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Day 2 with Windows 10

This is day #2 running Windows 10 preview. This time, I am using a wretched Toshiba Satellite laptop with something called an "AMD E1 Essential" processor which brings me back to the days of my 486 SX25 machine. Actually, I think that machine was faster at the time. I bumped up the laptop's memory to 8 GB-- which gave it marginal improvement, but still slow. The good news is that it is no slower than when it ran Windows 7 or 8.1 (which is came with). In fact, once it's fully up and running and I launch one or two programs that I regularly use, it seems almost OK. I know that Firefox seems quicker and more responsive on this laptop than the built-in "Spartan" browser. Anyway, on to the review...


I am using the "Spartan Project" browser, which I guess Microsoft is renaming "Edge" for the final release in July. Of course, I have to remember that it is pre-release software and has some polishing left to be done, but it seems somewhat attractive with its minimalist interface and definitely speedy. It would be hard for this not to be an improvement over the dreaded Internet Explorer so many of us have come to despise these past few years.

I like the fact that the start menu has returned, although its absence was easy to fix with third party add-ons [or simply spending  a little time to learn the ins and outs, like right clicking on the start menu or pressing the windows key + x to get a menu of commonly used System tasks and places.

The Mail and Calendar apps seem nice, but I do not use either of them enough in Windows 8.1 to really do any sort of comparison (I'm an Outlook guy). I need to visit the app store and download some stuff to get in trouble with. More about this in my next post...

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