On the first day of Microsoft’s Build 2017 developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the numbers for Windows 10 and related products.
Nadella told the audience that Windows 10 has now reached a count of 500 million monthly active users. These numbers are accompanied by 100 million monthly Office 365 users and 140 million monthly users of their Cortana digital assistant.
At its May 2 event, Microsoft launched Windows 10 S–a lighter version of Windows 10. The company announced that it’ll partner with OEMs like Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba to launch cheaper notebooks starting from $189. The company also used the opportunity to launch a new member of the Surface family, i.e., Surface Laptop.
Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s answer to Chromebook, which are dominating the schools all across the United States. It’s a lightweight Windows laptop that’ll run Windows 10 S.
After almost two weeks since the Creators Update rollout began, Microsoft still feels there are improvements to be done. In a recent blog post, the company said they had received the first batch of feedback from their OEM partners and customers regarding the update.
Microsoft is also keeping an eye on the Feedback Hub app where users can post about issues in Windows 10 and upvote the existing ones.
With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time and many rejoiced. But now that the update has started rolling out, it’s become apparent that there are still some stability issues and performing a manual installation isn’t recommended right now.
In a blog post, Microsoft’s director of program management explained that the latest update has been rolling out slowly because there are known issues that could be a problem for anyone who isn’t an advanced user.
Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits.
“Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow Brokers,” Microsoft Principal Security Group Manager Phillip Misner wrote in a Friday post.
“Our engineers have investigated the disclosed exploits, and most of the exploits are already patched,” he added.
Cortana has been available on Android for a year now (in the US at least), and Microsoft recently made its virtual assistant even more useful by making it accessible on the lock screen.
Today, however, the company takes things a stage further by making it possible to interact with Cortana above the lock.
Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on the 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM-based platform.
The collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems.
The companies have been working for several years on ARM-based server enablement. They have been optimizing a version of Windows Server for ARM running on the Centriq 2400, which Microsoft will use in its data center.
Microsoft just scored a point for its customers’ privacy. Today, US District Judge ruled that the government can’t avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens’ constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a “so-called judge.”
The case dates back to last April, when Microsoft sued the Department of Justice over FBI email searches that appeared to violate the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.
As expected, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Apple and 93 other tech firms have filed an amicus brief in support of lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven countries. “The Executive Order abandons these principals [of tolerance, equality and openness],” the brief, spotted by Ars Technica, states. “[It] inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation and growth as a result.”
After suits were filed against the order in Washington and other states, US District Judge James Robart blocked the order, effective immediately.
When extolling the virtues of Windows 10, Microsoft is keen to stress how much safer the new OS is.
The problem, of course, is that the weakest link in any security chain is pretty much always the user. Microsoft is introducing a new feature to Windows 10 that will make the OS more secure, and help users make better decisions.
The Windows Defender Security Center will be introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update, but Insiders on the Fast ring can already try it out by launching it from the All Apps menu in Build 15014.