Microsoft Windows 7 OS still has a 17% market share of all Windows OS with around 100 mn users worldwide. Support for Windows 7 had ended in Jan 2020, 11 years after the OS first launched with its “I’m a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea” marketing campaign. Windows 7, interestingly, increased its share of the Windows OS market in Dec, according to data pulled by NetMarketShare. Windows 10 has 76 % of market share among Windows user as of Nov 2020.
Fuelled by the pandemic, Microsoft’s Windows 10 monthly active devices are registering a double-digit YoY growth across all segments — commercial, consumer and education. Further, Microsofts Power Platform now has more than 10 mn monthly active users at more than 500,000 firms, from IKEA to Toyota. Power Platform is a low-code/no-code solution to enable an organisation to create an app, build a virtual agent, automate a workflow, or analyse data.
Windows 10X, the modular and lightweight version of Microsoft’s Windows 10, is expected to arrive by the end of this year. The version, designed for dual-screen and foldable devices, will not support Win32 apps. Windows 10X will be able to run Win32 apps using virtualization, the tech giant has earlier promised. But now users need to use UWP and PWA apps. The move is seen as reprioritising Windows 10X for laptops and single-screen devices.
Microsoft has recently released security patches for two vulnerabilities found in Windows and Visual Studio. The treats were RCE, in nature. That is, they allowed hackers to execute code on impacted systems. The former let hackers create malicious images, while the latter help attackers craft malicious ‘package.json’ files. The new security patches arrived after the tech giant issued ‘October 2020 Patch Tuesday’ that fixed 87 vulnerabilities.
Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 May 2020 update can cut off users from the internet even if their connections are working. Many services including Cortana search etc depend on Windows 10’s connectivity status for their network requirement. Thus, these apps won’t connect if Windows 10 says ‘no internet connection’. Ironically, Microsoft’s own Feedback Hub is inaccessible. Microsoft’s tech teams are investigating and looking to fix this issue.
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Microsoft blocked a free Trend Micro anti-virus tool from running on Windows 10, alleging that it alters operation and cheat through certification test for drivers. Trend Micro, meanwhile, has reportedly withdrawn downloads of rootkit detector that uses the driver that sits at the heart of its Rootkit Buster software. Passing MS’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs test is mandatory for all third-party tools.
Microsoft issued a further warning for its deeply troubled KB4556799 update which has caused multiple issues in millions of PC i.e Blue Screen of Death crashes, deleted user data, performance issues, broken audio. The tech giant is still investigating the problems. It confirmed that the update can break the internet connection, however, a user is unlikely to identify the causes as “the Network Connectivity Status Indicator might still indicate that you are connected. ”
Microsoft’s new May 2020 Patch fixes a whooping 111 vulnerabilities — 91 ‘Important’ and 13 ‘Critical’. Nine of the 13 ‘Critical’ vulnerabilities can let hackers remotely assume control of a PC by activating a code. The new update may be an end game for any Windows 10 attack. But it sends a shiver down the spines of Windows 10 users as the system has been notoriously unreliable for some time. Microsoft has also promised that important upgrades for Windows 10 are on the way.