Re-seeing the light: All is forgiven, Microsoft!

Windows 10 is not as eye-bleedingly bad as previous versions, so all hail Microsoft!


Once again we see that there is nothing Apple can possess that Microsoft cannot take away.

Vivek Wadhwa says “I used to doubt Microsoft. Then I installed Windows 10.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Adam Levy.)

Yes, unlike Windows 8, Windows 10 does not literally make you set your PC on fire out of sheer frustration! Is there no end to Microsoft’s genius? Surely this is bad news for Apple.

I don’t know if I broke a law of computing or committed heresy.


But I installed Windows 10 on my MacBook Pro.

Dude, the Macalope has run Windows, Linux, and Android on his MacBook. And his head looks like a Classic Mac. Try to get over yourself.

That’s a joke, of course. Not getting over himself is kind of Wadhwa’s thing.

I had feared that this would condemn me to purgatory in the gates of computing hell.

Apple’s a religion, everybody. Get it?

[No one in the class looks up.]

But it has been an incredibly positive experience: my favorite Microsoft Office applications—Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint—work faster than ever before…

Microsoft applications run faster in Microsoft’s own operating system, you say? Surely this stunning revelation changes everything.

The best part is Windows 10 itself: it is a beautifully designed operating system that gives me the best of the past and present…

OS X, we are left to presume, is the fruit fly-infested black banana of operating systems.

I had thought I would never install a Microsoft operating system ever again after my experience with Windows 8.  It was terrible: inelegant, difficult, and expensive.

But after seeing this, all the years of confusing interfaces and user experiences are forgiven.

But I still needed the Microsoft Office tools, because they are industrial strength and Apple still has no products that are as good.  To use these, I had to load Windows and Office under VMWare on my MacBook.

If only someone made a version of Office for the Mac. OH, WELL.

Instead of getting the best of both worlds, though, I got the worst: pathetically slow applications, poor battery life, and inconsistent user interfaces.

I chose to use two different operating systems and was afflicted by inconsistent user interfaces. Also, I keep jabbing this pencil into my leg and I can’t figure out why my leg hurts so much.

Then, last week, at an event hosted by CIO magazine, where I gave a keynote…

Hashbrown humblebrag.

Several CIOs told me that I was out of touch with Microsoft’s new products.

Microsoft’s key client base told you that? Verrry interesting. This piece is as chock full o’ startling insights as that coffee is nuts. Here’s another:

The CIOs said that Microsoft is a much better company to deal with than Apple, which has become known for arrogance and a lack of concern for the needs of enterprise customers.

It’s a shame that caring about users instead of CIOs hasn’t worked out for them.

This didn’t jive with all the criticism that I have been reading in the press about the lack of security of Microsoft’s new operating system. The commonly raised concerns are about Windows 10’s continual uploads and downloads of data to Microsoft servers and the default installation options…

It’s not a “lack of security.” It’s a lack of privacy. Take a gander at this delightful passage from Windows 10’s license agreement:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.”

The Macalope is not a privacy expert, he’s not even an actual person, but from where he’s sitting this does not seem good for protecting your privacy.

I shared these serious criticisms of Windows 10 with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella…

And guess what! Nadella said it’s NBD!

Well, to be fair, this is exactly the kind of cozy-with-the-elite opining we’ve come to expect from the Washington Post. If we expected anything more than taking a person in power’s word for something, well, that’s on us.

He assured me that Microsoft was in touch with customer needs, and all of the CIOs I spoke with agreed with his assessment.

You could barely see Nadella’s lips move when they did! They looked so lifelike!

I would not suggest that anyone use its default installation settings. They grant Microsoft the right to use your data to market to you, to automatically connect you to Wi-Fi networks and marketing “beacons,” and to sell some of your information. But all of these options can be turned off.

True! It doesn’t do any good, but they can be turned off! Sometimes flicking a switch that does nothing just makes you feel better.

Microsoft is actually being more honest than other technology companies are that do much of this without informing customers and hide details in the lengthy contracts that no one reads.

Truly our privacy-devouring overlords should be praised instead of pilloried. No reasonable person would deny this.

Given that Microsoft is providing Windows 10 for free to the majority of its customers, this is a small inconvenience for people who really care about their privacy or don’t want to be marketed to.

Privacy concerns are an outdated anachronism. So jejune. Very pre-Swiftian. Taylor, not Jonathan.

What is clear is that Microsoft is back…

Microsoft 2.0! Now with all the same concerns you have about Google!

The Macalope has used Windows 10, and he agrees it’s easier to use than Windows 8 (not that that’s saying much). But in order to pay for this “free” operating system to run Office, the albatross of application suites, it appears you’ll either have to be a corporation or someone who doesn’t care that much about their privacy.

If only there were some other way.

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