What to expect from Microsoft in 2016
A lot has happened at Microsoft over the past year. Basic support for Windows 7 ended in January, Windows 10 was released at the end of July, Office 2016, followed two months later, at the end of the year, the world saw the first Windows 10 Mobile devices. In November, the company released a new version of Windows 10 and soon after began an even more aggressive imposition update to its new operating system.
And what happens in the camp, the software giant in the coming 2016? We have a few tips and bold predictions.
What will happen in 2016
1. Microsoft OneDrive will be deprived of the nl and will adjust the prices of their products in Russia
In 2016 Microsoft will no longer be generously giving away unlimited cloud storage OneDrive for Office 365 users and again set the limit at 1 TB. In addition, the company will reduce the free space in OneDrive up to 5 GB and remove «bonus film.» The latter has caused mass discontent. But after protests by more than 60,000 users of Microsoft retreated. As a result, users that go to this page to 31 January, the company will retain and 15 GB of free space and 15 GB in the form of so-called «bonus film.»
As for price adjustments, starting today, software and cloud products of Microsoft in Russia will cost from 19 to 25% more expensive. The change does not affect the game console Xbox, Dynamics CRM, and a boxed edition of Windows.
2. Microsoft will end support for older versions of Internet Explorer
Supporting old versions of IE will expire later this month. Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer for supported operating systems will receive technical support and security updates. For example, on computers with Windows 7 will not be supported any version below IE 11, on Windows Vista SP2 to get security updates will be only the ninth version of the browser. Users of unsupported versions of the browser will receive a notification.
3. Microsoft will end support for Windows 8
In addition, 12 Jan 2016 expires support all editions of Windows 8. To retain the support of, i.e., to receive updates, users of «eight» should be updated to version 8.1 or go directly to Windows 10.
4. Microsoft will promote Windows 10 even more aggressive
In Redmond strive to two to three years after the release of Windows 10 worked at least 1 billion devices.
In December, the company removed the option to decline the update, but only one that Microsoft will not be limited. In early 2016, Windows 10 will be released as a recommended update, so now is the time to test your settings «Windows update».
5. Microsoft will release Windows 10 upgrade Redstone
The first pre-Assembly of the Redstone is already available in the program Windows Insider, but contains only minor changes. In particular, Microsoft has made structural improvements to the core (OneCore), is responsible for the compatibility of Windows with different devices.
It is expected that the Windows 10 upgrade Redstone to be released in the summer of 2016 and will likely bring with it support for the extensions in the browser Edge. Now we can only guess what features will be part of the package, but they say that Redstone will be redesigned cortana, plus back support «file-placeholders».
6. Upgrading to Windows 10 will no longer be free
Users of computers with Windows 7 and 8.1 want to get Windows 10 for free must install the update in the next 7 months, because this action is not eternal and will last until July 29, 2016. To associate a license with the device, once is enough to activate Windows 10.
7. We will stop selling computers preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1
October 31, 2016 marks the end of sales for PCs with pre-installed Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1. If you are planning to buy a new computer and don’t want to he was with Windows 10, then this is your last chance.
Interestingly, despite the fact that support for Windows 8 ends in January, the computers running this OS version will be sold until June 30, 2016.
Bold predictions for 2016
1. Microsoft would face legal problems due to Windows 10
The policy of forcing the users to move to Windows 10 will be Microsoft cause severe headache. The organization of consumer protection in Germany has made the company a warning about her aggressive methods of imposing the updates, and then you can pursue a legal action that will cost Microsoft a lot of money.
Verbraucherschutz Microsoft verklagt wegen Updatezwang auf Windows 10 https://t.co/oQA80mDuKl
— go_windows (@go_windows) 19 Dec 2015
2. Microsoft will extend the free upgrade to Windows 10
At the end of 2015, the adoption rate of «ten» came down. Flagship operating system from Microsoft has still not managed to surpass the popularity of the «old» Windows XP not to mention Windows 7, according to NetMarket Share.
By the summer of 2016, despite all the efforts of Microsoft, the market share of Windows 10 will barely surpass those of Windows XP and Windows 8.1. Thus, the 10-ka will be the second most popular desktop OS in the world, but for a long time will remain far behind Windows 7. For this reason, Microsoft will be forced to prolong the «Get Windows 10 for free» for some time. It is quite possible that the free update will be able to even users of Windows XP, whose market share will remain significant.
3. Windows Mobile will go away
Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows for smartphones or whatever it is actually called a mobile platform from Microsoft will probably cease to exist in 2016 and no Surface Phone will not help her. Even if it is contrary to the current strategy of Microsoft «Windows on all devices».
Modest market share of Windows Mobile (Phone) continues to decline, and the interest of developers is minimal, so more and more s claim that Satya Nadella and company on the verge of a difficult decision to abandon efforts in the mobile segment after so many years of unsuccessful experience.