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Windows 10 for 2017

This is my last post for 2017, so it’s apt to reflect on the reigning desktop OS this year. We’ve worked our way through two Creators updates (Versions 1703 and 1709), each of which brought changes. Some of the big improvements have included mixed reality, OneDrive files on demand, and fluent design. It’s been strange to see PowerShell supplant Cmd.exe on the Winkey-X menu. (However,  it’s easy enough to reverse this change in the Settings menus.) All in all, it’s been a big year for changes. In my own opinion, most of those changes have been for the better. But Windows 10 for 2017 has also seen its share of controversy and slams.

Plusses and Minuses Aplenty in Windows 10 for 2017

I follows the user forums at reasonably closely. I have probably read more than five thousand threads over the past year. People have found plenty of reasons to like Win10, but also many reasons to dislike or denigrate Microsoft’s current desktop OS. On the whole, I think that the plusses probably outweigh the minuses. The  inescapable reality, however, is that for good or ill Windows 10 is the desktop OS that the vast majority of users must work with day-in and day-out.

Lord knows, I’ve had my share of mystery issues and frustrating gotchas with Win10 in 2017. But the OS keeps working, and I remain able to get my work done, obstacles and impediments notwithstanding. To those who get seriously worked up about such things I say: “My sympathies. Let’s find a workaround, or some kind of solution.” Yes, Win10 can be difficult and frustrating. But with relatively new capabilities like the in-place upgrade install (which replaces a hinky or questionable OS but leaves files and applications alone), there isn’t much that such a fix can’t address on most Windows PCs.

What to Make of Changes, Problems, and More

There’s still a lot to learn, and a lot to like, about Windows 10 for workday and personal use. Thus, as 2017 draws to a close, I’ll quote the memorable words of my old friend and CAD engineer George Osborne who would always say goodbye on Fridays with the same words. “I’ll see you here next Monday, unless a better offer comes along!” In this case, swap 2018 for next Monday because I’m pretty sure that Windows 10 will still be the market leading desktop OS once the New Year has rung in.

In the meantime, have a happy New Year, and enjoy the last few days of this one. I’ll be tackling problems and issues, reporting on new tools and technologies, and in general chasing down Windows 10 news once again on January 5, when we return from our family vacation.