Windows 10 – User reactions to the operating system

Windows 10 was finally released on July 29, 2015 after almost eight months of testing via Insider Preview. The Insider Preview program was to let users test the operating system even as it was being built. Most of these Insiders got a free copy of Windows 10 in lieu for testing the operating system. Though we published a Windows 10 review, it was what we think about the operating system. This post is about what other users think about the Windows 10: their reactions in form of comments on Windows 10 posts on different websites and on social networks.

Before presenting others’ views, I would like to present my personal view on Windows 10 final release. The Insider Preview had plenty more options. Cortana, for example, was working on Insider Preview on my machine. After I installed the final version few days ago, it says Cortana is not yet ready for India. What does that mean? Maybe its just my machine… In any case I felt a little disappointed. But then, maybe they are trying to stay safe and will release features as and when they are ready. Going by that logic, they shouldn’t have released Edge as well because it too is incomplete without add-ons. And the process to add custom search engines to Edge is so difficult that people might not even know it is possible. Final words – I am not going back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 as I like other features of Windows 10 and I don’t have any use for Cortana as of now. I must warn you though. The features like WiFi Sense and Windows Update Delivery Optimization might increase your Internet bill. I haven’t yet turned them off to see how much the usage increases, but in case you see higher data consumption, you should turn them off straightaway.

Reactions to Edge

Edge has not been accepted well by users going by what they say on the Internet. Many have their own preferred browsers even for Windows 10. Here is what Lastpass had to say when I asked it if it is working on Lastpass addon for Edge.

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Other users too have problems as evident from the following tweets

Fig 2Another user is disappointed that he cannot share the annotated web pages with his friends on Facebook. Edge has the feature to share annotated webpages. I do not know if that includes sharing on social networks but if does that, it would be a welcome feature.Fig 3And we have a user that loves Edge’s news feed

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Cortana and Bing

Strangely, not many people on social networks are talking about Cortana. And those who are talking about it, are offended by the fact that Microsoft is invading your privacy in Windows 10.

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Users sticking to Windows 7

Some people are not yet ready to let go of Windows 7. Each one of them has their own reasons but in short, they convey that using Windows 10 will be difficult compared to Windows 10. I must say I differ with them on this point. The Start menu has pinned items as live tiles; desktop is same as Windows 7 unless in tablet mode and above all, Windows 10 is the future and these people will anyway have to upgrade to Windows 10 sooner or later if they wish to continue with Microsoft.

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Users not going back to previous versions

Though it seems everybody has problems with some or the other feature of Windows 10, some declare they are not going back to Windows 10.

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One of the users is happy that Windows 10 reset removed all crapware that came preinstalled with the computer.

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How do you rate Windows 10 on a scale of 0 to 5

We asked the question on Facebook to know the user reactions to Windows 10. While some simply gave out rating numbers (in some cases, above 5), others had things to say.

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Mike, here, talks about something that I agree with completely.

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In case you are interested, please check out our Facebook page question. Here you will see users rating the operating system from 0 to 5. The reactions too are telling!

Another hilarious reason I came across on the web for not recommending Windows 10 to his family, a person says that he’d be held responsible for everything that happens – for example, if the family microwave breaks down after five years, his people will still blame and ask him if it was due to that Windows 10 thing he did.

Now that you have seen other user reactions, what are your reactions on Windows 10?

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN