Windows 10 Is On 14 Million Devices After 24 Hours

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14 Million Computers Now Running Windows 10.

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said that more than 14 million devices are running Windows 10 in the first 24 hours of the operating system’s release. Following a hostile reception to Windows 8 in 2012, which was only placated in small part by the Windows 8.1 update in 2013, Microsoft is hoping that Windows 10 can help it regain favour among its 1.5 billion daily users. The latest version of Windows saw a somewhat bumpy rollout on Wednesday, with problems including a “Something happened” error screen seen during the installation process.

Of course, there’s a huge difference between Windows 8 and Windows 10 — the latter is free for anyone running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, as well as all users in the Windows Insider program. The Windows 10 rollout is taking place in waves, starting with people who signed up for the company’s Windows Insider plan and “reserved” a copy—that is, signaled interest in upgrading weeks ago. “We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade,” the company said in a public post. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

One of the things that people hated about Windows 8 was the feeling that they were constantly being pushed to use “live tiles”, which were designed for touch-based computing, even when they were using a traditional desktop set-up with a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft, however, said it was seeing unprecedented demand for Windows 10 with reviews and customer feedback “overwhelmingly positive around the globe.” Windows 10 has been hailed as a return to tried-and-true desktop interface design. This was replaced in Windows 8.1 with a Start button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, but rather than opening up a navigation menu, it launched the tile-based touch user interface that most people were trying to escape. While it reintroduces the Start Menu of previous incarnations of Windows, its new features include a face-recognition system in lieu of passwords, the voice-based Cortana personal assistant, Task View, which allows multiple apps across multiple virtual desktops, and streaming from the Xbox One game console.

Windows 10 also comes with Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, Cortana, which pops up with notifications and suggestions, and learns the user’s preferences over time. When you open up the new Start menu, there is a panel of live tiles on the right, where people can “pin” their favourite apps, but there is also a traditional Windows 7-style Start menu on the left, that allows users to sort through all of their files, apps and settings systematically. More importantly, clicking on a live tile does not result in you being transported to another virtual universe where the app takes over your entire screen and it feels impossible to escape, as it did in Windows 8. Meanwhile, workers shifted to smartphones or other non-Windows devices for many tasks, prompting some corporate technology managers to let slide their desktop software and hardware updates. For the better part of a year, it distributed in-progress versions to companies and gathered their feedback, and it sought input from developers of Windows-based business software that help sell its products to companies large and small.

The advantage of having them, of course, is that if you’re using a convertible device that operates in both desktop and tablet mode, then applications downloaded from the Windows Store will automatically adjust themselves to suit the mode, making switching between the keyboard and touch interface feel seamless. If you didn’t reserve your upgrade to Windows 10, you can still reserve your free upgrade using the “Get Windows 10” app on your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, or downloading it directly using the media creation tool on this page. More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader. So if you’re working on an Office Word document at your desk and then have to go and catch a train, you can switch to tablet mode and carry on working on the same document in touchscreen mode as soon as you get a seat. Given that Windows 7 is now six years old, the software inevitably feels a bit clunky, but it is really noticeable that programs start faster and run faster in Windows 10, and the whole system feels more slick.

It feels more like the Google Chrome browser, with a light, stripped-back user interface and a simple set of tools along the top, under the search bar. For example, “favourites” lets you bookmark a page and cache it for reading offline, “web note” lets you annotate live pages and then save a screenshot of the page, and “share page” lets you send a link to friends via email or social network. Read mode is also great for people who like to read long articles online, allowing you to strip out all the ads, and sidebars, pop-ups and links, and scroll through a single column of text and pictures.

If you give Cortana access to your email and calendar clients, for example, it can start to act more like a real personal assistant, extracting relevant information and proactively offering information.

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