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  • An Interview with Paul Thurrott: Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 NOW!

    I guess like Paul says if you don't like nicer things and want to be on a faster more secure O/S.

    OK.

    a) Although there are some nice (in terms of looks) things on Win10 (and I am ONLY thinking about the -buggy- taskbar, the action center and the explorer window here...), there are many other things that are terrible (the rest of the stuff, I would say...). And I really don't like the default settings for the taskbar to combine the taskbar buttons. But anyway, they have made that customizable so I won't nag about it much... But, please, for heaven's sake, I don't want to click 2 times to restore a window. I want it restored with one (or less) clicks. Even WinXP could do that. And you still share the same shell bugs with WinXP. When will you fix that shell of yours? Window restoration and minimizing has still bugs in it. And now there are new bugs related to modal windows mistakenly placed behind their parent window (you can understand what this causes, don't you?) !!!

    b) Win10 is not faster. In fact, with the exception of Win7, every new MS OS is getting slower than the previous version (especially if you are not using a SSD). At least that is my experience having used all of them. If you have any doubts, install WinXP on a VM (which should be 5 times slower that running on bare metal) and see how long it takes to boot, to start launching applications, how often it swaps memory from the paging file, etc, etc.

    c) When it comes to security on Win10, I don't feel secure at all. I know that once I exhaust my RAM it will stop responding and it will either freeze or crash and reboot (I don't even get to see the warning for low memory displayed - that's how fast it crashes). Then, I am afraid to reboot my machine, because I don't know if my taskbar will be functional after the boot. On top of that, it seems that the whole OS was built for the purpose of collecting user data (which violates privacy big time). So, with all these fears in my mind, what on earth do I have to fear from a hacker? Not to make my PC a DDoS attack endpoint? I don't freaking care! It's not illegal to get hacked! Not to steal my credit card number? I don't use one! Not to steal my email passwords? What the hack is he gonna do with those? Read my spam? Blackmail me for the evil spam emails that I get? Certainly he wont make a profile out of my data. He will just get what he likes (if he finds anything), he will leave, and totally forget about me afterwards. And even if he is j*rk enough to write ransom-ware, he is not gonna get any money from me, I have my files backed-up and he won't manage to encrypt more than 1% of my files before I find out about it. And anyway, Win10 is not so improved on security to make someone upgrade to it. You can still hijack apps that listen on the Internet and there is still code from earlier versions of Windows in there (much of it, judging from the same bugs that I see) that can potentially be exploited.

    Nevertheless, I have upgraded to Win10 and I use them every day. It's been less than a month now and I have already lost count of the number of low-memory crashes and the times I had to reboot to get the taskbar at least semi-functional. And not to mention that I had to run a 3rd party driver-updater tool (the stupid computer management said all my drivers were up-to-date... :|) to get my screen resolution setup correctly, so that not everything looked like sh*t. I wonder what simple users did when they faced such situations (that might explain the rise of sucky crApple to the top, despite the fact that both their designers and their developers are untalented and uninspired)...

    I hope MS fixes those, so that I can say something good about it the next time...

     

  • An Interview with Paul Thurrott: Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 NOW!

    The Windows 10 mail app is a disaster. Why build an app that does not have the features of Windows Live Mail and then configure outlook.com so that Live Mail will not work after July

    .

    Ahhhh......

    Yes.... Another great disaster.

    I haven't even tried the new mail app, but as far as I understood :

    1) Your email account info (if you setup one) may be used/accessed on the system level (by all apps and by windows). Maybe I am wrong, but that's what I understand. I don't really like that.

    2) It is a UWP app and judging from the ones that were preinstalled and "functional" without me requiring to to login to a store, an email account or something, it shouldn't work either.

    WLM was my favorite mail client (maybe it was a bit heavy being written in .NET and all, but it was quite good). It was so good that it even had features that Outlook has not.

    Now WLM is totally destroyed (thanks to some MS "upgrade or die" campaign). I think MS must be ashamed for putting their name onto this piece of software. It just became terrible. It's hard to believe that someone could fit so many bugs and breaks into a single software "patch". It requires quite a talent...

    Most probably, the team that originally made it works on something new and some team of newbies started meddling with it, in order to keep it alive. And here we are...

     

  • An Interview with Paul Thurrott: Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 NOW!

    I also totally agree with DiscoVinny.

    I didn't know some of his mentioned stuff (really? there is no F8 anymore?!?!?! =:O What the hack?).

    Also, this mix of phone & tablet & desktop is a big challenge and I can say that e.g. I really like the looks of the old "Control Panel" more than the new "Settings" look (when on a desktop at least). Maybe you can make it work everywhere, but making it look perfect everywhere is a whole different story that seems a big problem to me.

    Not to mention that the new Settings seems slow on input just like the new start menu - I wonder in what technology they are written in... Please, don't tell me it is WPF, because I like WPF...

