Intact Partners Inc is a Tallahassee, Florida company that I work in. It’s hard to separate the job and the personal life when you are a fully immersed code and software junkie. So if you read stuff on this blog site, it is not the “official” company line; but hey, who cares if you get the facts and/or an opinion.
Alright, so I installed the Windows 10 Enterprise Creator’s Update. Since my Surface Pro 3 is a company device I had to use the subscription download which took forever to locate on Microsoft’s site. I checked their site this morning and they have that fixed. Just log into your MSDN (now called VisualStudio.com) and type “Window 10” in the search box then look for “Windows 10 (multi-edition) VL, Version 1709 (Updated Sept 2017)”. OK, hopefully you have it installed.
So here is my “Quick Review“: It’s great, I love it! Works like I hoped and didn’t wreck anything when it installed. (You can stop here if you only want the short version.)
If you want more, read on… What I have noticed since installing Windows 10 are simple things, but important to me.
- It is faster. No really, noticeably faster on app loading. Performance overall is definitely improved. I use Visual Studio Ultimate all the time, along with a 5 node Service Fabric virtual machine cluster, SQL Server 2016 instance and a bunch of other apps at the same time. I also have my tunes – Pandora going. That is a fair load on any machine.
- It starts up now in less than a second. NOW THAT IS WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT! Before I would push the button and sit watching the word “Surface” and a bunch of spinning dots for a couple minutes while all my background apps started up. This is the single-most improved experience I see.
- Security, I know all the stuff I’ve read about in the security area but here is the one thing sticking right out. The DNS server routing has never worked right. You could by-pass the company’s DNS servers or get nowhere if the company blocked you. Now Windows 10 actually uses the company’s provided DNS even if you have specified different servers. This is very good since I am always in different customers’ networks when working. I also have parental protection on my home network router so I want it observed no matter what.
- There are subtle changes in menus and that seem to simplify things. This is an Easter Egg hunt, go find things.
- Finally, while technically not a Windows 10 OS change, the Edge browser has major improvements in user experience. But under the hood, Edge now fully supports the CSS 3 standard for CSS Grid Layout. Chrome, Firefox, and others supported CSS Grid Layout for a while as the standard developed. You can look here to check the support. Why is this important? Developers can simplify code, increase speed, and offer more app-like features. (I could go technical on you here, but I won’t. Go read for yourself.)
Parting words. I’ve been using the latest update for several days with no issues. I think Microsoft did it right. The changes, for me at least, are fantastic (your mileage may vary.)
Reviewed on my Surface Pro 3, i7 – 8gig – 256gig SSD. I have subsequently installed on two home computers. Surface Pro 3, i3 – 4gig – 64gig SSD. Installed with no issues, about one second start-up. Apps load subjectively faster. Sony All-In-One, i5 – 4gig – 256 HDD. Again no issues with install. This is a major improvement in the start-up time for this machine. While it took about 15-20 seconds to start it did not peg the disk drive for literally 10 minutes like before which made the Sony almost unusable. I believe the relatively “long” start compared to the Surface devices is due to the Sony’s HDD vs the SSD drives in the Surface devices.