big release.

    They did exactly that, with at least three unprecedented moves.

    • First, they made upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 free for the first year. (The only exclusions to the free upgrade policy are corporate customers with Windows Enterprise purchased through Volume License agreements.)
    • Second, the new OS took shape in the open, with Microsoft releasing a rapid-fire series of preview releases to all comers, through the Windows Insider program. This isn't the first time Microsoft has done public preview releases of a new operating system, of course, but this one was noteworthy for the sheer volume of new builds that reached several million participants.
    • Third, the Windows 10 development team committed to continuous updates, promising to "keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device - at no additional charge." In July, less than two weeks before the official Windows 10 release, the company updated its support lifecycle page with details.

    Of course, it wouldn't be a major Microsoft release without an equally oversized serving of controversy, and Windows 10 had more than its share this year. Some of it was self-inflicted, with executives (probably at the behest of lawyers) releasing poorly written announcements that looked like they were hiding something.

    But much more of it was just pure sensationalism, from a click-happy press that has perfected a mix of paranoia and technical ignorance so toxic it should have an EPA warning label.

    With that as background, here's Ed Bott's 2015 report card for Windows 10...

    Read more: Windows 10's end-of-year report card: Room for improvement in 2016 | ZDNet
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  2.    30 Dec 2015 #2

    Hi there

    overall Ms has gone IMO a long way to repair the W8 fiasco -- they finally realized that not everybody operates computers in the same way as mobile phones and for zillions of people a traditional GUI with keyboard, mouse and re-sizeable windows still works best --anybody in Ms Labs ever tried "Day trading" on Stocks where you really do need several monitors open concurrently with real time applications working on all the screens. Cut and paste or even integrating pieces of different applications such as a presentation or a document embedded in EXCEL for example is still done much easier with a traditional computer --we don't all use machines just for email / web surfing.

    IMO Windows 10 has definitely come a long way although I question still the current update methodology -- I still would prefer every so often a Service pack with only emergency security fixes / driver problems sorted out between service pack releases.

    Take an example from our Linux colleagues --nearly all the serious Linux distros (Centos, opensuse, Ubuntu etc) are switching to "Long term support" with updates rolled out much less frequently. Seems Linux is going back to "Service pack" type of releases while Ms is going the other way --which was the previous Linux model - but now being dropped in favour of what's now known as LTS (or Long Term Stability / Support).

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