What if…

Today, cellphones are a part of the lives of many people. Using a cellphone can have serious ramifications regarding your privacy and identity. (I can go into detail some other time.)  I suspect that many cellphone users don’t mind sharing everything about themselves above and beyond what the cellphone can do. Consider Facebook.

Anyway, people install software on their phones that need access to everything. Permission is usually given if only because they just wanted to try it. That new software on the phone is perfectly positioned to send your personal data to a computer anywhere in the world and while you’re using that app, it’s doing just that. Transmitting your data.

By default, Microsoft Windows 10 does the exact same thing and people don’t seem to mind perhaps because it’s free. My understanding is that Windows 10 is the last name the OS will use. No Windows 11 or beyond. Like Apple, with their OS X, Windows will evolve through updates. The model Microsoft is using is software as a service. At some point Microsoft will require Windows to generate some revenue so that update is going to cost you and we don’t take cash. Maybe Microsoft will have an adware version of Windows that’s free.

Windows 10 – My review

Microsoft seems to be trying to find a universal computing framework that supports all kinds of hardware and form factors. I don’t think it’s going as well as they might have hoped – at least at the PC level.

Popular cellphones and tablets run either one of two platforms. Android and Apple. Apple owns everything about the Apple and has complete control over everything. Over the years they have been able to innovate and develop great software for their user base. The Android environment has also been innovating in many of the same ways Apple does.

Enter Windows 10. Windows 10 is a version of Windows that has been designed to be updated through maintenance fixes rather that new releases that traditionally work best when installed on a freshly formatted system. It’s also designed to be on a path to support many variations of hardware – from cell phones to high volume web and database servers and everything in between.

It seems to me that Microsoft has a long way to go to produce a uniform operating environment. They’ve been trying for years but no one seems terribly interested. We’re all happy using Apple or Android devices on cell phones and tablets. If not for many business applications that haven’t yet been migrated to the cloud, the traditional PC could easily be eliminated and cyberspace would be ruled by content and processing servers behind web enabled thin clients.

As things stand right now, Windows 10 gets updated almost daily and you never know what will be affected but my experience has shown that these updates are designed to fix a single aspect of a bad algorithm and that often leads to a breakdown elsewhere in the system. When I back out a fix because it causes more problems for me than it fixes, Windows 10 doesn’t even bat an eye and the update is right back in line to be applied. Apparently every fix is designed to work perfectly and a means to opt out of a given fix is no longer supported. Microsoft has essentially eliminated the ability to control how updates will be applied. The versions support restart scheduling but only within limits.

It’s my opinion that Microsoft has created an opening for an OS that can be purchased, customized, and supported by a vendor. Microsoft, mostly through shrewd business dealings, has owned the home computing environment for a very long time. I suspect that if Microsoft doesn’t get it right very soon they will find themselves on the outside looking in. Of course they would just buy a better system once it becomes available.