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Windows 10 Now Running on One Billion Devices Worldwide

In a matter of five years, Windows 10 has managed to reach a billion devices across 200 countries worldwide. In its announcement, Microsoft said that 100 percent of the Fortune 500 are now using Windows 10 devices making it a critical platform for driving business transformation in the enterprise and beyond.

“One in seven people, from developers, business professionals, students and families are planning, creating, ideating, executing, and doing great things with Windows 10,” said Microsoft in its press release. It is notable that Windows 10 is the only operating system that runs in over 80,000 models and configurations of laptops and 2-in-1s from over 1,000 different manufacturers. Apart from laptops and PCs, it powers Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft HoloLens and the entire Xbox family of consoles, including the latest Xbox Series X, which will be launching later this year.

One of the reasons Windows 10 adoption has increased massively is because Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This means any PCs or laptops running Windows 7 will no longer get any new updates, bug fixes, security patches or even technical help by the Microsoft customer service.

The company is also working on a new version of Windows 10 made specifically for dual-screen devices. Showcased last year, Windows 10X is all set to power the Surface Neo, a dual-screen foldable device that will is set to launch at the end of this year.

“With Windows 10, our focus has always been to put the customer at the center, to listen to feedback, and to have that feedback shape the development process. One of the strongest examples of this customer focus is our Windows Insider Program which now has over 17.8M Insiders in every country of the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, CVP Modern Life, Search and Devices, Microsoft. “We have also strived to make Windows an open, inclusive, and accessible platform that can empower everyone to achieve their goals. Our Windows Accessibility team focuses on human-centered design, a method where engineers and designers work to deeply understand peoples’ needs, and then co-design and continuously iterate on solutions directly with them.”

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Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within Control Panel and File Explorer.

Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication
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Microsoft has released a new update with version number KB4532695, which applies to Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Server version 1903, Windows 10, version 1909, Windows Server version 1909. According to Microsoft, Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 have a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. The new update will improve the accuracy of Windows Hello face authentication and will also help fix several bugs.

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within the Control Panel and File Explorer. Besides, it will help solve the problem of incorrect indicators for offline and online files. It will prevent File Explorer’s search bar from receiving user input and it will also handle the issue that sometimes caused an error when a user unplugged a USB Type-C hub or flash drive.

Microsoft has recommended installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for the operating system before putting in the latest cumulative update (LCU). SSU upgrades the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the LCU. Users can update the new feature through Windows Update. To do so, users have need to go to the Settings option and then navigate to the Update and Security option. Under Update and Security, head to Windows Update. Users will get the link to download and install the update in the Optional Updates section.


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Windows 10 November 2019 Update Now Available to All Users

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for all users. The company confirmed the news on Twitter saying that version 1909 is available for all users and one can manually check by clicking “Check for updates” under Windows Update in Settings.

The Windows 10 November 2019 Update features all the services that were available on the previous version, the May 2019 Update. Here are a few new features on Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Following the update, users can create new events in the Calendar app on their devices by clicking the date and time on the Taskbar.

• The update brings Cloud Clipboard that will allow users to copy text, links, graphics and more from one device and paste it onto another. History of what was copied recently can also be checked now.

• The update brings a CPU rotation policy that will distribute the work “more fairly among the favoured cores”.

• Several improvements have been made to manage as well as configure notifications. These include a “Manage Notifications” button at the top of Action Centre, users can now configure and turn off notification both from the banner and from Action Centre, the default sorting for notification senders will now be by most recently shown notification instead of sender name.

• The update has added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors.

• The update will enable users to activate third-party digital assistants above the Lock screen using voice commands.

Here’s how to download Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Go to ‘Start’ menu

• Click on ‘Settings’

• Select ‘Update & Security’

• Tap on ‘Windows Update’

• Click on ‘Check for updates’

• Users would get to see ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909’, select ‘Download’ to install it.

In December last year, Microsoft had announced that it had started rolling out the Windows 10 November 2019 update to those who are still using the October 2018 Update.

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This is How And When Microsoft Will Roll Out The New Edge Browser to Your Windows PC

Google Chrome finally has competition. Most of will purely be relieved that our PCs can now breathe a bit easier, considering the resource intensive nature which Chrome had adopted over time. The much-awaited Chromium based Microsoft Edge web browser is now available for download for Windows and Apple macOS computing devices. In a way, this works the same way as a Chrome web browser would, because the foundations are the same. That helps, primarily with website compatibility, availability of extensions if you need those, and a general sense of familiarity which most PC users wouldn’t want to give up. However, what Microsoft has in store for the Chromium based new Edge web browser is a bit more elaborate.

The first rollout phase, which began yesterday, sees the new Edge browser available as an optional download, in the standalone format, from the official Microsoft Edge website. At this time, you can choose to manually download this on any computing device running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 as well as the Apple macOS powered MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac Mini. On Windows machines already running the previous generation of the Edge browser, downloading and installing the Chromium based Edge will replace the older browser. All the data that you may have stored there, including bookmarks and login details, will be carried forward to the new version. There is also the option to import data from any other web browser you may be using at the time—Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera, for instance.

The next stage involves Microsoft pushing the new Edge browser as an update via Windows Update. This is a multi-stage process, which first sees the update being rolled out to a limited number of devices in the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program as a final check, before the larger roll-out to all users. Microsoft suggests that once the new Edge browser is installed on your Windows 10 PC, it will continue to get regular updates adding new features or fixing bugs or performance issues independently and not necessarily via Windows Update.

Microsoft has also made the new Edge browser available to OEMs, who will now painstakingly integrate it with the Windows 10 which they will ship with new PCs in the coming months. Chances are, sometime in the next few weeks, PC makers will ship new devices with the new Edge browser preinstalled.

As for the rollout of the Edge browser via Windows Update, Microsoft confirms that PCs running the Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 for Education and Windows 10 on Workstations will not get this automatic update. The idea is to give the organization’s IT administrators full control over whether they want to, and if as well as when, they want to install the new Edge browser on the systems in use in their organization.

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Microsoft Edge Based on Chromium is Now Available to All; Google Chrome Finally Gets Competition

Microsoft has built the new version of its Edge web browser upon the open-source Chromium project, like Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge Based on Chromium is Now Available to All; Google Chrome Finally Gets Competition
Microsoft has built the new version of its Edge web browser upon the open-source Chromium project, like Google Chrome.
Microsoft has launched the much awaited final version of the new Edge web browser, which is based on the Chromium platform. The browser is available for Windows and macOS, and a Linux version is likely to arrive soon. This comes just an year after Microsoft confirmed its plans to make a Google Chrome like version of the Edge web browser, based on Chromium. At this time, Windows 10 and Apple macOS users on MacBooks and iMacs will need to manually download the new Edge web browser. However, Microsoft intends to push this update to all Windows 10 users in the coming months, as part of a Windows 10 Update, to fully replace the current Edge browser. Microsoft is also releasing this version of Edge to OEMs now, which means new PCs and laptops being launched in the coming months will integrate the Chromium-based Edge Browser on Windows 10 by default.

This Edge is built upon the open-source Chromium project, like the very popular Google Chrome. At this time, if you are upgrading the previous version of Edge with the new Edge web browser, you will be able to move your data along seamlessly. If you are installing this for the first time on a macOS machine, for instance, you can import data from the Google Chrome web browser. This includes your browser history, open tabs, passwords and saved payment details. Microsoft says that a more detailed sync set-up will be launched later this year. The privacy and data security features have been enhanced as well and the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will scan for malware and phishing schemes.

The new Microsoft Edge browser will also support Netflix 4K playback with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, on computing devices that support these formats.