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In case you didn't know, Microsoft has the rights to install system software updates to your installation of Windows 10, whether you want to, or not. Some experts don't agree with this stance from Microsoft, but it is leaving some users completely baffled about what is being installed onto their systems.
Microsoft recently spoke with The Register, where it confirmed that the "only time it will detail the type of updates it pushes down to users machines will be for significant updates", reports BGR. Microsoft continued: "As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we'll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them".
The Register added: "Updates that offer minimal information about their functions don't inspire confidence. They should inspire the opposite - suspicion - not least because of Microsoft's historic sermonising about trust". And we would have to agree. Not knowing what is being installed into the operating system of your machine, if it were by someone else, would be malware, a trojan horse, or similar. Microsoft is definitely not providing confidence in users installing Windows 10, that's for sure.
Released recently, the latest update for Microsoft's technical preview of its new Windows Server 2016 operating system has seen the inclusion of containers for apps, explained by iTnews as "created and managed with the open-source Docker set of tools."
This feature is said to be more efficient than virtual machines of the past, allowing the use of shared resources from a host OS, rather than relying on a numerous virtual machines to process apps separately. This means that applications running within the container will be able to function separately as if they were running on different operating systems, but be contained within one single OS.
Microsoft has promoted the flexibility of these containers, promoting use towards open source operating systems and applications. The idea of running apps separately isn't exactly a new one, but this is a large step towards easy integration into a base operating system.
It hasn't even been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10, but there have been 53 million installations of the new operating system so far.
According to StatCounter's data, Windows 10 now accounts for 4.95% of the OS market share, with Windows 10 being installed on 1500 machines per second at its peak. NetMarketshare is reporting that Windows 8.1 had 13.09% of the market by the end of July, while OS X 10.10 had 4.74%. Windows 10 has, in three weeks, surpassed Apple's most recent desktop OS.
The best numbers will come directly from Microsoft, with the only announcement so far being 14 million installations. It would also help that most people installing Windows 10 are upgrading for free, from previous versions of Windows.
We knew it was coming, but we didn't know what the 'M' in Android 6.0/Android M stood for. Well, now we do: Marshmallow. Before the announcement, there were rumors that the 'M' stood for macadamia, but marshmallow is definitely more appropriate, especially when considering the previous nicknames for Android releases.
Google has officially confirmed the delicious new iteration of Android as Marshmallow with a new Android mascot holding a bigger-than-life marshmallow at its Mountain View-based HQ. Every release of Android since the original Alpha and Beta versions have sounded just as delicious, with Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now, Marshmallow.
The search giant has said that while the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the system images that are available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are developer preview versions, and are not intended for consumer use. As always, use at your own caution.
UPDATE: According to a report from Know Techie, Microsoft will only disrupt access to pirated Xbox One or first-party games that attempt to utilize one of its many services like Xbox LIVE of the Xbox app. The publication relates this measure to any online DRM mechanism such as not being able to directly update fraudulent games on Steam or the PlayStation Store.
In the freshly updated EULA, Microsoft effectively stipulates that if you use its software it can effectively search your Windows 10 devices for fraudulent games and "unauthorized hardware peripheral devices" and disable access to said content.
"We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices," reads section 7b of the Updates to the Services or Software and Changes to These Terms subsection.
All Xbox One games and Microsoft's first-party PC games can be scrutinized and locked down, but the company's definition of "unauthorized hardware peripheral devices" is a bit ambiguous. Will modded Xbox One controllers suddenly be locked out and rendered useless?
With the release of Windows 10 last week, some users are excited about the Xbox One to Windows 10 game streaming feature, which has been detailed in some newly released screenshots.
Thanks to some screenshots released by DualShockers, we now have some shots to look at the game being run natively on a Xbox One, compared to being streamed to a PC running Windows 10. We have a bunch of screenshots to show, with the native Xbox One version on top, while the version being streamed to Windows 10 is underneath it.
As you can see, there's a dip in quality and texture detail because of the compression used to stream the game, but it's not too bad at all.
Windows 10 has been out for a couple of days now, but how did the first 24 hours go? Microsoft has said that over 14 million people installed Windows 10 in the first day of its release, a huge number by any standard.
The rollout of Windows 10 continues, so the install base will climb in the coming days. It should be interesting to see how many people upgrade or jump to Windows 10 after the first week, and month. If you're having trouble installing or updating to Windows 10, we have a guide here you can follow to force the update onto your machine.
With Windows 10 hitting PCs all across the world, some are shocked to see that there are video ads in Solitaire. These video ads can be removed for $10 per year, yes - subscribing to remove your Solitaire ads.
The Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes pre-installed on Windows 10 with five different variations, daily challenges and multiple themes. As for the video ads, they show up randomly in between games and are a full-screen takeover video ad that takes up around 30 seconds. You can pay $9.99 per year for premium Solitaire, or pay $1.49 per month.
But don't worry, sinking money into Solitaire will gain you not just the removal of ads, but it will provide more coins for the daily challenges, and a boost in two modes of play. Windows 8.1 had ads in Solitaire, but it wasn't pre-installed with the OS, which is a big difference.
Have you been patiently waiting for your PC to tell you that your reserved copy of Windows 10 was ready? So have I, until I stumbled across this link to the Microsoft website where you can download Windows 10.
If you've already got a Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 serial key, you can download Windows 10 to a USB flash drive or ISO file. The download link includes the Download Tool, available in both 32- and 64-bit, where you can download and install Windows 10 easily. Mine has just finished downloading, so the servers are full steam ahead right now thanks to Microsoft reserving a huge 40Tbps of bandwidth for the launch of Windows 10.
The launch of Windows 10 is here, with Microsoft blasting out the Windows 10 update to some PCs who had 'reserved' a copy of the new desktop operating system.
Users are reporting that they're seeing a "'$Windows.~BT' folder onto the C:/ of their system, with Plaffo.com reporting: "Several users have noticed a new folder in the main memory of your PC called '$Windows.~ BT' that contains the files for the installation of Windows 10". The folder sitting in C:/ is only visible if you enabled hidden files and folders in your Windows settings.
But the more interesting news is coming from the fact that Windows 10 is going to chew up a considerable amount of the Internet for the coming days, with Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan saying that Microsoft had wanted to start blasting out Windows 10 to users on July 25, but had to wait for the delivery and distribution partners to free up capacity up to an insane 40Tbps (over 4TB/sec).