Half-billion Windows 10 devices, but PC slump stunts growth

Posted May 12, 2017

MICROSOFT HAS PREVIOUSLY used bribes to get people using its homegrown Edge browser, but it looks like the firm has a new tactic: ban Chrome and Firefox from Windows 10 S. Capable of working with Office 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams and other services, Tact will turn "any connected device into an AI-powered virtual sales assistant", Microsoft said. Acer Inc. will bundle the controller and the goggles for $399 for the holiday shopping season, with pre-orders starting today.

Windows 10 grew by 24% since Microsoft ended the free upgrade offer previous year, but the staying power of Windows 7 - that edition still powered more than half of all Windows PCs in April - hinted that enterprises have yet to migrate to the newer OS in large numbers. While both Xamarin.Forms and the Universal Windows Platform use XAML for designing interfaces, the actual syntax is slightly different, which is what the new Standard is created to help with.

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This is a big deal for Microsoft - just last week, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, a streamlined version of its flagship aimed at students, with the limitation that it can only install Windows Store apps.

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Nadella's talk of 500 million was the first change to Microsoft's official Windows 10 milestone since September 2016, when the company claimed 400 million "active devices." "We've been creating the building blocks for the current wave of AI breakthroughs for more than two decades", Shum said. ZDNet has this week revealed that Microsoft's heavy-handed Windows Store policies mean that the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera will probably never find their way onto Windows 10 S.

Microsoft is also unveiling a mixed-reality controller that will work with virtual-reality goggles being developed by hardware makers using Microsoft's software. And that the firm won't do any further customization work, nor will add UWP-specific features.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Store doesn't let users know whether apps are supported by developers or not.

"Desktop Browsers installed from the Store aren't more secured by default", Microsoft's response read.