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Say hi to Windows 8.2 -- er, 10

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Nov. 11, 2014
After some weeks of playing with Windows 10, I can say it’s definitely the desktop operating system Microsoft needed to release — in 2012.

Way to innovate Microsoft! Woo-hoo!

Of course, Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is better in many other ways. For example, Microsoft says that Windows 10 has the best security ever. And that would be reassuring, I suppose, if Microsoft didn't make that claim with every new release, only to have every new major security flaw still affect all versions of Windows. Weird, huh?

Here's the bottom line. Windows 8.2, er, 10, really is better than Windows 8.1. Even in this beta state, where things can, and will, go wrong, I find it to be much more pleasant to use. It's also surprisingly fast for a beta.

I wouldn't use it for production -- no one should; it's a beta -- but I can see true-blue Windows fans who've had their faith shaken by Windows 8.x returning to the church of the holy trinity of Gates, Ballmer and Nadella when Windows 10 is released in 2015.

Me? I'm sticking with my trio of favorite desktop operating systems: Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Chrome OS.

Windows 10 is a cleaned-up version of Windows 8. It looks like it will be a worthy successor to Windows 7, but that's what Microsoft needed to release in 2012. It is neither a new nor groundbreaking operating system, but it is the replacement Microsoft needed to come up with.


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