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luisam posted a topic in Tech NewsKilling Off Windows 7 Won’t Be Easy, New Data Shows Windows 7 is projected to be retired in January 2020, but all the data seems to indicate that doing this won’t be easy for Microsoft. Last month, for example, instead of going down, Windows 7 actually increased its market share, getting closer to leader Windows 10, which still struggles nearly four years after launch. January 2019 numbers provided by NetMarketShare indicate that Windows 10 remained the number one desktop operating system last month with a share of 40.30%, while Windows 7 was the runner-up with 38.41%. While at first glance this is good news for Windows 10, it actually isn’t, as it dropped from 40.90% in January, while Windows 7 improved from 37.19%.The Windows 10 struggleBy the looks of things, customers aren’t very keen on leaving Windows 7 behind, and the next 12 months will be critical for Microsoft. The bigger problem for the software giant isn’t necessarily the fact that people refuse to upgrade from Windows 7, but that the latest Windows 10 updates do little to convince them to switch sides. The October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, became Microsoft’s buggiest release in a long time, with the company itself pulling the update shortly after the original release due to a bug potentially causing the removal of user files. With such buggy releases, it’s pretty clear that some users, including here both consumers and enterprise, delay the migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as much as possible in order to avoid having to deal with any critical issues. Microsoft, however, has already started the offensive, and the company claims that enterprises should have little to worry about when it comes to the transition to Windows 10. Most apps on Windows 7 should run without any issue on Windows 10 as well, and Microsoft is offering tech assistance to companies that might come across compatibility struggles when upgrading their devices. https://news.softpedia.com/news/killing-off-windows-7-won-t-be-easy-new-data-shows-525144.shtm Now, I may a add some personal ideas about this: I'm not a Windows 10 defender but "at first glance" I believe this is a statistical error. While we already know that almost 80% of Windows 10 users still haven't updated to latest version, there is no reason for any Windows 10 user to downgrade to Windows 7. On the other hand, each day more computers are sold using Windows10. Again, no reason that people buying a NEW computer, should remove Windows 10, after almost 4 years it was introduced, to install Windows 7. I agree, about 4 - 5 years ago still new computer users sometimes downgraded from Windows 8 but not now! Finally, of course users are slowly but surely, upgrading from Windows 7 to 10. So I simply don't believe these numbers. Now, even if these statistical numbers are no correct, be sure that killing off Windows 7 won’t be easy! After almost 5 years after Microsoft decreed the death of Windows XP, statistics still acknowledge the 3.35% of user and again, I feel that this statistics is not correct and number iof Windows XP users is somewhat higher.
Microsoft's Windows 10 April 2018 Update is out Now Here are the 5 Best Hidden Features Microsoft announced this past Friday that its hotly anticipated new update, now known simply as the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, would be released on Monday. Today, the company delivered on that promise. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update comes a bit later than expected considering today is the last day of the month, but it'll be no less appreciated by Windows 10 users who gain access to a number of important new features. The update, which Microsoft had previously called the Spring Creators Update, is all about increasing focus and promoting productivity. “With Windows 10, we've focused on delivering the most modern and most secure operating system. Since its initial launch, we delivered two updates with features designed to enable the creator in each of us,” the company said in its announcement. “With our latest major release – the Windows 10 April 2018 Update – we want to give you back some of your greatest currency, your time. Our hope is that you'll have more time to do what matters most to you – create, play, work or simply do what you love.” We've already told you about all of the best new features in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and you should go back and read that post if you plan to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update today. Once you've gone over all the biggest new additions to Windows 10 though, take a look through this post to learn about our five favorite hidden features in the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Bye bye blur Remember when 1080p resolution was a big deal? Well those days are long gone and it seems like even lower-cost Windows laptops and mid-range PC monitors support higher resolutions. Heck, you can get a really good 27-inch 4K monitor on Amazon these days for just over $200! Of course, not all software scales well on these super high-resolution displays, which is why Windows 10 has a scaling option. This way, users can quickly and easily scale up things like fonts so that they're larger and easier to see on monitors with very high resolution. The problem, of course, is that scaling up certain apps make them look horrible and blurry. Good news! There's now a new feature that comes courtesy of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update to let you fix these blurry apps. Just go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced scaling settings and toggle the option “Let Windows try to fix apps so they're not blurry” to on. Faster updates If you configure Windows 10 to automatically update overnight, it doesn't really matter how long your PC is offline. Of course if you're an early adopter that's not the case, because the Windows 10 April 2018 Update isn't yet available as an automatic update. If you want it now you're going to have to update manually, and that means you're going to have to spend some time offline while major update components are installed. Last year's Creators Update left PCs offline for a whopping 82 minutes, and the subsequent Fall Creators Update left you twiddling your thumbs for 51 minutes. Impressively, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will only leave you offline for about 30 minutes. Cortana is more helpful Cortana doesn't get anywhere near as much hype as Amazon's Alexa assistant. Heck, even Siri is talked about far more than Cortana, though most conversations surrounding