The practical reality for desktop operating systems right now is that most of the pressing issues that people want fixed are fixed, more or less.
Of course, operating systems could be a little faster, or use fewer system resources so that your PC or Mac runs a little smoother, but by and large, until somebody comes up with a completely new way to interface with our computers, theyâ€™re doing just about everything that you might want right now, and have done for some time.
That makes it hard to sell a â€śnewâ€ť operating system, although again thatâ€™s something that isnâ€™t really done at a consumer level anyway. Apple has long used its operating system, macOS to sell mac hardware, and as for Microsoft, its long-term commitment to iterating on Windows 10 means that itâ€™s essentially a bundled product with your laptop or PC unless youâ€™re a keen self-PC builder anyway.
Which is why weâ€™re seeing more features for major operating system updates that interface with other devices, such as mobile phones, or indeed features that are more akin to those you might already use on your smartphone. Thatâ€™s an area that has plenty of room to showcase â€śnewâ€ť features, even if they might not be new computing concepts.
Appleâ€™s already stated that itâ€™s not going to turn macOS into iOS (its mobile device operating system that runs iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices), but that isnâ€™t stopping it from making macOS feel a lot more like iOS along the way.
Still, that left it with not a lot else to say about the upcoming update for macOS, macOS Mojave for the average consumer, beyond the fact that it will offer a new â€śdarkâ€ť theme for the operating system.
Itâ€™s an interesting move for Apple, given its strong history of very tightly controlling the way its operating systems work, but it wonâ€™t be alone in the chase for more night-time themed OS.
Microsoftâ€™s latest point release for Windows 10 — which will, as per Microsoftâ€™s existing statements, stay as a product called â€śWindows 10â€ť on an ongoing release — includes a new â€śdark themeâ€ť available to those who have signed up for Microsoftâ€™s â€śWindows Insiderâ€ť program.
Windows Insider is basically Microsoftâ€™s route to providing a public forum to showcase new innovations on the Windows platform, but also to give it access to thousands of beta testers along the way. If youâ€™re running a Windows 10 PC itâ€™s entirely free to join and you will get access to new features faster than on the regular update cycle, but with the understanding that youâ€™re also getting early release software that might not be all that immediately stable.
Is it worth it just for a dark theme for Windows File Explorer? Probably not by itself, and itâ€™s certainly not advisable if youâ€™re talking your only computer. If youâ€™re keen to see whatâ€™s coming up for Windows itâ€™s a neat way to get an early glimpse.
If youâ€™re feeling left out on the Mac side of the fence, Apple has a similar setup for macOS Mojave — and indeed its iOS and tvOS platforms — if youâ€™re keen.
Apple doesnâ€™t run its beta software program all year the way that Microsoft does with Windows Insider, although thatâ€™s also to do with its commitment to larger named updates on a yearly basis. Microsoft iterates on Windows 10 a little faster than that, so larger updates are simply more frequent.
As always, though, even if you are willing to put up with a little instability in return for new features, make sure you backup your data on a regular basis, just to be sure. Realistically you should be doing that anyway, because a backup now can save you a lot of headaches later.