Microsoft’s week: Windows at 30, half of firms to get Windows 10 in 2016

There has been a special anniversary for Microsoft this week, as the Windows platform reached 30 years since the release of the first version way back in 1985, when big hair and shoulder pads were all the rage and computers were big and clunky.

Meanwhile, the current version of the platform, Windows 10, continues to gain acceptance. Research firm Forrester said in a report that half of all firms plan to upgrade to the new OS by the end of next year. Testers have also discovered that the recently released first major update for Windows 10 has fixed a problem that blocked users performing a clean installation from claiming their free upgrade.

Elsewhere, Microsoft has started an Office Insider test programme based on the one it runs for Windows releases, while Windows Mobile sales continue to slump ahead of the release of the mobile version of Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows is 30 years old

Windows 1.0

Thirty years ago, on 20 November 1985, Microsoft released Windows 1.0, the firm’s first attempt at offering a graphical user environment for personal computers.

Half of firms expect to upgrade to Windows 10 by the end of 2016

Windows 10 is available now as a free upgrade

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is finding favour with businesses and large organisations, according to figures from Forrester Research indicating that half of all enterprise firms expect to upgrade to the new operating system by the end of 2016.

Windows 10: November update makes fresh installations easier

Windows 10 preparing media

Upgrading an existing PC to Windows 10 is now a bit easier after Microsoft removed an anomaly in its licensing system. See our updated blog on installing Windows 10.

Microsoft launches new Office Insider test programme

Office 2016 for Mac Outlook

Microsoft is launching a new Office Insider programme to give testers a preview of upcoming features and releases, based on the success of the Windows Insider programme for Windows 10.

Windows Mobile sales dive as Android and Apple make further gains in smartphone market

Windows 10 Mobile home screen

Apple and Samsung had bumper quarters for shifting smartphones in the period from July to September this year, but Microsoft is failing to tempt users over to Windows Mobile and has seen a drop in market share.

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20 November 2015 | 11:59 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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