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Windows 10 Grows Users… Real Fast!

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is on more than 110 million PCs and tablets, according to company officials, up from 75 million just over a month ago.

Users have activated more than 110 million copies of Windows 10 since Microsoft began rolling out the operating system on July 29.

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That’s the latest claim by company officials, as of October 6.

At Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices launch in New York City, Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson disclosed the updated figure.

On August 29, Microsoft execs said Windows 10 was on more than 75 million devices, which was up from the 14 million figure — the number of copies activated in the first 24 hours the OS was available.

Back in August, when I asked, Microsoft said it was disclosing the number of Windows 10 copies activated by users, not the number of copies of the OS it had sold into the channel.

Read the full article on ZDNet…

No More Third “Wheels” – Chrome Will Make Big Changes in 2018

Next year is going to be big for Chrome, if you believe everything Google has announced so far: going to war against low-quality adsautoplaying content with sound, and unwanted redirects. The company today added a smaller, but still significant, initiative to its to-do list: reducing Chrome crashes caused by third-party software on Windows.

Google notes that roughly two-thirds of Windows Chrome users “have other applications on their machines that interact with Chrome, such as accessibility or antivirus software.” Before Chrome got extensions, third-party software needed to inject code in Chrome to function properly. Because Chrome users with software that injects code are 15 percent more likely to experience crashes, Google is now planning to block third-party code injection on Windows starting next year.

Blocking code injection will take place in three phases — here is Google’s timeline for this Chrome for Windows project:

  • April 2018: Chrome 66 will begin showing affected users a warning after a crash, alerting them that other software is injecting code into Chrome and guiding them to update or remove that software (pictured above).
  • July 2018: Chrome 68 will begin blocking third-party software from injecting code into Chrome processes on Windows. If this blocking prevents Chrome from starting, the browser will restart and allow the injection, but also show a warning that guides the user to remove the software.
  • January 2019: Chrome 72 will remove this accommodation and block code injections full stop.

There are, however, some exceptions for the last point — not all third-party solutions will be blocked. Google promises that Microsoft-signed code, accessibility software, and IME software will not be affected.

If you develop Windows software that works with Chrome, Google is encouraging you to switch Chrome channels and test your code. The company specifically mentioned the Beta channel, but it’s likely these changes will first show up in the Dev or Canary channels even sooner.

Are you Shopping with your Voice Assistant?

Spigot Inc is curious if you would allow your Voice Assistant (Alexa) to shop for you? She seems to be a bit confused…

Ask Alexa to buy some Nike shoes, and she might try to hawk you a pair of Nike men’s Revolution running shoes for $59.99. She’ll spout off product details, then ask, “Would you like to buy it?”

But say you’re actually looking for women’s shoes, as was the case in one Ad Age trial. We tell her that. But she really wants you to buy those men’s Nikes, though.

Read the full article here...