I’ve been using Windows 10 the past week. I’m running it on a Fusion Virtual Machine on my Macbook Pro. So far, I’m really freaking impressed.
Believe the hype. Windows 10 is by far and away, the best Windows ever. It’s really good. It’s simple, it’s quick, it just works. But here’s what blows me away and tells me that I should buy Microsoft stock – the support is great too.
I had Windows 8.1, decided to blow it away and install Windows 10. In the middle of the night of course, because that’s how I am.
First thing you need to know is that Microsoft wants to keep all your software which includes their new 365 initiative in one place – it’s called Microsoft Live. Similar to what Apple does with your Apple ID – but way better. Set everything up in Live, you’ll be glad you did.
There’s people that man the Live account 24 X 7. I had a Windows 8.1 Pro License. But rather than dink around with trying to see if it qualified for a free upgrade, and because I was installing from scratch, I just ponied up and bought Windows 10. It was $199.00, but it also comes with the 365 Live Account which so far I love.
Installing was a piece of cake, just as simple as installing Apple’s OS X. It ran through and did all my updates, I was up and running in a few minutes.
Then I installed Outlook 2013. It told me I got a free upgrade to Outlook 2016 as part of my Office 365 software which I paid $69 bucks for. I logged into my Live account, chatted with someone and got a free upgrade. It was simple. So simple, that I was blown away. Was this really Microsoft I was dealing with? They used to be hard to deal with. Now, they’re super easy to deal with. What’s up with that?
Anyway, it’s only been a week. But if so far is any indication, Apple should be worried. I’ve already seen a few things that Microsoft does way better than Apple, such as the Live Account. Live is everything that my Apple ID isn’t. It’s simple and friendly, where my Apple ID via iTunes is clunky. Apple really needs to start over with the Apple ID thing.
Oh. What about Android? Android blows. Free software is worth exactly what you pay for it. Try calling Google. Do they even have a phone number?
I’m loving Windows 10 so much that I keep playing with it to see what else is there. The interface is designed so well, it just begs you to “come on in”. Being in software for as long as I have, it’s great to see Microsoft getting it right – I’m rooting for them. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even get a Windows phone and play with it? Everyone tells me the camera on the Lumia rocks. OneDrive (Microsoft’s version of Dropbox) and OneNote (see ya, Evernote) look great.
Good work, Microsoft. Keep going!