Windows 10 lands on 14 million devices in first 24 hours

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Microsoft gears for turnaround with Windows 10 rollout.

It is known to all that Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a free upgrade but what a few might have missed is that the upgrade only comes free to those who run genuine copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.The latest version of the Redmond company’s operating system began downloading onto users’ computers early Wednesday, and had broken the 14 million mark on Thursday, Yusuf Mehdi, the executive who oversees marketing for Windows, said in a blog post.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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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).

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. 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. 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.

In India, more than 1500 retail stores across the country will help consumers move up to Windows 10.” Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Home edition, Windows 10 Home edition price, Windows 10 India prices, Windows 10 Pro edition, Windows 10 Pro edition price, Windows Vista, Windows XP 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. 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. 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.

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. There are, of course, many other features in Windows 10, like the ability to run multiple “desktops” side by side, which is the virtual equivalent of having multiple PC monitors with different apps open on each screen.

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