Last Thursday I installed Windows 10 on my custom built PC (aka The WinBeast). Over the past several days, I’ve recorded some notes and observations about Microsoft’s much lauded OS. Without ado, here they are:
1. The Windows 10 desktop is appealing and easy on the eyes. The light icons on dark interface does a great job of putting focus on my open apps and windows.
2. Windows Mail is nice, but there is no method of seeing a unified inbox – which is exceedingly frustrating to me. I have four email accounts and I have to go into each one separately to check my email.
3. Edge is my go-to browser. It’s fast and I prefer its minimalistic, clean interface. I haven’t felt the need to install Chrome or Firefox on it.
4. I still haven’t figured out how to excise Skype from my Taskbar. Short of visiting the Task Manager to quit it, Skype is like the house-guest who never leaves.
5. File Explorer’s icons are pleasing to my eye, but there are still visual inconsistencies throughout Windows 10 that need to be addressed.
6. Cortana’s voice recognition is impressive. As such, I’ve started using it more.
7. My biggest beef with Windows has finally been addressed. It is much, much easier to find and tweak control panel settings.
8. The Windows Store selection is disappointing. Where are the killer third party productivity apps? (Aside: Flipboard for Windows is brilliant.)
9. There were no driver conflicts when plugging in new accessories (printer, microphone, etc.) but I did have some initial hiccups in getting Windows 10 to recognize a new 1TB Western Digital SATA hard drive. A visit to the BIOs was needed first.
Complaints aside, I’m optimistic about Windows 10. I enjoy using it and look forward to seeing what future updates will bring.