Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:44 PM
I still like Windows 7, absolutely abhorred Windows 8/8.1 even after I knew it well, and like Windows 10 which is an actual good marriage between the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
My primary complaint is the now-becoming-ubiquitous "flat look" GUI. And everyone is doing it. This is one area where I really wish that skins/themes were readily available that would allow me to have a 3D-look again. This is all the more critical for some of my clients who are visually-impaired. You have no idea of how many subtle cues there are in that dimensionality that simply disappear when all goes flat. I am hoping that this will be an eventual change under Windows 10.
Other than that, I quite like it. Contrary to the endless conspiracy theorists, if you do nothing more than configure your privacy settings to your liking (which includes turning off your advertising ID) and, possibly, disabling the PDA function of Cortana I see nothing much different "traffic-wise" in communication with Microsoft than I did in Windows 7. There is truth to the statements that a great deal more data may be collected, but that's only if you use the default settings for everything. No matter what a given maker sets as its default settings there is always someone (and that includes me) who will not like at least some of those choices. Anyone using a computer in this day and age should know that when they change operating systems or have major OS upgrades installed that they need to revisit settings to customize them to their personal preference.
The odd thing is that you seldom hear about anything but Microsoft and Windows 10 these days, and I'd love to know what people would be saying if the same Microscope were being applied to Android, Chrome OS, iOS, and OSX. Each and every one of these operating systems gathers information by default that I would really prefer were not being gathered and all of them allow me to tweak settings to get rid of most of it. If I don't do that, well . . . [P.S. I do not include system health telemetry of any kind in the "would really prefer were not being gathered" category. That's what drives fixes and improvements and can halt buggy patches in their tracks. Look at how much more slowly the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is being rolled out now based on early issues detected. I'd rather have late and "shaken out" than early/on-time and problematic. The "old way" of shooting upgrades out and waiting for complaints to start rolling in to support is positively quaint.]
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134
In a modern society where everyone thinks their opinion deserves to be heard nothing annoys me more than individuals who mistake their personal preferences for fact.
~ Commenter TheCruyffGurn on the The Guardian website, 8/13/2014