I myself loved XP, finally made the jump to Win 7, not so happy with Windows 8. Primarily I suspect as I am born of the MS DOS era and moving to Mouse and Pointer was a major change in the way I interacted with my trusty PC. Moving to touch in Windows 8 was a bridge too far. Fine for my smart phone where touch is practical but my work device where I have to get down to nuts and bolts, I feel touch just doesn’t work for me.
You’ll be pleased to hear then that in Windows 10 both modes are catered for and my first honest impression is they have got it right! Given that Windows 10 is cross device it simply wouldn’t of worked if they hadn’t got this slick and seamless.
The image below shows Windows 10 “traditional” Start Button Taskbar mode along side the expanded tile view.
Task bar is back with Start Button which can be expanded to full screen if you wish so you can use your App Tiles if you are that way inclined. There is a neat Action Centre where Notifications from Applications can be viewed and even interacted with if the developer has embraced Microsoft’s latests UI Development standards and APIs.
If you have a 2in1 device there is a seamless transition if you remove the keyboard, from Laptop mode with taskbar and start button combo to full screen tiled mode. Seamless if you include acknowledging the notification and agreeing to the switch. You can still use the standard UI in Tablet mode and the onscreen keyboard looked impressive.