News tagged: Windows

US Affected By Petya Malware From Russia, Ukraine

Petya, a new piece of ransomware that's been spreading through Russia and Ukraine, is now present in the United States. It's also spread to parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia. The malware has affected banking systems in some countries and disabled a Chernobyl monitoring system.

Windows 10 Source Code Leaked, Microsoft Confirms

Parts of Windows 10's source code leaked online, Microsoft has confirmed. Files dealing with USB, storage, and WiFi drivers for the operating system appeared on the Beta Archive this week. Microsoft says it confirmed the files are from "code from the Shared Source Initiative."

Windows 10 Has 500 Million Monthly Active Devices

Half a billion devices are using Windows 10 each month, Microsoft revealed during its Build developer conference. The operating system has been growing at about twice the rate of Windows 8. Windows 10 was at 200 million in January 2016 and it reached 270 million in March 2016.

First Windows 10 Version Loses Support

Microsoft is cutting off support for the original version of Windows 10, which was released nearly two years ago in July 2015. Three large updates to the OS have rolled out to users since then. As of May 9, the first version is no longer being updated.

Windows 10 Grows To 300M Daily Users

Windows 10 reached an install base of 200 million devices in January 2016. More than a year later, the operating system is now being used by around 300 million people each day. Microsoft says it's the best adoption rate it's ever seen for a Windows operating system.

Redstone 3 Arriving This September

Windows 10's Redstone 3 update is going to arrive in September and Microsoft has confirmed it plans to release updates twice per year. Those releases are being planned for March and September of each year. Each will be supported for 18 months. Preview builds are coming out now.

Windows 10 To Throttle Background Apps

In order to save your battery life, Microsoft is adding a background app throttling feature to Windows 10. The feature has appeared in preview build 16176 and it may be able to save up to 11% of battery usage. Your computer must be running an Intel 6th gen processor.

Windows Vista Support Ends Today

Microsoft is officially ending its support for Windows Vista today. The operating system is only being used by 0.72% of the desktop market, indicating the end of support won't be highly problematic. However, that market share still covers up to 10 million people.