Windows 10 is failing us

Windows 10 is failing us

By | July 16th, 2017
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While Windows 10 is arguably successful from a market share perspective, it

is still failing in one big way -- the user experience. Windows 8.x was an

absolute disaster, and Microsoft's latest is certainly better than that,

but it is still not an enjoyable experience. Quite frankly, the people

clutching to Windows 7 aren't so crazy.


The most glaring issue is the privacy aspect, or lack thereof. Look, telemetry is a good thing for the development of the operating system, but users shouldn’t be forced to participate. Hell, I don’t even totally mind if it is opt out rather than opt in. But if a user wants to remove their computer entirely, that should be their right.

Even the third-party solutions that aim to turn this spying off aren’t 100-percent successful. Unless you unplug from the internet entirely, you can’t stop Windows from phoning home to Microsoft. This is a shame, as some consumers are being made to feel violated when using their own computer.

Another issue that I can’t believe hasn’t been resolved is having two locations for system settings. Seriously, Microsoft? We still have “Settings” and “Control Panel” in 2017? These need to be merged ASAP, but it has been entirely neglected for years. From a user interface perspective, it is a massive fail.

Live Tiles are still worthless, and it is time for Microsoft to kill them. Nobody opens an app launcher and stares at the icons for information. It is distracting and pointless. If I want the weather, I’ll open a weather app and see it — not stare at the icon for the information. It sort of made sense in the Windows 8.x era since you were presented with a full screen of app icons more often, but with a more traditional start-button design in Windows 10, it is time to retire it.

Microsoft doesn’t force you to use Edge and Bing entirely, but it still does force you. Cortana is a hot mess, but if you opt to use her, she will only open things in Edge. Searches are Bing-only. In other words, the virtual assistant ignores your default browser settings. Why? Not for the user’s benefit.


Nisheeth Bhakuni