Yesterday I was doing a quick check-up of the computer inventory at my work. The software I used was something homebrew which ran on Windows. I did not want to walk around with my laptop because it’s not very handy, so instead I used an old Surface RT tablet I happened to have brought to work that day. Using Citrix Receiver I was able to use the software.
Whilst doing this I received a remark from a colleague mentioning that I apparently refuse to use anything but Windows devices.
I was quick to deny this, due to the fact that I’ve used macs for the past ten years. But I kept thinking about the remark. Turns out my colleague was right. But I can explain my reasoning.
My last Mac was sold last month, I had grown tired of the IOS-ification of MacOS. Having used it since MacOS Tiger I’ve seen the quality going downhill after Snow Leopard. Probably due to the fact that Apple’s attention was going towards the iPhone and iPad, making the Mac a low priority. With the release of Windows 10 I had stopped using MacOS completely.
Tablet wise I find iPads just too expensive, whilst the iPad 2 has served us well over the year I could not convince myself to get a new one. For my wife I got an Android tablet, the main motivator being the wide selection in the App store. I myself use a cheap 2nd hand Surface RT tablet and a HP Stream 7 entry level tablet. Both devices are far from perfect, but I love the battery life I get on the RT. The HP Stream was just an experiment, in my opinion it is a flawed design where corners were cut to make its cheap price possible (Yes, I’m talking about the audio jack and poor battery life).
When we get to the phone department I must admit that I’ve been hooked on Windows Phone since Windows Phone 7. I firmly believe in the platform, I hope that with the release of Windows 10 mobile popularity will increase and that the app gap problem will be resolved. The main issue I have with Apple devices is the pricing, they are just too expensive. I also steer away from Android. I don’t consider the Android OS bad, but it is very fragmented. Support from manufacturers also ends prematurely. Most devices get stuck with the OS version they got released with.
What about Linux? I use it, but usually for specific virtual appliances. I don’t use it as my main OS. The main culprit remains sketchy driver support (mainly wifi drivers). Not the fault of Linux, but of the manufacturers. I’ve been keeping my eye on chromebooks, but I’m not 100% hooked to the cloud (and probably will never be).
So yes, it turns out I’m hooked on Windows.