Last week, I upgraded from my historically reliable 2008 Macbook that was on it’s death bed and to the surprise of myself and all of my friends I decided to switch from Mac to PC. I fell in love with Windows operating system after playing with my friends Surface a while back. However, I wanted to use a Sony product, so I decided to get a Sony Vaio Duo. I want to focus more on my experience in the switch to the operating system rather than the actual product I got, but I have to say, this is a stellar machine.
Now for you Mac lovers out there you won’t get what I’m about to say, but the basic feature of touch screen working with your computers operating system is simply phenomenal. I had to take a bit of time to get use to the idea, but now it’s so awkward being constricted to a mouse on a Mac. Sure the finer details, like precision on Photoshop, might still need a mouse, but the rest is just more intuitive on this machine. For instance, while I was playing my current favorite game Civilization V for the first time on a PC I was stunned at how much more intuitive and interactive the game felt when I could click on my units, drag my finger over the screen, and really be apart of the game. It honestly felt like I was not only playing a PC game but a board game as well. I was truly leading my armies across the map, not just pointing in the direction I wanted them to move. It simply makes the game feel real.
I think the hardest thing to get use to is the new Start Menu. Much different than the Windows 7 start menu and obviously drastically different than the layout on Mac OS It’s no shocker that I had the hardest time here. It started with the idea that Windows uses apps now. That’s right, my start menu is now similar to that dim memory of an iPhone home screen but isn’t the main focus of the computer. To be honest that was the hard thing to understand, what was the “home” area of my computer? Was it the only button on the bottom of my screen that took me to the start menu, or was it the desktop like it was on my Mac? What I figured out is that the true focus is the idea that they aren’t “apps” but really just the way the computer uses the functions of that particular site, which is highlighted in the full screen adaptive new Internet Explorer (which I must sadly say I am starting to like). I know that sounds complicated but let me put it this way, have you ever wondered why your browser version of Facebook is so drastically different than your app on your phone? Well in Windows, it’s not, it’s just simple, native, and intuitive.
I still have a lot to learn about this operating system and machine, but I can tell that this switch was a one for the better. I can’t wait to test out all of the features and tweak this till it’s my own. I want to focus on building apps and understanding how this native though process really works. I think Windows is on to something when you think about what their store does differently than any other store. The way they (and Windows developers) turn every website, every app, every program, and every function into such an intuitive and inherent process of the machine is the future of computing.