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Almost 15 years after launching, Windows XP is third most popular OS

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 6:04 pm

Windows XP launched nearly 15 years ago and support for it ended two years ago. Despite that, it's still going impressively strong: new data from Netmarketshare shows it holds a 10.9% slice of the pie, good for third behind Windows 7 (51.89%) and Windows 10 (14.15%), and ahead of both Windows 8.1 (9.56%) and OS X 10.11 (4.05%).

 

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XP's resilience is due in part to how revolutionary it was and a lack of strong internal competition for years prior and following. Today, no doubt much of the reason for its large share is businesses who can't be bothered to upgrade -- such an undertaking is typically considered not worth it until it's completely unavoidable.

Latest Windows 10 Preview build adds dark mode, tons of other features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 9:28 pm

Last month, the Windows 10 Twitter app offered up a dark mode, and now the whole OS is doing it. If you're a Windows Insider, you can grab the new 14316 build and try it out for yourself now. Note that some UWP apps won't be affected by dark mode.

 

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That's far from all: also included is notifications customization (choose priority level and amount of notifications per app), native Bash support (for you Linux lovers), more cross-device Cortana syncing, a 'Find my phone' feature (locate your phone with your PC), a slew of bug fixes, and much more.

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New Action Center will sync Win10 PC, Win10 mobile, and Android

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 9:27 pm

Microsoft's new Action Center UI is official and sounding more exciting than ever.

 

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(Image credit: WinBeta)

 

Coming not just to Windows 10 PCs but to Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Android, it will sync all devices, so dismissing a notification on your PC -- whether for a text or something else -- will also dismiss it on your phone. You can do the inverse too on Android, either the old-fashioned way or through the Cortana app -- no Windows 10 Mobile handset required.

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Windows 10 is now home to over 270 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 9:28 am

During the keynote for Microsoft's annual Build developer conference, Windows boss Terry Myerson said that Windows 10 is now home to over 270 million users.

 

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Microsoft isn't measuring total device installations or daily activity, with Computer World noting that Microsoft is expressing the 270 million number as a software-as-a-service style. This means MS is pulling the number of people using Windows 10 at least once in the last 30 days, as Windows 10 users. This figure isn't exclusive to Windows 10 PCs either, as it includes smartphones, tablets, and even Xbox One consoles running Windows 10.

iOS 9.3 causing problems on some older devices, Apple pulls it

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 25, 2016 7:11 pm

The much-hyped iOS 9.3 update hasn't gone smoothly on older devices (specifically, the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; and the iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation Retina iPads, and the iPad Air), preventing users who forget their Apple ID passwords from activating their devices.

 

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As such, they've pulled the update and in the meantime, they advise you try to reset your password or disable the Activation Lock feature via iCloud.com or by connecting your device to a computer with iTunes. Another option is to downgrade to 9.2.1 by clicking Update or if that fails, Restore, but be warned: this may erase your data.

 

A new version of the update has been released for the iPad 2, so users should be good to go on that front. The rest of you will be taken care of "in the next few days."

Microsoft working on 'total update' of File Explorer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 21, 2016 6:02 pm

General Manager of Core Ux for Windows Desktop, Tablet and Phone Peter Skillman confirms on Twitter that Microsoft is working on a "total update" of File Explorer, the default file manager application that lets you navigate the contents of Windows.

 

 

He later clarifies the tweet was intended to be private and for a Microsoft employee. Nevertheless, the cat is the out of the bag.

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Windows 7, 8 will support Skylake for an extra year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 19, 2016 1:35 am

Intel Skylake users who aren't in any hurry to upgrade anything are in luck: Microsoft has extended Windows 7 and 8 support for the prized microarchitecture for an extra year, now extending to July 17, 2018. Extended support (critical updates) will continue until 2020 and 2023, respectively.

 

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The company says the change is a bid to "provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10" (businesses especially fit into this category) and to help customers "purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10."

Less than half of developers expected to use Windows by next year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 10:34 pm

Programmer community site Stack Overflow's new survey sees OS X overshadowing Linux again this year as the more popular operating system among developers. Although Windows still leads the pack (currently at 52.2%, including the different versions), it's expected to continue trending downward, below 50% by this time next year.

 

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The survey -- which covers many topics -- is based on answers from more than 56,003 developers among 173 countries, which is said to make it the "most comprehensive developer survey ever conducted." Stack Overflow notes the survey is inherently biased against developers who don't speak English, at least not as their native tongue.

Google surprises by releasing Android N in Developer Preview form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 10, 2016 2:33 am

Out of nowhere, Google has released Android N in preview form, limited to Nexus smartphones and tablets. Android N is a very early beta of Google's next mobile OS, something it should release in fuller, more finished form as we get closer to Google I/O in mid-May.

 

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For now, the beta is available on g.co/androidbeta and judging by the screenshots - Android N has three big new features. The first is split screen, for an improved multitasking experience - something that the likes of Samsung have been doing with TouchWiz on their Galaxy smartphones for a while now.

 

The second one is a new notifications panel, and a new and improved Doze power saving feature. There's heaps more in Android N, with a full list of what the Preview has to offer.

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