Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 as most popular operating system

Posted January 07, 2019

Microsoft actually revealed the change with Preview Build 18305, but it was previously only available to Windows Insider Program members using Windows 10 Home, and Preview Build 18309 brings it to everyone. Another tracking firm StatCounter estimates Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 about a year ago, and it now accounts for more than 50% of the installed base. In the upcoming Windows 10 19H1 release, Microsoft is silencing Cortana's voice by default so you won't have to hear it everytime you set up a new computer. Microsoft recommends using a mobile app such as Word on iOS or Android to create one and then adding it to Windows.

Microsoft wanted to have one billion devices running Windows 10 in a few years after its release, but later saw that it overestimated itself a bit.

But how do you protect your account without a password?

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If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10. Microsoft already confirmed a year ago that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones. If you think you hit this bug, you can type "winver" in the search box on your taskbar to double-check your build number.

After having signed up, go to your Settings on your Windows devices. Make sure to read those before you proceed to install Windows 10 2019 Insider Preview build 18309 on your devices.

We're pushing forward on eliminating passwords and keeping your accounts safe with another cool feature. It's still there. This means when it's talking, you won't be able to skip parts of the setup experience.

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With the latest build, the voice assistant has been disabled for enterprise users (Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education versions), but Home users will continue to suffer the horror.

Cursor and Pointers: Building on our mouse work announced with 18298, we've added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings.

According to a blog post from Microsoft's Japanese 'Ask the Network & AD Support Team, ' the built-in Windows 10 administrator account may be invalidated while upgrading to the version 1809.

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There's also a long list of "general changes, improvements, and fixes".