Windows 10 dark mode sucks compared to the new one in macOS Mojave

Windows 10 has had a dark mode since the Anniversary Update was released in 2016. In typical Apple fashion, macOS is only just adding such a feature, and the company seems to have nailed it on the first go. The first developer preview of macOS Mojave has a dark mode that's super consistent across in-box apps, using the same shade of dark and being applied basically everywhere.

It's been two years since Windows 10 got its own dark mode, and things aren't as peachy. (macOS Mojave isn't expected to be widely released until this coming fall.)

Windows vs. Mac dark mode

Unlike the new dark mode on macOS, Windows 10's dark mode is inconsistent across all the areas that it is applied. It's also not even fully universal, with a couple of in-box apps not switching to dark mode by default or not supporting it at all. For example, switching to dark mode in the Settings app on Windows 10 will make all the in-box apps switch to it ... except for Edge. Microsoft Edge, for some reason, has its own theming switch that doesn't listen to the system option.

And in the current version of Windows 10, dark mode doesn't get applied everywhere. File Explorer is still blindingly white when dark mode is enabled, as are context menus, but only in some areas. Context menus on the taskbar are dark, but context menus on the desktop are light. This issue is being resolved with Redstone 5, coming later this year, but there are other issues with dark mode that need to be addressed.

The consistency of the shade of dark you use is important. macOS Mojave nails this by using the same shade of darkness across all its in-box apps. It makes for a pleasing user experience more than anything else. But on Windows 10, every in-box app has its own idea of what it thinks dark mode should be. In some apps, it's OLED black. In others, it's a dark gray. Why can't in-box apps share the same shade of dark for a more consistent experience? Why do some apps need to do it differently?

Windows 10 light mode is part of the problem

The biggest issue I have with dark mode actually has nothing to do with dark mode, but rather, the light mode. Windows 10, by default, is set to light mode (see above image).

You wouldn't think this was a "light mode" would you? Well, it is. And the light mode is even worse than the dark mode when it comes to consistency. System elements such as the taskbar, Start menu, and Action Center simply ignore light mode. They're permanently dark. So, in light mode, you get a rather consistent light mode in apps, which clashes with the Windows Shell because it is dark all the time. But in dark mode, you get an inconsistent dark app experience, that matches the rest of the Windows Shell.

In a perfect world, the light mode would make all UI areas light, including the most prominent, always-on screen parts of the experience, or the Windows Shell. In this same perfect world, dark mode would be consistent across in-box apps and available in all of them rather than "most of them." Microsoft is currently working on implementing a new design language in Windows 10 called Fluent Design, which should hopefully see a lot of UI elements align with consistency.

We also know that Microsoft is working on CShell, which will feature light mode in areas such as the taskbar, and Start menu. Right now, though, CShell is pretty far away from hitting desktop devices, meaning for now we're stuck with this inconsistent experience.

Some people may not care about all this, but as someone with an eye for design, this stuff really gets to me and it's one of the reasons why Windows 10 always feel unfinished. The elegance and consistency of macOS Mojave make it all the more noticeable.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • As usual, Microsoft starts, Apple nails. Nothing to see here.
  • You nailed it, this is a summary for the article!
  • Hehe, this is exactly what I came here to say. Nothing new here.
  • I will take a crappy dark mode any day of the week compared to a antiquated, crappy OS. MacOS is garbage.
  • Apple has been known for being consistent and really polishing their UI as much as possible, and tend to do it in one go. Mac OS X Yosemite for example completely changed their design language from old skeuomorphism to new flat UI similar to iOS. Almost every part of the shell and apps are being converted to the new design. What about Microsoft on Windows 10? Well, I can at least understand on more legacy parts of the shell, but even the newer areas of the shell like the Start Menu and Action Center remains inconsistent and not following the theme colour. Then there are Microsoft apps both inbox apps and optional downloads from Microsoft Store to remain inconsistent with their UI. Hamburger menus for example remains inconsistent. Even some weird unpolished areas like the window borders still exist.
