Windows 10 — One Week Impressions

I didn’t have a huge problem with Windows 8.

The Metro and Desktop dual interfaces were confusing at times. But I spent most of my time in the Desktop mode, so it didn’t bother me too much. I liked what Microsoft was going for — bridging the gap between mobile and desktop computers. And Windows 10 continues on that mantra.

Like Windows 8, there are still a number of inconsistencies from those two different worlds:

Yes, that’s the same Control Panel as Windows XP.

Microsoft clearly wants to move towards the Touch interface, but not at the cost of scaring off its legacy user base.

I’ve missed the Start menu in Windows 8, so that’s a very pleasant return. Cortana seems to have taken some advice from Google Now and includes helpful cards relevant to my current time and interests. She even has some inflection in voice when telling a joke.

Who is Microsoft trying to appeal to with this iteration of Windows?

I think the answer is everybody. The interface is sleek enough to appeal to newcomers. They’ve made some much needed changes to the command prompt to appeal to developers. And they include all the core support and legacy pages to appeal to businesses.

It’s a hard- often futile- goal to appeal to everyone; but with this release of Windows, Microsoft is pretty dang close.