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First Click: it's time for Windows 10

March 18, 2015

Thomas Ricker a deputy editor and Verge co-founder with a passion for human-centric cities, e-bikes, and life as a digital nomad. He’s been a tech journalist for almost 20 years.

It’s been a long time since I’ve anticipated a new release of Windows the way I’m looking forward to Windows 10. Honestly, the last time might have been Windows 95. I haven’t used Windows at home since the year 2000 when I made the switch to Apple. Sure, I kept up with Windows at work — I had to, I had no choice as an IT professional. But the difference between what I had to use and what I wanted to use was vast, a chasm that only deepened with time: first with the iPod, then the iPhone, and then the MacBook Air and iPad, all conspiring to push me deeper into the Apple ecosystem.

Now I need OS X. Or do I? As Apple moves more and more services to the cloud, OS X is less and less important as the digital hub of my home. In fact, it no longer is — I stream music to my iPhone over Spotify and stream films and TV to my iPad over Netflix. Google provides my email and Instagram and Facebook store my photos. I can’t remember the last time I even opened iTunes (on purpose). Oh, and the Apple Watch only requires an iPhone, not a MacBook, should my curiosity prompt a purchase.

Microsoft under Nadella is intriguing. I like this new company. I like the Windows tiled OS, and I like the weird promise of Windows Holographic and HoloLens. I also kind of like Microsoft's Office apps, especially now that they're free on iOS.

Is it time to switch back?

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