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is probably right to
ignore the smallest
sector of the recent
Windows installs (by
XP still holds 18.9 per
cent of the installed
This also puts
Microsoft in the inter-
esting position of fol-
lowing Apple into the uncharted realm of making
once commercially viable software available for
Apple has given away the last two major updates
to its computer systems.
But Microsoft doesn t have a lucrative hardware
business running under Windows and may find
itself in search of a different business model in the
wake of a year s worth of free Windows upgrades.
Free Windows 10 looks great for upgraders, not
for over-the-counter sales of the product.
The new strategy is likely to constitute a customer
friendly approach to addressing the diminishing
enthusiasm that the corps of Windows users have
expressed for recent upgrades and an effort to align
the core operating system with the company s new
Windows everywhere direction.
In a blog post on the last week s update news
for Windows 10, Microsoft s Terry Myerson
explained: "We think of Windows as a service---
in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in
the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet
services on the planet."
New features will be rolled into the product as
they are completed---not held for a future monolithic
update as tends to be the norm with operating
As described, versioning will either disappear or
become more obscure, as it has with Adobe s Cre-
ative Suite under that company s new continuous
update programme, Creative Cloud.
That isn t to say that there aren t interesting
features available right now.
Microsoft has announced that its personal digital
assistant software, Cortana, will make the jump
from Windows Phone to the desktop, where the
software will be available to answer questions and
handle voice commands to do neat stuff like set
up an e-mail for you.
The company s gaming product Xbox is more
tightly integrated into the Windows ecosystem and
the new, fast, lean (and Web standards compliant)
browser Spartan looks promising but a new iteration
of Windows just isn t exciting without a wildly
improbable new feature that absolutely nobody
has asked for.
For Windows 10 that s going to be Hololens
(http://ow.ly/HSXJd), which seeks to one-up aug-
mented reality, VR and Google Glass in one fell
stroke with a wild 3D intrusion into your everyday
Like Kinect, it seems like a solution in search of
a problem, but then, look what happened to Kinect.
The newest build of Windows 10 is available at
the Windows Insider website (http://ow.ly/HSXYP---
requires sign up), and the usual cautions apply.
Doubly so this time because I managed to com-
pletely bork an existing installation of Windows
8.1 by paying poor attention to the rather enervating
succession of restarts and buttons that require
carefully considered choices in the live installer
(which also managed to completely fail twice).
I clicked one thing when I should have clicked
another, and now I ve got a computer screen flashing
on and off. Before I can report on the changes in
the newest version, I ll have to nuke and pave using
one of the download ISO images.
So really, when Microsoft says, "Remember, trying
out an early build like this can be risky," they aren t
kidding or being overcautious. Test builds are not
finished software. You have been warned.
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