Siri are negative these days. But people who use Windows 10 to its fullest know how helpful the Cortana assistant can be, and a few nifty tweaks in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update make it even better. Our favorite Cortana tweak is the new “Organizer” tab on Cortana's Notebook page. This tab places lists and reminders front and center, which is obviously a good thing since those are the most important features of the Notebook in Cortana. Everything else has been dumped into a second tab labeled “Manage Skills.” Stop updates from slowing down your PC It's great that Windows 10 can download updates in the background while you continue working. But the worst thing about Windows updates — even ones that happen in the background — is that they tend to slow down your machine while they're being downloaded. Honestly, it would probably be less frustrating to just take the PC out of commission while updates are being downloaded than to have your machine slow down. Once you install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, you'll be able to prevent future slowdowns. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options. On the next screen, click on Delivery Optimization > Advanced Options. Now, check the boxes next to “limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” and “limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground.” Then just use the sliders to adjust the maximum amount of bandwidth updates can use. Privacy improvements Last but certainly not least, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes some lesser-known privacy improvements that will be much appreciated by users who value their personal data. This is obviously a very hot topic right now in light of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. In the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, there are four key privacy enhancements that most people don't know about. First, privacy settings pertaining to camera hardware will now impact all software, including Win32 programs. Second, there's a new option to automatically block all permission requests for Account Info, Calendar, Call History, Contacts, Documents, Email, Messaging, Pictures, Tasks and/or Videos. Third, the Activity History page (Settings > Privacy) now includes an option to enable or disable “Let Windows collect my activities.” And finally, “Diagnostics & Feedback” now lets users view the data Windows 10 has collected, and it can quickly and easily be deleted.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: A bundle of updates that makes the OS just a bit slicker The latest major update to Windows 10 – the fifth since its original release in 2015 – is here. Clearly Microsoft continues to take seriously its promise that Windows 10 will be a constantly evolving platform, with new free features coming along at regular intervals. The name “April 2018 Update” doesn't make any grand claims, but it's at least more unambiguous than some of the airy previous names such as the “Anniversary Update” and the “Creators Update”. It wouldn't be Microsoft if there weren't a little bit of a catch, though: you can download the new version from Microsoft's website later today, but it won't be rolled out through Windows Update until next week – which means the vast majority of users will get the April 2018 Update in May. Oh well. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Timeline The big new feature in the April 2018 Update is “Timeline”. If that sounds familiar, it's because it was originally supposed to be in the Fall Creators Update, released last October, but was held back for final polishing. You access Timeline by pressing Win+Tab, or clicking its icon – which replaces the old Task View icon next to the Search bar. Either way, you'll be greeted with a full-screen calendar view showing the applications and documents you've been using today, yesterday and in the more distant past. Click on one and Windows will reopen that document, ready for you to resume work. It seems like a great idea: when I sit down at my computer, my mind goes to the project I want to work on, rather than which application I need to open. And the implementation is slick, with nice big visual thumbnails and graphical previews of recently accessed files (including Office 365 files that you've opened on other devices). It remains to be seen whether Timeline will be a game-changer, however. At the very least it's going to take some getting used to: to me it feels jarring and unnatural when an interface takes me completely out of the desktop – remember Windows 8, anyone? Right now, there's also the issue that not all applications work with Timeline: developers will have to update their applications to make them compatible. Currently, I can easily hop back into editing yesterday's Word document, but the audio projects I've been working on in PreSonus Studio One don't show up. There's also the small fact that an increasing proportion of my day's work is done in a web browser. Timeline has a good bash at guessing which pages you might want to go back to, but it didn't manage to capture a complete record of all the various Google Docs I'd been editing. Still, there's no reason why that can't be addressed in the future. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Productivity enhancements “Focus Assist” sounds like a feature you'd get on a camera; actually, it's an enhancement of Windows 10's “Quiet Hours” feature. You can now engage Focus Assist whenever you need to get a particular bit of work done, or set it to come on automatically between certain times, or when you're mirroring your screen or playing games. When Focus Assist is active, notifications will be temporarily silenced – although you can nominate priority individuals whose communications will still get through. And when you turn off Focus Assist, you'll get a summary of all the notifications that were suppressed. It's not a bad idea: the only problem is that, while it can stop emails and Slack notifications from popping up on my desktop, it can't do anything to stop the same alerts popping up on my Android smartphone. If Microsoft had managed to make a success of Windows 10 smartphones, and build the integrated platform it originally envisioned, Focus Assist might have been much more powerful. But the company has had to settle for using the Cortana app for Android and iOS as a bridge between the desktop and mobile worlds. Perhaps the Android app will be updated to integrate with Focus Assist; I suspect that will be impossible on iOS. It's a similar situation with “Near Share”, a new feature that lets you beam files directly to and from compatible Windows 10 clients. It's a pretty obvious copy of Apple's AirDrop feature, but there's no shame in that: it's a nice, easy way to quickly move the odd file from a desktop to a laptop. Once again, what's lacking is support for mobile devices – which is disappointing, because the awkwardness of getting files from your smartphone onto your PC is surely a more general frustration. A final interesting feature is a new hands-free dictation mode: Press Win+H and… well, for most of us, probably nothing will happen. But if you're running the US English edition of Windows, it'll pop up a dictation window that lets you talk directly into applications instead of typing. The technology will probably come to the UK soon enough but, yet again, I wonder whether it's really going to be useful. Voice control is great for barking short orders at Alexa, but when it comes to anything longer, composing out loud is actually pretty challenging – and that's assuming you don't have to worry about background noise, or easily disturbed colleagues. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Appearance and Settings You might not immediately notice it, but Windows 10 brings some subtle changes to the appearance of the desktop. The concept is called Fluent Design, and what it most visibly means is that some windows become slightly translucent, so you can see soft hints of the colours and content beneath them. New design guidelines also promote the use of lighting and depth effects to help convey the relationships between controls. Bluntly put, it's a step away from the flat, featureless Windows 8 style, and back towards the shinier Windows 7 Aero way of doing things – and I for one am not unhappy about that at all. The visual revamp is particularly noticeable in the Settings app, which is finally starting to look and feel like a mature and coherent successor to the Control Panel. The various pages now have a tasteful two-tone design, with a grey sidebar, and more features that were previously scattered about the OS have now been migrated into the app's various pages. These include Sound settings, the Disk Clean-Up tool, the Startup Items manager, font options and new per-app graphics options, which allow owners of dual-GPU systems to specify which programs should make use of the dedicated graphics chip and which should always use CPU graphics. There's one page you'll look for in vain, though: the HomeGroup feature has finally been removed from Windows. That feels like a shame, as there are surely more households than ever wanting an easy way to share files across their home networks. But perhaps it had become an anachronism in these days when the devices on those networks are as likely to be running Android or Chrome OS as Windows. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Cortana and Edge I haven't ever heard of anyone seriously using either Cortana or Edge for more than experimental purposes, but they're core parts of Windows 10, and they certainly haven't been forgotten in the latest update. For example, Cortana's Notebook page has been revamped: you can now switch between the Organiser tab, which shows your immediate lists and reminders, and the Manage Skills tab, which offers quick links to connected services, your calendar and more. The Edge browser, meanwhile, gains support for “Progressive Web Apps”. Basically, these are apps that run in the browser, but behave more or less like native programs, and don't necessarily need an always-on internet connection. Microsoft sees these as a big up-and-coming deal, and it's also going to start hosting them in the Windows Store alongside UWP apps – although part of the point of PWAs is that they should run on any platform, and in any compatible browser. Edge also continues to catch up with other established browsers with the addition of auto-form-filling capabilities, and the ability to mute tabs that insist on playing noisy audio content. There's also a welcome “Clutter-Free” printing option that saves paper by skipping over ads. It would have been nice if Edge had had these features when Windows 10 first came along three years ago, but they're here now. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Windows Update Lastly, it's worth mentioning that this latest Windows update updates Windows Update. Or, to put that another way, the April 2018 Update brings some changes to the way that Windows 10 downloads and installs updates. For a start, Microsoft has noted users' frustration with the way that updates seem to appear at unpredictable times, and the pushy way in which the OS then tries to force you to update. As of the April 2018 Update, you'll see an icon in the System Tray advising you when there's an update ready to be installed – another welcome throwback to Windows 7 – and if you're not ready to deploy it there and then, you can now nominate a specific time for installation. Much more civilised. Even better, Microsoft has worked to ensure that when a major update comes down the line, much more of the installation can take place in the background while the OS is still up and running. So when you next go to restart your PC and find that there are updates pending, the interruption should only last a few minutes before you're back at the desktop. Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Verdict As well as the major features discussed above, the April 2018 Update brings a sprinkling of small enhancements to Windows 10: these include bandwidth controls for Windows Update, and a new Diagnostic Data Viewer tool that lets you check what's being sent back to Microsoft. Users of Windows 10 Professional also gain access to Windows Defender Application Guard – a feature previously only included with the Enterprise edition, which effectively runs the Edge browser in a virtual machine to provide extra protection against online exploits. For most of us though, what we'll mostly notice about the April 2018 Update is its slightly slicker looks, the more comprehensive Settings app and – hopefully – the fact that Windows Update is no longer quite so intrusive. Those are all positive things; yet it must be said, there's not much here to really get excited about. Perhaps Timeline or the new dictation functions really will revolutionise the way you work, but I suspect they'll find minority appeal at best. Perhaps it was smart of Microsoft not to give this update a more presumptuous name. Still, the April 2018 Update is another step on a journey through which Windows just keeps getting better and better – and every improvement and innovation so far has been completely free. What's not to like? The new features aren't all as great as they might be, but overall an entirely positive upgrade Here is my 2 Cents: I still don't trust Windows 10