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Windows 10 is quietly killing it

Windows 10 is quietly killing it
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It's almost exactly a month since Windows 10 arrived, and reactions online, and on our site, have been mixed. Some people love it, some people have issues with it, and a lot of people are waiting a bit longer to upgrade.

However, you can't get the full picture of how Windows 10 is doing just from what users are saying. That's why Tusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group, has tweeted 10 Windows statistics he thinks you should know.

OK, let's go.

Remember that 24 hours after launch, Microsoft reported that 14 million people had upgraded to Windows 10, and now it's 75 million in a month. At this rate, Microsoft could reach its goal of 1 billion gadgets in 14 months instead of its estimated two to three years.

Given that past version of Windows are already running in just about every country, this is to be expected.

One of Windows' strongest points has always been that it can handle a wide variety of components and computer configurations. It looks like despite some early driver problems Windows 10 is no exception.

2007 is when Windows Vista shipped. As long as you purchased decent hardware at the time, Windows 10 should run OK. It's geared to be mobile friendly, so it actually uses fewer system resources than the bloated Vista.

Streaming Xbox One games to Windows is a new feature in Windows 10 and one Microsoft hoped would help boost its already successful gaming segment. It seems to be working.

Microsoft's decision to include Solitaire in Windows 10 by default was a nice touch after it was an optional add-on in Windows 8. Unfortunately, the version we got is ad-supported, and you need to pay to go ad-free.

However, the new Solitaire also has more features than past versions, including achievements for making certain goals and an online leaderboard. Apparently, the ad-supported nature isn't turning people off because a lot of people are playing it. They're also still crazy about Minecraft, the super-popular sandbox building game Microsoft bought last year.

Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now personal assistants. It's available in Windows Phones and with Windows 10 (although it's coming to Android and Apple as well). Given that not many people have Windows Phones, and computer users have never had a personal assistant before, there was some question about how much use it was going to get.

According to this, a fair number of people have found it and asked it to tell them a joke, so someone must be using it. Of course, they might not know that Cortana records a lot of information about you and sends it to Microsoft. Here's how to disable it if you want to keep your privacy.

One of Microsoft's biggest weaknesses is apps. Windows Phone hasn't gotten anywhere in the mobile market partly because it lacks critical apps, and not a lot of Windows 8 users opted for buying apps over traditional programs.

Windows 10 seems to be changing that trend, which is interested because it doesn't have apps front and center as much as Windows 8 did. Windows 8's app-heavy Start screen is now part of a smaller Start menu in Windows 10.

One reason for the increase in app use could be that apps now work more like regular programs with re-sizable windows. Now that they don't take over the entire screen, desktop and laptop users could be more inclined to use them rather than avoid them.

If you haven't heard of the #UpgradeYourWorld program, it's Microsoft's $10 million investment in global non-profits. Ten hand-picked non-profits will get half a million dollars and a tech upgrade with Microsoft products and services. It doesn't have much to do with Windows 10, aside from playing off the name, but it's a nice gesture on Microsoft's part.

Microsoft has always recognized the power of celebrities, all the way back to the Windows 95 launch. That featured ads with the Rolling Stones, and other promotional material with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.

Fortunately, this time it seems Microsoft decided to skip the awkward skits. That's something to be thankful for.

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Source: Windows Blog
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