Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will start seeing a more aggressive push to upgrade to Windows 10 in the coming days, as Microsoft starts to roll the new operating system out as a recommended update which will automatically download.
Microsoft said the rollout of Windows 10 as a recommended update will happen in phases starting Monday. Users who have their computers set to automatically download and install recommended updates will start to see an installer for the new operating system pop up prompting them to upgrade their computer.
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Microsoft yesterday issued a new Windows 10 preview to its Insider testers, making good — at least in one instance — on a December promise to quicken the pace of its beta releases.
Build 11102 of Windows 10 was delivered Thursday to Insider participants on the “Fast” ring release track. The new build followed its predecessor by just eight days.
The eight-day interval was significantly shorter than the averages in both the first and second halves of 2015, according to Computerworld’s records. In the first six months of last year, the average stretch between Insider builds was 27 days, or nearly a month. During the second half of 2015, Microsoft reduced that average to 17 days.
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Microsoft definitely has a hit on its hands with Windows 10, as Gartner is predicting that the operating system will become the most used Windows version of all time. However, Window 10 has also been plagued with concerns regarding privacy and Microsoft has come under fire for forcing upgrades on Windows 7 and Windows 8 users and downloading multi-gigabyte Windows 10 ISOs without permission.
Microsoft is once again facing heat due to actions that Windows 10 is taking without the customer’s permission. Earlier this month, Microsoft released the first major update for Windows 10, collectively known as the November Update. We love updates as much as the next person, but the November Update is apparently uninstalling apps that it doesn’t like without even giving customers the option to approve the action.
Continue reading Latest Windows 10 Update Reportedly Removes Some Software Without Authorization
Come the beginning of 2016, Microsoft will get much more assertive in distributing Windows 10 upgrades to consumers and small businesses, the company’s top OS executive said Thursday.
Rather than wait for customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to request a copy of the new OS — the practice since June — Microsoft will instead begin to automatically send the upgrade to PCs via Windows Update, the default security maintenance service.
The push — which some will see as too pushy by far — will be a two-step process, with the first kicking in this year, the second in early 2016.
“We will soon be publishing Windows 10 as an ‘Optional Update’ in Windows Update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers,” said Terry Myerson, who leads the Windows and devices group at Microsoft, in a post to a company blog. “Adding Windows 10 here is another way we will make it easy for you to find your upgrade.”
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Windows 10’s user share growth slowed significantly in September, but by the month’s end approximately 110 million customers were running the new OS, data released today signaled.
According to U.S. analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10’s user share — a measure of the fraction of unique users who ran the OS when they went online — grew 1.4 percentage points in September to 6.6%. Continue reading Windows 10 growth slows, but breaks 100M device mark.
Microsoft yesterday said it had struck a deal with China’s Baidu, best known to Westerners as the country’s largest search provider, to push Windows 10 to China’s massive consumer market.
For its part, Baidu will use its own distribution channel, including an application labeled “Windows 10 Express,” to offer consumers the official Windows 10 upgrade download. Also, Baidu has committed to crafting “universal” Windows apps — those that run on all forms of Windows 10, albeit after some tweaking to finesse the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile — for search, video, maps and online storage. Of the latter, Baidu offers 2TB of free cloud storage space, double what Microsoft gives its best customers, consumers who subscribe to Office 365.
Continue reading Microsoft strikes deal with China’s Baidu, gets a chance to upgrade more than half a billion PCs to Windows 10.
Recent data from an Irish metrics firm shows that the free upgrade to Windows 10 initially kick-started usage of the new operating system, but that within a month of its July 29 release, gains fell below the threshold set by Windows 7 six years ago.
Although the numbers reflect only the first 40 days ofWindows 10‘s wider availability — and the early burst of increases fueled a record for Microsoft — they illustrate a shorter-than-expected impact of the free upgrade. Continue reading Free upgrade gave Windows 10 a one-month boost.
While most are happy with the Windows 10 upgrade, some a facing a bunch of problems with their Windows 10. Yet another one, some users are facing is that when they start Windows 10, they receive a Unknown NT Operating System Code 10 Detected, Read Config File Failed error message.
Unfortunately not much information is found about this error on Microsoft sites. But if you are facing this issue, here are a few steps you could carry out to resolve the issue.
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Windows 10 includes a new feature called Wi-Fi Sense, which is making some folks uneasy.
Wi-Fi Sense allows you to automatically log your friends onto your Wi-Fi network without ever giving them your password. It’s a convenient solution to the awkward “what’s your Wi-Fi password?” conversations.
In turn, you can use Wi-Fi Sense to automatically connect your Windows 10 PC to your friends’ Wi-Fi networks without knowing their passwords.
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