“You can blame Vista and the constant pounding of Ctrl+Alt+Del that came with it. Or you can blame those clever Mac vs. PC ads. But about eight years ago, after growing up with Windows computers and countless games of “Solitaire,” I bought my first Mac. And I never looked back,” Joanna Stern reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Until now.”
“The resurrection of the Start menu, after being killed in Windows 8, was practically celebrated with all-night dancing by Windows users, but the real party should be for Task View. The feature, which displays a shrunken snapshot of all your open windows and programs, has been the single most important feature in my transition back to Windows,” Stern reports. “That’s because the Mac has, for years, had a similar function called Exposé (now Mission Control) that I use constantly to jump between programs. Just like with OS X, you can access Task View on Windows by swiping three fingers up on a trackpad — if that laptop has a ‘precision trackpad’ like on the Surface Pro 3 or new Dell XPS 13, that is… Ironically, I found my MacBook Air to be the best Windows 10 laptop. It may not have a touchscreen, but it was snappier, and beat the Dell and Surface for normal scrolling and navigating. ”
MacDailyNews Take: Desperate, declining, impotent Microsoft seems to have fled back to following Steve Jobs’ sarcastic advice:
“Windows 10 lets you handle apps outstandingly well. The actual apps, however, aren’t so good. With the exception of OneNote, Microsoft’s note-taking app, almost all of Windows’ included apps lag behind Apple’s—and even Google’s—in features and design,” Stern reports. “This wouldn’t be such a bad situation if third-party apps picked up Microsoft’s slack, but that’s often not the case. While I was able to gather some of my essentials—Spotify, Wunderlist to-do app, Slack—either in the Windows Store or directly from software publishers, I never did find a Twitter app or cheap photo editor as good as what I use on my Mac.(You know what there isn’t a lack of? Windows anti-virus apps!)”
“There will always be things I can’t do with an iPhone and a Windows PC, like pick up an incoming call right on my laptop, or easily iMessage my entire family. The iPhone has become the beating heart of so many of our digital lives, and Apple, in what I call the ecosystem trap, has engineered all its own devices to work better with it. With Windows 10, Microsoft has put a lot of muscle into getting its phones to integrate better—the only problem is that no one uses Windows Phones and things only seem to be getting worse. For Android phone owners, however, there’s never been a better time to own a Windows PC.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, by all means, double down on inferior, upside-down and backwards, insecure knockoffs of Apple products.
“Microsoft is simply missing too many of the other pieces for me to go back to a PC full time,” Stern reports. “Still, I’m keeping Windows 10 on my Mac—even if it’s just for a round of ‘Solitaire’ every once in a while.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Joanna, in the Mac App Store right now, there are 373 Solitaire apps for the Mac.
So, there you have it, the most positive mainstream media review we can find for Windows 9… er, “10.”
More beleaguerment looms for beleaguered Microsoft.
Apple’s Mac sales have risen and iPad sales have now declined for six consecutive quarters – July 28, 2015
Beleaguered Microsoft’s Windows 9… er, ’10’ won’t save the struggling Windows PC industry – July 27, 2015
Press section at the Windows 10 event also looks like an Apple ad – January 22, 2015
Apple’s Mac demand might be even better than soaring sales numbers suggest – July 27, 2015
Apple Macs and iOS devices now outselling Windows PCs annually – July 23, 2015
Apple Macs gain even more share against Microsoft Windows PCs – July 23, 2015
IBM ends workers’ Windows PC hell, offers employees Apple Macs for the first time – May 28, 2015
Apple kills the Windows PC and no one seems to mind – April 30, 2014
Milestone: Apple computers outsold Windows PCs in Q4 2013 – February 12, 2014