Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

10 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 10.

Microsoft has launched its Windows 10 operating system, in its boldest effort yet to reshape the tech giant and move ahead in mobile computing and the “Internet of Things.” The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has blasted Microsoft in a pair of posts to the organization’s blog, arguing that Windows 10’s default browser settings are a “dramatic step backwards” for respecting user choice. The company is hoping the new system can help it gain traction in mobile, where it lags behind Google Android and Apple iOS, and in emerging technologies for computing. “Our vision was one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all,” said Microsoft executive vice president for Windows, Terry Myerson, in a blog post. “Windows 10 begins to deliver on our vision for more personal computing. Microsoft likes Windows 10 so much, it makes Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even when you’re updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. Interacting with technology is as natural as interacting with people – using voice, pen, gestures and even gaze for the right interaction, in the right way, at the right time.” Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett said Microsoft faces a tough task in catching up with Google and Apple in the mobile space. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Beard said that’s no good, since doing so from Firefox requires three or four mouse clicks (roughly twice as many as before) and scrolling to the bottom of a seven-item list.

That’s right, Microsoft Windows 10 has hit the Internets (intentional misspelling, natch) and that means you should immediately go ahead and download it onto your laptop, right? Windows’ smartphone market share is around three percent, compared to roughly 80 percent for Google’s Android phone and 15 percent for the Apple iPhone. “While it will win a growing share of enterprise tablet purchases, the plans for Windows 10 don’t show enough potential to create a differentiated mobile experience that will draw developers and customers away from iOS and Android.” Richard Edwards, analyst at the consultancy Ovum, said Microsoft is looking beyond mobile to emerging technologies including wearables and other connected devices. “This isn’t about recapturing the important mobile operating systems market,” Edwards said. “It’s about gaining a strong foothold in the next multibillion dollar market: the ‘Internet of Things.’” Windows 10 – Microsoft skipped directly from Windows 8, which got a lackluster response – is being offered as a free upgrade for most devices, making it possible to be available quickly on billions of devices. Mozilla’s argument that this is more complex is fair as there are more steps to take to actually change your default browser and it will likely generate confusion among some consumers. Well, to help you decide if that is a wise course of action or if it might be smarter to just get a new iPhone app, here are ten things to know that are important for small business owners (or anyone who owns a laptop). It’s not exactly clear why Microsoft changed this behavior, but the company did justify it as a way to reduce “some of the unwanted noise that multiple prompts can bring” during the testing of Windows 10.

If you’re working with a computer that’s running one of those systems, chances are that it’s also probably pretty old. (Microsoft, in its own FAQ on the upgrade, not-so-subtly suggests it may be time for a computer upgrade if that’s the case). And Windows 10 will include the Microsoft Edge browser, a move designed to help the tech magnate regain market share lost to rivals such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. For non-technical users, the procedure isn’t exactly self-explanatory. “While it is technically possible for people to preserve their previous settings and defaults, the design of the new Windows 10 upgrade experience and user interface does not make this obvious nor easy,” Beard writes.

To appease users who complained about the loss of the “start” button on Windows 8, Microsoft has brought that feature back, while allowing users to switch back to the “live tiles” menu. The upgrade doesn’t uninstall competing browsers, and those that check to make sure they’re set as users’ defaults (like Firefox and Chrome) will prompt people who open them after upgrading to move away from Edge. Microsoft hopes to break the cycle in which consumers shun Windows for mobile because it lacks the large catalog of applications found on rival platforms, thus discouraging app makers from creating Windows versions. Beard, who calls this an “aggressive move,” urges Microsoft to change its business tactics. “These changes aren’t unsettling to us because we’re the organization that makes Firefox,” he writes. “They are unsettling because there are millions of users who love Windows and who are having their choices ignored, and the increased complexity put into everyone’s way if and when they choose to make a choice different than what Microsoft prefers.” Mozilla, though, it’s worth noting, also had a few issues lately.

Hit apps could ramp up popularity of Windows-driven hardware made by Microsoft and its partners, and increase opportunities for the company to make money from online activities such as search, shopping and software as services in the Internet cloud. Beard said he’s concerned not because of Mozilla’s position as the maker of Firefox, but because Microsoft isn’t respecting choices users made when they were using previous versions of Windows. With Windows 10 and other products, Microsoft is shifting away from one-time software sales to a subscription model – or software as a service – in an effort to better compete in the new tech landscape.

Still, the change of defaults could cut down on the use of Mozilla’s browser, since it could cause some people to abandon Firefox because it’s no longer the default experience on their computers. When we asked Microsoft for a comment, we received the following from a company spokesperson: “We designed Windows 10 to provide a simple upgrade experience for users and a cohesive experience following the upgrade.

It’s a good question to ask, even if Microsoft has been putting a fresh face on the OS for years instead of messing too much with how drivers for your printer, scanners, and other office gear work. To do that, you should head to your settings menu and click on the section that refers to updates — “Windows Update” in Windows 7 or “Update and recovery” in Windows 8.1 — to turn on the option to receive important updates. For those who really want a hard copy of the update, or those who may be looking to install Windows 10 on a newly built PC, Microsoft is offering some of those in retail stores. It’s always a good idea to backup important files before you start installing any new system, so be sure to get those key documents, photos or other files onto an external drive or into the cloud before you hit the “Install” button. After Windows 10, Microsoft is going to change the way it updates its operating system, making smaller, more frequent updates rather than letting a couple of years go by between major releases.

Well, this one depends on who you ask–but all signs point to a future when there is no such thing as a new Microsoft smartphone that syncs perfectly with Windows. It’s not a big deal if you use Android or an iPhone because most of the cloud data we use today is synced easily without needing to use a laptop at all. It’s worth noting that Microsoft has put a ton of effort into this release, especially in terms of making apps that run the same on many different devices — from tablets and laptops to weird desktop computers like the HP Sprout.

There’s something about using a Mac that matches up nicely with the entrepreneurial mindset, that rare breed that is not afraid to go against the norm. if that’s your statement, keep making it.

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