  • Zac, I totally disagree about light mode. I use light mode myself - I find light text on dark background HARDER to read - but I do not want the overlays (Action Center, Start) to be light. There is more contrast over the apps in the background that way.
  • "I find light text on dark background HARDER to read"
    It's because they use #FFFFFF text over #000000 background. That's not how you dark theme. They need to hire competent people in designing.
  • Bringing the contrasting colors closer together does not improve readability. I have studied, read many books and taught UI courses, all centered on readability with regard to computer displays and document production and design, and light lettering on a dark background is great for grabbing attention, but for reading a large block of type/text it is slower for the majority of people to read. The BEST variation is to push the contrast as far apart and use heavy anti-aliasing, which is exactly what Microsoft does. This has to do with the way the human mind sees letters and words and if they are speed readers, paragraphs as well. We do not identify the image/shape of a letter by dots/pixels in the letter, instead we identify the mask or the shape around the letter. The colors Apple are using make things worse as there are not strong blacks to draw attention to things that are different and more important. This said, it makes me question if Zac has ever studied or picked up a UI/UX book if he thinks Apple is 'nailing' the 'dark mode', as they are horribly far off base and will create usability issues for users, even if the users and Zac doesn't realize it.
  • So you mean to say that Adobe with their whole suite of professional softwares, Google with Android Studio, Image-Line with FL studio and even Microsoft Visual Studio designers and countless other professional apps have no sense in design, right? While someone struggling to choose a proper shade of grey and putting pitch black out of laziness has suddenly become a paragon of design. Come again.
  • I am a fanatic user of the entire Adobe CC suite. I love it but in terms of design and consistency it is horrible.
  • The Adobe Suite is hardly about reading text though. It's not a Word processor it's a design suite and it's darker colors are good for something that someone would have to stare at for many hours a day.
  • And the Settings app is about comprehensive reading?
  • "That's not how you dark theme."
    - That's how I prefer it. True black. I hate gray themes that call themselves "dark."
  • I agree to a certain extent. Pure black is great on amoled screens where it actually turns the pixel off. On different screen types black doesnt look as nice because you have a backlight behind it lighting it up.
  • Definitely agree with this statement. In any design/UX planning, that should always supersede before doing the actual build. I'm surprised Microsoft didn't take this into account.
  • Wow! I was expecting something like "Microsoft is still working with a blazing-fast pace at making Windows 10 better with Dark Mode" from Windows Central.
    One of the reasons Zac really deserves his praise for his editorial skills. Thanks for being honest.
  • Now this is the kind of article I expect more from Windows Central. This should at least ring a bell at Microsoft.
  • If ms just follows to resolve the issues stated in articles from wc....lot of problems would be solved
  • This is understandable, however, in order to see a more consistent dark interface, get the latest Windows Insider build. I have it on my Surface Pro 4, and the dark interface is more consistent throughout the Win32 shell and all of the UWX apps.
  • Apple's "dark theme" sucks (dark grey doesn't qualify as a real Dark Theme in my book) but at least it's consistent. I agree. Microsoft should definitely pick the settings black theme with transparencies (it's the best implementation of Fluent Design in the entire OS) and apply it everywhere. Including apps that were well done and got updated to a stupid dark grey like the Microsoft Store.
  • Hey, for once I agreed with you here. Loving the black theme with transparency.
  • Dark theme is not black theme
  • Except when you think about dark, you think of black. Otherwise it's a generic meaningless term.
    You can put a light grey theme and call it a "dark theme". Is it? No. But it's darker than white so it qualifies.
  • This. I hate when apps call colors other than true black "dark."
  • I agree, I don't like the Apple dark theme
  • There are two types of People, those who prefer dark Grey and those who prefer true black. True black is a lot better if you have an OLED/AMOLED Display but from a design perspective for all screens true black should not be used as the Background Color as it makes White text stand out way too much as in even hurting some People's eyes. In my opinion you should have 3 Options: Light, Dark and Black Mode so you could chosse what you prefered
  • I don't agree with the black mode hurting the eyes. Quite the contrary. I find that dark grey puts more strain on the eye as the contrast isn't as great and therefore reading becomes harder. But I do agree that more options is always better. I find Dark Grey particularly disgusting. It's aesthetically horrible because, while black and white always work well with any accent colour, grey doesn't.
