Microsoft on Monday announced that its Windows 10 operating system is now active on more than 200 million devices.Windows 10 adoption accelerated at the end of 2015, with more than 40 percent of new devices activated since Black Friday, said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the online audience business group at Microsoft.Windows 10 is on the fastest growth trajectory of any of version of the Windows OS, and the newest edition is outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140 percent and Windows 8 by nearly 400 percent, he said.However, it trails behind the more than decade-old Windows XP and even Windows 8.1 in terms of overall Web traffic,NetMarketShare reported.Windows 10 had 9.96 percent of all Web traffic generated on desktop operating systems in December, compared to 10.9 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, for Windows XP and Windows 8.1, according to its latest report, released last week."With 200 million installs already, Windows 10 is an undeniable success for Microsoft already," … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Adoption Surges, but Many Users Cling to Windows 7
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At its TechEd event being held in New Orleans, Microsoft has announced it plans to release a public beta version of WIndows 7 Service Pack 1 by the end of July, marking the company’s first comprehensive update to its Windows 7 operating system since its release in October 2009. However, users expecting major new features or enhancements in Windows 7 SP1 will mostly be disappointed: the update will mostly be a collation of existing security updates and performance enhancements already released to Windows users.“For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners,” wrote Microsoft Windows team general manager Gavriella Schuster, in a blog posting. “In other words, customers can feel confident about deploying Windows 7 now!”Microsoft will also be releasing Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2, which will including two new features: … [Read more...] about Windows 7 SP1 Coming in July
In a webcast devoted to Windows 7 and its abilities, Microsoft has dropped a massive hint that the new OS will be on sale before Christmas. “The goal for Windows 7 RTM (released to manufacturers) is to be three years after Windows Vista RTM date,” the company said. Vista was released in October 2006. Discussing Windows 7 features, Mark Manasse, principle researcher at Microsoft Research, admitted that “performance was a huge problem with Vista,” but on Windows 7 said: “But I am pleased, and quite surprised to say, that I was pleasantly surprised at performance. I’ve run it on bespoke and virtual systems and am very impressed by the way it runs.” The company has spent a lot of time over a number of issues, including the compatability headache so many Vista users faced: “If it worked with Vista it should work with Windows 7 and if it runs Vista it should run 7 faster,” said Erik Lustig, a senior product manager responsible for … [Read more...] about Windows 7 For Christmas?
Although it’s not being specific, Microsoft has all but confirmed that it will be shipping its eagerly-awaited new OS, Windows 7, in time for the holiday season next year. At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference on Thursday, while offering a presentation on the Vista Velocity program, Microsoft director Doug Howe said the company would continue the program with 7. The presentation appeared to confirm what’s become widespread speculation – that the company would ship Windows 7 to take advantage of holiday season buying next year, something it’s rumored to have already told partners. However, it’s held off from a public declaration to avoid the kind of embarrassing delays that dogged the release of Vista. But Howe told CNET that "definitely the holiday focus is going to be on 7." Editors' Recommendations Xbox One X sets pre-order record for the Xbox console family For Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra, Xbox is about letting gamers be … [Read more...] about Windows 7 For Christmas ’09?
