5 things Microsoft needs to fix about Windows 10 in 2021
It’s been five years since Windows 10 came out. Microsoft aimed to provide a modern operating system that would improve over time. So much so that the company has called Windows 10 “the latest version of Windows.”
Initially, Windows 10 experienced rapid development, with Microsoft committing to deliver two feature updates each year. Along with the major updates, these smaller feature updates saved Windows 10 from an incomplete and buggy mess into a cohesive operating system that runs well. But, there is still a long way to go.
There are things about Windows 10 that remain broken even after five years of its release. Here are some of the most pressing issues with Windows 10 that Microsoft needs to fix in 2021.
1. Windows Updates
Windows updates are broken. Brick PCs, blue screens of death, and a myriad of bugs crop up every time Microsoft releases a new update. To see how broken the updates are, visit any dedicated Windows online forum after the company rolls out a new update.
And considering how an update can break your PC, it’s no surprise that most people aren’t running the latest version of Windows.
Simply put, people don’t trust Windows Updates. They don’t know if an update will improve their PC or leave it in a worse state than before.
So Microsoft needs to fix Windows 10 updates in 2021. First, the company needs to make sure the updates are as bug-free as possible. Once people recognize that updates won’t break anything, they’re more likely to jump to the latest version.
Finally, Microsoft also needs to streamline the update process and educate its user base of the need to update. No one wants to keep installing updates they don’t know anything about.
2. Windows on ARM
Windows on ARM was released in 2017 to make Windows compatible with ARM-based chips. And, while the emulation that powers Windows on ARM keeps getting better, it’s nowhere near what macOS offers.
With the release of the M1-powered macOS devices, we’ve seen MacBooks run just as well on ARM, if not better, than on x86 processors. Apple has also dramatically improved the battery life of its devices.
On the flip side, the handful of ARM-based Windows devices we’ve seen are all below par in key areas. They don’t have significantly better endurance, and their performance is often worse than standard Windows devices. Some legacy apps don’t even work on these devices.
Lower emulation and lack of proper support are the main reasons ARM-based Windows devices cannot deliver on their promises of thin and light devices with improved battery consumption.
In short, if Microsoft wants to compete with macOS, it needs Windows on ARM to function properly. From performance to battery life, every aspect of ARM-based Windows devices needs the operating system to handle the transition from x86 to ARM seamlessly.
3. Unnecessary applications
Windows comes with preinstalled software that users don’t care about. For example, games like Candy Crush Saga and March of Empires that come preinstalled with every version of Windows are great examples of this.
But the problem isn’t limited to third-party apps. Microsoft’s own apps like Groove Music are unnecessary additions to an already bloated operating system. Windows already has Windows Media Player to play audio files. It doesn’t need another music player in addition.
Suffice to say that Windows has a bloatware problem. The preinstalled apps are not only unnecessary additions, but also additions that impact the overall user experience. For example, these apps take up useful storage space, and some of them run in the background, which negatively impacts battery life and slows performance.
2021 is the perfect year for Microsoft to address Windows bloatware issues. The company should remove all preinstalled games and apps like Groove Music.
4. Microsoft Store
If there’s one aspect of Windows that’s hated by everyone on the planet, it’s the Microsoft Store. If you haven’t got your hands dirty with the Microsoft Store yet, take this as a warning. There is hardly anything good to say about it.
But why is it so bad?
First, the Microsoft Store is super slow. From opening apps to downloads and installations, it all feels forced. Even the page scrolling isn’t as smooth as it should be.
Then the key issue with the Microsoft Store is its unreliability. The Store is just not reliable enough when it comes to downloading apps because the download may fail for no apparent reason. And, while they don’t fail, sometimes they take too long to complete.
Finally, there is the pervasive problem of the lack of apps.
So if Microsoft wants people to take the Microsoft Store seriously, it needs to dramatically improve the user experience. From speed to reliability, it’s only after the Store fixes these issues that Microsoft can hope to attract more users.
Notifications on Windows 10 have come a long way. They are better, more contextual and less intrusive. But, they are still not ideal.
The main problem with notifications is their relevance. While most notifications are relevant to the things that users want to be familiar with, sometimes irrelevant notifications, such as Microsoft Reward ads, appear.
Then there is the problem of getting the same notification even after taking steps to eliminate it. For example, the following is a screenshot of a Windows Defender notification that continues to appear even after updating Windows Defender.
In short, while notifications on Windows are better than ever, Microsoft still has its work cut out for it. Notifications are a big part of the Windows 10 experience because they are essential in keeping up with our lives online. So Microsoft needs to pay attention to it.
Hopefully 2021 is the year that Windows notifications can compete with those from our phones.
Microsoft to fix Windows 10 in 2021
Half a decade later, it’s time for Microsoft to tweak Windows 10. Things like updates, notifications, bloatware, and Windows on ARM should prioritize the company’s future.
Only after Microsoft fixes these issues will it be able to convince everyone that Windows 10 or Windows 11 is the future of computing.
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