Most of my PCs are now running either Linux Mint or OSX with Windows only as a VM. I actually hardly ever find the need to fire up one of my Windows VMs anymore. It's a damn shame. In trying to "save" Windows Microsoft has overreacted and is pushing more users away from Windows.
I am an old timer with MS - starting with the DOS days and into the Win10 era. I have also dabbled with Linux. So - to make a long story short:
There is some software that does require the use of Windows products that is not available in a Linux flavor. Hence, I dual boot my primary machine. At initial boot-up I am asked to choose Linux or Windows - the computer will boot up to that which I choose.
In my case, Firefox, Thunderbird, and LibreOffice are only used on Linux and handle 95% of my computer usage. When I do require a program only operable under Windows, I restart and select Windows.
I do not use any program within a program such as a virtual device (running Windows inside of Linux or the opposite). I have experimented with same and decided I preferred different boot-ups (basically two unconnected machines).
My current choices are Windows 10 Pro and Linux Mint 17.3 - which I consider the best of both worlds.
As a side note, I have my drives located outside of the machine and physically remove and clone them to back-up drives weekly.
I've been using Microsoft OSs since before DOS. But I see us going our separate ways soon...
As far as I can tell, they are removing the group policy editing but you can still manually set these features. So this applies to orgs and not individuals (ie you can manually turn off the start menu ads like you can now)
It's not the removal of some group policies that bothers me that much. It's the sum of questionable measures MS has taken recently. And if MS continues on this course those questionable measures will soon outweigh the positive aspects of Windows. At least for me. And then I will be at a point where getting rid of Windows is just reasonable.
I really wish Windows would become more component based and customizable. Let us strip down Windows completely down if we want to, I should be able to have a command/powershell prompt and nothing else if I really wanted to. Also allow 3rd party GUI interfaces kind of like how Linux has different distros with different front ends.