The good, the BAD and the ugly about Windows 10.

In my last blog post, I talked about five key features of the Windows 10 operating system.  They are the return of the Start Button, the ability to swap between Desktop and Tablet modes, the new digital assistant called Cortana, the new Edge browser and the ability to have multiple virtual desktops.  There are more new features than those, but you understand my point.  Now, a change in an operating system is still a change and we mere mortals don’t handle change very well.  Let’s take a look at some of the bad aspect of Windows 10.

NOT WINDOWS 7 OR 8:  Let’s be real here, Windows 10 is new.  It operates a little like Windows 7 and a little like Windows 8/8.1 but at the same time it does not operate like either.  For example, just when you learn where the Control Panel is in Windows 8/8.1, Microsoft moves it.  Both users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will feel comfortable in some areas and totally lost in other areas.  Fortunately, Microsoft put a lot of effort into Cortana and she (yes, Cortana uses a female voice to respond to questions) will find what you cannot.  The question is whether or not the learning curve will impact you and your employee productivity.

START BUTTON:  Wait a minute! Wasn’t this on the “Good” list?  Well, yes it was.  But with the good also comes the bad.  In Windows 7, you were able to pin apps to the Start Menu as a shortcut.  Not anymore.  If you pin something to the Start Menu, it will become a Tile similar to Windows 8/8.1.  Also, In Windows 7 the application list could expand to multiple columns.  In Windows 10, everything is confined to a single column which seems a bit confining.  This issue is not a deal breaker regarding whether or not to migrate, but the changes will impact some users more than others.

WINDOWS STORE:  People are so used to the robust selections of the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store that Microsoft seems to be the late arriver to this party.  The selections are few but growing.  Microsoft is using the same “Trusted” application philosophy used by Apple and Google and over time, this may be a valuable feature.  But right now, I would deem this as a “work-in-progress.”  In addition, most businesses that migrate to Windows 10 will not allow users to simply pop out to the Microsoft Store and purchase/download/install these applications.

WINDOWS EMAIL APP:  The default email application in Windows 10 was a step backward.  Sure, you can configure the app to work with your account in Gmail, Comcast, Verizon or other email providers and systems.  But Microsoft has removed some key, basic functionality.  Simply adding a new folder is an impossibility.  Did you let your inbox get cluttered with unnecessary email?  There is no easy way to bulk select the emails you want to trash.  The limited functionality appears to be due to Microsoft’s attempt to have a universal design that work both on Desktops/Laptops and on Smartphones.  Most companies will use Outlook for business emails, therefore this negative change to the default email app will minimally impact your business.

So, in Part 1 I identified five new features that are nice additions to the Windows 10 operating system.  This week in Part 2, I highlighted four not-so-nice aspects of Windows 10.  They are not catastrophic issues, but nonetheless issues that may impact users.  Next week, in Part 3, I will focus on the parts of Windows 10 that make you scratch your head and wonder if you should really consider migrating.

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