Though consumers won't be able to buy a copy of Windows 7 until October, businesses will reportedly be able to order copies of the upcoming operating system on Sept. 1.However, the OS doesn't look like it will rake in money from the majority of businesses -- at least, not right away. In fact, more than 59 percent of businesses have no current plans to deploy the new operating system, according to a survey conducted by ScriptLogic.Insufficient time and resources appear to be the biggest barriers to deploying Windows 7, with nearly 43 percent of respondents citing those factors as contributing to their reluctance to adopt Microsoft's upcoming OS.Application compatibility is the next biggest barrier, concerning more than 39 percent of respondents.Despite these difficulties, the remaining 41 percent of survey respondents plan to migrate to Windows 7 by the end of 2010.ScriptLogic, which offers network administration software for Microsoft Windows-based networks, claims more than 20,000 … [Read more...] about Survey: 40 Percent of Businesses Ready to Roll With Windows 7
Talk about a reversal of fortune: According to leading technology experts, Microsoft is looking less like the dismally-clad actor seen in Apple’s “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials, and more like a suited-up Christian Bale from the new Batman movies as of late.Thank the release of its seemingly well-chiseled new operating system (OS), Windows 7, set to debut October 22, which experts insist will please PC diehards with its overall refinements, speed, and broad hardware compatibility. Building on Vista, Windows 7 is predicted to minimize annoyances and provide a number of convenient new features designed to improve overall user-friendliness. But word on the street is that the new OS isn’t designed to dazzle—like the caped crusader, it’s no flawless hero, or so insiders also attest. Rather, as industry pundits who’ve been privileged to go hands-on with final review copies report, it’s simply a welcome step above its sluggish … [Read more...] about Experts Review Windows 7, Recommend You Upgrade
I’ve been a part of every Windows launch since Windows 95. That launch still remains the historic high point of Microsoft and Windows, even though Windows 95 wasn’t exactly a perfect product. Apple, which was struggling through a series of rather clueless CEOs at the time, was less hurt by Windows 95 than its own inability to focus and execute. It’s an error that wouldn’t be corrected until Steve Jobs got back and fixed things.But that was then, and this is now. And Windows 7, for its time, is vastly better than Windows 95 was in 1995. The operating system benefits not only from the nasty pounding that Windows Vista got, which helped to better focus the development team. It also enjoys a boost from one of the strongest marketing teams Microsoft has ever fielded. In addition, this is the first time that Microsoft has fully taken responsibility for its virus problems with its free Security Essentials product, something the company likely should have done … [Read more...] about Will Windows 7 Kick Apple’s Butt?
The launch of Windows 7 draws near. Discs are being minted, glossy advertisements are filling magazines, and Microsoft is dispensing ludicrous advice on how to plan your own launch party. For existing Windows Vista users, we highly recommend upgrading to Windows 7, but the question remains: which version should you shell out for when it finally shows up on store shelves? Without a one-size-fits-all box, you’ll need to decide which features you need and which you don’t, to avoid shelling out your hard-earned cash for frivolities.Your Options a helpful comparison chart of all three versions that can be useful to quickly see what each one offers.But before you lay out any cash, make sure you don’t already have a free copy waiting for you.Can You Upgrade to Windows 7 for Free?As part of an effort to smooth out the transition from Windows Vista to Windows 7 – and to keep consumers from delaying their late-summer PC purchases to wait on the next version, Microsoft … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Upgrade Guide: Everything You Need to Know
Microsoft has announced price points for its highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system, which is expected to be generally available on Oct. 22. OEMs will start shipping new machines with Windows 7 on Oct. 2.Regular buyers of Windows will not see a significant change from the Windows Vista price schedule. On average, the new OS will cost about 10 percent less, depending on the version, according to a blog post by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, which outlines the new prices.Microsoft declined to comment for this story. Estimated retail prices for full product packages:Windows 7 Home Premium: US$199.99Windows 7 Professional: $299.99Windows 7 Ultimate: $319.99Upgrades are available at the following price points:Windows 7 Home Premium: $119.99Windows 7 Professional: $199.99Windows 7 Ultimate: $219.99There is a substantial discount available -- more than 50 percent -- for people who pre-order Windows 7 upgrades, says LeBlanc.U.S. residents can pre-order the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade … [Read more...] about Microsoft Puts Price Tags on Windows 7 and Holds Its Breath
Windows 7 is coming, and even major Apple fans like Walt Mossberg are saying some rather surprising things about it. With the layoffs and financial results that Microsoft announced last week, you have to wonder whether it will be enough to light a fire under the market like Windows 95 did. A lot has changed, and I'm beginning to wonder if, like it was in the '80s, the market is getting ready to move to something else.Recall that the hot products for 2007 and 2008 were iPhones and the hot product so far in 2009 is the Palm Pre (which Apple is ironically trying to FUD out of existence). Even Apple isn't holding much PC interest at the moment. So let's talk about my Windows 7 experiences and whether the market is getting ready to move to something else.We'll close with my product of the week, a product that took what is likely the last Macworld ever by storm and isn't even from Apple.I've actually put Windows 7 on four machines: Two desktop computers running Intel's new I7 processor and … [Read more...] about OPINION Living on Windows 7: Can It Bring Back the Windows 95 Glory Days?