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Windows 10 gains in popularity, 200 million installs, 29.9% of Steam

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 29, 2015 10:57 pm

Windows 10 is now apparently installed on nearly 200 million devices and represents a total of 28.85% of the operating systems reported by Steam's Hardware Survey. That's some astounding growth, nearly being adopted faster than Windows 7 was.

 

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Back in October Microsoft said that Windows 10 had already been installed on 110 million devices world-wide. That figure alone is fantastic, but now Microsoft is reporting, via Winbeta, that in two months Windows 10 has has another 90 million installs.

 

The holidays and the free-upgrade tactics that they aggressively marketed towards users of Windows 7 and above are likely factors in the huge adoption. But that figure doesn't separate installations and activations on new devices. Granted, those running Windows 8 and 8.1 have been very satisfied with the switch, though those on Windows 7 haven't always seemed to see the switch as an "upgrade" by all metrics.

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Apple announces El Capitan and iOS 9.2 bug fix update

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 9, 2015 4:34 pm

Released as 10.11.2 for OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.2, Apple's new update sets out to squash some bugs and make some decent performance improvements. Set for download through the 'Software Update' section in the App store, this update sees a myriad of changes which will be mentioned below.

 

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While claiming to improve the reliability of Wi-Fi on OS X El Capitan, this patch also fixes Bluetooth disconnection problems, improves iCloud photo sharing for live videos and has fixed photo importing issues when moving images from an iPhone to a Mac via USB.

 

As for iOS 9.2 changes, the log simply states that Apple has worked on improvements for Apple Music playlists and offline song saving, they've added a 'New Top Stories' section in News and posted improvements in Mail Drop for large attachments.

Windows 7 users aren't budging, despite free Windows 10 upgrade

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 8:25 pm

Windows 10 has been offered as a limited time free upgrade since its launch in July, but it isn't doing much to move Windows 7 users over to the new operating system, according to a report by analytics company Net Applications.

 

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The report states Windows 7 usage was about 61% in July, dipping only to 57.7% in August (September saw 56.5%, October 55.7%, and November 56.1%). Suddenly Microsoft's aggressive approach makes more sense.

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Microsoft restores Windows 10 November update downloads

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 25, 2015 9:27 pm

Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 November update downloads over the weekend. Asked whether or not this was due to reported technical issues, a company spokesperson told us, "We look into any issues our customers report and appreciate their feedback. We don't have any further information to share today."

 

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Despite then declaring no more manual downloads the new policy, they have now been restored, so if you want to upgrade cleanly or manually as opposed to through Windows Update, you can.

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Sony tells users not to upgrade to Windows 10

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 24, 2015 8:32 pm

While Sony had already warned users about waiting to upgrade to Windows 10 due to possible issues, it has now officially announced the upgrade limitations over its complete lineup.

 

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With VAIO desktops and laptops being largely crossed off the upgrade list, Sony reportedly tested its products that were released in 2011 and beyond. While many of the tests have just been preliminary 'upgrade and click around' tests, Sony has begun further testing with many of its product range, while trying to pinpoint and fix exact issues with all of its latest products.

 

Issues with Windows 10 on Sony VAIO systems range from Blue Screen of Death errors due to switchable internal video cards, AMD video carded systems having limited camera support and the non-complete functionality of many Sony exclusive apps.

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Microsoft pulls Windows 10 version 1511 downloads

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 24, 2015 1:25 am

Microsoft has pulled downloads for version 1511 of Windows 10, the major release launched last week. As of yesterday, the downloads will only give you build 10240, and you can only upgrade through Windows Update, meaning you're (almost) out of luck if you want a clean install or to specifically upgrade with the ISO for some reason. You can use this semi-secret link, but it may well be pulled soon.

 

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The company confirmed to ZDNet and us that this is very much intentional and they want the update available through Windows Update only, although they don't specify why. There are user reports that claim tech support has told them the ISO downloads have caused issues, and this official Microsoft documentation might indicate the cause, so that's a possibility. When asked for comment on this, a Microsoft spokesperson told us, "We look into any issues our customers report and appreciate their feedback. We don't have any further information to share today."

Windows 3.1 brings Paris airport to a halt

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 5:28 pm

Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?

 

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ZDNet reported that November the 7th was a particularly harsh day for Paris' Orly airport. A system running Windows 3.1 called 'DECOR', something that controls a link between air traffic control and the French weather bureau, crashed and suspended all operations.

 

There has been a promise to upgrade France's airport infrastructure by 2017 announced by the French transport minister, however, air traffic controller union executive Alexandre Fiacre thinks that it will take four or more years after this set date for things to be fully operational.

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Microsoft on Windows 10 November update delays: 'It does take time'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:35 pm

The Windows 10 November update rolled out yesterday, but not for everyone. Adding to the confusion, some sites reported the reason for the delay might be upgrading to Windows 10 within the past month, to which many users responded this wasn't the case for them, yet they still weren't seeing the update.

 

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We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.

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First major Windows 10 update releases, heaps of improvements included

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 12, 2015 8:13 pm

The November update for Windows 10 is here, marking the first major public update for the operating system.

 

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Performance is said to be better in general, and boot time is specifically named as being 30% faster than Windows 7. Cortana now supports writing with pens on the Surface and such, now sends you event reminders and can help you get where you need to go with Uber (as we saw with previous Insider builds), and becomes available in Japan, Australia, Canada, and India (English).

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Windows 7 PC's will be phased out starting October 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 8:06 pm

In a just year's time, Windows 10 will completely phase out its beloved predecessor Windows 7 on all new PC's. Now we know exactly how Microsoft will get its wish of one billion Windows 10 users--simply not giving new PC buyers a choice.

 

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The Redmond-based tech giant today revealed the revised lifecycle for existing Windows operating systems, confirming that as of October 31, 2016 all new retail PC's will only ship with Windows 10. Microsoft has mandated that OEM's like Dell and HP will no longer be able to ship laptops, all-in-ones, desktops or hybrid systems with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled after the cut-off date.

 

This timeline is notably more aggressive and accelerated than Microsoft's usual lifecycle amendments. Microsoft typically announces these changes a full two years after a new OS rolls out, but given the company's assertive evangelical stance on Windows 10 it's no surprise things are speeding up.

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