Windows 8.1 is generally considered one of the worse versions of Microsoft’s desktop operating systems. I personally consider Vista the worse I had ever tried – although that, too, only had serious problems in efficiently using the resources at hand, as so perfectly demonstrated by the following edition. But Windows 8.1 made more of its users raise their voices against Microsoft as any other OS before it – and the departure of Windows 8.1 from the company chief due to its disappointing reception. But Windows 10 is on the way, solving a series of issues users had.
1. It will rid us of Internet Explorer
The times when Internet Explorer was THE web browser are long gone. I remember my first visit to one of my favorite websites using IE on a freshly installed Windows. Microsoft’s policy to ignore the web standards ruined my experience – and it was the last drop that determined me to switch to Chrome, which loads www.europalace.com – one of the websites I often visit – much faster and with no errors whatsoever.
Windows 10 will finally bring us Edge, a new browser to give it a chance to re-gain some of its lost market share. And not a moment too soon – its competitors are starting to get just as bloated and bug-ridden as IE was back in the day.
2. It will rid us of live tiles
What works on smartphones and tablets is not necessarily the perfect choice for desktop users. In Windows 8 the start button revealed something that makes its users wake up screaming. I am a Windows Phone user, and I find live tiles to be a great thing, but not on a desktop computer. No, sir!
Windows 10 will combine live tiles with a classic Start Menu – a consistent look across all its devices, still a perfect compromise for desktop users.
3. It will free up space on the system drive
The longer you use any previous version of Windows, the larger the storage space it takes up. It has happened to me before: I secured a system partition of a size I thought would be big enough to hold Windows for a long time, and I found myself constantly seeking for space after a few months, as Windows has bloated to an incredible size.
Windows 10 will have new Refresh and Reset functionalities to no longer use a separate recovery image (often pre-installed by manufacturers today) in order to bring Windows devices back to a pristine state. Plus it will compress system files to free up some extra space (up to 2.6 gigabytes on 64 bit editions) on the system drive.