We’ll provide at least 10 years of Windows 10 support, says Microsoft
Appropriately, Windows 10 to get 10-year support from Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows 10 launch is about 10 days away and the latest news from Redmond is that future updates for the Windows 10 Home users will be mandatory, without any option to turn them off.
Users of Windows 10, Microsoft’s upcoming flagship operating system, may be assured of continued support from the software giant for a period of – you guessed it – 10 years. “End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Case in point: A Lenovo representative told Windows Central that the company will take orders for PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled on launch day, but that those machines won’t ship until about mid-August. According to its latest release 10240 distributed to testers, there is a clause in the end user license agreement (EULA) that says “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.” According to this addition to the clause, you will no longer get options such as ‘choose when to reboot’, ‘choose when to download and install’ and ‘never check for updates’, which you were familiar with in Windows 8.1. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Windows team have been talking about Windows 10 being a service-driven platform rather than a piece of software which once installed and can be left as is. In an email to employees explaining the change, Satya Nadella noted: “We are moving from a strategy to grow a stand-alone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.” The word “ecosystem” is tossed about a lot in the tech industry, but it does not simply mean having a bunch of stuff out in the market.
Satya Narayana Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, told media recently that Windows 10 is going to run on everything from phones to tablets to surface hubs as well as to the HoloLens, Microsoft’s first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer. A separate report by ZDNet’s Ed Bott said this clarifies an announcement by Microsoft’s Terry Myerson earlier this year that a device upgraded to Windows 10 will be kept current “for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge.” “In the past, that would have been time for a new version of Windows to take its place on the support lifecycle chart and bump the old one down a notch.
Thought-leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today. Microsoft released Windows 10 to PC makers (the so-called “RTM” or “released to manufacturing” build) later than it normally does, which seems to have some PC makers scrambling. One thing we do know: Among the many big changes over Windows 8, Windows 10 may literally change the game in graphics performance as the only Microsoft OS with DirectX 12.
New features like Cortana (similar to Siri), Microsoft Edge, Hello (allowing users to sign into a machine with just face or finger recognition), Microsoft Edge (browser) and Xbox integration are added into it along with a ‘start menu” button to make it more interactive and simple. Only Windows 10 for business users, ie. those running the Enterprise Edition, get the option to select only security patches update and can opt for Long Term Service Branch (LTSB) which is updated once in every 2-3 years. According to ZDNet’s Ed Bott, you’ll be able to install Windows 10 “even on devices where the OEM does not officially support Windows 10 and has no plans to do so.” Put another way, you’ll still get Windows 10 software updates from Microsoft, even if your PC’s manufacturer no longer offers support for your computer.
Beginning in the 1980s, it leveraged its position in DOS to create Windows, which let it move from client operating systems into server operating systems, applications, and development tools. Dell will begin selling Windows 10 PCs on the 29th through its website, and if you opt for next-day shipping, you could have your new Windows 10 PC as early as July 30th. Both laptops have the same screen, same battery, same 8GB of LPDDR3, same 128GB SSD make and models, the same Intel Core i5-5200U CPUs, and the same BIOSes.
The story behind the story: In past years, Windows launches have been highly coordinated affairs: PC makers would normally get the final RTM build several weeks in advance of the official release, so they would have time to install the new OS onto their new PCs in time for launch day. Before the iPhone, it even appeared as if Microsoft could extend its close relationships with developers and Windows’ familiar user interface elements into a dominant position in smartphones. Rather than forcing customers to pay for updates and fixes at specific times throughout the year, Microsoft will push updates as they happen and businesses will pay an annual subscription fee.
More than half of Windows users are still running Windows 7 and the US Army pays several million dollars every year to keep Microsoft supporting Windows XP. Today, the Apple Watch leverages the installed base and developer support of the iPhone, but there are signs that the company’s nearly two decades of hit products may be finally slowing down. Despite Android’s dominance of smartphone market share, the company hasn’t been all that successful in bringing Android variants to new categories of devices even though vendor support for its Android Auto car software has picked up significantly since launch.
Similar results persisted just about everywhere between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10: mostly a tie with some loads giving Windows 10 a very slight edge. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more » I could produce a lengthy page of graphs between the two in WinRar, CineBench, Valve’s old Particle Test, 7Zip, Passmark and 3DMark, but what’s the point? If it could not extend that to mobile devices over the long haul, how can it make a bid for wearables or the Internet of Things that have close ties to smartphones? Indeed, its scaling back of Windows phones already throws a damper on developer outreach efforts to bring Android and iOS apps to the Lumia Windows smartphones that need them.
That includes buying its way to success by acquiring popular apps such as Sunrise, Wunderlist, and Minecraft, all of which must deal with the home-field advantage that Apple and Google have on their own devices. He also mentioned the HoloLens (whose price remains unannounced) and the Surface Hub conference-room computer, both of which are unabashedly corporate-focused. That’s an approach that has been successful for Lenovo, which continues to buck the PC sales shrinkage trend, but one that’s proven tough to exploit for Blackberry, which is struggling to protect what’s left of its core business. Here’s Tomb Raider for you to gawk at: Other tests gave up a little more of a win for Win10, but this won’t set the world on fire like DX12 is expected to once games that support it are out.
Anecdotal reports I’ve seen from when Battlefield 4 was released, for instance, attributed many performance improvements to running Windows 8 over the beloved Windows 7. Once I get a proper ISO of the OS, I can perform clean installs, and I’ll have a better feel for its performance outside of the areas I’ve touched on today. With Windows 7, Microsoft updated the scheduler for how the OS dealt with CPUs, which promised improvements and battery life savings for both Intel and AMD CPUs.
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