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Windows 10 - First Impressions


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IE in Windows 10 is annoying. It seems the default action of things typed into the address bar is to search for that in bing.... even if I type a url in there...

 

I have the same experience.

 

Incidentally, that led me to poke around a bit: have you noticed how hard it is now to change that default search provider? If and when you finally get to the iegallery, there's a p*ss-poor selection of alternative search providers -- no Ixquick, no StartPage, no DuckDuckGo. Now here's the kicker: if your homepage is Ixquick and you're there and you click on "Add to IE", then Ixquick gives you a direct link to the IE Gallery page to make Ixquick your default search engine. But if you go yourself to the IE Gallery page, there is no way to select Ixquick, and a search for it turns up no results.

 

Way to go, Microsoft. :thumbdown

 

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I sound confrontational here, but it's not to you Jorge.  I know your heart is in the right place.

 

I know you do. :yes:

 

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One more tidbit from that Windows Weekly 396:

 

Mary Jo: This is somewhat related indirectly to the Google news about them disclosing patches this week. Microsoft announced early this week that they are no longer going to make available what they call the advance security notifications service publically for free to administrators. So what this was, it’s a 10-year old service. It is very closely aligned with patch Tuesday. Remember how Microsoft used to post up… these are the kinds of vulnerabilities that we’re going to patch next week when it’s patch Tuesday? That was what the advance notifications service was. Well, they decided they’re not doing that anymore. And the only people that are going to get those advance warnings now are paying Microsoft premier customers, which are the really big enterprise shops. And some of the security companies that work hand in hand with Microsoft around patching. Everybody else, it’s just going to be a surprise now what happens on patch Tuesday. And the reason Microsoft decided to do away with this is because they claimed not many people were taking advantage of it. Administrators were just dealing with patch Tuesday announcements as they happened on patch Tuesday. And they didn’t really need the advance notification. That’s their story; they’re sticking to it. This week was the first patch Tuesday where there was an advance notifications service bulletin ahead of time. And Microsoft has said, hey if you’re an administrator, you can use this thing called My Security Bulletins Dashboard and that’s where you’re going to see what we’re going to be patching. Well patches came out on Tuesday and for quite a while the advance, sorry the Security Bulletins Dashboard was completely blank. So I had people on Twitter saying to me, hey the patches are out but my dashboard is blank. What did they patch? What am I getting? I need to know this right now. So yea, the first patch Tuesday without ANS was not a banner patch Tuesday. But I think Microsoft has decided no more ANS warnings are going to be publically available.

 

This ties in with what we were saying before about not being able, in Windows 10, to get the details about an update until you agree to download and install it. Apparently they've decided that less information is better.

 

"Ignorance is Bliss."

 

NOT.  :angry:

 

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Windows 8.x still nowhere near as popular as Windows XP

 

Windows 8.1 went from 10.04 percent share to 10.49 percent, and Windows 8 went from 3.79 percent to 3.55 percent. In total 8.x gained 0.21 percentage points.

 

Windows 7 refuses to yield any ground and in February gained 0.07 percentage points, going from 55.92 percent to 55.99 percent. It remains by far and away the dominant operating system, and it’s Windows 7 users that Microsoft will need to target with Windows 10 as I suspect a large portion won’t upgrade to the new OS even if it is free.

 

Windows XP remains impressively resilient, and actually gains a modicum of usage share this month going from 18.93 percent to 19.15 percent.

 

In other words, XP went up just as much as Windows 8/8.1.

 

Here's the graph (hover over Operating Systems and then click on "Desktop Trend by Version").

 

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Well, maybe there is another aspect to be taken into account. :unsure:

 

IF I was (which I am not, thank goodness) a Windows 8.x user I would be so terrified by the risk of getting by mistake some malware/virus rectius latish Windows Update file that I would anyway browse the Internet on XP ... :whistle: , or, given the recent issue with update messing with fonts in XP, possibly Windows 2k :yes:.

 

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Oh, come now, Windows 8 isn't all THAT much worse than its predecessors (they were pretty bad too).

 

A true Master Of The High Tech Universe tames the latest version into submission.  Hyah!  Bow down before me, Windows 8.1!

 

:angel

 

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Edited by NoelC, Yesterday, 06:12 PM.


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Leaked screenshots from the latest TP build suggest that standard Desktop icons have now been given the flatness treatment. See, in particular, the Network and Control Panel icons.

 

I have not seen such crude, simplistic graphics in Windows since 2.0. Win10 is shaping up to be the most visually repulsive version of Windows in more than a quarter-century. :puke:

 

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This pretty much sums up the awfulness -

 

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4bit graphic :D


If you want true Windows user experience
try Longhorn builds: 3718, 4029, 4066

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I have not seen such crude, simplistic graphics in Windows since 2.0. Win10 is shaping up to be the most visually repulsive version of Windows in more than a quarter-century. :puke:


the icons look like the video driver crashed and show up in 16 colors :thumbdown


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This pretty much sums up the awfulness

 

Is it just me are anyone else's senses OFFENDED by the icons having no perspective? 

 

Who imagines orthographic projection for human user interfaces would be good?

 

I wonder if an age demographic might be involved in this perception.  I'm an old codger; been around in the real world a long time.  Do young folks find stuff like this less bothersome?

 

-Noel


Edited by NoelC, Today, 01:39 PM.


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I'm more offended with icons being colored

BW rocks !


If you want true Windows user experience
try Longhorn builds: 3718, 4029, 4066




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