Earlier this week, at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Ga., Microsoft announced that the number of monthly active users of Windows 10 had passed the 400 million mark.That's up from the last milestone of 350 million, announced one month before the end of the year-long free Windows 10 upgrade offer. see all of ed bott's Windows 10 Tips Solve network problems with a one-click reset Shut down OneDrive completely Squeeze hours of extra life from your laptop battery Find your PC's original product key Stay organized using virtual desktops Change UEFI firmware settings or start in Safe Mode Create a perfect background for your desktop Turn off Cortana completely Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V Switch back to a local account from a Microsoft account Stay organized using virtual desktops And while that's a slight slowing of the upgrade pace, it's still a healthy increase that most tech companies would celebrate.Some of those new users squeaked in under the wire in … [Read more...] about Windows 10 installed base grows, as businesses become less cautious
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Long-term shifts in the installed base for Windows PCs are nothing new. For decades, businesses have been dealing with the logistics and the costs of migrating from one Windows version to another.As my colleague Steve Ranger noted earlier this week, the shift to Windows 10 is following that familiar pattern, with the current corporate standard OS, Windows 7, hanging on tenaciously. FAQ How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10 Questions about installing and activating Windows 10? Here's what you need to know before you dive in. Read More I've been following the same transition, and my view of how it's playing out differs a bit from Steve's. Part of the difference of opinion is just a matter of interpretation, of course, but a larger part comes from the data itself.His analysis was based on numbers from Net Applications (aka NetMarketShare). I find that data source extremely problematic.I first wrote about the problems with this data three years ago (see Net … [Read more...] about Windows 10 versus Windows 7: Whose numbers do you trust?
Here we go again, with another ginned-up controversy over Windows 10 and privacy.I know, I know, you're probably as sick of this as I am, and much of the "controversy" is being spread by dedicated Microsoft haters and clueless writers who make a living with breathless clickbait. They're actually not interested in facts, because the controversy sells so well.So let's tackle the latest outrage du jour. Betanews and Forbes are shocked, shocked by a recent blog post by Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi, who recites statistics about how 200 million users of Windows 10 are using the new OS. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not "spying." It's analytics. Microsoft knows, for example, how much time Windows 10 users have spent using the new Microsoft Edge browser since the OS launch last July (44.5 billion minutes).Thanks to telemetry, Microsoft knows that 82 billion photos have been viewed in the Windows 10 Photos app and that Cortana has answered 2.5 billion questions. And they have similar … [Read more...] about Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing
Just upgraded to the latest Windows 10? Our to-do listWhen Microsoft released Windows 10 S last May, I was as skeptical as anyone. In fact, I called this weirdo operating system variant "the future (but not the present) of the desktop PC." I'm going to speculate that the S stands for someday. Because this new Windows edition is probably not one you want to run today, but it is clearly version 1.0 of something we'll see in two or three years.[Y]ou should consider Windows 10 S, in its current state, to be a not particularly sophisticated version 1.0.As introduced on the Surface Laptop and, much later, on a wave of low-cost third-party PCs aimed at the education market, Windows 10 S was basically Windows 10 Pro, with a locked-down configuration that prevents users from running any apps that aren't included with Windows 10 or available through the Windows Store.More background: What is Windows 10 S? | A closer look at what Windows 10 S can and can't do | Windows 10 S is the future … [Read more...] about Microsoft is about to kill off its weirdest Windows 10 experiment
The next big update for Windows 10, called the Spring Creators Update, is expected to arrive soon. Now you can either wait and get it the old fashioned way, or you can manually download and install the update right now. It goes without saying that the quicker method can potentially include some bugs and compatibility issues. Also, it is noteworthy that Microsoft hasn’t announced an official date for the rollout, but considering the manual update download is available, it should start from the coming week. But before we tell you how you can get the update on your PC, here’s a quick summary of what all you can expect with the new update. Here’s a complete changelog: Windows Shell Fluent Design reveal effects have been softened Fluent Design Acrylic and Reveal effects are now showcased in more areas of the Shell. The Start menu now features Fluent Design "reveal" effects in tiles and the apps list. The "clear all", "expand", "collapse" and "see more" text in the Action … [Read more...] about Here’s how to install the new Windows 10 Spring Creators Update