The Start menu takes up nearly half the screen with large icons, yet truncates the text for those large icons because the text has not been allocated enough room. Really, really poor UI design.
It's configurable. You can:
- * Resize the start menu both horizontally and vertically
- * Make tiles larger if seeing all the text on an icon is extremely important to you.
- * Make tiles smaller to get rid of the text altogether -- presumably the software you're running has identifiable icons.
- * Remove all the tiles if you have a major issue with having apps that can tell you some status info without opening them
- * Right-click Start instead of left-click to get a very simple menu of commonly-accessed Windows functions
Seems like they're adding new capabilities in this area every build, too. What's there now surely isn't representative of the final product so it's too early to make final judgments.
I lost control of the Windows Update process, there were no options for me to select besides, ~allow Microsoft to brick my computer at any time~.
This is a technical preview and Microsoft has said that they're really keen on testing their automatic update systems. That's fair, right? It's not like there's currently any benefit to you in sticking with older builds. The option to be prompted before downloading updates has indeed gone missing, but that doesn't mean it isn't coming back -- they're still very much in the middle of migrating all the classic Control Panel options into the new Metro apps.
Also, many news sites have reported that Windows 10 has the ability to prompt you for a to install any given update requiring a reboot. It also analyzes the typical idle periods for your computer and will use that as a default time for scheduling a restart but you can pick any time you like for every update. Surely you'll agree that this is an improvement over being barraged with "Restart your computer" windows every 15 minutes like it does in Windows 7.