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  • IE and Edge nudge back up in market share

    Posted on January 2nd, 2018 at 15:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    According to Net Applications… the user share of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge… bumped up seven-tenths of a percentage point to end 2017 at 17% — although the uptick recovered only a fifth of the massive loss from the month prior

    Only 14% of browser usage in Windows 10 is from Edge.

  • Looks like none of the Win10 privacy settings change the default 3rd party apps

    Posted on December 30th, 2017 at 16:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Instead, it looks like your location makes all the difference. There’s even a report that Winzip is installed if you say that your location is China. Candy Crush Saga? I dunno.

    Interesting observations being pursued by Will Dormann, Kevin Beaumont and Haifei Li on Twitter.

    (Open question, inspired by @GossiTheDog – what if the government of China wants Microsoft to install a specific third party app on every machine purporting to be in China?)

    Follow it here (even if you don’t Twitter).

  • Free “assistive technologies” Win10 upgrade going away on Sunday

    Posted on December 27th, 2017 at 06:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a reminder for those of you who really want Windows 10, but still have Win7 or 8.1….

    I figure there must be two of you…

    The “assistive technologies” free upgrade from Win7 or 8.1 to 10 will apparently be pulled on December 31. I say “apparently” because, well, Microsoft. The end of life for this particular free upgrade path was announced/discovered back in October.

    As I’ve mentioned many times before, if you upgrade a machine to Win10, Microsoft keeps track of that fact, and you’ll be able to use Win10 on that machine forever (to a first approximation), even if you revert it to Win7.

    Still no word on whether Win7 and 8.1 keys will continue to activate Win10 installs.

  • Good-bye, HomeGroups

    Posted on December 20th, 2017 at 08:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has officially announced that HomeGroups will be completely deprecated in the next version of Windows 10 – presumably version 1803.

    Those of us who grew up on HomeGroups are a bit miffed.

    I used to use them, but have tapered off in recent years. One of my favorite tricks for getting a machine connected to a local network: Run the HomeGroup Troubleshooter. I found that, if I could join a HomeGroup, usually the network sorted itself out: The HomeGrouped PC could see the other PCs on the network, and the others could see the newly admitted PC.

    In more recent years, I’ve basically given up on Windows local networking. Too much hassle, and it broke too frequently. Now, I share files using Dropbox. Works like a champ, on any version of Windows.

    A little side-note: The best local networking I’ve seen – ever – is the peer-to-peer networking in the Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft. You attach a Pi to your local network, fire up Minecraft, and suddenly you can play against anybody else who’s running Minecraft. It. Just. Works.

  • New beta version of Win10 — build 17063 — now available

    Posted on December 19th, 2017 at 13:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Want to read about it?

    Start with the ponderous tome nominally published by Dona Sarkar.

    My big takeaway — they finally killed HomeGroups.

  • Edge is in much worse shape than originally thought

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 at 08:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Great analysis from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.

    For those running Windows 10, Edge accounts for 10 to 11% of all browser usage, and IE hovers below 10%.

    With Firefox’s new-found moxie, we have a real horse race going here. May the best browser win.

    Until the next one comes along.

  • Newly revised Net Applications numbers put Win7 usage share below 50%

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 at 03:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you follow Net Application’s usage counting method – newly revised “to remove bots” – the share of people using Win10 for online access has just eclipsed those using Win7. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld has the details.

    If you prefer StatCounter’s method (which just counts hits, without trying to adjust for anything), the result is almost the same for the two OSs: 42.51% for Win7 in November, 41.36% for Win10.

    The number I find totally surprising is in the race between Android and Windows. StatCounter says they’re running neck-and-neck, after Android jumped out in front in June/July.

  • Nadella: Win10 hits 600 million monthly active devices

    Posted on November 29th, 2017 at 11:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Todd Bishop at GeekWire had it first:

    CEO Satya Nadella referenced the new number for the first time moments ago at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, where he is giving analysts and investors an update on Microsoft’s progress and strategy.

    That’s up from 500 million, announced in May.

    Be sure to read and interpret the number carefully: It’s monthly active devices, not users. It’s not clear to me if the 600 million number includes Xboxes, IoT devices, phones, and/or refrigerators.