I’ve been struggling a lot lately with my Windows 10 laptop. Admittedly, this beast was upgraded to Windows 10 from an earlier preview version, rather than a fresh clean install. But it’s been updating automatically ever since. So Microsoft ought to have been able to progressively fix the issues, right?
Alas, no. Time and again, the machine restarts for no apparent reason – certainly not high-stress usage – and I’m confronted with the Windows problem screen a.k.a. the Blue Screen of Death (see above). Sometimes it doesn’t start up properly at all. Sometimes it does start, but the WiFi won’t register unless the wireless adapter is disabled, then re-enabled. All this is very vexing, and happens one way or another at least one time a day, and usually several.
Yet, when I compare my many Android devices, they’re a breeze in comparison. I can’t even remember the last time I had to restart my Amazon $50 Kindle Fire 7-inch and favorite ereader, or my Lenovo A7-10 tablet, or my Vodafone Smart 6 Grand, for technical reasons. They run their programs smoothly and without apparent complaint. If there ever is a program crash – and I can’t even remember clearly when I last had one, they’re so rare – it’s simplicity itself to just restart the program with an icon tap. I haven’t lost any work I can remember recently while working in an Android system. It happens fairly often in Windows.
I can also remember a time when I struggled with Android phones and mobile devices. Also, no longer. And remember, these are always-on devices, exposed to OS stress, hacks, viruses, etc. 24/7. Yet they Just Work.
I’m afraid that long periods of complacency at Microsoft has left its OS engineers far more indulgent towards errors and failures than they ought to be. Furthermore, Windows 10 is now supposed to be practically a mobile OS in itself. I think Microsoft has a lot of work to do now that mobile OSs are almost as versatile and functional as Windows. And I think we deserve that. After all, if Android can do it across its multitude of form factors and interations (several of them running concurrently in my home), can’t Windows?