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Say hi to Windows 8.2 — er, 10

Windows 8 is quite possibly the worst desktop operating system that Microsoft ever released. Since Windows 8 is going up against such all-time flop-a-doodles as Vista and Windows ME, that’s saying something.

And it’s not just me saying that. The marketplace agrees. Look at NetMarketShare’s October 2014 operating system market share numbers. Windows 8 and 8.1 had a combined share of 16.8%. How bad is that? Bad enough to lag behind the long officially dead and buried Windows XP, even after it suffered an unexplainable drop of 6.7% in one month.

Two years into the Windows 8 debacle, what could Microsoft do? Rush out a replacement. And try to distance it from Windows 8 as much as possible by calling it Windows 10 rather than the sequentially logical Windows 9. But when you actually use it, what it feels like is Windows 8.2.

Say hi to Windows 8.2 — er, 10

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