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  1.    27 Jan 2016 #1
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    Windows 10 at six months: Ready for primetime?


    Windows 10 has been available to the public for six months this week. By the numbers, it's been a hit, with 200 million active users as of the first of the year. Here's Ed Bott's midterm report card.

    Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public six months ago this week

    The first major feature update arrived in mid-November, almost exactly four months after the initial release. That November update, dubbed version 1511, included some hugely important features for Microsoft's enterprise customers, including greater control over updates and virtual TPM support in Hyper-V virtual machines.

    The idea of delivering big feature updates two or three times a year is unprecedented in the history of Windows, which historically has saved those features for "big bang" releases every three years or so.

    During the past six months, Microsoft has been delivering cumulative updates every month. That's another major shift in the way Windows 10 works compared to its predecessors.

    There's a tendency among casual observers and tech reporters to focus on the consumer experience. That's only natural, of course, because most modern tech reporters are themselves consumers, and they have little or no experience with the challenges that IT pros face in securing and managing computing resources in a business setting.

    Yes, the consumer experience is important, but the business story is arguably even more so, and so far it's been mostly ignored in the mainstream press.

    As of the beginning of 2016, Microsoft claimed that more than 200 million devices were actively running Windows 10 worldwide, with about 10 percent of that number in enterprise and education.

    With that context, it's time to give Windows 10 a mid-year status report. What's working? What's not? And what's next?


    Read more: Windows 10 at six months: Ready for primetime? | ZDNet
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  2.    28 Jan 2016 #2
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    Excellent article!

    FWIW, the best and the worst of Windows 10 at the moment, IMHO:

    + "Windows 10 turns the process of resetting a PC into a one-click option that works on any PC, quickly and with minimal fuss." I was amazed when I did a clean re-install that way, it makes ISO and MCT a complete waste of time, IMHO.
    + "...massive investments in security in Windows 10 and the hardware it runs on. These are fundamental architectural changes that can't be delivered in patches."

    - "Making the Windows shell rock solid should be a top priority in future upgrades."
    - "...widespread use of telemetry should make it easier to identify problematic updates more quickly than ever."

    The last two issues are gating factors for mission-critical computers, IMHO.
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  3.    28 Jan 2016 #3
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    Nice article and some good points were made. I tend to think that 10 was ready for prime time right out of the box in July and it's just going to get better with the frequent updates and with luck more improvements with Edge and the UI.

    Overall MS has done this one right,., the insider program let's the users to test and play around with new features early and provide useful feedback to MS that should make a much better product.

    Jeff
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  4.    28 Jan 2016 #4

    Hi there

    Windows needs to get Networking sorted out -- seems very random affair -- even with seemingly identical hardware one machine will connect easily while the other will remain in blissful ignorance of every other machine on the planet.

    Even on these boards a load of people use NAS servers and the like --connectivity to these from laptops etc should be a100% priority.

    These days I get more reliability using a Mobile Phone to Cast / stream TV / Movies / Music from a server than use a Windows device such as a Surface Pro 3 or 4 (good prospects though for those devices).

    Apart from Networking issue Windows 10 definitely is STABLE / runs efficiently on almost any piece of hardware you can throw at it and has a nice GUI.

    If you can live with the somewhat unpredictable nature of Windows Networking - then in my book W10 is a Winner and pleasant to use too.


    I'd love an embedded version also for Thin clients -- again though if Networking is hosed up then this will be a no no. !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    28 Jan 2016 #5
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    A good and informative read, I certainly agree with his massively improved Mail comment.
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  6.    28 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    If you can live with the somewhat unpredictable nature of Windows Networking - then in my book W10 is a Winner and pleasant to use too.
    Maybe it's just dumb luck, but I have 4 Win10 PCs networked including the one with Insider Preview and haven't had even a second network trouble. While I agree with your opinion of 10 overall, Edge definitely wasn't ready to compete against the big boys and still isn't, IMO.
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  7.    28 Jan 2016 #7

    Quote Originally Posted by larc919 View Post
    Maybe it's just dumb luck, but I have 4 Win10 PCs networked including the one with Insider Preview and haven't had even a second network trouble. While I agree with your opinion of 10 overall, Edge definitely wasn't ready to compete against the big boys and still isn't, IMO.
    Hi there

    Win 7 / XP computers - no probs as well as Linux servers --- problem seems to be randomly affecting W10 to W10 computers - while if you've had no probs you are certainly one of the lucky one's.

    However if you look at the networking thread you can see it's not a trivial issue.

    I'd love the W10 system to integrate with Google chromecast too -- Multi-media is very "Mainstream" these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    28 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    --- problem seems to be randomly affecting W10 to W10 computers -
    This very forum and its many sub-forums show these inconsistencies in many areas, fuelling discussions between lucky and unlucky owners, LOL
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  9.    28 Jan 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenCursor View Post
    This very forum and its many sub-forums show these inconsistencies in many areas, fuelling discussions between lucky and unlucky owners, LOL
    Agree,, given the vast number of possible network setups it's not hard to believe there are issues. But MS can never test all possible satiations.
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  10.    28 Jan 2016 #10

    The problem I have is with Ed Bott himself..

    Personally, I think he is more like a shill for Microsoft, he without doubt, is one of Windows 10, strongest advocates. He absolutely finds no faults with Windows 10, even if they are blatant. For some in this forum, they most likely would stand on crate tops and shout his praise. Myself, I give his articles the same regard as Softopedia, (very little merit). IMO.
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