Recently the interest in Windows seems to be rising. A bunch of developers (and one designer of whom I know) are trying out Microsoft hardware and Windows 10 as their primary work horse. I like to read along and also switch over to my Windows Gaming PC for work from time to time. In this place I'm collecting everything interesting I can find about switching to and working with Windows from a developers or designers perspective. If you know of more interesting articles and people, feel free to send me an email or a tweet.
Dave started his experiment in the beginning of last year (2015). He switched to Windows, supported by Microsoft which provided him with a Surface Tablet. Under the hashtag #davegoeswindows Dave started his journey and took us along the way. Since he started his experiment I'm also very interested in using Windows as my primary OS. Here you can find his posts up until now:
Dave is Going Windows
Developing on Windows
Windows Editors and Shells
Dave Goes to the Microsoft Store
Dave Goes Back to Mac for 20 Minutes
Jekyll on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
Dave Goes Build
Ruby on Rails on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
The #davegoeswindows Finale
How I'd Save Windows Phone
Dave Builds a PC
Raymond recently got a Surface Book from Microsoft to give it and Windows 10 a try. You can read all about his experiences so far in these articles:
Final(ish) Thoughts on the Microsoft Surface (as well as Apple)
Jonathan is another developer who got some goods from Microsoft to try it out and give is opinion. Jonathan is just starting out on his Windows journey.
Running Into Windows
On Platform Independence
Daniel is the first designer of whom I know who got hardware from Microsoft to dive deep into the Windows system and see if he likes it. Developer often have the problem of the command prompt (though that gets better with every update because of Bash on Windows). But Designers face a bigger challenge if they rely heavily on Sketch because Sketch is a Mac only application and due to how the app is built will probably stay this way. So it will be interesting to see how Dan is handling his day to day work.
Setting up Windows
Scott is a long time Mac user (for over 30 years!) and is now giving Windows a try. It will be really interesting how he handles not having access to Sketch and how he generally feels about a different OS after such a long time.
Paradise Lost: My Mac2Win journey
Welp, I did it.
A few weeks in...
Scott also created a subreddit called Mac2Win.
Can Windows Replace Your Macbook for Dev? Yes! And it’s quite nice.
Setup Windows 10 for Modern/Hipster Development
Collection of Windows Dev Articles (mostly about bash on Windows (Nov 2016))
Setup Bash on Windows: My Environment Configuration
How to install and run (Oh-My-) zsh on Windows
Running Windows 10 Ubuntu Bash in Cmder