It's been five years since Windows 10 came out. Microsoft wanted to deliver a modern operating system that would improve over time. So much so that the company called Windows 10 “the last version of Windows”.
At first, Windows 10 saw rapid development, with Microsoft pledging to provide two feature updates every year. Along with major updates, these minor feature updates saved Windows 10 from a buggy, incomplete mess into a coherent operating system that works well. But there is still a long way to go.
There are things about Windows 10 that remain broken even five years after its release. Below are some of the most pressing Windows 10 issues that Microsoft needs to fix in 2021.
1. Windows updates
Windows updates are broken. Brick PCs, blue screens of death, and a host of bugs pop up every time Microsoft releases a new update. To see how broken the updates really are, check out every online forum devoted to Windows after the company releases a new update.
And when you see how an update can destroy your PC, it's not surprising that most users are not running the latest version of Windows.
Simply put, people don't trust Windows updates. They don't know if an update will make their PC better or leave it in a worse condition than before.
So Microsoft has to fix Windows 10 updates in 2021. First, the company needs to make sure that the updates are as bug-free as possible. Once people realize that updates aren't breaking 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 about the need for updates. Nobody wants to keep installing updates that they don't know 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 is constantly improving, it's nowhere near what macOS offers.
With the release of M1-powered macOS devices, we've seen MacBooks run just as well, if not better, on ARM than on x86-based processors. Apple has also dramatically improved the battery life of its devices.
On the other hand, the few ARM-based Windows devices we've seen are all below par in key areas. They do not have dramatically better endurance, and their performance is often inferior to that of standard Windows devices. Some legacy apps can't even run on these devices.
Sub-par emulation and a lack of support are the main reasons why ARM-based Windows devices cannot keep 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 requires the operating system to seamlessly handle the transition from x86 to ARM.
3. Unnecessary apps
Windows comes with pre-installed software that users don't care about. Examples of this include games like Candy Crush Saga and March of Empires, which are preinstalled in every version of Windows.
However, 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 for playing audio files. You don't need another music player above it.
Suffice it to say that Windows has a bloatware problem. The pre-installed apps are not only unnecessary additions, but also additions that affect the overall user experience. For example, these apps take up useful storage space, and some of them run in the background, which has a negative impact on battery life and slows down performance.
2021 is the perfect year for Microsoft to address Windows bloatware issues. The company should remove all pre-installed games and apps like Groove Music.
4. Microsoft Store
If there is one aspect of Windows that is hated by everyone in the world, it has to be the Microsoft Store. If you haven't got your hands dirty on the Microsoft Store, consider this a warning. There is almost nothing good to say about this.
But why is it so bad?
First, the Microsoft Store is very slow. From opening apps to downloads and installs, everything feels forced. Even scrolling the page doesn't feel as smooth as it should be.
The main problem then with the Microsoft Store is how unreliable it is. The store just isn't reliable enough when it comes to downloading apps as the download can fail for no apparent reason. And even if they don't fail, they sometimes take too long to complete.
Finally, there is the pervasive problem of the lack of apps.
So, if Microsoft wants people to take Microsoft Store seriously, it has to drastically improve the user experience. From speed to reliability, after the store fixes these issues, Microsoft can only hope to attract more users.
Notifications on Windows 10 have come a long way. They're better, more contextual, and less intrusive. But they are still not ideal.
The main problem with notifications is their relevance. While most of the notifications are pertinent to the things users want to be on top of, there are times when irrelevant notifications like Microsoft Reward ads are shown.
Then there is the problem of getting the same notification even after taking steps to eliminate it. For example, below is a screenshot of a Windows Defender notification that continues to appear even after Windows Defender has been updated.
In short, while Windows notifications are better than ever, Microsoft still has a lot to do. Notifications are a big part of the Windows 10 experience as they are essential to keeping up with our online lives. Therefore, Microsoft has to take care of them.
Let's hope 2021 is the year Windows notifications can rival those on our phones.
Microsoft needs to repair Windows 10 in 2021
Half a decade later, it's time for Microsoft to polish Windows 10 to a high gloss. Things like updates, notifications, bloatware, and Windows on ARM should move the business forward.
Only after Microsoft resolves these issues can it convince everyone that Windows 10 or Windows 11 is the future of computing.
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About the author
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or writing about Windows, he's either playing video games or writing for his quirky blog, Techsava.
By Fawad Murtaza
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