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Pogue: Windows 10 Review, Microsoft returns to sanity

By David Pogue, Yahoo Tech 7/29/2015 1:59 PM Eastern
WHY THIS MATTERS

David Pogue brings his unique video review stylings to Windows 10. Lots of people share his disdain and bafflement for 8, so 10 is a big relief and more. For me, I kinda liked TileWorld running on my early adopter Surface. And I'm a person who never saw an update I didn't mistrust and/or despise. Still something about Windows 8 spoke to me--but not to anyone else--and Pogue's the expert so it's better to listen to him than to me. -Cynthia Wisehart

Even Microsoft admits it now: Windows 8 was a big mistake. It was, in essence, two operating systems, superimposed. There was the regular desktop, which worked a lot like the popular Windows 7. And then, weirdly glued over it, there was a new, colorful environment made of tiles and modern typography—I called it TileWorld, since Microsoft didn’t have a name for it—that was designed for touchscreen tablets and laptops. Unfortunately, you therefore had to master two Web browsers, two Control Panels, two mail programs, two ways of doing nearly everything. Tomorrow, that all ends. The Windows 8 error—I mean era—is over. As though to distance itself from that debacle, Microsoft skipped the name Windows 9 altogether. It’s gone directly for Windows 10, which you can start downloading on Wednesday, July 29. (Microsoft has warned us that it may take a few days for the upgrade to be available to everyone.) I’ll review the various improvements and new features, but if you’re in a hurry, the main thing is this: Windows 10 is coherent. It makessense. Its design no longer leaves you pounding your forehead on your desk, ruing the day that Microsoft lit up whatever it was smoking. MORE@YahooTech

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