An era is leaving: the Rufus 4 utility has lost the ability to create bootable USB flash drives with Windows 7
A fresh update of the Rufus utility has been released at number 4. In this version, Pete Batard made several changes, the main of which was the refusal to support Windows 7. From now on, the utility allows you to create flash drives only with Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and 11 operating systems.
Note that earlier, in version 3.22, the ability to download ISO images of Windows 7 was gone. Thus, we can talk about the end of support for an already outdated OS, although it is still quite popular.
In addition, Rufus 4 now defaults to the 64-bit version of the application, although x86 and ARM versions are still available.
The rest of the changes are related to various fixes. For example, several bugs have been fixed for the Microsoft Store version of the program, and Ubuntu Studio’s secure boot is now working properly. Other than that, Ubuntu 23.04 runs without errors when booting in BIOS mode.
Rufus 4 can be downloaded from the official website of the project or from the GitHub repository. There are also previous versions of the program.
The next brainchild of Microsoft will go to rest. The company will stop supporting the Cortana app on Windows at the end of the year.
Microsoft is about to completely stop supporting the Cortana voice assistant. Already from the end of this year, support for this application will cease, although the company has not yet announced the exact date.
In general, this was more than expected, since the assistant introduced in 2015 did not gain popularity from the very beginning, and even Microsoft itself quickly stopped somehow promoting it. Now the company has unveiled the Windows Copilot tool, which will offer much the same as Cortana, only bigger and better.
Actually, in Windows 11, initially Cortana did not have any significant place and did not appear when the OS was first loaded.
However, Microsoft notes that the changes will only affect Cortana on Windows, while the assistant will still be available in Outlook Mobile, Teams Mobile, Microsoft Teams display and Microsoft Teams room.
Android 10 is still much more popular than Android 13. Android version prevalence statistics have appeared
Google, following Apple, published statistics on the prevalence of a particular version of Android.
The most common version is Android 11. This system is installed on 23.1% of all active devices. This is followed by an even older Android 10 with 17.8%, but Android 12 is breathing down its back with 16.3%.
The current Android 13 is only on the fourth line with a share of 14.7%. You can also highlight Android 9, which holds 11.9% of the market. All other versions have less than 10%.
Ahead of the announcement of iOS 17, Apple said that iOS 16 is installed on 81% of all active iPhones
Shortly before the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC 2023, Apple published statistics regarding the prevalence of iOS 16.
At the moment, the current version of the operating system is installed on 81% of all active iPhones on the market. Another 13% are working with iOS 15 and only 6% are on older versions.
If we talk about smartphones no older than four years, then the distribution looks like this: 90%, 8% and 2%, respectively.
In the case of tablets, iPadOS 16 is installed on 71% of all active iPads. Another 20% remain on iPadOS 15, while older versions are installed on 9% of devices.
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