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Review: New Windows 10 version still can't beat Windows 7

Woody Leonhard | Nov. 13, 2015
Microsoft’s 'Fall Update' promised to put the finishing touches on Windows 10 -- it doesn’t.

Treat these “integrated” Skype apps as version 1.0, and you’ll have the right idea. People are complaining about all sorts of problems: crashes, freezes, inability to connect. On the plus side, the ability to use a “regular” phone number to identify a contact is a big step forward.

OneDrive. Many of you remember that the Metro OneDrive app from Windows 8.1 -- which supported “smart files” that showed thumbnails of all files in File Explorer, whether they were synced or not -- was yanked in Windows 10 RTM. Microsoft hasn’t brought it back: In Win10 version 1511 you can have folders and files in your OneDrive that are neither visible nor accessible through File Manager. The OneDrive app in Win10 version 1511 doesn’t show all of your OneDrive folders; it merely opens up File Manager to the OneDrive folders that are visible on your computer. To see all of your OneDrive folders and files, you have to log on to OneDrive through a Web browser.

InfoWorld Scorecard

Ease of Use (25%)

Features (25%)

Manageability (15%)

Security (15%)

Compatibility (10%)

Value (10%)

Overall Score (100%)

Windows 10 (1511)

8

8

9

9

10

8

8.5

Microsoft Mail. Finally, the version of Mail in Windows 10 version 1511 actually works. The litany of bugs in the RTM version -- freezes, hangs, mail that can’t be sent, mail that can’t be retrieved -- have been fixed, by and large, and you can use Mail with some confidence. Calendar also works, and People has had a few minor tweaks.

Other apps. Almost all of the other Universal apps have been updated, at least a little bit. Groove Music, Movies & TV, Maps, Photos, MSN News, Money, Weather, and Sports have all been tweaked. The improved Camera app in Windows 10 version 1511 has a slow-motion video capture capability, just like the iPhone.

A glimpse of Enterprise

At last, we’re going to see Enterprise edition features rolled out more or less concurrently with version 1511. There have been a few reported sightings of a test version of the Windows 10 Store for Business, which will allow enterprises to limit Store apps to a pre-approved list and sideload their own apps, but no word on when it will be ready.

As mentioned previously, we’ll likely see announcements for the long-promised, rarely sighted Windows Update for Business and for the Long Term Servicing Branch. So far we’ve seen lots of fancy presentations, but very little in the way of hard products. We’ve also been promised Enterprise Data Protection (a way to separate corporate data from personal data on devices), more BYOD management capabilities, single sign-on, dynamic provisioning (changing a personal device into a corporate device without re-imaging), and much more.

 

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