Windows 10 at-a-glance
Windows 10 launched globally on 29 July, with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, as good as Windows Insiders, all starting to accept their giveaway ascent to a new OS. Here’s a round-up of all we need to know about Windows 10.
- Windows 10 started rolling out on 29 Jul 2015 as a phased release
- Read a full examination of Windows 10 here
- Enterprise users can conduct company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates
- Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
- Windows 10 is accessible as a giveaway ascent for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 consumer book users during a initial year after launch
- If they don’t ascent within a year, consumers will be charged from £100
- Android and iOS apps will run on a new OS
- Windows 10: latest news
- Windows 10: recover date
- Windows 10: opposite versions
- Windows 10: specs and features
- Windows 10: security
- Windows 10: price
- Windows: 10 updates
- Windows 10: will it be a success?
- Windows 10: how to download and install
Windows 10 latest news
30/11/2015: Microsoft will dump support for all versions of Internet Explorer comparison a IE11, it has announced.
In a posting on a website, it conspicuous that from 12 Jan 2016, usually IE11 will be entirely upheld on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. This means that IE9 users on Windows Vista (the many new chronicle for that OS) will usually accept confidence fixes until that OS stops being upheld by Microsoft.
“Security updates patch vulnerabilities that might be exploited by malware, assisting to keep users and their information safer. Regular confidence updates assistance strengthen computers from antagonistic attacks, so upgrading and staying stream is important,” said Microsoft.
In other news, Windows 10 has been gaining belligerent during a responsibility of Windows 7 and a undoubted Windows XP. According to a news by Neowin, regulating US supervision analysis of users to a websites, 12.4 per cent of them are regulating Windows 10 – adult from 8 per cent in August. Windows 7 has mislaid 7 per cent of a user share and Windows XPhas mislaid 2.1 per cent of a user share.
25/11/2015: Microsoft has been forced to lift a latest chronicle of a Windows 10 OS download over remoteness concerns.
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool enables users to download designation files for a purify designation of a OS, yet a ascent was private on Friday night with no reason from Microsoft, before creation a ascent accessible again progressing this week.
In a statement, Microsoft conspicuous it had learned of an emanate that “could have impacted an intensely tiny series of people who had already commissioned Windows 10 and practical a Nov update” – branch their remoteness settings off and returning them to a default.
“Once these business commissioned a Nov update, a few of their settings preferences might have inadvertently not been retained.”
“For these customers, we will revive their [privacy] settings over a entrance days and we apologize for a inconvenience. We worked to solve a emanate as quick as probable – it will not impact destiny installs of a Nov update, that is accessible today,” it added.
23/11/2015: The emigration of machines to Windows 10 might good be a fastest in history, according to Gartner.
The researcher outfit conspicuous that a OS is staid to spin a many widely commissioned chronicle of Windows ever, following a trail of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it.
“In a consumer market, a giveaway ascent joined with extended bequest device support and involuntary over-the-air upgrades ensures that there will be tens of millions of users informed with a handling complement (OS) before a finish of 2015,” said Steve Kleynhans, investigate clamp boss during Gartner. “For businesses, we design that doing will be significantly some-more quick than that seen withWindows 7 6 years ago.”
The analysts conspicuous that there are several factors are pushing migration, privately approval of a finish of support for Windows 7 in Jan 2020, clever harmony with Windows 7 applications and devices, and a restrained approach for inscription and 2-in-1 device rollouts. The net outcome is that many organisations are formulation to start pilots for Windows 10 in a initial half of 2016, and to enlarge their deployments in a latter partial of a year.
16/11/2015: It looks like Microsoft’s devise to pier Android apps to Windows has been shelved, presumably for good.
According to reports from a Windows Central blog, a Project Astoria is “not going as planned” with Redmond perplexing to find a approach of announcing a news publicly. The news also cited that forums dedicated to a plan have depressed mostly wordless with developer questions going unanswered as good as a Android subsystem being totally private from Windows 10 build 10586. All other projects porting apps from other OSs to Windows seem to be unaffected.
16/11/2015: It will now be easier than ever to lift out a purify implement of Windows 10. Microsoft has done changes within a latest Windows 10 refurbish that allows users to lift out an implement of a latest OS from blemish regulating a Windows 7 or 8.1 key.
