Windows 10 in 2017

Well, it’s been a year of W10.  Where are we at with Microsoft’s OS?

From my observations, it works quite well, if you bought a new machine, or
have only approved hardware (HCL).  If you are using older programs,
they might disappear on you, or just stop working.  Drivers? Same there as well.

Again, if you bought a W10 pc pre-built, and running fairly current software,
W10 will run along just fine, doing what it does.  Just be smart and get excellent
Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware utilities (BitDefender, Avira, MaywareBytes).

How about the Cortana Search tool and data mining?

Cortana is the built-in search tool for W10.  By default, Cortana still records
everything you type and say (if you have a mike installed), “for telemetry” data.
Or, to include targeted advertising to just about every part of your OS,
including the start menu.  There has not been a known, public breach of the data
that we know of.

In conclusion, if you are like me and still using an older OS (W7, 8, 8.1) and are looking at W10

  • be prepared to upgrade or replace your software.
  • Shop around for cloud storage (including in home)

If you are not “married” to windows based programs,
value your privacy, independence and security,
I strongly suggest:

  • MintLinux
  • CentOS
  • RedHat
  • LXLE
  • Scientific

That’s my 2 cents worth.