Actually, Microsoft

A few months ago I had written how I was able to move all of my apps and workflow over to Linux. It was a proud moment and I loved getting to that point after years of trying.

This last week though, I nuked Linux.

Part of the reason for this was work. While I had adjusted my personal workflow to use only Linux (KDE Neon is awesome), my work workflow was very much based on MS Office and the work issued laptop was not as comfortable as some of my personal machines. So I started doing more work on the home machines and then it dialed up several notches as I started to have to coach people through solving problems on their machines.

So, I nuked Linux.

One reason for doing this is it’s not the same Microsoft as a few years go. You can easily see this in Microsoft’s communication applications. Skype for Business is arguably the worst app I used in 2018. It doesn’t integrate with anything well, doesn’t keep it’s chat history (except inside of MS Outlook), and doesn’t even use a modern codec to be able to do screen sharing.

In contrast there’s MS Teams. It’s modern, remembers your chat history, and integrates with lots of other applications. Teams is where Microsoft is heading, and it seems to be a pretty positive direction. Microsoft now seems to want to play nice with others. That wasn’t always the case.

The other area that’s seen some significant improvement is the ability to run Linux on Windows. The install Ubuntu via Hyper V works pretty dang awesome. So, now I’ve nuked Linux, but I’ve actually installed it twice on this Windows Machine. I’ve got Ubuntu’s command line via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and I’ve got full Ubuntu desktop using Hyper V.

I’m probably not going to stick with this long term, but I am going to give it a go for a month or so. Microsoft doesn’t just seem to be telling users how to use their computer anymore. They seem to be actually enabling people’s workflows.

This doesn’t mean the transition is perfect. I’m not a fan of the desktop layout though it is functional. The interface in general has artifacts from previous versions of Windows whenever you try to do anything close to what a power user might want to do on the machine. So it’s enabling, but it’s not an elegant design. KDE had both it was enabling and had an elegant design. Let’s see what Windows is like for a while.