Microsoft released a new feature quite peculiar to the next major update of Windows 10, scheduled for October this year. The novelty is a generously sized screen with an alert for the user to give up the installation of another browser and to use the Edge, already present in the machines by default.
“You already have Microsoft Edge – the fastest and safest browser for Windows 10,” the software giant says in a message that appears when the installation of Chrome or Firefox is started. The screen appears to prevent the installation, with a button to open the Edge or continue the process that will bring the third browser to the computer.
The novelty appeared in one of the latest test versions of Windows 10, spotted by Insiders program personnel, which will be sent to users as of October this year in one of the great updates that happen from time to time. The curious thing is that the news that arrives in versions of tests are cataloged in a kind of internal control, or in publications in the blog of the own Microsoft, but this alert did not appear anywhere.
Microsoft’s war against Chrome and Firefox is not new and there are already some tricks that the company uses in everyday life to try to entice users to their own browser, such as a small popup that appears in the toolbar, warning that Edge is installed and ready for use.
There’s a question as to whether Windows 10 will begin to be more incisive in its attempt to force the Edge to more people, or whether it will leave out so much aggression and revulsion. My guess is that this screen will not be sent at the next update.
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The support policy for Windows 10 is changing, and companies will be able to spend more time without major updates. Typically, each version loses support 18 months after it is released; this term will be extended to 30 months. In addition, Microsoft warrants help if any program stops working after an update.
Current versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education will be supported for 30 months from launch. This includes the Birthday Update (1607), Creators Update (1703), Fall Creators Update (1709), and April 2018 Update (1803).
In addition, future releases of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education released in the second half will be supported for 30 months – this includes the October 2018 Update (1809). In turn, future versions released in the first half will continue in the 18-month cycle.
Microsoft will solve compatibility issues
Windows 10 receives two major updates per year, which can be very fast for some companies. Microsoft has been criticized for these updates, for bringing in useless features, or for causing bugs with programs already installed.
Therefore, she is also presenting the Desktop App Assure. If any program stops working right after an upgrade of Windows 10 or Office 365 ProPlus, a Microsoft engineer will be in charge of solving the problem.
To do this, you must open a call on the FastTrack system. “We support you in application compatibility, and we’re committed to completely removing this factor,” writes Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365.
The Desktop App Assure will be offered at no additional cost to Windows 10 Enterprise and Education customers. It will be tested in North America in October, and will be released worldwide until February 2019.
And who has Windows 10 Home or Pro? Nothing changes for now: each version will continue to be supported for 18 months, and you will not get expert help from Microsoft.
Windows 7 will have extended support paid until 2023
Windows 7 will have extended support until January 14, 2020: that is, it will only receive security updates until that date, with no new features. Microsoft knows that some companies “are at a different point in the upgrade process,” and will offer paid updates until January 2023.
The Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise clients in Volume Licensing. Office 365 ProPlus will also be supported on these system versions by January 2023.
Microsoft does not reveal the price, but says Windows 7 ESU will be charged per device and will become more expensive every year. Companies will be discounted if they have signed Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education (for other PCs in use).