Windows 10, the yes and the nos

Sorry long time since I’ve written. Long story, not going to bore you with that, except than saying I’m feeling much better. Needed that summer vacation time off thing. Tomorrow the kids are back to school. Time to get some things done. Smiley

And this one is not even about Microsoft Dynamics, but about Windows 10, here a few weeks after the release. I first installed the Windows 10 Preview in January, on my Surface Pro 3. But since the Surface isn’t my primary pc, so I haven’t spent that much time with it until July 29th, where I installed the upgrade.

My first 3 words so far! I love it!

So far it’s been a lot like a marriage. On the wedding day (July 29th), it installed perfectly, Windows upgraded all of my settings and applications. If you haven’t already upgraded, not not yet received it, then you can also download it from MSDN, if you are a subscriber. Here you must member that upgrades normally only upgrades applications if you upgrade to same (or replacing) edition AND language. So I upgrade my Danish Windows 8.1 Professionel to a Danish (despite I’m using English as my language on the pc) Windows 10 Professionel.

Edge

After a few days the problems starts. I want to log into my bank, using the national NemID (easy-id). It didn’t work! Had to use Internet Explorer or Firefox! Next one of Microsoft’s own websites PartnerSource. The message was “This website needs Internet Explorer. This website uses technology that will work best in Internet Explorer.”

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But in general I’m very happy with Edge. It feels a lot faster than all the other browser I usually have installed on my pc. I have Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome installed, so that I’m able to test that Dynamics User Group runs similar on all browsers. Where Firefox used to be by preferred browser, over Internet Explorer and Chrome (which I have never really trusted). But laterly, also on Windows 8.1, I have felt that Firefox just started to become much slower on a lot of websites. Especially Facebook. But Edge is feels faster, not a lot, just faster, with especially dynamicsuser.net, Facebook and LinkedIn, but it just feels faster. I haven’t made a real benchmark, so it’s just a hinch.

Maybe what makes Edge bigger is its lack of extensions and settings. It still feels rather basic.

As with the last couple of

OneDrive

With Windows 8.1 Microsoft had almost convinced me on going “all in” on using the cloud. OneDrive for my personal files, and OneDrive for Business (part of my company Office 365 Business subscription). The integration between Windows and OneDrive was almost perfect. It worked just as using a local drive. No matter if I were working on my primary laptop (Thinkpad W550s – it has a great screen and long battery time) or on my Surface, then I felt I had the same access to my files. Despite only my primary pc actually had them all online , then I access them almost as easy on my Surface. As long as I was online.

On Windows 10 you can only see the online files in Windows Explorer and similar places. To get access to any offline files, then you need to use the OneDrive Settings and Choose Folders, in order to be able to see them!

Had it been a marriage, then that next night I’m not sure that we kissed good night! Our first real fight. Microsoft you could have done this one better. According to my fellow Microsoft MVP Richard Hay, then Microsoft have removed Placeholders because some users didn’t understand the concept of online/offline files! Insted Microsoft is planning to release a new Universal app for Windows 10, which will allow us to browse offline files and turn them online. In my eyes not really a replacement.

I am still considering if I’m going to stay in this marriage. A feeling shared by many comments in Mays blogpost!

So if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 and are you a heavy user of OneDrive and/or OneDrive for Business then you should wait until Microsoft comes up with a solution to this.

To Microsoft’s defense, then I must add that if you use the build-in search (from the start menu or taskbar)

Start Menu

Another new “thing” is the reversed Start Menu. I might have been one of the few who actually loved the Start Menu in Windows 8.1. And despite that, then I’m not running my Start Menu in the new Tablet Mode, unless I’m actually on my Surface, without the keyboard attached.

Initial I thought that the result the merge, was a little strange to use and didn’t really compare to the old Windows 7 Start Menu. And organizing the tiles is not as easy as it was in 8.1. But the more I’m using it, the more I like it. Especially after I tweeked some of the settings. If you go Settings (Win+I) > Personalization > Start, then you can change the behavior a bit, including adding additional folders to show up.

The problem, in my opinion, with the Start Menu in full screen, is that the left “sidebar” is not visual by default.

There are many many other new things worth mentioning. But not to make this too long, then I’ll better stop here.

Microosft Dynamics NAV and Windows 10

That is, so far there has been a few blog reports on Dynamics NAV and Windows 10.

Erik Hougaard (MVP): Not all Dynamics NAV versions works on Windows 10. He tested the old character based DOS version Navision 3.56a, which worked fine. Navision Financials 1.30, Financials 2.00, Financials 2.60, Attain 3.01 and
Microsoft MBS Navision 4.00sp3 did not work. But Dynamics NAV 5.0 and newer works fine. Including the NAV 2016 beta.

Mark Brummel (MVP): Found some issues with scrolling in the Development Environment and a tip how to fix it.

Finally you can check on Microsoft own compability page. Here you’re also able to “vote” if a version is compatibel or not!

 

Have you found other problems with Dynamics NAV and Windows 10? Then please write it in the comments.

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