Microsoft to unveil first new Windows in six years

Windows powered Microsoft’s rise in the 1990s as PCs became a fixture among businesses and consumers.

Microsoft Corp will unveil its first major update to its Windows operating system on Thursday.

Software that has transformed Microsoft into a household name and controlled personal computers for years has gained popularity with devices that use Apple and Google software but is still Microsoft’s stronghold in the corporate market.

And the improved operating system may also appeal to people, who have helped drive PC sales to a much higher level this past year due to homework practices adopted during the Covid-19 epidemic.

Analysts expect that Windows 10’s successor will be called Windows 11 and will contain business user updates that can make it easier to use with double-monitoring setups. It can also host PC player updates, another important Microsoft customer base, including the Xbox operating system.

Microsoft may also provide more details on the launch of the Internet on Thursday in its updated Windows Store plans.

The company recently cut commissions on in-store games by 12 percent, less than 15pc required for standard apps, and has become a major critic of Apple Inc’s App Store, charging 30pc commissions and requiring developers to use Apple-app payment systems app.

The rise of Windows was powered by Microsoft in the 1990s as PCs became a circle between businesses and consumers. But the app took a back seat to Apple for Apple and Google’s Alphabet Inc as mobile phones that use PCs as the main computer tool for billions of users.

Windows remains one of the largest technology platforms in the world, with Microsoft’s personal computer component, generating Windows revenue from businesses and consumers, accounting for $ 48.2 billion of its $ 143 billion revenue in its recent financial year.

Windows 10, the most recent version, has 1.3 billion users, approximately the number of devices installed by Apple for 1.65 billion users but less than half of the 3 billion Android Alphabet users.

Between PCs and laptops, Windows lost some market share in 2020 to Google Chromebooks as schools opted for cheaper online learning devices but still saved more than 80pc market share, according to data company IDC.

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