Of course it's different if you are dependent on software that runs only under Windows. And as you can see I'm still here, despite my current anger at MS. That's because in general I like Windows. I like it's software diversity, I like it's UI etc. But only to some extent and enough is enough. MS needs to start reconsidering their actions, otherwise they are going to start losing not only home users but also their most important ones, the business customers. Somehow it seems to me that they have not yet realized that, contrary to the last 20 years, there are now alternatives to Windows. There are Macs, Chromebooks, Android driven devices and of course Linux. All of them are more than enough for the standard PC user. And more and more applications are becoming cloud based which makes the local os even more irrelevant.
There are still users like dedicated gamers, users of certain business applications etc. that cannot abandon Windows. But they are getting fewer and fewer. MS needs to realize that, otherwise they could just end up as the next Nokia.
The thing is, most large companies are already heavily invested in Windows. It's not that easy to just switch. Training costs would be big with an OS switch from Windows. Plus all the legacy software that only runs on Windows. And add in that corporate customers have more control over things. They can Run the Enterprise Edition, or the Education edition. If they have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft the switch likely doesn't cost them much if anything at all. It's just a license switch from one version to another.
I'm surprised a moderator hasn't chimed in with a back on track post, re all the Linux talk.
"I'm surprised a moderator hasn't chimed in with a back on track post, re all the Linux talk."
Oh, sorry - I thought this was a discussion forum (a place of learning) and not a praise only venue! Silly me, I should have known better.
I don't know how anyone can say Windows 10 is more familiar to a Windows 7 user than Linux Mint Cinnamon. Of course it can run the Windows only software that won't run in Wine, but there isn't a whole lot of that anymore. The user interface of Linux Mint is more like Windows 7 than either Windows 8 or 10.