In a previous segment, we covered the things Windows 10 does that make it score big with users. This next segment is for the naysayers who are not as enamoured as we are with this fancy new toy. The following issues arose as we acquainted ourselves with Windows 10:
Windows Media Center is missing in action
The demise of Windows Media Center doesn’t come as a surprise however as it was discontinued soon after the release of Windows 7. What comes as a surprise is the removal of DVD playback in Windows 10. Users still dependent on DVDs are left high and dry unless you consider the basic Windows DVD Player app an option (which we don’t). The disintegration of the entertainment applications is irksome to boot. The Groove Music app handles audio files, the Movies & TV app handles movies (Not sure how the TV part works) and the previously mentioned DVD Player app. Makes one wonder why Microsoft didn’t just merge all these apps into one for convenience.
P.S: Windows Media Player is still around floating somewhere in the background. Microsoft has not yet bowed to mounting pressure to have it upgraded for Windows 10 though. Reason enough for users to stick with windows 7 that still has the Windows Media Center.
Cortana isn’t supported yet in Africa
Our excitement over the prospect of using the much-hyped digital personal assistant were short-lived. Apparently Cortana isn’t supported yet in Africa and much of the world as it is. What else would entice one to upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 7 and 8.1 are as solid as they come and they don’t raise our hopes for nothing.
Windows Store: Not sufficient apps
Microsoft has been trying to drum up support for its fledgling Store app for some time now to no avail. The adage, ‘’All that glitters…” comes to mind when one uses the Windows Store app. Solid apps are few and far between. Supposedly free game and utility apps offer only a few levels before one is required to upgrade to premium for more utility or to get rid of those pesky ads (Microsoft Solitaire Collection included). What sucks more is that installing the apps forces one to change from the local account into a Microsoft account otherwise some features might not work properly. This whole Windows Store business and forced Microsoft account login shows how upgrading isn’t worth the sweat.
Privacy issues: Big brother is over watching
Microsoft appears to have taken more than a leaf from Google. The sheer amount of user information Microsoft is harvesting is finally raising eyebrows. Be it the various Windows apps or the Windows system itself, Microsoft has strategically modified Windows 10 to collect all manner of sensitive information back to its servers. Cortana familiarises itself with your mail, passwords, search queries, local and online files. All this private information swimming around on the web enticing hackers to access it is frankly an amateur move for any self-respecting security-conscious individual.
Forced Automatic Updates
Sneaky, sneaky Microsoft has been lambasted for shoving Windows 10 down the throats of satisfied users of previous versions (Which they later conveniently blamed on a bug). What choice is there in the system informing you that your copy of Windows 10 has been downloaded successfully (without your consent) so you might as well install it, thank-you-very-much.
Matter of fact, Windows 10 has no visible function for turning off automatic updates or the option to choose particular updates unlike previous versions. This a bummer for those working with a limited MBs or not interested in half-baked patches prone to causing stability issues.
Are you comfy with your tried-and-tested Windows 7? Does 8.1 do it for you splendidly? Are you still on the formidable XP? If so, stay there! Microsoft has been a tad too liberal with their modifications on Windows 10 to side-line a number of users who much preferred how things were before.