  • "True black is a lot better if you have an OLED/AMOLED Display"
    - Finally someone who gets it.
  • There should be at least 3 theme choices in Windows 10. Light, Dark, Black. This way there is a balance and more fixed options for users. The problem is that not because whether it is possible or not, but does Microsoft actually care about polishing and making consistent UI? They still not able to deliver that, except on certain software suite like Office which at least they manage to make it consistent. Windows Shell has been really inconsistent for a long time, Windows 10 makes it even worse with mix-mash of Fluent Design, old MDL2, some Metro/Modern, some AERO (flattened), some Vista with AERO Basic when going to WinPE mode and installing Windows, and Tooltip and Win32 Context Menus still have older XP shadows.
  • I do agree with the inconsistency of light in Dark.
    I'm not gonna lie it hilarious how everybody's now coming out of the woodwork to base windows, dark theme.
    Yes I think the Mac version looks nice
    Do I now think the Windows dark theme sucks?
    Nope could it use some customization option sure.
  • Agreed 100% that Windows dark theme does not suck, in fact it looks better than Apple's dark theme.
  • "I'm not gonna lie it hilarious how everybody's now coming out of the woodwork to base windows, dark theme."
    Guess you haven't been out of Windows Central lately. Check /r/Windows10 sometimes.
  • Even the trash can turns dark in macOS Mojave when you switch to the dark mode.. attention to details guys!
  • Probably because they have some consistent code behind the scenes where they can apply once to many. Windows is fragmented requiring them to tweak thousands of areas of the OS to make it work.
  • That is pure ignorance on your part. You have zero clue whether this statement is true, but you pass it off as such. The internet loses when this happens.
  • He's actually mostly true. Nearly all macOS apps use Cocoa as the UI. Whereas on Windows, we have Windows Forms, various versions of WPF, UWP, older modern apps, along with other apps that roll their own (usually crummy) UIs.
  • It's the theming engine which both MacOS and Windows have. On Windows, we have the theme engine since XP then upgrade on Vista. This how they manage to make the whole UI different in Vista and 7 which still remains super consistent so far in the history of Windows. Is the problem that does Microsoft actually giving more attention to detail? Which is not. They can if they would.
  • Attention to details is apparently what Microsoft lacks except on certain apps. When it comes to hardware, Microsoft actually excels quite well (ironically on its name). I really felt like it's not in their philosophy to polish and put more attention to details on UI/UX. Fluent Design efforts are still slow to make things more consistent. It's not the design language anymore, it seems it's their culture. Thing is they do have good designers, we can just hardly feel it because of some odd reasons internally. I hope they will finally address this on C-Shell, but for now, it's going to be a rough path towards that goal, if that will ever be achieve.
  • talking about previews, to be fair you should compare it with windows 10 rs 5
  • Sure, as if a lot has changed in 3 years.
  • RS5 doesn't solve inconsistencies. It's the persistent problem for Windows.
    Like Zac said, I think we need 1 design lead for everything Microsoft. Make life simple.
  • Why? Windows 10 is anyway in an always beta junk state, without the insider builds.
  • macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode Puts Windows 10’s to Shame
  • No. Leave your fanatic opinion aside and admit W10 made a great interface, even against Mojave DM.
  • "Made a great interface."
    Go see 'Choose default applications by file type' in Settings app and then come again.
  • OK! macOS dark theme vs "set default application by file type" (a place not frequently visited).
  • You can check literally anything in Settings app. It's a vertical scroll with no thoughts of where to put the elements. This is what I call lazy design.
  • I agree. The whole settings app is a disgrace to look at. Please bring back the control panel for desktop side.
