I normally refrain from giving views, or comments, about things that confound my brain. Instead, I let time, and opinions from other users, convince me to switch. It’s easier letting others do the leg work about whether a product is good or not based on their experience. This time, however, silence, or waiting for others to say what’s wrong, won’t work.
Microsoft is now tempting Window 7 and 8.1 users with a fantastic deal: free Windows 10 software upgrade. Who would not jump at such an offer? Even I thought it a great deal until watching a YouTube video on “what’s new” in Windows 10. Granted the video, presented by Joe Belfiore, Vice President of Microsoft (link provided below) harped on business end users specifically with little said about personal user versions of Windows 10. But what he did say about personal users, and Windows 10, made my jaw gap just a bit.
In home versions, according to the video, the media center no longer exists. The ability to watch DVDs, gone, and, presumably, Movie Maker and Media Player will vanish into that good night. Joe Belfiore, however, promised Microsoft would have software available later this year which would allow users, and it’s assumed personal users will be included in this, to play DVDs but did not mention whether Microsoft Movie Maker would be added back. Movie Maker is a program I use, often. It’s easy and simple to use in difference to more complicated video makers. Just knowing it might never be available again, after upgrading to Windows 10, raised the first negative vote.
The presentation by Microsoft’s VP, as said, focused on business users. Yes, it would be nice for them to have a virtual assistant to ask questions of and get answers within seconds. Oh, wait — aren’t they called ‘secretaries’? And there are virtual assistant apps for iPhones and Android phones — forgot it was there because it’s a feature rarely, if ever, used. While cool having such a thing at one’s fingertips, the VP mentioned little about how this upgraded Windows 10 program would benefit personal users. That earned the program a second negative vote.
From the “what’s new” video, items on the new screen (from a Window 7 user’s viewpoint) appear organized and easy on the eyes. The technicians also did a nice job making Joe Belfiore look fantastic at the presentation stage. But with all he said, it was what he didn‘t say that raised, in my mind, a “don’t go for this offer” buzz. Mr. Belfiore never spoke about the new bells and whistles with respect to personal user’s creativity, ease or how stabilize the program would be on stand alones. He merely noted “Windows 10 was more secure from outside attacks”. The VP never addressed how the new items worked on older laptops that did not have touch screen capabilities.
In an article that covered future updates once Windows 10 is on a computer, it was mentioned personal users would no longer be able to pick and choose the updates they want installed on their computer. Microsoft, as far as a personal user who upgrades is concerned, can add new programming code to Windows 10, install it and there is nothing the end user can do to stop them. I happen to like having control over updates because some may be necessary but others aren’t. Outlook is one of those programs I find useless — too unstable but Microsoft sends out updates for it. If one doesn’t use a program, does an update (if you’ve erased it) have the potential of rendering a computer to the state of a paper weight. It’s one of those eye opening issues. Negative vote number three.
There is also the question concerning glitches the upgrade might wreak? Users going from XP to Vista were warned to copy files, install the program and then reinstall their data. Nothing, in this video, mentioned that possibility. And being one who has to know, with certainty, nothing adverse would happen should Windows 10 upgrade be installed, my brow dipped low. Negative vote number four.
The next question, at least in my mind, is why would Microsoft give this upgrade free of charge? A positive is upgrading to Windows 10 would provide free technical support should something go wrong. It’s a given Windows 7, which happens to be the OS on my laptop, has a future expiration date where Microsoft would no longer provide a person you can talk to when help is needed, reducing end users to rely on internet sites or a computer technician charging $75, or more, to evaluate the computer’s problem. So, again, what benefit would be gained as a personal user by upgrading to Windows 10? Spell it out because this user is a skeptic and been burned by upgrades one too many times to blindly accept “trust me, it works fine”. And should the program implode, nothing would be more aggravating then hearing “there is nothing we can do to solve the problem at this time” or, “hope you backed everything up because your computer’s kaput”.
Until convinced there are fuckintastic (made up word) advantages to upgrading, it will not happen. This user is not impressed with fancy stack shifting screens, robotic voices or promises of program performance that will blow my skirt up. I need to see program stability, get detailed assistance, when needed, on how to do things without chewing and spitting out nonsense. If Microsoft wants to improve something, then start with Word, their word processing program. Make execution of tasks faster and easier to apply, as well as recover when making a serious mistake. And there is Powerpoint — would love to see it become more competitive with the expensive Adobe program. Now that I would eat a bug for. But, from what’s been made known about Windows 10, I have nothing to fear with regard to eating a creepy crawler any time soon.
And my skirt has yet to be blown up by Windows 10 upgrade.
**all views in this article are my own and no one else.