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  • Yes, Microsoft says Win10 has hit 800 million devices

    Posted on March 8th, 2019 at 15:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has a solid – and suitably skeptical – summary in Computerworld:

    Microsoft on Thursday said that 800 million devices are now running Windows 10, a 100 million increase in less than six months.

    Microsoft has regularly touted numbers for Windows 10, most of the time, although not always, by citing the active monthly devices, or those personal computers, tablets and other systems used within the last month.

    The 800 million number is sufficiently fuzzy that it’s hard to say if that’s monthly active devices, or just installs and/or activations, or some other metric. Microsoft’s number page says, simply, “There are more than 800 million devices running Windows 10,” dodging the definition quagmire. Says Keizer:

    Using the 12-month average change in user share, Computerworld recently forecast that nearly 41% of all Windows PCs will be running Windows 7 at the moment it falls off Microsoft’s support list.

    That’s an astonishing number.

  • Viivo End Of Life Just Announced

    Posted on June 20th, 2017 at 16:02 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PKWARE’s Viivo data encryption has just announced it will be shutting down from the end of the month, with their servers ceasing to operate a year later.

    Viivo’s free and paid services have added to the security of cloud storage over recent years, giving extra peace of mind to users of offerings like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. These users will now be looking at their options, so they can decrypt their Viivo files within the given time. Find out more on

    PKWARE are also known for their zip products, as well as encryption.