Remember Windows ’95 and all the other Windows version since then? Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols closes another chapter of Window Everywhere.
Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end
Yes, another version of Windows bit the dust, bought the farm, came to an end not long after it began.
Well, that didn’t take long. While Microsoft claims that Windows 10 S is now a Windows 10 “mode,” the truth is that this attempted counter to Google Chrome OS has floundered.
Yes, Linux has won. Finally.
If you include Chromebook, Linux distros and servers, plus Android (based on Linux), Linux won. That doesn’t mean Windows lost. It just looks that way. 15 days of patches yanked and released in January alone. Woody Leonhard:
January 2018 was a month that will go down in patching infamy. Looking back on my notes, we had patches released, yanked, re-released and/or re-re-released on 15 different days in January. Untold thousands of machines were bricked by Microsoft patches. Millions of hours were lost chasing down bad patches and bad advice.
And now Windows 10 S is history just months after its release. Windows (1985) has been around almost as long as the Mac (1984) but the name changes through the years is astounding.
There was Windows 1.0, Windows 2.0, Windows 2.1, then the jump to Windows 3.0, Windows NT, and Windows 3.1x before the big event, Windows 95; the one that nearly destroyed Apple and the Mac. I remember Windows 2000, Windows ’98, Windows CE, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and a couple of versions of Windows 8, and something called Windows RT (and not to mention the Windows Phone and Windows 10 mobiile versions).
Windows 10 came out in early autumn 2014 and seems to be the platform’s unifier– at least until Windows 10 S.
Now Microsoft is spinning that Windows 10 S was never really a new version of Windows 10. Instead, it’s a “mode,” which can be used across the Windows 10 lineup. Whatever that means.
Now, let’s compare that Windows mess to the Mac’s recent history. Mac OS X, which started life in Steve Jobs’ previous company, NeXT, launched in 2001. Mac OS X 10.0. That’s because Mac OS Classic had hit 9.x. For awhile, Mac OS Classic could run within Mac OS X. No mean feat, that.
After about 15 years of Mac OS X and various cats as names– Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion– then California names, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra (not a Bakersfield in the bunch), Apple had bested Microsoft and Windows by adding a boatload of user friendly features and functions and pushing out a new version of improvements every year.
Clearly, Apple’s Mac line was consistent through the years, made adjustments when necessary, but provided a consistent path forward devoid of the turbulent changes Microsoft inflicted upon customers through the same period. Is it any wonder that Mac sales are up while traditional PC sales are down, and the Mac has become the darling of corporate enterprise IT groups.
The Mac received improvements each year from a steady (for Apple) roadmap while Microsoft threw mud against Windows to see what would stick. With Windows 10 RT and Windows 10 S not much has changed.