Less than a year after the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, more than 270 million users have upgraded or purchased the latest PC software, the company announced on Wednesday. Microsoft announced during its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco that Windows 10 was "the fastest growing version of Windows for both consumers and enterprises." This news is a major milestone for the company, after its previous version Windows 8 was considered a failure by many and virtually ignored by businesses. In fact, Windows 10 skipped a number in its sequential order (many believed it would be called Windows 9) to distance itself from its predecessor. Myerson: Windows 10 has been adopted by 270M users.
While you're at it, throw in a PC running Windows 8.1, too. On that date, October 31, 2016, Microsoft officially declares Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 dead, at least as far as large OEM PC makers are concerned. How long should you wait before deploying Windows 10? Beginning November 1, Microsoft's largest partners, the so-called royalty OEMs like Dell and HP and Lenovo, will no longer be able to build and sell new PCs running any version of Windows except Windows 10. That's actually a two-year extension on what would have been the normal sales lifecycle for PCs running those earlier Windows versions. But the clock is finally running out.
Stardock Groupy, which is available in beta as of today, November 14, is a windows-management tool. It will allow Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 users to arrange their desktop windows together in the form of tabbed groups. "Once installed, users can drag a window to another window and the two will combine into a single window with each window receiving a tab in the title bar," explain company officials in a blog post. Groupy can work with IE, Edge and Chrome apps/sites simultaneously. The Groupy beta is available for download today, November 14.
If you're still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you probably have a good idea of what's "wrong" with Windows 10--some of which may be the reason you haven't upgraded yet. Microsoft has said it's willing to make changes to the OS based on user feedback, but how do you know it's fixing that one key feature that bothers you? The short answer is you don't. Here's the deal: Up until last fall, anyone could submit requests for new features or bug fixes for Windows 10, as well as vote up the suggestions of others, via Microsoft's network of UserVoice sites. The problem is that Microsoft has done away with the UserVoice site for Windows 10.
Windows 10's Creators Update should generally be more considerate when delivering updates, but you might not be the biggest fan if you have limited internet service. Microsoft has confirmed that the new version of Windows will automatically download updates "required to keep Windows running smoothly" even when you're on a metered connection. What does that mean, exactly? A spokesperson tells Supersite Windows that the operating system will avoid pushing "large" patches and will focus on "critical fixes," but it's not clear where the threshold will be.