Prior to this, users of Windows 7 or 8.1 initial had to finish a approach ascent to a new OS, concede it to be accurate by Microsoft and usually afterwards do a purify implement and start from scratch.
With a Threshold 2 update, users can muster Windows 10 and afterwards use their permit to activate a new duplicate of a handling system.
13/11/2015: New comforts in Microsoft’s Windows 10 Nov Update have started entrance to light given it began rolling out yesterday, including a preview of integrated Skype messaging.
‘The Consumer Preview of Skype Integration for Windows 10’, as it has been called, comes as dual apps away named ‘Preview of Skype video’ and ‘Preview for Windows 10 Messaging on PCs and Skype’.
Despite entrance in dual parts, it does work as an integrated complement with additional Windows 10-specifc features.
For example, a video module carries over Skype review story and can also hunt a user’s Windows 10 residence book for Skype contacts.
Meanwhile, a follower app, while especially focused on elementary calm and emoji-based interaction, can be used to start voice and video calls. It also includes a discerning respond feature, that will arrangement new messages to users as a tiny pop-up and concede them to respond yet going into a app itself.
The Consumer Preview of Skype Integration for Windows 10 is enclosed in a Nov update, that began rolling out yesterday and will be delivered as an involuntary refurbish to consumers’ PCs.
12/11/2015: Windows 10 Nov update, also famous as Fall refurbish and Threshold 2, has started rolling out to a 110 million Windows 10 around a world.
The refurbish – a initial vital refurbish given Windows 10 launched in Jul – brings with it a horde of improvements, including extended opening and confidence for Edge browser and softened altogether performance, including a 30 per cent faster foot time. The association also announced additional capabilities for Cortana, however, these are now singular to a US.
Additionally, this refurbish introduces new craving features.
Windows Update for Business offers a ability to set adult device groups with staggered deployments and scaling deployments with network optimisations. Windows Store for Business allows IT to find, buy, conduct and discharge both Windows Store and tradition line of business apps to Windows 10 devices. This means organisations can select how they would cite apps to be distributed by assigning them, edition them to a private store, or joining with government solutions.
Additionally, there are dual new device government upgrades, Mobile Device Management and Azure Active Directory Join. The former allows IT departments to conduct PCs, tablets, laptops, phones and IoT endpoints from a singular platform, including BYOD management. The latter allows IT to use and say a singular directory, that can be used to capacitate singular sign-on for all Windows 10 devices.
Windows 10 Nov refurbish will hurl out automatically to consumers while enterprises will have some-more granular control, that we can review about here.
11/11/2015: As good as Patch Tuesday regulating a series of bugs found in Windows 10, Microsoft is gearing adult to betray a series of new comforts and improvements to a handling system.
Among a flaws bound in a monthly confidence refurbish are ones for .NET, Internet Explorer, Hyper-V and Edge. There are also a series of updates of Microsoft Office.
This comes before a heralded Windows 10 Fall Update (codenamed Threshold 2) that promises improvements to how a OS runs.
06/11/2015: Lenovo is charity adult to £200 cashback on many of a Windows 10 inclination in a run adult to Christmas. The offer is accessible between now and Christmas Eve, for those shopping a subordinate device from Amazon.co.uk.
The full emancipation is accessible for inclination costing some-more than £1000 while £100 cashback is accessible for those spending between £649.99 and £999. The inclination enclosed in a offer are:
- Lenovo C50
- Lenovo Z51
- Lenovo H30 Tower PC
- Lenovo Ideapad 500
- Lenovo B50Lenovo ideacentre AIO 700
- Lenovo YOGA 500
- Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro
- Lenovo Y70
- Lenovo Erazer X510 Tower Desktop
- Lenovo Horizon 2
- Lenovo Ideapad Y700
Although as is a box with any cashback offer, you’ll have to compensate a full volume upfront, a emancipation routine is flattering simple, requiring we usually to fill in an online form to get your income back.
Check out Amazon.co.uk for a full terms and conditions.
