As you might imagine, these questions are drawing many and varied types of feedback from across the PC community. Let’s take a brief look at the early reactions to Windows 10, the strategy related to Microsoft and several InfoShare™ experiences with this latest operating system from Microsoft. Our intent here is to share some early feedback with you that you may want to consider for your computing portfolio.
How is it being viewed? Well, the opinions out there are wide-ranging. When it first came out, Michael Horowitz from Computerworld advised that it should be avoided, especially as it relates to enterprise deployment: Mr. Horowitz’s point was that although there are some cool and beneficial features, those that would most likely interest the home-user, student, or dabbler, the software maturity and compatibility issues right now seem to outweigh them.
Likewise, Woody Leonard, tech writer for InfoWorld, summarizes in their July 29 issue, “Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been, but it has too many rough edges to attract Windows 7 users. Continuous upgrades could change that as early as this fall”.
However, Leonard goes on to say, “After the truly wretched Windows 8 and marginally less wretched Windows 8.1, Windows 10 comes as a breath of fresh air. Windows 10 is much more usable than Windows 8 or 8.1 and proudly offers a bundle of new features, including improved security, a new browser, and the voice-activated intelligent assistant, Cortana.”
There are, of course, a number of positive reviews and those whose authors are presenting, and balancing, the benefits versus the drawbacks. Also on July 29, the day Windows 10 was released, Dan Grabham wrote on Techradar.com that “Featurewise, Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. It’s robust, pleasant to use and free.” Grabham reviewed Windows 10 again on October 6 with detailed and generally favorable reviews of many of its new features. You can review his thoughts on what he calls “Microsoft’s make-or-break operating system” at http:// www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pcmac/software/operatingsystems/ windows101267364/ review/3
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Chris Rein alerts us to a “note of interest” concerning this operating system update and how he sees it relative to Microsoft’s direction concerning cloud computing. “Over the past five to ten years, it’s become impossible to go more than a day or so without seeing any cloud computing advertisements, promotions or technical journal articles. And, of course, the key terms that are associated with ‘the Cloud’ are: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS (for Software, Platform, and Infrastructure, respectively), offered ‘as a service.’ Each of these is a different business and technical model for software hosting and support. We find it interesting that now, Microsoft is using Windows 10 to push the cloud’s footprint even further vertically, with their “Windows as a Service” paradigm, for which Windows 10 is their initial platform. Whereas IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS are distinct, meaning one can literally draw diagrams to show where the software components are installed and who maintains them, this is not exactly analogous to