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WIndows 10 on 400 million active devices

by on27 September 2016

Close to target but no cigar

Software king of the world Microsoft has told the world that Windows 10 is now running on 400 million active devices as of today – that is an increase of 100 million from May and 207 million at the end of March.

By the term "Active devices" Vole means something which has been switched on in the past 28 days. It includes not only Windows 10 installed on PCs, tablets, and phones, but also on Xbox One consoles and HoloLens, Surface Hubs.

All this is not bad, in comparison to the take up of other Operating Systems, but Microsoft's original goal was to have Windows 10 running on one billion devices by 2018, but execs recently conceded they wouldn't make that number until some unspecified time after that.

Microsoft said that Windows Insider testers working with early Windows 10 "Redstone 2" builds soon.  It will include a new container-based isolation for its Edge browser We thought that meant you put your browser in a glass jar which you stick on your desk next to the pot plant, but apparently it is something codenamed "Barcelona." While Windows 10 Enterprise currently supports containers for development purposes, Barcelona is specific to the browser baked into the operating system.

Microsoft execs have dubbed Barcelona "Windows Defender Application Guard," they said today. The feature will use virtualization-based security, isolating potentially malicious code in containers so it can't spread across company networks. Starting "early next year," Microsoft will start testing this feature with enterprise customers who've expressed interest, officials said.

Microsoft officials also said at Ignite today that the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and Office 365 ATP services now "share intelligence mutually." These services help detect and thwart advanced attacks. And as of early 2017, Office 365 ATP will be extended to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. Users will be able to get email with placeholder attachment and use "URL detonation" for analyzing links in real time.

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