Will consumers upgrade to Windows 10?

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s the Most Surprising Fact About Microsoft Windows.

For Microsoft, there’s a lot riding on its new Windows 10 operating system, out Wednesday. There was a time not so long ago when the release of a new Windows operating system was greeted with general fanfare and more than a little consumer excitement. Its last attempt, Windows 8, was met with criticism over a massive interface redesign, while Microsoft’s ventures into the mobile market have yet to bear fruit. While Apple’s offerings may get more media attention, a whopping 9 in 10 desktops are running Windows operating systems, as shown in the above chart, which uses June 2015 estimates by web analytics site NetMarketShare.

Given that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users (Microsoft skipped “Windows 9″), it’s reasonable to expect Windows 10 to gain desktop OS market share very quickly. The move to address that, Windows 8, wasn’t quite as successful as Microsoft would have hoped, and the company learned a valuable lesson as a result: never mess with the Start menu. Desktop PC markets are saturated even in emerging countries — they’re practically overflowing in developed areas — while worldwide PC shipments expected to fall about 5% in 2015. “Any opportunity for long-term growth depends on reviving growth in emerging regions, and that seems unlikely with the shift toward mobile devices,” said Loren Loverde, IDC’s VP of worldwide PC trackers, in a report. People can adapt to change over time, but try too much too quickly and there’s a high chance you’ll come off the worse in the ensuing battle. remember the time lots of users asked for the Desktop to become an app?

There’s some hope, given Microsoft’s efforts to attract app developers for Windows 10 by making it easier to code apps that will work across devices. A little bit of back tracking and a lot of rethinking later and we’ve come to Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system that has been released in 190 countries. But the company’s track record isn’t exactly great: Microsoft’s current mobile OS, Windows Phone, launched in 2010, hasn’t gained any significant market share. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s last big attempt at becoming a major smartphone player — a $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia in 2014 the company recently wrote down — is “not working,” Nadella subtly admitted earlier this month, just weeks Microsoft’s disastrous Q4 2015 earnings report. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, you can download the software from microsoft.com/windows10; if you need to buy a code, it’s a trip to your local electronics shop.

The Pro version has business-level security, group policy management and remote login features, but neither version will allow you to play DVD movies natively. That means 1 gigahertz or faster processor, 1 gigabyte or RAM and 16 gigabytes of hard drive space for the 32-bit version or twice the RAM and hard drive space for the 64-bit version.You’ll also need a graphics card and monitor capable of displaying at least 800 x 600 resolution. The new software is designed to recognise the type of device you are using, such as whether it has a keyboard attached, and it will adjust things accordingly. And when the screen size is smaller it also displays things appropriately, to make sure you aren’t peering at a tiny app on a big screen and vice versa.

Instead of the staid, boring Start menu of Pre-Wi ndows 8 software, or the slight-step-too-far Start screen of Windows 8, you get something somewhere in the middle. Cortana will remember your preferences and past queries across different Windows 10 devices, using your login information as her guide, and even across mobile devices such as Android phones. There’s also Microsoft Edge, the new browser that promises to be more intuitive, lightweight and a more than worthy replacement for Internet Explorer. It’s also got some features that acknowledge that not everyone uses a PC, such as the ability to scribble a note on a web page with a stylus or your finger and share it with people.

If you’re a games fan, there’s also a tighter link with the Xbox One console, which will allow for video game streaming and, eventually, keyboard-and-mouse support for Xbox One games. It depends. if your computer is crucial for your business and you aren’t sure if all your software will run properly with the updated operating system, it might be best to wait a few weeks to see if any bugs rear their head early on.

The Windows Insider programme has been testing Windows 10 for some time, with ordinary users signing up to run the beta software, so it’s reasonably safe to assume that the final product is a stable version.

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