  • I am not a mac user and I do not like the interface ... but the dark theme of macos rules
  • Microsoft is extremely slow to make changes to the GUI. I do not understand why all this slowness. The difference in detail focus is embarrassing between Apple and Microsoft. I love the fluent design system (online there are some beautiful concepts), but now it's so bad implemented and incosistent. I would like to see more commitment from this point of view
  • The reason: MS is done caring about Windows. It's a legacy product at this point, with no path forward. All they are doing is the minimum necessary to keep everyone from fleeing the platform before they transition all their enterprise users to "the cloud." As far as MS is concerned, consumers can fend for themselves.
  • Lol.. like apple is doing anything for macos. Touch bar.. lol.. please know your facts
  • no Apple Making phone os into desktop and Laptop os
  • If iOS apps come to the MacOS store, Mac will be the best-supported OS on the planet, with a clear path forward.
  • That seemed true for a while. But Apple are now bringing the framework for iOS apps to macOS, much like UWPs. Gonna be honest, this could cause quite an impact for Windows.
  • Simple, allocation of resources. The constant shuffling of departments to show "tangible evidence" of resource management is not helping anyone.
  • "extremely slow to make changes to the GUI"
    - Talk to any IT pro about this and get back to me.
  • You can talk to me. When the GUI sucks fast changes are welcome.
    I remember the days when I couldn't wait for Microsoft to let our users shut down their PCs on Windows 8 without requiring voodoo magic knowledge.
  • I'm honestly baffled by your use of the term “inbox apps” throughout this article. Do you mean bundled apps? UWP apps (on Windows) and apps written to the 10.14 APIs (on Mac)? Actually, like, “inbox apps,” like e-mail clients?
  • Think they mean apps that you would expect to be there for a fresh install. Or "out of the box"
  • Ah. I could see that. If it had been “in-box” I would probably have made the connection. “Inbox” just is so associated with e-mail / incoming messages. :D
  • Yeah, first time ever ever seen that. Not a good choice of word. in-box or bundled apps would both be better.
  • Article's been updated with “in-box” now. Score one for the curmudgeon. :P
  • I think it's cuz Zac is like, British, or something. Them fellers tawk funny.
  • The Insiders team also use the same term, and they are from the other side on the Pond don'cha know old chap
  • I liked the initial phase when most of the dark mode was true black. It started getting messed up when they started adding shades of black; and grey. Then came light effects fluent design and made it more complex
  • Hey Cortana! Wake me up when Win10 is fully developed with consistent UI.
    "Sorry about that, I didn't hear anything"
  • I disagree with you Zack. I don't like the Apple's dark theme. Microsoft dark theme is better. But it does need to be more consistent. I like having the option to turn some on or off.
  • I would instead love to retain my Win32 apps, Not having Open GL & Open CL support deprecated for some aesthetics value.
  • @Zak
    Fluent Design seems to mean little more to you than "Acrylic" and "Reveal". The last of your three UI topics is "dark mode". Worst of all, the word "consistency" apparently means nothing more to you than "all UI designers are using the same crayon colors". That's all superficial stuff. Any chance we can get an Article on Fluent Design that does more than lazily scratch the surface?
  • uh, Fluent Design doesn't really have anything to do with the light / dark mode inconsistencies in Windows 10.
  • You're absolutely right. I mentioned them together because all three are about coloring, which seems to be as deep as UI articles get on WCenttal. I'm thinking you guys can do better.
  • Zac, since we are talking about inconsistencies, it would be great to check this article also and what do you think of it? I also found this Tweet from the same author: It shows the inconsistencies that Microsoft has yet to address. Only the Windows Defender has been fixed on latest Insider Updates, but the rest remains. These things really need to remind Microsoft and be attentive to details. They can do this but somehow they are not pressured to do so. Insiders are not enough still for these issues being addressed. It's been years that Windows 10 has been released and yet to have a completely polished UI. Cheers!