03/11/2015: Microsoft has set an finish date for a sale of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs, giving OEMs until 31 Oct 2016 to sell hardware with a comparison OSes pre-installed.
From afterwards onwards, new PCs will be Windows 10 usually according to a central Windows Lifecycle Factsheet Page as initial remarkable by ZDNet. Indeed, a death-knell for Windows 8 comes even earlier, with a cut-off date of 30 Jun 2016 listed.
However, Microsoft will continue to support a handling systems with confidence updates and bug fixes until Jan 2020 for Windows 7, Jan 2023 for Windows 8/8.1, and Oct 2025 for Windows 10 Jul 2015 recover – i.e. a stream release, famous also as Threshold 1.
Threshold 2, meanwhile, is set to recover on 10 November, according to Neowin. While Windows 10 has perceived a series of light rolling updates, Threshold 2, also famous as Fall Update, is suspicion to enclose poignant new comforts such as improved, local Skype messaging and new Cortana features.
Microsoft also expelled an refurbish for a line of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book computers now that not usually fixes arrangement problems with a inclination yet teases about destiny functionality of Windows 10 itself, privately in propinquity to the Surface Pen.
Its new settings motorist refurbish (v10.0.302.0) adds support for “future functionality on Windows 10”. Microsoft has conspicuous zero else about what this destiny functionality will be, yet we wait with baited breath.
02/11/2015: Windows 10 is now used on scarcely 8 per cent of desktops, with that figure approaching to grow serve this month.
Microsoft’s handling complement had a 7.94 per cent interest in a desktop OS marketplace during a finish of October, according to NetMarketShare, adult from 6.63 per cent in September.
Previous Windows OSes, including XP, 7 and 8.1, all declined in marketplace share as users migrated to Redmond’s latest offering, yet 7 still accounts for 56 per cent of desktop PCs.
The expansion might partly be a outcome of a some-more assertive offered plan from Microsoft, with notifications on Windows PCs propelling users to download a new system.
Last week a association arguable it would make Windows 10 a endorsed update, rather than an discretionary update, definition all a pieces compulsory to run a OS will be downloaded to people’s PCs any month unless they spin involuntary downloads off.
30/10/2015: Microsoft will now start to download Windows 10 onto users’ PCs automatically, in a pierce it claims is all about “making it easier” to upgrade.
This follows a duration of time in that users were frequently shown a pop-up touting a accessibility of a latest handling system, yet this will change when Windows 10 becomes a endorsed refurbish and is commissioned on all Windows 7 or 8 PCs that have involuntary updates enabled.
To equivocate this, users should retard a refurbish manually, yet Microsoft strongly opposes this as it could leave PCs exposed to threats if involuntary updates are disabled.
In a central blog post, executive clamp boss of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, Terry Myerson, wrote: “We know we caring deeply about what happens with your device. This is given – regardless of your ascent trail – we can select to ascent or decrease a offer.
“That being said, we would inspire everybody to ascent given Windows 10 is a best Windows ever – familiar, safer, faster and full of innovations.”
26/10/2015: Microsoft has announced a Edge browser won’t be stealing support for extensions as a Windows 10 refurbish this year, yet instead those watchful for a company’s new browser add-ons will have to wait until 2016.
Microsoft conspicuous in a statement: “We’re committed to providing business with a personalised web experience, that is given bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We’re actively operative to rise a secure prolongation indication to make a safest and many arguable browser for a customers, and demeanour brazen to pity some-more in a destiny Windows 10 refurbish in 2016.”
Microsoft progressing hinted that extensions would be shipping alongside a Threshold 2 updated expected to be rolled out before a finish of 2015. Instead, a ability to supplement extensions will be entrance in a Redstone refurbish subsequent year.
23/10/2015: Microsoft has suggested a gain news for a initial financial entertain of 2016, indicating a clever start for Windows 10.
Although Windows OEM income has depressed by 6 per cent, a association claims in a news that it is “performing softened than a altogether PC market” interjection to Windows 10 spurring new device adoption.
Windows 10 also gave a marketplace share boost to Microsoft’s Bing, that is a default search engine for many of a handling system’s apps and features. Using ‘Constant Currency’ adjustments to comment for unfamiliar sell rates, Bing’s promotion income is reportedly adult by 29 per cent.
