According to Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s lead marketing executive, more than 200 million devices that have been used at least once in the past month, have Windows 10 installed. Critics are quick to point out that this claim applies to the full Monty of devices – personal computers, tablets, game consoles and, lately, smartphones. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows — ever — outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%. However, third-party statistics hint that fewer devices are running Windows 10, and that the OS has fallen slightly behind Windows 7’s uptake tempo in its first five months.
School report card
Ed Bott filled in a report card for Windows 10’s overall 2015 performance:
- Adoption Rate: A
- Upgrades and Updates: C-
- Privacy: B
- Security: A-
- Apps: C
- Enterprise Support: B-
The B average is not bad for a Windows school year performance, all things considered.
Windows 10 Privacy – a real worry?
Microsoft undertakes to keep Windows 10 current for the supported lifetime of a device – for free. To do this, Microsoft needs to collect more data from personal devices, which is still a worry for many. Windows 10 does collect more telemetry data than with previous versions, and the default collection policies are more aggressive. Suspicions that private files are collected and sent from devices in the process seem to be unfounded.
The Edge will become wider
More work, Cortana!
Another development slated for 2016 is giving Cortana more work. Cortana will be given a much wider range of tasks inside Windows 10 and given control over a wider range of notifications. This sounds like one of those “either you hate it or you love it” features of Windows 10, but most will be eager to try it out.
Seeing the future
The ability of Windows 10 to act according to the device it runs on, e.g. driving a desktop from a smartphone, is a significant development. It gets us closer to blurring the lines between devices and the need to have a different O/S for each device. Seamlessly moving from one device to another is the future and Microsoft is seeing it! Watch that space!