Microsoft has got that many copies of Windows 10 on PCs in less than a month since its launch. Windows 10 is now active on devices in 192 countries and there are more than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models running the software. The oldest devices running Windows 10 are from 2007.
Microsoft has begun saving the Windows 10 activation status for a device online. The move makes clean installing Windows on a PC a much easier task. Once a copy of Windows 10 is activated, the company stores a digital entitlement alongside your device ID. Clean installing the same version of Windows 10 on the same hardware will then require no product key.
Windows 10 IoT Core will run on the Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max. There are no windowed interface or desktop experience. Devs have to build their own universal app that functions as the interface of the device. Windows 10 IoT Core also brings improvements such as better support for Python and Node.js and APIs for Windows Universal Apps.
If you haven’t gotten the update for Windows 10 yet, you can use the media creation tool to forcefully upgrade. Clean installing Windows 10 on your PC before updating is a bit problematic since your Windows 7/8 product key isn’t the same as the one Windows 10 requires. It’s recommended that you update to the new OS, find the new product key and then run the clean install.
The company notes that it is rolling out Windows 10 to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in phases. Not everyone who has registered for the Windows 10 upgrade has received it yet, so the number of installs is expected to continue to rise for a while. Uers can also clean install Windows 10 on their systems by downloading the ISO from the Microsoft website.
Windows 10 was unveiled back in September 2014. Since then Microsoft has worked with 5mn Windows Insiders to build out the product. Windows 10 will bring back the start menu, port Cortana over to the desktop and bring massive security and performance upgrades. The software will also be available pre-installed on partner OEM devices from today.
The company has announced that Cortana will come to Japan, Australia, Canada, India, Brazil and Mexico a few months into the launch of Windows 10. Microsoft has built a region-specific experience for Cortana users, employing local creative writers, editors, programmers and voice talent to get the job done. Windows 10 launches on July 29.
The company has discontinued support for ActiveX with Edge beacuse of which support for Silverlight too has ended. The company says it will continue to support Silverlight but advices companies to being transitioning to media solutions based on HTML5 extensions.
Windows 10 will begin rolling out on July 29 and will reach Windows Insiders first. Following that, users who’ve registered for the update will receive it but in waves. Windows 10 Pro will be rolled out alongside the Home edition on July 29. Enterprise and Education customers can begin upgrading to Windows 10 from August 1.
Windows 10 with Bing could be Microsoft’s answer to getting its software onto low-cost PCs. The company could wave off licensing costs for Windows and instead rely on revenues earned from customers using Bing search. The move was tipped off by a leaked Intel slide, but both companies have declined to comment on it.
Microsoft has made it a lot easier to develop apps for Windows 10, with its new universal Windows app project as well as being able to port existing apps built for other platforms onto Windows. Microsoft has unveiled Universal Windows Platform (UWP) that provides a guaranteed core API layer across devices, allowing devs to create a single app package that can be installed onto a wide range of devices.