Half-billion Windows 10 devices, but PC slump stunts growth

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The new version of iTunes will be available through the Windows Store by the end of this year, according to the announcement, and offer full support for Apple Music and iPhone syncing.

Speaking of usage numbers, Microsoft also announced that commercial Office 365 is running on 100 million monthly active devices, whereas as of October past year, there were 85 million commercial users, meaning 15 million have since then.

Acer Inc. plans to sell a headset and motion controller bundle for $399 this holiday season, Microsoft said.

On Wednesday, Microsoft disclosed there are now 500 million devices running Windows 10. Getting halfway has taken almost two years.

Fall Creators Update leverages both the new Fluent Design System and the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, Myerson said, adding that with timeline in Windows 10, one can now jump back in time to find what one was working on.

New Insights APIs are coming too.

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Using third-party skills they'll know if they need to leave earlier to fill up the auto and will be able to book time off work and set an out of office. Now, Windows will engage with its competitors and look for ways to make customers' experience with those devices better, the Redmond, Washington-based company said. That recently introduced version, Windows 10 S, can't get apps directly from third parties such as Apple, as regular Windows 10 users can.

It's unclear if there will be any changes to the app now that it's Windows-official. At the time, Microsoft quipped that developers will be able to bring their Chromium-based browsers to the operating system, hinting that Chrome and Firefox will be available to download at some point.

For starters, Microsoft is going to streamline the installation process of the Ubuntu subsystem by moving the install process to the Windows Store.

The store, though, still lacks the Chrome browser from Alphabet's Google, for example.

Right now, Live Player works by compiling the code developers write to an intermediate language (often called "byte code") and then interpreting that code within the app. Microsoft is looking at using other approaches for Live Player's functionality in the future if they provide benefits for developers, Friedman said.

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