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Windows 10 Hits 75 Million Installs, Windows 95 At 20: Microsoft Roundup

After Windows 95 turned 20, we learned about the future of Windows 10, SharePoint Server 2016, and Cortana for Android.

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We started this week with a look back at the launch of Windows 95 and proceeded to learn more about the future of Microsoft with updates to SharePoint Server 2016, Windows 10, and Cortana for Android.

Monday, Aug. 24 marked the 20th birthday of Windows 95, an operating system that proved a major milestone for Microsoft.

The widely publicized launch was reflective of the impact Windows 95 would have on personal computing. Microsoft's upgraded 32-bit OS brought us the familiar Windows UI, built-in Internet support, mobile computing features, and Plug and Play for hardware and software installation.

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Days after it celebrated the 20th anniversary of Windows 95, Microsoft announced the rapid growth of Windows 10. Since its July 29 launch, the new OS has been downloaded on 75 million PCs and counting.

In less than a month, more than 90,000 unique devices in 192 countries have been upgraded to Windows 10. The Windows Store has seen six times more app downloads than it did per device with Windows 8. Cortana has responded to "tell me a joke" with over half a million witty comebacks.

Twenty years is a century in the tech world, and the key features in Windows 10 are largely different from those marketed in Windows 95. Familiar desktop interface aside, the latest version of Windows emphasizes cloud and mobility with universal apps and the Windows-as-a-Service model for delivering new fixes and features.

Windows Insiders saw the newest batch of Windows 10 updates this week with the release of preview build 10532 for PCs. Insiders will continue to preview and test builds before they roll out to the public, as they did throughout Windows 10 development.

The updates in build 10532 are minor fixes in response to Insider feedback, including changes to the desktop color theme. Insiders can now also share their feedback with one another through apps that support Windows Share or direct links copied to the clipboard. Microsoft promises to bring the updated sharing feature to its next Windows 10 Mobile build.

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(Image: Microsoft)

As for known issues, Microsoft reports the Windows Hello facial recognition will not work for some devices; other sign-on methods such as pin, password, or fingerprint scan still work. The 64-bit Google Chrome will crash upon launching, but the 64-bit Google Chrome Canary build and 32-bit Google Chrome still work.

Other updates from this week include the arrival of Cortana for Android beta, which is currently limited to smartphones in the US. Android users who download Cortana can use it for voice-powered Web searches and setting reminders, but Microsoft notes it's still on its way to having the same functionality as Cortana for Windows.

Also released in preview were SharePoint Server 2016 and a new cloud hybrid search service.

The upcoming release of SharePoint is built on the same platform as SharePoint Online, so testers can expect similarities between the two. New features include an app launcher and new control surface for managing and sharing content. SharePoint Server also delivers new compliance tools and support for files up to 10GB.

Customers running SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 can preview a new hybrid cloud search tool, which enables users to browse cloud and on-premises content in a search index within Office 365. Users can search specific information, discover data via Office Delve profiles, or organize content in boards.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 5:10:16 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@StaceyE,

I'll be honest...I neither have had the need for it, nor have I missed it.

Because I'm able to switch from tablet and desktop mode, just using the mouse (I even unplugged the keyboard) is pretty sweet, since the virtual keyboard is both very responsive and not cumbersome to use.

I got a mouse that works like a wand (think the Nintendo Wii contorl but for a PC) and the combination is excellent.

This is great for media consumption...for everyday computing (IMHO) the touchscreen is a nice to have, but not essential (many folks who do have touchscreen say the same...at first it's great, but then the use is less and less since they go back to keyboard/mouse.

 

Hope this helps
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 5:09:09 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I think you might be right. This is why I think I will ponder the decision a but longer before I take the plunge so to speak. ..
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 5:06:10 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
Thanks for your feedback. I might mull it around a bit Longer then give it a shot. Too bad it won't turn my monitor into a touch screen. ..haha.. I'd be in like Flynn!
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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8/31/2015 | 5:05:59 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
Is this the number of downloads or downloads and installs?  I read different things according to different sources.  Then there must be a different number for download/install plus activation, correct?  I feel like MSFT might be using symantics to their advantage.  
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 3:43:38 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@danieal,

I think the appeal of Windows 10 is that it wasn't force like windows 8 was.

Because it's free, folks can upgrade if they want, and I think for many this brings a certain vote of confidence towards Microsoft (it did for me)

If I remember correctly, Windows 10 will be available for free for the first year as an upgrade, and it'll then be made available for purchase separately.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 3:40:06 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@StaceyE,

I share your sentiment...until I decided to let the upgrade go through this morning.

I have dedicated PCs on my kids room for there media and cartoons...both running windows 10...and haven't had a single issue, granted the use is very light. The main aspect that I absolutly love is being able to run apps from the desktop. So know they can even play some of there Iphone/Android apps on the big screen...and they love it.

My main PC was still running Windows 7.... I was very very hesitant to upgrade in worry of compatibilty issues. But what made me take a leap of faith is the fact that  I can easilly roll back.

So I made some steps, created some backs, and hit the "Upgrade" button.

So I'll let you know in a week or two if I'm happy or not :)
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 2:59:18 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I am still using Windows 7. I like it very much. Evwry time I turn on my PC I get a message that Windows 10 is ready to be installed on my PC for free...but I am very skeptical.
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jries921,
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8/31/2015 | 9:09:53 AM
Re: actually, there is more!
I can't speak for everyone, but I've been hearing my wife complain about the Windows 8 preload on her laptop almost since it was purchased over a year ago.  She still prefers Windows 7 even to Windows 10, but the numbers of complaints have greatly diminished since she did the upgrade.

I think MS can take the numbers as a widespread repudiation of Windows 8.  Whether or not it is seen as an improvement over Windows 7, I have insufficient data to say.
daniael
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daniael,
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8/29/2015 | 11:34:44 PM
actually, there is more!
today, a family friend paid us a visit and asked me "where do i buy a windows 10 and how much it is?". could not tell him, cause microsoft does no seem to sell it as independedent oem copy/serial for new pc(s) made from parts, refurbished or whatever. another friend asked me how to get read of mac os x el capitan and install windows 10 from scratch on his macbook pro. i told them both, buy it from a local vendor or amazon, then ugprade, but there must be more to it. 

 

why are all these people willing to migrate to windows 10? perhaps because a new(er) wise(er) microsoft is just around to knock on the 21st century door, for more and more people who want and know better. perhaps. let's hope so, i for one am very optimistic!
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