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Usually OS's get supported for at least 10 years from the date their released, and sometimes even longer if certain sectors take a unique liking to them. But in the case of vanilla Windows 8, support and security updates ends today, January 12th 2016. So upgrade unless you want to be vulnerable.
It seems that because Microsoft released Windows 8.1 as a separate operating system, support for the previous OS will end. If you upgrade to 8.1, then you'll extend your OS support until January 10th 2023. Downgrading (or upgrading, depending on your point of view) to Windows 7 gives you security updates until January 14th 2020, and of course Windows 10 is available and quite the nice OS thus far.
Windows 8 is perhaps one of the finest mistakes that Microsoft has ever made. They were shooting for something nearly completely different that missed the mark while helping to drive the innovation necessary to reach Windows 10 and the more fluid update system that's been implemented.
Earlier this week we reported Windows 10 had -- according to anonymous sources -- been installed on over 200 million devices. Now a new report by research firm Net Applications gives us something more concrete: a PC usage increase from 9% in November to 9.96% in December, meaning Windows 10 is now installed on about 1 in every 10 PCs.
Current rankings have Windows 7 dominating as usual with 56.55% usage, Windows XP in second with 10.93%, Windows 8.1 in third with 10.30%, and then Windows 10 in fourth.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?
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.
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.
We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.