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  • #16
    Originally posted by SilentFilmGuy86 View Post
    I think they were aiming at a billion devices or something when first launched.
    Their goal was to have W10 on 1 billion "devices" within 3 years. That will include not PCs, laptops and tablets. Also mobile, Xbox, IoT, Hololens and anything else they can get it onto.

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    • #17
      Have you seen that MS is now actively marketing against its own S/W, i.e., Windows 7, saying that it is full of Security issues & is no longer supported.
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      • #18
        Yep. They're pitching that at corporates. W10 is better in terms of security but there's a lot to do to introduce it to a large environment and several key features require the presence of Server 2016. So they continue to nudge things along as best they can...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Clarissa View Post
          Yep. They're pitching that at corporates. W10 is better in terms of security but there's a lot to do to introduce it to a large environment and several key features require the presence of Server 2016. So they continue to nudge things along as best they can...
          Maybe, but Corporates are scared to move to it for A) the cost & B) the problems with older software.
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          • #20
            Also there are security concerns with Windows 10. If you don't opt out, it sends a stream of info about you to Microsoft. Probably even if you opt out, but you can only do what you can do. LOL

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            • #21
              Vanilla manufacturer Windows 10 feels a lot like cable TV nowadays. Tons of ads, junk, bloatware, and worst of all, commercial notifications that look like legitimate notifications (Turn on Cortana! Switch from Chrome to Edge!). You can make it good but you have to go through a lot of settings and switches (and to extremes, registry keys and Group Policy settings) just to make it feel like an operating system for your computer instead of an advertising platform. Sort of like Sling TV according to the analogy. macOS still does a good job about simply being an operating system, ​but you're paying a mighty price to use the ecosystem.

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              • #22
                For nothing else than marketing purposes

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