Three weeks in, Microsoft is racing to squash Windows 10 bugs
Less than three weeks after launching, Windows 10 has already had to be updated several times in order to fix problems with access to its programs. Yet none of this has curbed its devouring of the market, to the point of nearly equaling the number of Mac OS X users worldwide.apps Updated: Aug 19, 2015 12:04 IST
Microsoft is fixing bugs in Windows 10 at a rapid pace. Less than three weeks since release, Microsoft has already released three major updates for Windows 10, including one to update its security measures. It has also released a steady trickle of smaller fixes. None of these bugs have curbed its devouring of the market, however, and at this point in time, the number of Windows 10 users are almost equal to the number of Mac OS X users worldwide.
Unlike with previous versions of Windows, Microsoft no longer differentiates between its updates, everything being included in the same package now.
According to several online testimonials, a lot of the operating system's programs have been problematic, including Calendar, Mail and even the Windows Store.
Present on 1 in 16 computers
As of August 16, Microsoft's new system was operating on 6.55% of computers identified by StatCounter. It should soon surpass both Mac OS X (8.36%) and Windows XP (9%) in popularity.
The popularity of Windows 10 is partially due to the fact that it is offered as a free, easy to install upgrade to all users of Windows 7 and 8.1. On the day of its release alone, Windows 10 was installed on 14 million computers and tablets. The smartphone version of the OS will be released sometime this fall.
Windows 10 is available in 190 countries and in 110 languages. It will continue being offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users until July 29, 2016. For everyone else, the cost of the operating system, whether as a download or on a USB key, starts at $119 (Home edition).
Intelligent assistance and biometrics
Intended to be a multiplatform tool (meaning it works on computers, tablets, smartphones and even gaming consoles), Windows 10 stands out especially thanks to Cortana, the virtual personal assistant, a revamped Windows Store, the addition of apps such as Maps, Photos and Xbox, the new web browser Microsoft Edge and the return of the Start menu. Biometrics is also new to the show, with the introduction of facial and fingerprint recognition for added security.
First Published: Aug 19, 2015 11:12 IST