  • Well native win32 apps are weighing down this OS, deadweight. And of course Microsoft has never managed to drop a consistent manicured graphical experience, it always seems like they are building features above no common language, I thought the application of fluent would be performant, reliable and consistent the minute they created the concept, it's nice that they came up with an UX philosophy, but is ridiculous that you can't come up with decent apps on the next build.
    How many people do you need to convince to wrap everything under the same ideals.
    If windows where to consider Atomic design on their operative system most of their atoms would be awfully inconsistent, all those win95 tab menus and properties, most win32 app need a redesign and all it takes is to hire a team to rethink all remaining awfull win32 to work on both touch and mouse scenarios. while talking fluent design.
    Windows has to respect entirely the language that they created, or else is doomed to fail, and give users the opportunities that the lovely hardware they are using. MS should open source CShell.. and let users and developers control the building block of windows UI, and Make CShell used an exposed API...
  • What I'm baffled by is why is dark/light mode still just a manual setting? It should be an automatic setting. Windows/MacOS/Android/IOS should all automatically use light mode during daytime hours. At night it should universally change to dark mode, without the need of the user. It should be automatic, based off time of day.
  • Dear god no.
  • How about as an option that you can turn on or off?
  • It isn’t mentioned in the article, but it’s part of the dark mode in the new macOS release!
  • I completely disagree with almost every word in this article. From a 'technical' design standpoint, Microsoft is the best implementation, even if they have lacked consistency - which is the only thing I agree with, as it is factual. Apple's lack of varying degrees of 'dark/black' leaves the UI flat with nothing to pull the users eyes to important elements. This also creates problems in the speed users can navigate and read content as well. Reading white text on various levels of 'grayish' is slower for the human mind, when white on Black should be implemented. Apple's 'dark mode' is a gray mode, not an actual 'dark' mode, and even then it fails to deliver crisp contrasted blacks and darker greys. The Mac 'dark mode' looks more like something from a grayscale monitor in the era of NeXt, not something from 2018. It is simply missing the use of color, color highlights, and the flair that drops of color produce. It is also missing strong blacks creating the wider variance/contrast needed to be more effective to pull the users eyes and reduce fatigue when reading text. These things are not subjective, as we have studies that show how users navigate interfaces and what catches their eye and how easily they read on various contrasted and reversed black/white schemes. We have empirical data, and Apple is ignoring this data, as they have many times before to cater to their user base that still thinks of the 1984 UI and doesn't want something much different, which is the biggest sin from Apple and their UI designers. The 2018 Mac looks very different from the 1984 Mac, and it is really sad. To examine how insane Apple's lack of progression, look no further than the full time Menu on the screen as a part of their OS interface. Menus are 'textual' UI elements that were used in GUIs as a cheat to get by because of the limitations of display resolutions in the late 70s early 80s. Yet in 2018 Mac users are still digging through a 'list of words' aka Menu to perform functions, which Apple still encourages. Microsoft has been using the screen space instead of Menus for a real-time display of changes and moving users away from outdated UI concepts like Menus for over 10 years now. (These type of UI/UX elements are insane that Apple still drags them around to appeal to users that could be re-educated. Apple knows that things like Menus are outdated, see for yourself, is there a Menu Bar on an iPad? Nope.) Finally...
    The OS X dark mode is also not 'pretty' which is a massive mistake coming from Apple. Windows 10 in the latest builds are 'pretty' in addition to conforming to a higher level of usability and readability, and it quickly evident which company has been doing dark UI design longer and has put the time, research and actual user studies into dark UI/UX designs. Microsoft did a while series of UI/UX studies in the 90s, including focusing on dark UIs - the result was some consumer software (Streets/Encarta/etc.) in the 90s using a black/dark mode. This research and studies also are where the base concepts of Metro come from, which is a simple concept of making the users eyes be drawn to important content and make it easy to read fast, like signs are designed by states, cities, transit authorities. (Hence the code name Metro.) This research also created the baseline set of principles that created the AWARD winning ZuneHD and WP7 dark/black user interfaces are based on. (Seriously, go look up various UI and UX awards over the past 30 years - you will find Microsoft and Windows and WP7 in these lists many times, and far more than you will find Apple. Of course these are given out by professionals and scientists and researchers that deal with deal, human machine interaction, etc.) I'm sure Zac thinks 'he understand/knows' more than Microsoft's researchers and professional designers and the 1 million people in various UI studies over the years by Microsoft, but I don't think he does. Sorry Zac, stick to what you know, and that is having a couple good sources at Microsoft. It is not explaining or understanding the technology you get inside information about. Apparently this applies to UI/UX and I would recommend you consult with even ONE expert before throwing out an article like this based on opinion when there are factual items that can be referenced and discussed in the world of UI/UX and the way the human mind reads and perceives usability and interface elements.
