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Windows 10: All That & A Bag of Chips

By  Oct 5, 2015

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Wow, who abducted our Windows 10 assumptions and left this smooth running and easy-to-use Operating System in their place?

Unsure what to write. It just runs...well. Reliably. Quietly. On whatever hardware qualifying for the free upgrade. Where's my new version, chunky-Monkey Windows OS we've all grown to love?

Upgrade candidate one was my Dell i7 2in1. Engineered, it seemed, to thrive with Windows 8.1, would it tolerate well the desktop interface that returns in Windows 10? 

It sure does. I can use touch to look at grandchild pictures and then rotate the screen back in place, ready to code and compile.

Like a Boss.

Not enough? Still thinking Win 10 needs mega-memory and mega-CPU? 

Upgrade candidate Two was my wife's new Toshiba 2in1, an inexpensive, low-end unit. A few hours later, all the new drivers were recognized and the computer is doing everything my wife wants--for nearly $300 less than a certain tablet with a smaller screen.

Candidates three and four were Acer laptops from long ago. They have enough memory and CPU to run the Win 7 upgrade applied, but nothing touch is included with these. Their batteries are old and drain quickly; their fans are loud, with heat shed enough to warm a room. Under Windows 10, these laptops run better than with Win 7. Their fans are slow to turn on because Windows 10 manages power consumption so much better. With running Windows 10, it may be worthwhile to replace a battery.

After considering all the features and benefits, I think I'm ready to answer my question, the one posed months ago.

Is Windows 10 enough to win over the Tablet-ites? Yes, if we choose the right hardware. Microsoft code has always bumped up against the limits of hardware, starting with their use of the 80286 and other chips that handled graphics poorly. 

In retrospect, insisting on immediate use of a tablet/touch experience destined Win 8 to failure. Windows 10 accommodates most PC hardware available. Its online help and feature explanations help us determine whether tablet or desktop is the better interface. It is this gentle coaching that makes a 2in1 computer a blast to use. You can go from playing sophisticated games to using your greasy finger to surf the web.

In future blogs, I'll review the list of suggested new features--you remember that list I wrote out back in 2013.  I think a lot of people were thinking along the same lines.  But!  I think there are features we still need. These new, needed features can aid power consumption and security. And make the OS even easier to use and to configure. More on this later--gotta return to my bitcoin mining, something that runs better in Windows 10.


P.S.  I get no special considerations for mentioning any vendor in these blogs. Frankly, I'm pleasantly surprised by my Dell. I get compliments and questions all the time--no more heated tornado noise. The Toshiba is a nice sized unit, something easy to take on a walk (tethered to cellphone). Acers? They are so easily purchased when buying bananas at Wal-Mart. Nice balance of cost and features, although replacing batteries????

WARNING:  Once you have a touch interface available to close an app or scroll a window, reaching for the mouse just plain seems awkward.  S. Ballmer--you were right.