El Reg writers do like a reactionary rant, don't they? The thing is, I think the constant evolution of the desktop is kinda fine. I support a wild variety of people doing weird and wonderful stuff, so switch between Windows, macOS and a good handful of different Linux distros with different desktops throughout my workday, and merrily get on my way getting work done without much cause for cursing or confusion: the important thing is that despite differences between one system and another, within themselves they have a mostly coherent, consistent approach to structuring and organising stuff, and so I find it pretty painless to get around.
Of course, when I say Windows, I mean Win10 Pro. I'm beginning to have more encounters with 11 and as far as I can tell, Microsoft has just accepted that alternate releases are traditionally garbage, and so set out to build the shonkiest, stupidest experience this side of Millennium Edition. It's just so broken, so riddled with stuff that would feel weird and worrying in a beta, and they're actually pushing it out as a daily driver. It's actually preinstalled on devices for sale in shops! I honestly find this hard to believe - every Win11 box I encounter, I have to check Windows Update, just because it seems so improbable that this isn't an early test build, but no, they're really shipping this utter mess and having the bare-faced cheek to call it an operating system. To be clear, I can still do everything I need to, it's just that the OS is *constantly* getting in my way and slowing me down, *adding extra steps* to processes that were often already a little bit convoluted (but bearable) in 10.
So yeah, the Evolution of the Desktop is a disaster, for Microsoft. Everything else is just fine by me.