Settling in reasonably well with Windows 10. Next month we’ll all be getting the Anniversary Update which will make some changes to the Start menu (which I think is for the better based on my experience from the preview builds I’ve been testing with at work) as well as a few other bits and bobs.
Windows as a Service (WaaS) is the way forward. There will no Windows 11. And depending on how technically adventurous you are, you can switch to using Insider Builds which provide you with the latest and greatest new features and bug fixes before they’re unleashed on the public. Even so, I still stick with the regular builds at home. I only use the Insider Builds on virtual machines that I run at work.
One thing that had been bugging me over the past couple of weeks was finding a local backup utility to store copies of my files on my local NAS (network attached storage), a WD MyCloud (6Tb) which sits on my gigabit switch hooked up to the Sky Q Hub. I tried Crashplan which also backs up to its own servers, but found it to be too slow (and Crashplan’s high-resolution support isn’t great). I also tried Acronis TrueImage 2016, but found that to be far too slow as well – and found that it didn’t recover very well if the backup was interrupted – the UI froze a lot.
I then remembered that I had a product I used way back when I was using Windows before the great migration to the Mac, SyncBack Pro. But, alas, it has the worst high-resolution display support of any of the backup products and I have to remove it. I mentioned this to the developers who told me I could create a file that would help improve that – but I’d have to re-create it with each new update. Why this couldn’t be handled via the UI I don’t know. So I gave up on that one.
It turns out that I had the solution under my nose all the time! Kaspersky’s Total Security 2016. I bought a multiple device license – one for my Android device and the other for the Windows desktop. It’s very good indeed and I hadn’t realised that it comes with a backup/restore function. So I’ve been backing up to the NAS using something I had.
For online backups I still use Backblaze. Provides unlimited backups, but versioning only up to 30 days. So if you delete a file and try to retrieve it after 30 days, you’ll probably be out of luck. Hence the local backups. I’d have preferred to use Crashplan which allows for unlimited versioning across any number of days, weeks and months, but as I’ve said, the main thing that’s holding me back is the lack of high-resolution display support.
I do hope Microsoft consider doing more work to improve high-resolution display scaling. If Apple can do it successfully with OS X (or MacOS as it will be called), I can’t see why Microsoft can’t. It’s time to ditch legacy and look to the future of Windows. It can’t be too longer before 5K monitors and beyond will be the norm. Windows need to be ready for this along with all Windows developers.
Meanwhile, I’m selling my Xbox One in preparation for the Xbox One S. Ultra HD Blu Ray support PLUS the ability to game (stream to a PC) and PC integration (controller can be used with a PC for gaming via Bluetooth) for less than £350? Yes please. The Xbox One (S) is effectively running its own version of Windows 10, so that’ll be getting the Anniversary Update too.