The company’s mobile arm did not do utterly as good – income from a phones was down a whopping 54 per cent in Constant Currency. However, this is expected due to a miss of new inclination released, as a association geared adult for a launch of a new Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships progressing this month.
22/10/2015: Microsoft will broach a subsequent large Windows 10 refurbish in November, according to reports.
The new build, famous internally as Threshold 2, will yield new comforts such as phony pretension bars for apps on a desktop and softened context menus, The Verge reported.
Other new functionality will allegedly embody messaging and Skype Video apps for a handling system, while Paul Thurrott suggested Cortana and a Edge browser will get improvements, too.
The Windows 10 Fall Update, as Microsoft calls it, will be distributed by Windows Update, and it will expected be delivered within a initial week of November, according to The Verge.
In other news, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul reported that Redmond has bound a bug preventing mobile users from upgrading to a latest build from their existent one – they formerly had to hurl behind to Windows 8.1 to implement Build 10549.4.
21/10/2015: Cortana will shortly be means to send texts from a PC. Microsoft is to recover a new preview of a Windows 10 Mobile module now that incorporates a functionality. This mimics a underline that has been partial of Mac OS X and a iPhone given a recover of Yosemite and iOS 8.
According to reports from The Verge, texts will be sent from your phone, with Cortana permitting a user to foreordain a summary into a Windows 10 device. At benefaction a functionality is singular to Windows 10 mobile devices, yet could be extended to Android and iOS inclination in a future.
20/10/15: Windows 10’s business invasion has dramatically outpaced a predecessors, new investigate shows.
A news from IT village site Spiceworks suggests Microsoft’s new handling complement has reached over 11 per cent invasion in UK businesses in a initial 10 weeks of launch.
This is roughly 20 per cent faster than a initial adoption rate of a predecessor, Windows 8.
Another 23 per cent of companies with during slightest 500 employees have instances of Windows 10 regulating on their networks, compared to around 5 per cent of tiny organisations with reduction than 50 employees.
19/10/15: It appears that Microsoft is resorting to pleading with users not to use Chrome or Firefox as their default browsers on Windows 10.
If a user tries to switch their default browser, a handling complement comes adult with a prompt seeking users to “give Microsoft Edge a shot”. It afterwards says that Microsoft’s new browser lets users write on web pages, integrates with Cortana, and includes a reading view. In large letters, it finally begs, “don’t switch and try now”. Users clicking on this will open adult Edge and not change a default browser, according to The Verge.
The organisation is also perplexing a same tactic with a built-in Photos and Groove song apps.
16/10/15: Microsoft has apologised for a mistake in a new Windows refurbish that led to Window 7 and Windows 8.1 computers being automatically upgraded to Windows 10.
While Microsoft has been heavily compelling a new OS and strongly enlivening business to upgrade, it has been an opt-in, rather than an opt-out process. However, Ars Technica readers started to protest that a ascent was function yet their permission.
Microsoft concurred a issue, revelation a website observant it was an astonishing bug.
“As partial of a bid to move Windows 10 to existent genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, a Windows 10 ascent might seem as an discretionary refurbish in a Windows Update (WU) control panel,” Microsoft conspicuous in a statement. “This is an discerning and devoted place [that] people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In a new Windows update, this choice was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are stealing a check.”
15/10/15: A new build of Windows 10 for mobile was done accessible to members of Microsoft’s Insiders Program yesterday after people waited a month for a latest release.
However, users need a phone regulating Redmond’s final mobile OS, Windows 8.1, in sequence to download Build 10549, overdue to a bug developers found during a final minute.
Microsoft’s Gabe Aul conspicuous that phones perplexing to ascent from a prior build, Build 10536, get stranded during a black shade after downloading a new update.
“Rather than creation we wait a small bit longer for us to repair this bug – we motionless to recover this build as a singular refurbish from Windows Phone 8.1,” he wrote in a blog.
Current Insiders can use a Windows Device Recovery Tool to hurl behind to Windows 8.1, before installing a Windows Insider app, selecting a Fast ring and rebooting their phones.
