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Windows 10 to ship with built-in bloatware

Windows 10 to ship with built-in bloatware
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In the world of smartphone apps, Microsoft just isn't a player. There are about 2 million apps for both Google's Android mobile platform and Apple's iOS platform.

By comparison, the high-end estimate for Windows Store is 669,000 apps for all its devices, including smartphones, computers and tablets. Although some skeptics think even that number is a bit high.

That may explain, in part, why Microsoft has been making its programs increasingly available on competing platforms. And it may explain why the company seems to be dispensing with computer and smartphone users' widespread distrust of bloatware.

Bloatware is pre-loaded software programs that you may not even want, and that can slow down your computer. It seems more of it is coming to Microsoft devices.

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