Windows 10 Finally Becomes Most Popular Desktop OS

Windows 10 Finally Becomes Most Popular Desktop OS

Windows 10 Finally Becomes Most Popular Desktop OS

Microsoft has probably done what the company has been promoting for many years: Windows 10 is now the most widely used operating system.

In December 2018, Windows 10 was able to achieve a larger market share than the several-year-old Windows 7 - albeit very close. If silencing Cortana with Preview Build 18309 is a gift to professional Windows 10 users, expanding password-less Microsoft accounts to every version of Windows 10 is Microsoft's gift to itself.

You can create one password-less account through Microsoft apps such as Word on your smartphone. Today, that support is extending to all Windows editions!

If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10.

Despite this, Microsoft is hard at work on the next big feature update, expected this spring, and has just rolled out the first build of 2019 for Insiders on the Fast ring.

Microsoft has also revamped the Windows Hello PIN reset experience. Microsoft already confirmed previous year that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones. Although this offer officially ended on July 29th, 2016, it is still technically possible to go through the process on a Windows 7/8.1 PC. If you think you hit this bug, you can type "winver" in the search box on your taskbar to double-check your build number.

Is Windows 10 still telling Microsoft what you're doing even if you don't want it to? Users can now download additional voices in other languages without having to download entire language packs.

Select "sign in options" and then click on alternatives such as PIN lock and sign in. This task can now be done by going to Narrator Settings and clicking "Add more voices".

Narrator Home navigation: The main actions on Narrator Home, such as QuickStart and Settings, are now buttons and not Listview items.

Read Current character phonetics: Added Narrator + 5 twice Narrator command to render current character phonetics. Microsoft had been testing the feature on Windows 10 Home specifically, but it chose to port it over to all other iterations as well.

Also on the ease of access front, Microsoft has added 11 new mouse pointer sizes under Cursor and Pointers settings, to make for 15 choices in total.

Of course, as it the case with all early Insider preview builds, this one includes a healthy list of known issues for both user and developers.

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