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Do you have Windows 10?  What do you think of it? Is the Desktop metaphor dead? Have you found a machine that is tablet and laptop enough to be fun and productive?

I downloaded and installed Windows 10 last night. Other than failing to start the install with Admin rights, I had no problems. Unlike other people's blogs, this was painless.

I purchased a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet device. I need something for work's BYOD initiative. Would I prefer a Surface 3 pro? Sure, who wouldn't? But these 2-in-1s provide enough touch and stylus and carry a keyboard--in a lightweight package.

Frankly, I better understand the Microsoft Touch value proposition. In fact, I often catch myself swiping my MacBook, only to find that Touch is addictive. Will MacOSX grow decent handwriting recognition? I'm not sure.  

What I am sure of is this: Tablets are a neat mobile platform, but I've yet to meet a dedicated tablet whose need for better input devices and legible screen size didn't erode the initial cost advantage quickly.  

Meanwhile, Windows 8.1 and 10's improved power management and startup features seem to fit my needs much better than anything ending in *Pad.

Is the desktop metaphor dead? Yes. For years, all users were given the desktop metaphor (and countless interface configurations) AS A DEFAULT. For a high tech Knowledge Worker, no problem. There's a reason to configure efficient access paths to dozens of applications. But for a person on some beach wanting to check email with the gmail client? That's a lot of interface overhead.

I don't know what to think of 10. It seems simpler and cleaner, including Edge. Is all this simplification enough to bring people back to fuller featured laptops? I'm not sure. For me, buying a 2-in-1 really turned around my views on touch-enablement. My i7 chip and massive storage makes it easy to load up with Office, Visual Studio, so many electronic books, etc. And whether it's a 4-line email or a 40-page report, this new keyboard makes real work easier than typing on those "gummi-bear" keyboard interfaces. Is 10 enough to bring us back to the laptop-desktop fold? Are there other improvements Microsoft should make? Let's chat on this over the next few blogs.

So, is the games ability in Windows 10 super-duper?  (I'll let you know later.)


P.S.  My home laboratory has everything from Windows, to Apple, to Kindle devices, and I run Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Embedded anything, etc. Please do not consider my criticisms of any technology as indicating I'm now dedicated to using only one thing at home. As an Ethical Hacker, I need to work with everything.