Microsoft: This is how we assure the quality of Windows 10 updates Microsoft offers Windows 10 users a look at how they use data to improve the quality of Windows 10 updates. There's nothing like a looming deadline to concentrate the mind -- something that applies as much in tech as it does in journalism.Microsoft recently revealed that Windows 10 has burst through the 800 million users mark. And while it's dangerous to read too much into these very broad statistics, it does seem that there has been an uptick in migrations in recent months. While it took nearly nine months to go from 600 to 700 million users, it only took only five-and-a-half to get from 700 to 800 million. Sure, that's not as fast as it was in the early days (when consumers had the option to upgrade for free), but it suggests there is some additional momentum out there (see the chart below). SEE: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF)One obvious reason for this uptick in Windows 10 … [Read more...] about Windows 7 versus Windows 10: Here comes the big push
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Microsoft in April plans to begin nagging Windows 7 users with messages that the operating system is nearing its forced retirement, the company said Tuesday."Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC," Matt Barlow, a Microsoft marketing executive, wrote in a post to a company blog.Preemptively labeling the nags "courtesy reminders," Barlow told Windows 7 users to expect them "a handful of times" between April and December. Windows 7 officially falls off support on Jan. 14, 2020.He also said that users would be able to reject future notifications by selecting a "do not notify me again" option and that it would include a "learn more" button. Both echoed a nag Microsoft slapped on the screens of Windows XP users five years ago when that OS was nearing its end of support.The Windows 7 notices will appear eight months earlier than those XP warnings. Only in March 2014, just a month before XP's expiration, did … [Read more...] about Microsoft to soon start nagging Windows 7 users about looming end times
If you’re a Windows 7 gamer refusing to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft has some exciting DirectX 12 news for you. The company announced that DirectX 12 is finally making the jump from Windows 10 to Windows 7, but in a very limited manner. Working with game studio Blizzard, Microsoft is now bringing DirectX 12 support for World of Warcraft to Windows 7 users. “Microsoft is pleased to announce that we have ported the user mode D3D12 runtime to Windows 7,” the company stated in a short blog post. “This unblocks developers who want to take full advantage of the latest improvements in D3D12 while still supporting customers on older operating systems.” The move was made after evaluating customer feedback, the blog post continued, and World of Warcraft will be the first title to benefit from the performance boost that DirectX 12 offers, including an increase in frame rate for even smoother gameplay. Microsoft still cautioned that performance will be … [Read more...] about DirectX 12 support finally arrives on Windows 7 for World of Warcraft gamers
I'm still getting used to living in a small town. This time, it's the neighbors. I've lived in much bigger cities where I never even met my neighbors during my entire residence there. Here, the neighbors are more sociable, sometimes bringing cookies or fudge, sometimes complaining about Windows, and sometimes offering tips on my power tool posture when fixing my porch.Also: Microsoft's Windows 7 has one year of free support leftIt's kind of delightful, in a "How did this happen to me?" kind of way. In any case, one neighbor came over to say "Hi" when I took Pixel pup outside, and then a guy from down the street who was walking by also decided to meander over for a visit. Neighbor One had asked my plans for the day, and I explained I was about to go in and start testing a review product using a Windows 10 VPN. That got him started on a rant about Microsoft, Windows, Amazon, Jeff Bezos' peccadillos, the President, whether Tilly is getting too much screen time on Star Trek, and then … [Read more...] about I like Windows 7: Why should I pay to move to Windows 10?
It’s not surprising to see PC users running an old version of Windows. Whether they refuse to switch to Windows 10’s service model or their IT department is lazy, it’s still pretty common to see PC’s running Windows 7. It might be a good time to move on now. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or free support for Windows 7 one year from today. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here Windows 7 was a huge success for Microsoft. Windows tends to come in good-bad cycles, and after the much-reviled Vista, its successor arrived as a breath of fresh air. Then came Windows 8, which few people cared for, and though Windows 10 was a major improvement, Microsoft’s new update-driven model and integrated ads turned many users off from Microsoft’s latest OS. Such was Windows 7’s popularity that it wasn’t until a few days ago that Windows 10 surpassed its user numbers. Even now, Windows 7 is still … [Read more...] about Goodbye old friend: Microsoft to end support for Windows 7 in one year