Biz Break: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hits 300 million users

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It’s Not A Billion, But Still…: OK, it’s been years since Microsoft lost the title of King of the Tech Hill to Apple. That’s not to say that Microsoft is a slouch by any stretch. Any company that can pull in $22 billion in sales in one quarter is worth keeping an eye on. It’s just that such numbers, as big as they are, now seem like something out of Triple-A ball compared with Apple’s major-league leading $50.6 billion in revenue that it posted during the first three months of the year.

Yet Microsoft has bullets in its belt that can take aim at Apple. And one of those remains Windows, and the company’s Windows 10 operating system. On Thursday, Microsoft said that in less than one year, Windows 10 is now running on 300 million devices. The last time Microsoft gave an update on Windows 10 was in March, when the company said 270 million devices were running on the newest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

“We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster than ever, and use Windows 10 more than ever before,” said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post about Windows 10 hitting the 300-million device mark.

Most of those are on PCs, sure. You can look at it this way. Windows 10 installations grew 11 percent in a little more than a month since Microsoft’s last update. At that rate, Windows 10 will reach its goal of 1 billion Windows 10 users by 2018. By comparison, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said there are now 1 billion iOS devices in use. But that took nearly nine years, from when the first iPhone came out in 2007.

Oh, but if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, and still want to do so for free, you best get on the stick. Microsoft said the, ahem, “window” for getting a free upgrade will close on July 29. After then, you will have to pay $119 for a full version of Windows 10 Home edition upgrade, or buy a new device with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Middle Innings: 

Somebody Take The Wheel: It’s 2016. Shouldn’t we have cars that can drive themselves by now? And where are those cities on the moon, too, now that we’re thinking about it?

Well, a couple of local companies are working on cars that can drive themselves. And, of course, one of them is Google, which has a deal with Fiat Chrysler to build a fleet of 100 self-driving cars. One aspect of the deal that became noteworthy Thursday is that it is not mutually exclusive. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that both companies can work with other partners to develop self-driving cars. However, it is still uncertain if they can take the technology they develop together to use with other car partners.

In effect, Google and Fiat say they like dating each other but they are also free to go out with other people, if they want. But it might not be cool for either of them to tell their other partners about what their main squeeze is up to.

Then there is Pivotal Software, which might be headed for an IPO later this year.  Ford is putting $182.2 million into Pivotal as part of its effort to speed up the development of a self-driving car. Pivotal, of San Francisco, specializes in cloud-based software tools that developers can use to build more software. And that software can then be used in labs to hopefully, in Ford’s eye, develop self-driving car technology.

The investment also calls for Ford and Pivotal to open up labs in the U.S. and Europe for its engineers to work together.

Talk About A Lack of Self-Identity: Remember just a few days ago when Craig Wright was “identified” as the creator of bitcoin? The Australian entrepreneur posted some evidence online that was said to confirm a digital signature that only he, as the creator of bitcoin, could have. He then said he would come up with some irrefutable proof to show that we was, indeed, for real, the guy who created the virtual currency that only the Winklevoss twins really seem to support, or understand.

Well…

Wright has changed his mind. To be precise, he posted on one of his blogs that he doesn’t have “the courage” to go through with doing whatever he planned on doing to prove that he developed bitcoin. Wright was supposed to move some bitcoin out of one of the first address blocks created with the currency–an act believed possible only by bitcoin’s creator–but then decided not to because of a series of questions about whether he had misled bitcoin proponents with some of the evidence he published earlier about his role in the creation of bitcoin.

So, if Wright won’t prove for certain that he created bitcoin, then who will?

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Here’s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley stocks did Thursday…

Movin’ On Up: Genomic Health shares rose more than 11 percent, while social-game maker Zynga saw its shares surge following better-than-expected quarterly results. Gains also came from Yume, QuinStreet and Yahoo.

In The Red: Decliners included SolarCity, GoPro, Tesla Motors, Twitter and Nimble Storage.

The SV150 Index of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies shed 0.3 percent to slip to 1,569.

The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index gave up 0.2 percent to finish at 4,717.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day with a slight gain at 17,660.

And the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was essentially unchanged to close at 2,050.

Quote Of The Day: “BOOMSTICK, BABY!” — Seattle Mariners TV announcer Dave Sims after the Mariners Nelson Cruz crushed a home run against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday that, were it not for the Mt. Davis seating section at the Oakland Coliseum, would still be on its way toward Yosemite.

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Photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company’s headquarters on Jan. 21, 2015, in Redmond, Wash. (AP/Elaine Thompson)

 

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  • apple SUCKS

    Windows 10 ROCKS. You have to be a total fool and very ignorant not to upgrade to it. also, Win10 just got started, and its got way more stuff in his sleeves. that we will see in the future updates, like Redstone update coming in June or so, with more features and options than we already have. Win10 is by far the BEST OS out there and will get even better and better as time goes by. You have till June 29th to get you FREE upgrade. After that, it will be 100% YOUR FAULT not upgrading, and pls do NOT go on the internet, and Booohooo and cry and whine , that Win10 is expensive, or blah, blah, blah, you have time NOW, so DO IT, and get it for FREE. it will be your loss, if you don’t.

    • TrickyDickie

      I agree with your statement, I love it as well.
      It will be all of the people that are slagging it off now (“Spyware! Telemetry!” Waaahhhh!”) will be the ones complaining lol

 
 
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