  • You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. But, thank you for trying.
  • Exactly. As soon as Apple does anything people immediately make it the benchmark. It's laughable to call grey a "dark mode" anyway.
  • You really should stop eating all that Nadella sh***. Your fanboy delusional pathetic comment is laughable :)))
  • This is what happens when you think UX is a "journey", where you can deliver it bit by bit. It's like making a movie but telling viewers that you're working on the screenplay and it will get more and more complete as you update the "product". UX sticks with people. Windows 10 has never been consistent and that's what we all remember about it. Multiple Settings UX updates are an indicator of how the design team doesn't have a straight story to tell. Parts of the built in apps are basically abandoned. They don't know what they want to do with the Wifi pop up, the notifications panel, etc. each one behaving any way it likes. The final product you deliver to people is not a trail and error game, people. You need to have a consistent vision; design it, make it in one build and deliver it to customers.
  • You're confusing UI with UX.
  • No I'm not.
  • Well, to be honest macOS Mojave is still in development and should be compared to Windows 10 RS5 which is also still in development. And there a lot of the point are already addressed.
  • As mentioned before...not quite. Windows 10 is anyway in an always beta junk state, without the insider builds :))) If Ms calls the public builds ready for use :)) well, it's their opinion.
  • Win 10 in most of its UI is inconsistent but for just one feature: Greyscale! activate Greyscale throughout the UI, WinKey + Ctrl + C!...I only wish MS had a similar code for such a simple but effective UI shortcut feature...for both Light or Dark mode so UI preference could b toggled when need b!...This unique feature is nothing difficult to sort out by MS...if only they wouldn't b CLASSICALLY stubborn like🍏!!!!
  • File Explorer has much more functions than Finder In Mac. Plus, Windows has many applications using a lot of graphic tool kits, those are not only UWP, WPF, WinForms, but also GTK, Swing, etc.
  • Microsoft's dark modes tend to be, ironically, too dark. Black tends to be just as harsh as pure white in terms of design. There's plenty of Apps and Websites they can look at that do dark modes right, which tends to be a mix of subtle dark grays. This is their first problem, let alone getting their consistency of it right. Might pay for them to offer it in Outlook . com and OneDrive too, which speaking of consistency, has a totally different folder design than file explorer.
  • Time to move from white paper, screen is not paper...
    First things to change into zero lux pitch black would be file explorer, edge, social and media apps.
    Would be even better if they used Cortana to recognize content and colors also in 3rd party apps and if possible changed code or used reverse overlay on top.
    Sort of remember new apple patent for phones to not blind user in dark and morning, this is exact opposite, because you thing its Dark.
  • "used Cortana to recognize content and colors also in 3rd party apps and if possible changed code or used reverse overlay on top." - Windows already does this for accent colors based on wallpaper. Which is actually very consistent because it's applied across the OS. Don't hear Zac talking about that, though.
  • I couldn't agree more!
  • Can you please change the headline so it doesn't read elitist and trashy? I refuse to read until then 😑
  • What do you want the headline to change to? "Microsoft is working really hard to improve it's UI/UX since 3 years and will finally nail it in 2035 or something."?
  • Except only Windows 10 dark mode gives you proper OLED support with true black. MacOS gives you something that kinda looks gray.
  • Gray IS dark. The reason for dark mode is not to give you OLED black, it's mainly to give you dark colors to be easy on your eyes.