    Privacy and total control of the PC is important for me as well.

    I hope MS gets stuff better soon.

    Let's hope that, after some time (when MS trains their Cortana, their Bing and the rest of their AIs enough), they will allow the removal of Cortana.

     

  • An Interview with Paul Thurrott: Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 NOW!

    Waaaaaaaaait !!! :S

    Windows 10 is customizable?

    Did I miss any updates and my Cortana cannot be removed completely from the system or what? I thought you were going towards a more "modular" system design. Is Cortana part of the Windows kernel now or what? Please don't create another IE, as in the old days.

    Also, when you upgrade to Win10, (sometimes?) your new OS is full of bugs (start menu sometimes not opening, volume icon not showing up, taskbar being non-functional, etc). And all of those bugs appearing and disappearing at random times from boot to boot. And on another note, when your system is running out of memory it becomes completely unstable (sometimes with the screen going black and not responding to ANY user input except for the power button).

    Also, Edge has many weird bugs, some of which (oddly enough) do not exist in IE11. Not to mention that it still (after -God knows- many years) misses the "paste and go" option on the address bar (without which not many people can function)...

    But I am not here to bash Win10. I think it is a good OS (I like many things in the UI), just I am not sure if it should have been released with all these bugs in it. And the regular updates didn't seem to help anyone with these bugs. Lets hope they help with security...

     

  • IE 9: First look at the new JS Engine

    I hope you improve the interface too.

     

    - Opening a new tab seems too slow.

    - Password save confirmation dialog stops page load.

    - I want more IU configuration options (e.g. min tab size on the tab bar (to allow more tabs fit in my screen), make Ctrl+S open the save page dialog).

    - All new tabs should open right next to the current one (or provide an option for that). Now they don't.

    - A new way to save and load named browsing sessions (the current always makes me lose my last browsing session and can't save multiple. IEPro's session manager doesn't work). If you could also add a way to pick a web page from any saved session in order to place it to your current session, you would make many users happy.

    - Make IE remember the last saving format (HTML/MHT - when saving web pages on disk) and the last saving directory selected ny the user. Also an option for whether or not to always save in a default location would be nice. Also, an option to make IE automatically change the name of the file to be saved (appending numbers - like Chrome does) when the file name already exisits (and the save dialog is used) would be more than nice.

    - Make a build-in configurable download manager (or a small, light add-in for it -- IE Pro causes problems to me).

    - Add a "tab manager" similar to Chrome's "task manager".

    - Make sure that saving a page on the disk is not slow (it is now...) and that it doesn't prevent you from working with IE during it's execution.

    - Sometimes IE crashes and killing it using Task Manager is impossible (you have to restart the PC). Provide a way to do so (if possible).

    - Make a build-in check speller (or better provide a small simple light addin for it -- IE Pro causes problems).

    - Put a "paste and go" option on the context menu showed when you right click in the address bar.

    - Add a "go to URL" option on the context menu showed when you right click on selected text in a web page.

    - Cooperate with IE7 Pro team and, perhaps, use their work.

    - Make the "stop page load" button get disabled when loading is done or merge this button with the refresh button.

    - Making it possible for users to use more that one version of IE on a single system would be great.

    - I don't know how the saved passwords are being saved and protected, but a master password protection would be safer. It would be great if you could make a password manager similar to the one used in Opera.

    - Despite the fact that IE and Chrome are supposed to use the same tab technologies, Chrome is responding MUCH better. Could you make IE's code in the instance of IE that holds the tabs run faster or parallelize routines to avoid lack of window response ?

    - And the MOST IMPORTANT: Sometimes IE fails to load some elements in a web page (I guess) and disconnects from the web (with all sorts of annoying pop up windows that appear). Then you have to connect again (as notified and asked by another window) to continue browsing. Can you please eliminate all of these pop up windows ? I mean only your browser annoys the user with so many pop up windows. Why do we get disconnected in the first place ?

     

    You did a good job with the search box, the duplicate tab option, the reopen closed tab option, etc !

    Keep up please.

  • The Labs of Microsoft Hardware 1 of 6

    Hey !

    I hope that in the future you will build even better illuminated keyboards.

    I'm planning to buy one in the future...

    Smiley

     

    And I have a preference for wired stuff.

    I wonder: Can't you put a  USB port of some kind on the keyboard that will accept either a transmitter or a USB cable ?

    In that way it could be both wireless and wired.

    And if you buy a wireless and run out of battery or you don't want it to be a wireless, you simply remove the transmitter from the keyboard and plug a USB cable in.

     

  • Ping: Episode 5

    Chrome responds better than IE8 while both claim to use the same tab technology.
    I think u should make more code run in parallel...

    I also have MANY suggestions posted here.
    I hope I see them come true one day...

  • First Look at Expression Blend 3