True, we have seen different opinions for 20 years. Before that not so many negative (Windows 95/NT4 was a great step forward according to many), later some jokes about XP; the OS evolved very slowly, they added some features, changed the UI a bit. Then times changed, with a majority accessing the web, and other parts of the Internet, many times via a mobile phone, and we got Windows 8 & 10. They started getting an interest what we were doing ("may we share your user pic with other 'apps'" etc.).stuck wrote:My Win 10 experience has been very straightforward:
End result is a box that, although it looks different to previous versions (but Win 7 looks different to XP, which looks differer to...), runs pretty much like every other Windows box I've ever had.
I agree with you, Ken, and others, that it can be pretty straightforward to set up a new Windows 10 computer (or install Windows), but it tells us something that a software such as O&O exists (of course, one could say, they have always existed; there is a small demand for tools to tweak any OS). And yes, one can achieve a bit without it; starting offline, checking all settings etc; but still, you get the feeling you have to "struggle" against something that should do everything to help you do whatever you bought that computer for. And that is also a small part of some of the problems; "we have enabled this, so that it can help you find that". As with mobile phones nowadays.
I wouldn't say I don't trust MSFT, but I'm a bit disappointed, or something, think they can do a lot better. I know it has been mostly an easy ride for most people using Windows 10 during the past 4+ years; a lot is easier than 20 years ago in some aspects, but we have seen problems as well. I don't think the end of Windows 7 (and 8) is going to change much, as in them now only having one OS sort of (and all other things they do); they have already changed a lot how they work, beta testing etc.