  • Yeah, we all know that vast majority uses OLED screens on their desktop.
  • What makes sense in a quick side by side comparison from an aesthetically view is not the same as best in actual use over time. I don't say MS nailed it, but Apple might choose to go for form over function if it gives a better appearance, while MS is more "machine thinkers". A more inconsistent form might actually be the best way in many cases. UI elements should very well be dark, while I would not prefer reading documents and long text on web pages on dark backgrounds. In the same way, being able to choose dark mode on some elements while leaving it on light mode others, like on Edge, could turn out to be much better in the long run. I'd like to use my computer past the side by side first impression quick glance...
  • :)) Wincrap 10 is simply a pile of junk. Those MS imbeciles couldn't even get the design right. Pathetic
  • Windows 10 is excellent (not perfect, but damn good) it gets better with every major update.
    lemme guess, you still have 7 because "it's the best" ….
    I give MS a hard time because I know they could do better, at least they are trying.
  • 7 IS the best for its target device, the desktop. 10 is mediocre for all of its target device families.
  • wow. phyX4peace took the words outta my mouth... Microsoft could learn SO much from Apple, you know, like how to make software good, not halfassed
  • Since the tweet about prepping this article, couldn't wait to see Zac's rage
  • In addition to this: I'll just leave two screenshots of RS4 here without any further commentary:
  • On a totally unrelated note, does anybody know why in 2018 we have
    - 2 paints
    - 2 control panels
    - 2 media players
    - 2 browsers
    - 2 on-screen keyboards
    - narrator AND cortana
    - 2 remote desktop clients
    - wordpad AND word mobile
    - math input panel AND windows ink functionalities
    - run command AND start search that does exactly the same
    - windows fax and scan
    - XPS viewer
    - 2 snipping tools*
    - 2 file explorers*
  • All but Windows Fax and Scan. Do not underestimate how many enterprises depend on those around the world.
  • Windows 10 dark mode sucks … Windows 10 sucks … There, fixed it for you.
  • Article hit the nail right on the head, MS has been really slow in getting their dark mode out and it's wildly inconsistent. With that said, I still highly prefer Windows as MacOS to me is antiquated, difficult to use and obviously doesn't work as a touch OS both because of the UI and because there is no touch screen hardware from Apple. But one thing that gets overlooked is Windows high contrast mode/theme. I find it works for 99% of windows, including legacy programs, and works quite nicely. Honestly I'm more than happy with high contrast mode as a poor man's dark mode. The plus is that you can change all the colors to your liking. But I like the default, the yellow text on black background feels easier on my eyes than white on black, but I can change it to whatever I like, including making backgrounds true black versus the "fake" black that MacOS uses. We should all be happy that dark mode is becoming more prevalent, I've always wondered who thought it would make sense to stare at a blinding white on off white screen in the dark? Oh wait, that would be the morons at Google.
  • Um, you can change the colour of the basic windows UI. It can be whatever shade you like. It just defaults as black. I have mine set to a sort of light aquamarine.
  • How ? Can u tell me where to find that setting?
  • Microsoft does first, the competition does best™
  • I like the Windows one more than the Mac. The greyish blackish text looks like crap in the mac.
  • Microsoft's experience is so wonky because they have decades of legacy crap and UI to wade through whenever they make these changes. If Microsoft really wants to achieve the same software quality and consistency as apple, they need to start behaving like apple. Apple doesn't cater to developers who refuse to update their software. If apple wants to add features that will break old software, they just do it. Sure this isn't a very nice business practice, but it hasn't hurt them in the long run. Most developers still prefer MacBooks, go to any university lecture hall and you will see tons of MacBooks. And last year, MacBooks outsold most windows OEMs.
  • I wish they'd just implement a completely system-wide theme option with "Light", "Dark" and "Black". I understand people preferring pure black in a dark theme but it looks too jarring IMO and I prefer the softer look of the greys. At least if there was an option we wouldn't have every dark-themed app looking different. Or even worse, a developer switching back and forth between pure black and grey in each new update.