Windows 10s Opinion/Review

So, I should probably start this of explaining that I have only been able to use windows 10s for a brief period but I am of course familiar with windows 10 and am a Windows Insider.

Windows 10s is great possibly the best version of a windows operating system yet.

Now if you don’t know Windows 10s it’s revised version of windows 10 based on Windows 10 Pro. You are currently unable to buy it in the shops or online but It does comes preinstalled on certain systems such as the new Microsoft Surface Laptop and its designed to be quick, secure and responsive.

Now as I mentioned I have been able to use it briefly on Microsoft’s new surface laptop which has a premium feeling and looking piece of Hardware (which at just under a grand it frankly should be), Windows 10s is super-fast with super quick boot and resume times and its everything you really want from a OS (i.e. it doesn’t seem to get in the way and feels very smooth).

You can tell that this has had a lot of thought and is aimed at those that may be interested in chrome books and maybe even taking on apple as they have in other areas. This version of windows 10 because of the policies that it uses is very secure very easy to use and difficult to break you also get great battery life without necessarily needing as many heavy batteries which of course leads to lighter hardware. This security and optimisation is impressive however the way this is done is also my biggest bug bear with windows 10s. And I think it will be the hang-up for a lot of people too.

The main way that this security and ease of use has been implemented as well as excellent use of resources is that its locked down to the Windows App Store. Which while having improved a lot over the last couple of years is unfortunately still dire. You are unable to install 3rd party and even some 1st party applications as if they are not on the windows store you simply aren’t able to use them. So that means no Photoshop or GIMP for photo editing, No Steam or any of the other gaming clients, no video editor and probably the biggest thing for a lot of people no option to be able to use a different web browser other than Edge.

Now personally I like Edge for the most part but I use Vivaldi (based on chrome) and Waterfox (Firefox based) as my main browsers as edge still has issues with some sites including some of Microsoft and doesn’t have the widest range of extensions that others do. As an aside I also do wonder what the EU will make of them forcing you to use Edge considering the history MS have had with them. Clicky.

Up until very recently it wasn’t even possible to install MS Office although that has since been added and I’m sure as time goes on it will get better and one thing that I haven’t mentioned is that some of the things that are currently missing in the app store can be done though a web browser as long of course as it works with edge.

I can’t help but feel that Windows 10s is suffering a little from the “chicken or egg” Perhaps the fact it exists will increase Devs willingness to port and create apps for the app store thus getting rid of a major barrier of 10s but on the other hand perhaps it’s a little too early for 10s. If the store improves as I hope that it will, I’m sure more would be willing to use it and even in its current state. I also assume plans are in place to implement 10s in lower spec, Cheaper hardware because it has a place for those that want something more than a tablet but don’t want the complexity of potential risk of a PC/Laptop.

In conclusion Windows 10s is great but let down hard by a weak app store offering but has serious potential for the future if it gets a chance.

The good news though is that with the surface Laptop an upgrade to windows 10 Pro is possible and until the end of the year its free to do so. I know for one that if I was to get my hands of a surface laptop I would be very happy to have it but I would have to switch to windows 10 pro immediately which thankfully is as easy searching windows in the store and selecting the free upgrade option. It’s Just a shame to can’t go back to 10s once you have upgraded.

 

*After Publishing I noticed that Photoshop Elements is available on the app store sorry about that. But app selection in general is still poor especially when you consider other app stores and that its all that is available to use.

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Google +

Recently got invited to the beta of google+ google’s answer to Facebook.

I have been using it for a few days now and I like it. It’s very strange and takes a little while to get used to but the circles feature where you can group friends and family and others together is useful if you don’t want certain people to see certain posts. Much less chance of your boss seeing you call them an idiot if you were so inclined to post something like that.Assuming you don’t have your boss in your friend circle of course.

Theres also things called sparks which is sort of like a topic rss feed and Facebook’s pages/groups.  It does still need some work but im sure it will become very useful. i am already following a few topics and its giving me pretty accurate and interesting results.

Also much like Facebook’s “like” functionality Google plus has +1 which is already making its way onto many websites. apparently Google have made it so that it affects the search ranking a site gets so the more +1’s a topic receives the higher the page will be in a search result.

There’s a lot for google to do if they want to compete with Facebook but its a promising start at least. and i look forward to what they come up with next.

 

Have you got access? What do you make of it? Whats your favourite feature? Leave a comment:P

Playstation Plus Update and Playstation Slim

I have an update to my post https://yxxxx.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/is-Playstation-plus-a-good-deal-my-view/ in the works I had planned to have it done much quicker but sadly my playstation died  just after the last content push and i havent had the time to collate the data.

Now after buying a new slim im back in the saddle and ready to write-up what I have got out of it to date hopefully sometime before august ends.

Thought id share my thoughts on the Playstation slim first.

I bought the 250gb PS slim i have to say that I love the hard drive space my fat was one of the 60gig models and had gotten to the point where it just wasnt enough space anymore for all the content and games that’s available and i was finding i kept hitting the limit more and more often this is prehaps the only thing i do like about the new slim model.

The 60gig just looks and feels better. The system itself is still great no problems there and it is quieter  but the finish just isn’t the same. There are real buttons where as before they were touch which was really nice. The disc feed also seems more violent and is certainly noisier the matt finish just feels cheaper and of course you have half the usb ports down from 4 to 2 and no card reader. To be honest didn’t really use the card slot so im not so bothered by that but it was nice to have the option.

I’m still more than happy that i chose PlayStation over Xbox I cant wait for whats instore over the next couple of months Gamers have a real treat what ever platform your on its gonna be a good christmas.