Windows 10 Now Used On Over 300 Million Devices

Posted by Jason Ephraim on May 5, 2016

Windows 10 Use Continues to Grow Microsoft announced today on it’s blog that 9 months after it’s release, the Windows 10 operating system is now being used on over 300 million active devices worldwide. In the post, Microsoft also shared some impressive usage figures regarding Windows 10’s features:   Over 63 billion minutes were spent on Microsoft Edge in March alone, with 50% growth in minutes since the last quarter. Exclusively available on Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is our modern browser for helping you get things done. Cortana, the personal digital assistant in Windows 10, has helped answer over 6 billion questions since launch. People are playing games on Windows 10 more than ever before, with over 9 billion hours of gameplay on Windows 10 since launch. Apps that come with Windows 10, including Photos, Groove Music, and Movies & TV are seeing millions of active users each month, including more than 144 million people using Photos. And, the Windows Store continues to grow daily with new Universal Windows Platform apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger; updated UWP apps from Vine, Hulu, Netflix and Twitter; and popular PC games including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break. Source: Microsoft Finally, Microsoft used the announcement as an opportunity to remind users that the deadline for the Windows 10 free upgrade offer is approaching. This program allows users of some previous versions of Windows (including Windows 7 & 8) to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as long as the…

New Gmail account security alert warns of Government attacks

Posted by Christin on March 31, 2016

Google announced on Thursday that it has expanded it’s Safe Browsing alerts to inform Gmail users of the possibility their Gmail account may have been subject to suspicious government activity. In 2012, Gmail began alerting users if there was a risk of state-sponsored attacks by including the information in a top-page banner. However, users will now see a full-page alert with more detailed information and options to beef up their security if they feel they are, indeed, being targeted. Image: Google Unfortunately, Google admits there is a chance some alerts may be triggered incorrectly or may in fact be false alarms. However, Google is not releasing how these alerts are identifying malicious government-sponsored gmail security intrusions in order to protect their methods for identifying them. Thankfully, Google has estimated that fewer than 0.1% of all Gmail accounts will be subject to these security alerts. Google ads that most of these users seem to be journalists, activists, and policy-makers.