Mozilla CEO slams Microsoft over Windows 10 browser defaults

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10 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 10.

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Microsoft says its’ new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. 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.

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. 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? 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). 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. According to a report by Wired, users should go to ‘Control panel’, ‘Language and region’, and then go to the region for the United States, click ‘Administrative’ and change the language to English (United States). 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. 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.

Windows users who are already running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 should be eligible for a free upgrade for the next year — so you can wait to install if you want, but don’t wait forever. 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. 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.

Bob O’Donnell at the research firm Technalysis said the new operating system may help stimulate new sales of computers and other hardware – a phenomenon of the past which has been absent in recent Windows releases. “I’m still hopeful that the PC industry will see some decent upside from Windows 10, particularly in the fourth quarter of this year and into 2016,” he said. “The primary reason for my optimism is that Microsoft has actually integrated quite a few new capabilities into Windows 10 that will benefit from new hardware.” Here it is: “We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.” Does it mean Microsoft could decide they can share your personal data with a private party? 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.

Think about how much space you’ll need for your longterm needs, as the only way to adjust this later is to erase the partition and install the operating system all over again. 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. 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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