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Windows 10: A sysadmin speaks his brains – and says MEH

Average Joe will be happy with it. So long as he hasn't used Windows 7

Sysadmin blog It's Windows 10 day. That means it's time for a completely biased and in-no-way-even-remotely-objective assessment of Windows 10.

The internet is filled with people trying to act all objective about Microsoft and Windows 10, and explain what it all "means." I'm forgoing all of that this round. This review is not from the standpoint of an administrator, or even much of a nerd.

This is the review of one Windows 10 user, evaluating it as the primary work operating system. It is the OS I have used for months, but is it the OS that I will trust my business to, or even want to use in my off hours? Get out the party hats and popcorn and let's find out!


Okay, so Windows 10 isn't exciting. In fact, it's downright boring. The fanfare is strained and the changes are minor. Windows 10 is an evolution of its predecessor, and that's absolutely fantastic.

When Windows 8 came out, I periodically took to my blog to pillory the thing. It was pretty trashtastic, and this was obvious to everyone who looked at it with anything resembling objectivity. Windows 8.1 didn't really help.

For reasons Microsoft could never understand – but which I have tried to explain to them repeatedly – Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 have been greeted enthusiastically. Though they are essentially the same operating system, Windows 8 and Server 2012 were targeted at entirely different audiences that valued entirely different things.

Microsoft didn't – and still doesn't – understand what it is either group places value on. That's okay, Microsoft has deep pockets and it can keep throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. History tells us Microsoft has a one in three chance of getting any given release right, and that's more than enough to keep its coffers full.

So what's up with Windows 10? Feedback from the nerdosphere has been all over the map. Many of the usual suspects are saying unusual things. Pro-Microsoft people are panning it. Anti-Microsoft people are praising it. What's really going on is a bit more complicated.

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