It is highly arguable if Windows 10 should be called a failure or not. For some people it is a good combination of Windows 8 and Windows 7, while for others it has introduced more issues than it fixed.
So let’s first discuss why we should consider Windows 10 as another failure before looking into better alternatives for Windows 10.
For past few years Microsoft has been known to produce one failed version of Windows followed by a successful version.
This saga started after Windows 98SE, when Windows ME was introduced and it fell flat on the expectation of the market. It lived for a very short period in the market and was criticized for its frequent crashes.
The successor was Windows XP which became a hit and easily grabbed the Operating system market for Microsoft. This story was repeated when Microsoft launched Windows Vista and it failed due to entirely new architecture which led to driver incompatibilities and very slow performance due to which most of the people rejected it and they stayed with old but more reliable Windows XP.
This wait was fruitful as we got Windows 7, which fixed most of the issues introduced by Vista. It was much lighter, faster and compatible with almost all hardware. Windows 7 turned out to be one of the most successful operating systems by Microsoft.
Microsoft continued this iteration by introducing another failed product, Windows 8. Windows 8 was rejected by Windows users pretty quickly. Windows 8 was a result of Microsoft’s desperate attempt to enter into the tablet market for the first time. In this desperation, Microsoft forced an Operating system to PC users which was actually designed for the Tablets. Introducing unpractical functionalities such as removing the Start menu and weird gestures like swiping the screen horizontally for more icons made most of loyal desktop Windows users angry.
Microsoft started to feel the heat quickly and they tried to do damage control by releasing an upgraded version Windows 8.1. This new version brought back Start menu, but could not fix the inherent issues of this operating system.
Based on the history everyone was expecting that next operating system from Microsoft will will again be a hit. So there were a lot of expectations from Windows 10. In between Satya Nadal took control of Microsoft and he started to take many progressive steps. Hopes raised even higher with the announcement that Windows 10 upgrade will be free for all existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users.
However, when Windows 10 reached to existing users, it hardly had anything better than previous operating systems. In fact the problems like no support for fresh Windows 10 install for existing Windows users caused a lot of confusion. Many users who made a mistake of doing fresh Windows 10 install expecting that their Windows 7/8/8.1 keys will work, were left in the lurch. Further Microsoft showed arrogant behavior by introducing features like P2P based product update and allowing user’s information sharing features enabled by default. This caused may privacy issues with Windows 10.
Even as an operating system Windows 10 failed to show any long term vision for Desktop and Tablet platform. Microsoft needs more clarity on this front as they even failed to deliver the concept of Universal Applications which they were promising with Windows 10.
Having an integrated user experience on different devices is one thing while forcing a patched tablet OS on desktop users is another thing. Overall Windows 10 looks like a step backward from the standards set by Microsoft’s own Windows 7 operating system.
Desktop users are looking for their next operating system after using a very reliable Windows 7 operating system. This wait has already been quite long and now it is time we start to explore options beyond Windows 10. Check out which operating system to choose after Windows 7.