Giving Windows 10 a whirl

Well, I’m downloading the 90 day trial of the enterprise version to see what Windows 10 is actually like on a modern piece of hardware – one of the great benefits of Apple moving to Intel is the ability to jump back and forth between OS X and Windows when you get the inkling that maybe things aren’t so many over in the PC world. Right now I’m in the process of creating the book stick then I’ll install it as the only operating system on my iMac – give that a run for a few weeks and see how things go in terms of performance, reliability and stability when compared to Windows 8.1 and I might write a small review afterwards. I also want to see how things go with Microsoft Office on Windows as well to see what the experience is like running on modern hardware. It is good to get some exposure to other operating systems to see how thing progress particularly when there is a tendency with in the OS X community of the ‘doom and gloom’ circle jerk where OS X is apparently going to hell in a hand basket whilst giving absolutely no context to their claims other than a rose tinted view of the past of how ‘things were so much better when Steve Jobs was around!’. Oh well, off to reboot and install.

3 thoughts on “Giving Windows 10 a whirl

  1. Let me know your thoughts on Windows 10 – I have been running it constantly on one machine at home since it was available via the Insider Program.

    My own thoughts… I like it, for a Windows release it has been pretty good, still lots of rough spots if you start to dig a little.

    Comparing with OS X El Capitan, as you suggested above, I don’t think things are really as bad in Apple Land as some people would believe – and it is clear that many of those have no frame of reference.

    1. I can’t help but get the feeling in the case of Windows 10 that it is still very much ‘work in progress’ rather than ‘we’re still developing it but the really major changes are already in place’ with the ‘official feature complete release’ being somewhere in 2016 with the release of Red Stone which will probably coincide with Windows 2016 Server. One of the big promises is the delivery of win32 applications in app store through the use of an app-v like software (aka Project Centennial). I also heard rumours regarding control panel being removed in favour of a feature complete Settings being made available, that File Explorer was going to get a refresh but these are pretty much rumours more than anything concrete. I’d love to be optimistic that we’ll see things gradually get sorted but so far the improvements have been pretty minor and as much as I’d love to see Microsoft pull out a big update next year, “tadah! this is what we’ve been working on all this time” I also have to be realistic based on past behaviours and rumoured promises.

      El Capitan for me has been pretty good so far and for most people who follow the golden rule of ‘always do a clean install’ also found the experience of upgrading a rewarding experience. Compared to previous versions it is a whole lot more stable but like any release there will always be issues that need resolving, such as incompatibility between Office and OSX, but I’d say that with the work being done with IBM and the growth of OS X shipments the pressure for better regression testing will ultimately result in a lower likelihood of the whole Office/El Capitan being released in future. The biggest disappointment for me has been the half assed nature of Office for Mac given the number of features missing from Outlook such as ActiveSync support for their Outlook.com free email service or visual basic functions that exist in the Windows version but not in the Mac meaning certain spreadsheets cannot be opened in Excel on the Mac. Maybe in the next few years we’re going to see Microsoft migrate the code for their Modern UI/Android/iOS/Mac to a single code base so then eventually as other other platforms catch up that the OS X version will catch up too.

    2. Just a follow up to the previous post – I’m tempted by the new iMac 5K but I’m probably going to hold off till the next revision primarily because the next generation of AMD GPU’s will have the die shrink to the 16nm TSMC process which should translate into it being more power efficient, less heat being generated as well as being more powerful (a concern I have is that there isn’t enough ‘head room’ after ‘powering’ the 5K monitor particularly if there is a general move in the direction of more work being off loaded to Metal as OS X development keeps moving forward). It’ll be interesting to see what happens given that with Metal you have Metal as the lower level more bare metal API then Metal Kit which is the more higher level abstraction based on top of Metal which kind of replaces OpenGL – I’m sure over time we’ll see both frameworks mature into something that can replace OpenGL in many cases and along with that seeing development tools that’ll make migration between OpenGL, DirectX and Metal a lot easier.

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