14/10/2015: Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are about to expire, reaching a finish of their life after this week.
Following Oct 15 (for builds expelled between 29 Jan and 9 July) the PC will start to reboot any 3 hours before unwell to start during all after dual weeks, reports Neowin.
Those regulating builds 9826 or 10166 should make certain to refurbish as shortly as probable yet anyone who upgraded to a RTM chronicle of Windows 10 will still be upheld after a death date.
Microsoft has also introduced a 12-inch Toshiba dynaPad, a high-end inscription that was initial denounced during IFA final month. The inscription comes with a Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen and promises to ‘reinvent’ coop and paper.
12/10/2015: While Windows 10 might be accessible to everyone, Microsoft is still releasing preview builds to those on a Insider program, with a latest build, 10565, being dished out to a quick ring of that module today.
Build 10565 introduces several new features, including Skype integration, that will concede users to respond directly to messages from within Windows yet carrying to open a app. Cortana, meanwhile, will now let those regulating a touch-enabled device save hand-written records that embody events, dates and times and confederate them into their calendar.
There is also a confederate of cultured updates, with users now means to compare a colour intrigue of pretension bars to their altogether colour scheme, “improved context” in Start, including new icons for readjusting tile size, and some new desktop icons.
Improvements to printer government and easier upgrading, and some bug fixes, have all been introduced – a full list of them, along with famous issues in this build, can be review on Gabe Aul’s blog post.
Aside from this plain news, there’s also a idea that expansion has begun on a puzzling “Windows Redstone”.
Redstone is suspicion to be a codename for what will effectively be Windows 10.1. According to WinBeta, Redstone has been in a formulation proviso for a past several months, yet a website “can endorse that Redstone has now entered early expansion and has been for a few weeks, definition engineers are now commencement to lay-down code”.
While Redstone is allegedly in a early phases of expansion and, therefore, utterly a prolonged approach off from RTM, WinBeta has also claimed that Threshold 2 – a poignant refurbish to, yet not a new chronicle of, Windows 10 – will be prepared for sign-off “soon”.
How shortly this indeed could be is anyone’s guess, but IT Pro would assume that Microsoft could be relocating to an annual refurbish model, a la Apple OS X. If correct, this would meant a new chronicle of Windows 10 could be expelled in summer subsequent year.
05/10/2015: The latest Windows 10 adoption sum have suggested a expansion is slowing, yet 100 million inclination were regulating a handling complement as of 30 September.
US analytics association Net Applications totalled a series of people utilising a platform, divulgence Windows 10’s user share grew 1.4 per cent in September, holding a sum adult to 6.6 per cent of web users.
Windows 7 is still a many widely used of Microsoft’s mechanism handling systems, with around 925 million inclination regulating it, while Windows 8 is trailing distant behind during around 230 million.
Windows 10 accounts for 7.3 per cent of all Windows inclination accessing a internet, compared to 6.6 per cent of all devices, that also includes Mac OS X and others with smaller shares such as Linux.
However, Microsoft has conjunction arguable nor denied these figures, preferring to keep a download numbers tighten to a chest.
29/09/2015: Terry Myerson, VP of a Windows and Devices Group during Microsoft has taken to a central Windows blog to try and reduce some of a stability concerns around remoteness in Windows 10.
“From a really beginning, we designed Windows 10 with dual candid remoteness beliefs in mind:
- Windows 10 collects information so a product will work softened for you.
- You are in control with a ability to establish what information is collected.
With Windows 10, information we collect is encrypted in movement to a servers, and afterwards stored in secure facilities,” Myerson said.
Myerson pennyless down a information a association does and does not collect into 3 segments: Safety and reliability, personalisation, and advertising.
For reserve and reliability, Myerson conspicuous Microsoft collects “a singular volume of information to assistance us yield a secure and arguable experience”.
While this might embody anonymised device information, Myerson said, “[it] doesn’t embody any of your calm or files, and we take several stairs to equivocate collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email residence or comment ID”.
Personalisation is something that has caused sold regard with regards to security, yet Myerson has sought to reduce these fears by indicating out that users “are in control of a information we collect for these functions and can refurbish your settings during any time”.
