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Microsoft Windows 8.1 is finally beginning to pick up market share, increasing from 6.7 percent in September up to 10.9 percent market, according to Net Applications. The company has continued to try to convince users to leave behind older versions of Windows and upgrade to 8/8.1, but has struggled to entice users.
Due to the failure of Windows 8/8.1, Microsoft is fast tracking Windows 10 to be released in 2015 - listening to user feedback - as consumers were unhappy with 8/8.1. Windows 7 currently has 53.05 percent market share, as Vista continued its slide, down to 2.82 percent - and the unsupported Windows XP has dropped 6.69 percent down to 17.18 percent.
It seems many consumers are interested in waiting to see how Windows 10 operates before upgrading - and could be waiting to purchase new PCs and laptops.
Microsoft has pushed out the latest build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview, with build 9860 being made available to members of the company's Windows Insider Program. As long as their PC is on, or sleeping, the update will be pushed over to down, and installed automatically.
If you want to manually force this, go to PC Settings, Update and Recovery, then Preview builds and then tap on the 'Check now' button. The new update is between 2GB and 2.7GB "depending on CPU architecture and language", with the rebooting process taking a little longer than normal. Once the newest build of Windows 10 is on your machine, you'll notice it has a Windows Phone feature: Action Center.
Microsoft explains this as "This build is focused ONLY on enabling basic notifications - quick actions and cleaner UI will come later. You'll see notifications from the system and apps - from new emails and invites to IMs, Facebook posts and more - all-in-one place, so you don't miss a thing. Click on the new Action Center icon in the notification area of your taskbar to check it out". The company has also made it easier to move apps between monitors, and has also added an animation for switching desktops.
The company plastered ads between the awesome premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC, showing some Droid-looking characters in various scenarios. Google has used an interesting tagline for the new ads: "Be Together. Not the Same". We should hopefully hear about the new Nexus devices, as well as the new version of Android sometime this week.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview has been available for a few weeks now, with Microsoft having over one million registrants passing through the doors of its Windows Insider Program to download the preview build of its upcoming OS.
We don't know how many of those one million users actually installed Windows 10, but the company has said that it has had over 200,000 pieces of feedback through Windows 10's native feedback application.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admits the company dropped the ball with Windows 8, but has listened to complaints and hopes to win over trust with the Windows 10 operating system. The company took both consumer UI and IT components into consideration with Windows 10 development, and Nadella said he currently feels "very good" about progress.
Here is what Nadella recently said: "Let's face it, we got some things wrong in Windows 8. Windows 10 is a very important step for us. It's the first step in a whole new generation of Windows... computing is much more ubiquitous. It will run not just on tablets and PCs but 200+ billion sensors. So we want to make sure that we architect Windows 10 at its core, so it can run across a lot of things."
This is a drastic turnaround from Microsoft's stance on promoting Windows 8, with users unfamiliar with the format - and having different branding and UI for smartphones, tablets, and desktop versions of the OS.
One of the biggest downsides of Samsung smartphones and tablets is TouchWiz, its own UI that is splashed on top of Android. But, according to the latest rumors, the South Korean giant is looking at replacing TouchWiz with Iconic UX.
The news comes from a patent that Samsung filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office back in March, which was for a conceptual user interface that it called Iconic UX. Screenshots of this purported UI are now surfacing thanks to @evleaks, is-he-retired-or-not leaker. On the surface, Iconic UX doesn't look too different from TouchWiz, but there are a bunch of internal changes that will make using Samsung devices mcuh better.
Iconic UX looks to make using Samsung devices in vertical ways, that we simply don't do now, as well as better widgets, and a new tile-shaped menu. The UI itself looks much cleaner, and should be far more user friendly on bigger screens, something that Samsung is famous for. This is perfect timing for news of Iconic UX, considering Android 5.0/L is just about to be released by Google this week with the Nexus 6 smartphone, and Nexus 9 tablet.
Microsoft today unveiled its Windows 10 operating system, a push into the future to try and help desktop and PC users forget about the Windows 8/8.1 debacle. During an invite-only event in San Francisco, the company showed off Windows 10, which mixes live tiles with the familiar UI of Windows 7, including a Start menu and taskbar. The "Metro" start screen and the regular Start Menu of older versions of Windows have been blended together, to provide a more cohesive user experience.
Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will open up a Windows 10 technical preview for PCs and laptops, with additional device support expected in the near future. The company hopes to make a transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the headaches that followed many users as they tried to embrace the touch-centric Windows 8/8.1. Additional details about the OS will be unveiled in early 2015.
Microsoft chose to skip the Windows 9 name and help usher in the idea that its OS needs to be robust and compatible with a wider variety of different products: "Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices - from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide," the company boasted. "Some of these devices have 4 inch screens - some have 80 inch screens - and some don't have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture - and some devices can switch input types."
Microsoft Indonesia has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 9 operating system will be a free upgrade for current Windows 8 and 8.1 users. The company is expected to host an event on September 30 to detail Windows 9, where pricing and release information should be revealed.
Although Windows 8/8.1 provides significant security updates and a "modernized" interface, many users refused to upgrade to the touch-centric OS. Microsoft has accelerated its operating system road map to meet changing consumer and business user demands, and Windows 9 should help gauge where the company stands.
It's also worth noting that as users become familiar with major software updates, such as Apple iOS or OS X and Google Android, for example, the updates are available for free. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to prove it has listened to users and is prepared to make changes for the future.
Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 9 during a September 30 press event, which was unexpectedly confirmed by Microsoft France President Alain Crozier during a recent speech to employees. A "Windows Technical Preview" should become available shortly after the event, with numerous leaked images and details about the not-so-secret OS already available.
During the recent chat with employees, Crozier used the phrase "Windows 9" instead of the code word "Threshold" when discussing the upcoming OS.
Microsoft has an accelerated operating system roadmap, especially as users were unimpressed with Windows 8/8.1 - an operating system that was supposed to highlight touch capability - but instead left many users frustrated.
One of the big issues with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, is high resolution support, and DPI scaling. Well, it looks like Microsoft is listening to feedback, with Windows 9 reportedly supporting up to 8K displays, and improved DPI scaling.
PCportal has gotten its hands-on a build of Windows 9, with the image above showing off the new sizes for the Windows Explorer icon in Windows 9, with the image below showing the scaling for classic apps that can use the higher DPI. Higher resolution monitors are becoming the norm now, with 4K getting cheaper with every display released, and 5K even being teased.