What I expect from Windows 9, and what would bring me back to Windows.

To those of you who’ve been following my recent posts, you should already know I’ve moved over to Linux. Each of my capable household devices now run some or other flavor of Linux.

Still in some ways I am sad to have had to depart my previously established form of computing in the world of Windows. Even with the best of my intentions there is still something to be said about the loss, in many ways Windows offers certain maturities you don’t get on Linux.

However I have to say I would gladly dabble in config files and the command prompt, because Linux to me anyways has taken over the desktop space, since the introduction of Windows 8 which is a hybrid tablet OS with strong bias towards touch computing.

This is my list of what it would take to once again spark my interests in Windows:

  1. A true pure desktop mode out of the box, without any silly 3rd party workarounds. Windows 8.1 just doesn’t cut it.
  2. Much less disk IO and the ability to fully tweak services that are IO expensive.
  3. Much better Bluetooth support, with full support for A2DP profile connections that don’t require odd tweaks to get working.
  4. A leaner base, with much more functionality removed, and installed on demand.
  5. A much more customizable UI shell, giving 3rd party developers the ability to replace the default shell completely, akin to the Linux DE, using a fully featured and rich set of APIs.
  6. Package Management would be good, but ok the app store is a step in the right direction – the presentation of which could be more desktop appropriate.
  7. Metro obliterated.

Would be truly great if Microsoft could invest a great deal into R&D and deliver us a truly awesome desktop experience, or just give us what we had back with Windows 7, thus not neglecting us, the content creators (who are on desktop devices) completely.

 

One thought on “What I expect from Windows 9, and what would bring me back to Windows.

  1. Hi Michael – At work I have used Windows for the last 20 years. And at home I have been using Linux for the last 5 years. I far prefer Linux, although it certainly is not a magical thing that solves all computer woes; as they say: “all OSes suck”.😉

    Anyway, I agree to you Windows 9 wishlist, here’s my prediction:

    1. A true pure desktop mode out of the box. Could happen.
    2. Much less disk IO (maybe) and the ability to fully tweak services that are IO expensive (doubtful).
    3. Much better Bluetooth support, with full support for A2DP profile connections that don’t require odd tweaks to get working (maybe)
    4. A leaner base, with much more functionality removed, and installed on demand. (forget it, bloated is Windows middle name)
    5. A much more customizable UI shell, giving 3rd party developers the ability to replace the default shell completely, akin to the Linux DE, using a fully featured and rich set of APIs. – Forget it.
    6. Package Management ….- Forget it. The packager manager seems to lack any dependency resolution…..hence the endless reboots…..
    7. Metro obliterated. This will happen.

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