Windows 10, out for a spin
Saturday, Nov 14 2015 04:30 | Games, Linux, Microsoft, MMORPG, StarTrek, tablet, Technology, ubuntu, upgrade, VideoGames, Windows
With work done at my home, and my work computers resting for now, it seemed like a good time to go through and upgrade at least one computer to see what's new. Seeing as my campus is still on Windows 7 enterprise, and probably won't be making the move to 10 any time soon, I thought I'd be on the forefront of things (like the good old days) since I am (sort of) the tech guru of the department.
I decided to upgrade my Samsung Slate 7, which is a computer I got a while back, and it's been my daily driver for days that I work from home. It's also my main Star Trek Online machine (also when I work from home). As a machine it's perfectly fine, but I realized that the 128GB space (99 usable I think) was a bit of an issue.
For whatever reason, even though I've uninstalled things like crazy, the machine was still running out of space. I deleted OneNote Touch, which I never used - and that saved me 3.5GB (seriously? That much space for an app that I didn't use?). Furthermore I uninstalled SkyDrive and deleted the local files (which I never used) and that gave me another 7 GB. Finally, I had to uninstall STO which came in at a whopping 23 GB. After all this deleting, I was finally able to install Windows 10.
The installation itself was pretty painless, and getting back and running wasn't a big issue after the fact. I did end up re-installing STO (which was only 12GB...so I guess that there were a lot of old patch files on there that I deleted). The Windows Menu has returned, and it seems to look like Windows Phone, which I suppose makes sense - if you want people who are used to Windows Interface to pick up your mobile device - or vice versa. I ended up going with a 'classic' Windows 8 look, having the Start Menu be full screen. I am not a fan of the vertical scroll, however. I did prefer the horizontal layout of the application in the previous version of Windows.
Finally, I setup Cortana as the voice assistant. Despite the fact that I setup my voice to be recognized, Cortana doesn't seem to respond. At some point soon I will update my Surface Pro 3 as well and see if that makes a difference. Cortana did give me an error saying that the microphone placement on the Slate wasn't optimal, but I did go through the training sequence without a problem. Small problems.
So, after a day of this, things seem to be back to normal, in terms of productivity. The only thing I find odd is that a pop-up came up asking me if I like windows 10, and this was less than 24 hours since I installed it (and only around 3 hours of use). I would have to say that I don't have enough experience with it to say whether I like it or not, but I do prefer it to Windows 7. Definitely much more touch friendly.
I do wonder if MacOS X will go down that touch-friendly route, and if the iPad Pro is a precursor to that.