“Note that with new comforts like Cortana that need some-more personal information to broach a full experience, we are asked if we wish to spin them on and are given additional remoteness customisation options,” he added.
Finally, while a Scroogled debate might be dead, a suggestion positively lives on. The underneath a third territory heading, labelled simply “advertising information we don’t collect”, Myerson writes: “Unlike some other platforms, no matter what remoteness options we choose, conjunction Windows 10 nor any other Microsoft module scans a calm of your email or other communications, or your files, in sequence to broach targeted promotion to you.”
25/09/2015: Microsoft is conspicuous to have missed a self-imposed deadline to recover a Skype messaging apps for Windows 10, according to this news by Thurrott.com. The apps were ostensible to be in preview theatre by a finish of summer.
The news conspicuous that Skype suffered downtime progressing this week due to a “larger-than-usual pattern change” that some versions of Skype were incompetent to routine correctly. It was serve suggested that a downtime and delays in releasing a apps were associated to any other.
22/09/2015: Microsoft’s latest chronicle of a flagship Office capability suite, Office 2016, includes several new Windows 10 focused comforts – many particularly formation with Cortana and Hello.
Cortana will confederate with Outlook in sold and uncover information on meetings, including bulletin and plcae stored in a Outlook calendar. Additionally, she will take into care live transport conditions, for example, when a user is roving to a remote plcae and advise them when to leave accordingly.
Windows Hello, meanwhile, is used as a singular sign-on for Windows 10 and Office 365, definition a user will be automatically connected to a cloud when they use facial approval to record in.
11/09/2015: Some Windows 7 and 8 users have started to find an unwelcome caller squatting on their complement – a installer for Windows 10.
An Inquirer reader reported anticipating a full download of Windows 10 in a folder on his PC, notwithstanding not seeking for a ascent or even “reserving” a copy, as Microsoft has been hassling many users to do around a pop-up.
The reader was certain of this as he has no skeleton to upgrade, yet detected a dark folder holding adult 6GB of space after his internet tie slowed to a yield for a week.
The auto-download is no bug – Microsoft certified it’s intentional. “For people who have selected to accept involuntary updates by Windows Update, we assistance upgradable inclination get prepared for Windows 10 by downloading a files they’ll need if they confirm to upgrade,” a association told The Guardian.
09/09/2015: Dell has concluded to sell a Surface Pro operation alongside a possess inscription offerings, as Microsoft pushes a Windows 10-running device during a enterprise.
The hardware hulk will start offered a inscription in a US and Canada stores from October, before offered it during Dell.com/Work after in a year. The partnership will be rolled out to 28 other geographies starting in early 2016.
Redmond has also sealed agreements with Avanade, HP and Accenture underneath a Surface Enterprise Initiative to sell some-more Windows 10 inclination to business users. Around 75 million inclination already run Windows 10, according to a company.
02/09/2015: Native interpretation support for Cortana in Windows 10 is now available in a US and China, permitting users to interpret English and Chinese difference and phrases into a sum of 38 languages.
The same blog post states that some-more versions of Windows 10 will be upheld “in a nearby future”. Specifically, Microsoft says it is planning to move a digital partner to Mexico, Brazil and with French support in Canada by a finish of 2015.
For ‘Insider Program’ users (with Build 10532 or later) in Canada, Australia and Japan, Microsoft has done Cortana accessible around an discretionary download. Users in India can already use Cortana in English.
02/09/2015: VMware is set to speed adult business deployments of Windows 10 with a new product patrician Project A2 (pronounced A-squared).
The initiative, now in preview, combines app virtualisation and craving mobility government technologies to virtualise afterwards implement Windows 10, before handling all applications and inclination around a singular view.
Sumit Dhawan, VMware’s comparison VP and ubiquitous manager of desktop products for end-user computing, wrote in a blog post: “Most of a stream business muster and conduct Windows images and discharge applications as partial of a picture updates or around collection that are used in unison with picture management.
“This mostly leads to problem in handling focus lifecycles that embody updates and rollbacks. This is given we announced Project A2, a resolution that has dual pivotal components: VMware App Volumes for real-time delivering and handling applications, and AirWatch for handling Windows 10 environments and devices.”