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July 9th, 2018:

Windows 10 – Year 3 report card and evaluation by ZDNET

Windows 10 continues to improve, as noted in this informative recent evaluation

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-after-three-years-a-greatly-improved-report-card/

As Windows 10 approaches its third birthday, it’s maturing steadily. A worldwide installed base of more than 700 million active users is impressive, but what will it take to convince Windows 7 users to switch?

That three-year anniversary used to be a very big deal for Microsoft’s OEM partners and for its corporate customers running Windows, because it signaled the expected arrival of a new Windows version. With Windows 10, that calendar is no longer relevant. Instead of a “big bang” release every three years, Microsoft has been trickling out new features for its flagship desktop operating system, releasing a total of five feature updates in the past three years.

The most recent release, the April 2018 Update, might not seem like that big of an upgrade compared to the version that came out a mere six months earlier. But compare it to the original Windows 10 release from July 2015 and the contrast is striking. I issued report cards for Windows 10 after its first and second years. As we approach the three-year mark, it’s time to do it again. My 2018 report card uses the same categories (with one noteworthy exception) as in the previous two years

Windows 10 – Year 3 report card by ZDNET
Adoption rate: B
Upgrades and updates: B
Privacy, A-
Security: A/B
Apps: C-
Hardware: B+

Apple – Top 10 Free Store Applications of all time

Apple’s App store recently celebrated it’s 10th anniversary. The following are the top 10 Free Store Apps of all time:

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-free-apps-all-time-apple-app-store-2018-7

https://sensortower.com/blog/number-one-apps

Apple’s iPhone App Store has been around for a decade, and there have been certainly some short-lived fads on it over the years. In honor of the App Store’s 10th birthday, analytics firm Sensor Tower has put together a list of apps that have spent the most time at No. 1 on the App Store since 2010, which is when advanced analytics became available for the first time.  That means that these are the apps that were the most popular free apps in the United States for weeks. How many have you downloaded? How many do you still have on your phone?

Let’s start with the top 10 free apps of all-time on Apple’s App Store:

1. Facebook Messenger
2. Bitmoji
3. YouTube
4. Trivia Crack
5. Draw Something
6. Snapchat
7. Minion Rush
8. Slither.io
9. Temple Run
10. Pokemon Go