The best and worst Windows changes in the past decade


Over the past decade Windows has gone through several significant changes—some achieved great success, and some resulted in near disastrous consequences.

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Since its introduction in the 1980s, Microsoft Windows has gone through numerous changes and iterations. Initially, merely a graphical user interface for MS-DOS, Windows eventually evolved into a full-fledged, stand-alone operating system with Windows 95. After many more changes over the decades, the operating system transformed into its current form, Microsoft Windows 10, and embraced a mobile-first, cloud-first interconnected world of devices.

Over the past decade, stretching from late 2009 to early 2020, the Windows operating system has gone through several significant changes—some achieved great success, and some resulted in near disastrous consequences. By 2020, Windows has transformed from one of Microsoft’s proverbial cash cows into what is essentially a loss leader for other, more lucrative, products and services.

The transformative journey of the Windows operating system can be told by exploring some of the best and the worst changes made during the last decade.

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Best and worst Windows changes in the past decade

Determining whether a change during the past decade is best or worst is, by its very nature, a subjective exercise. However, the subjective choices made here will often have the support of a majority of technology experts and users alike. If you feel strongly about your best and worst changes, and we failed to list them here, please add them to the discussion below.

Determining whether a change during the past decade is best or worst is, by its very nature, a subjective exercise; however, the subjective choices made here will often have the support of a…



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