Wednesday, May 18

Six years later, Windows 10 sets the bar very high | Digital Trends Spanish


Before the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, from Microsoft they assured that this would be the last operating system that the company would launch. Windows 10 would be something like the definitive platform; in the future, there would be no new edition but regular updates to make it a service.

Six years later, it’s clear that promise hasn’t been kept from the day Windows 11 was announced. Windows 10 will go down in history in a few more years and then it will be time to assess the legacy of this platform, similar to what has happened with previous Windows.

But my particular experience with Windows 10 is perhaps different from the rest. Because around the same date the platform went on sale, I swapped my old laptop for a MacBook Air and switched to MacOS. And I only got back to Windows 10 this year, when I had the idea to put together a piece-by-piece team in a time of chip shortage.

I don’t remember exactly what Windows 10 was like in 2015. But what I found in 2021 is a somewhat different platform than what I remembered, starting with something as simple as the integration with Xbox or other trivial operations, such as taking screenshots of parts of the screen with just two keys.

And this parallel with MacOS is interesting to me because my perception is that Apple has been closing its platform more and more, something that I saw very closely with the MacBook Air; each update made certain third-party programs more useless. Therefore, returning to Windows 10 has been refreshing, beyond having to readjust some usage habits.

Because clearly, Windows 10 turned out to be a version good Windows. Colloquially, that theory is accepted that postulates that good Windows skip a version: Windows 98, XP, 7 and now 10 turned out to be the solid ones. Instead, Millenium Edition, Vista and 8 are the most forgettable, even though their market share ended up being as large as ever with no real competitor beyond Apple.

The above is not to say that there have been no bumps along the Windows 10 journey and one of them was the infamous 1809 update, which had to be pulled just days after it was released. This happened in October 2018 and that version resulted in a disaster: bugs and piecemeal blue screens of death, like never before in a Windows update.

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But beyond that detail, Windows 10 has perhaps been one of the best accepted versions from the first minute thanks to the free update program that was offered and also because the system requirements were not much more demanding than those of Windows. 7 or 8. Because of the latter, very old computers continue to operate on Windows 10 without major complications, something that will probably not be repeated in the same way with the future Windows 11.

Likewise, it is likely that Windows 10 will not go down in history as Microsoft had planned, as an upgradeable service that would remain in time; That, not to mention that versions like Windows 10 Mobile disappeared along the way. And for the end user, that is surely irrelevant; What matters to that user is that the platform works, that it does not have too many restrictions and that all its programs and games run transparently and without problems.

Without a doubt, Windows 11 will have a very high bar to overcome.

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