Windows 8.1 Overtakes Windows XP Market Share

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We all know that the Windows XP operating system was very much popular among its users. The operating system was very stable and the interface was very easy to use. This is the reason why the OS was the most favorite among all the Windows operating systems. It had its monopoly for 13 years and on April 2014 the operating system was discontinued by Microsoft. Many operating systems came after the Windows XP OS, but none of them were able to become as popular as Windows XP. Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 were released after XP, but these operating systems were not a competition to the much popular XP OS.

Even after discontinuing Windows XP, the operating system is still being used by many of the businesses and corporations. Some of them have paid Microsoft for extended support. The market share of the latest Windows 8 operating system was well below that of Windows XP operating system. The changes that were brought about by Windows 8 were not welcomed by the traditional Windows users. Conventional Windows users are used to making use of the Start button to do all the tasks and in the Windows 8 operating system, the Start button was missing! The users were very much disappointed with the missing Start menu and this had resulted in many complaints in the Microsoft support forums.

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            Windows 8.1 Update

Many users who had done the Windows 8 upgrade even thought of reverting to their old operating system. The complaints from the users made Microsoft reconsider the decision of taking the Start button off. This resulted in the release of the Windows 8.1 Update. At first, it came as an update to the Windows 8 operating system. The main aim of the update was to reintroduce the Start button. With this update, Start button came back and many other new features were introduced and now the latest statistics shows that the market share of Windows 8.1 is now slightly more than that of the Windows XP.

It is good that Microsoft listened to the complaints of the users and took their suggestions openly. With the release of the Windows 8.1 update, more and more users are now moving to the Windows 8 operating system series. If you wish to know more on the Windows 8 upgrade, you can contact the Windows help and support team.

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Creating A Windows 8.1 Installation Disk Using Microsoft's New Tool

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             Installing Windows 8.1

Remember when Microsoft brought out Windows 8.1? They set it up as a mandatory Windows 8 upgrade, which you had to do directly from the Windows Store. The only way you were ever going to get the more comfortable ISO option was if you had an account on MSDN. Or if you were clever enough to fool the system they set up.

Most people were, and still are, neither. And the tech giant seems to have finally gotten wind of that. Maybe that’s why they’ve released an official tool which lets you make your own Windows 8.1 installation disk, on a DVD or USB flash drive. No more forced Windows 8 upgrade. You can skip a step and do a clean install of Win 8.1. Here’s what you do.

  • To make the installation disk, you need a DVD or a flash drive with enough space to carry the installation files. Then, download the Media Creation Tool by hitting the Create Media button.
  • Choose the right installation file, depending on the language and the bit-version.
  • Choose a location to save the installation ISO file to. If you’re going to put it in a bootable USB disk, you’ll need at least 4GB of free space for that. You could even use a local hard disk as the location.
  • Hit Next to start the file download. When that’s done, the OS can be installed by booting from the otherwise empty drive where you saved the ISO. Alternately, you can write it onto a DVD so that it can be the disk you boot into when the computer starts.

    Windows 8.1 Installation

           Upgrading To Windows 8.1

Microsoft is still on about how much better it is to use Windows Store for the upgrade, even if you’re not a Windows 8 user. But the general agreement among testers is that the ISO approach is a more reliable one. One major advantage is that this doesn’t rely on an uninterrupted internet connection. You could also store the ISO file locally, and do the upgrade at a time of convenience. The “Internet of Things” isn’t all that widespread anyhow, regardless of what Microsoft thinks.

If you’re moving upwards form a version older than Windows 8, like Windows 7 for instance, then you’d have to type in a product key for the installation of Windows 8.1. This is also a requirement for Windows 8 users installing Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Many Companies Including Apple Still Use Windows XP In Their Factory Systems

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         Windows XP Embedded OS

The Windows XP user base has started to decrease slowly in the last few months. From 25% market share in desktop operating systems, the thirteen year old OS has now come down to 14%. This means that the combined Desktop OS market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has now officially overtaken Windows XP. But, if you consider the Embedded OS used in factory systems and ATM kiosks, you get a different picture.

Factories and production facilities continue to use Windows XP

Certainly, the desktop users have started to make Windows 8 upgrade from XP in the last few months. This is indeed a good sign, since it is no longer safe to use an unsupported OS online. In fact, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have also overtaken Windows XP in online use. However, XP is still widely used in factories and production facilities around the world.

These companies are aware of the fact that Windows XP is no longer a supported OS. But, since these production facility systems are not connected to the internet, they do not see any need for upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 7. In fact, it was reported that even the tech giant Apple’s factory systems were running on Windows XP.

The machines at the factories, where the iPhones are made, for example, are running on the unsupported Microsoft OS. It is surprising to see a big tech firm like Apple lagging behind when it comes to upgrading their factory systems. It is indeed true that these factory systems are never connected to the internet and the risks of hacking attacks and virus infections that come with using an unsupported OS, are therefore much small.

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This explains why most companies are not interested in a Windows 8 upgrade for their factory systems and production line computers. They are likely to keep on using these systems until it becomes absolutely necessary to replace them. However, the simple fact is that by installing the latest software solutions, these companies can really increase the overall productivity of their production facilities.

On the other hand, the fact that the desktop market share for XP OS is shrinking is indeed a positive sign. This shows that at least the desktop users are realising the importance of using a supported operating system in their systems. However, it seems that the Desktop market share for Windows 7 has actually increased this year to 56%. The release of Windows 10 next year might change this.

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Microsoft Sold Over 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses, Yet Windows 7 Is Still Dominant

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                   Windows 8

Microsoft, one of the biggest software companies in the world, is popular for developing top quality software products. The Windows series of Operating Systems actually catapulted the company into unparalleled popularity. Though the company has had tremendous success with most of their Operating Systems, it looks like the company is in throes of a market misfire with the latest Windows OS, Windows 8. Microsoft had the similar experience with Windows Vista, which was a huge flop. Windows Vista is considered as one of the worst flops in the history of the company. It came to replace Windows XP, instead Vista got itself replaced.

After Vista, the company enjoyed huge success with Windows 7, arguably the best operating system ever till date. After the success of Windows 7, users would have expected something similar to Windows 7, but an enhanced OS. But, the company offered a drastically different operating system. The greatest difference and the major shock the users had was the User Interface. The user interface was totally different compared to Windows 7. Probably this is why Windows 7 users were not much enthused about Windows 8 upgrade.  Actually, Windows 7 users found the new User Interface extremely difficult to absorb and confusing.

Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 upgrade licenses, but this is nothing compared to the number of users using Windows 7. Windows 7 is still the most dominant Windows Operating System in the world.  The pace at which people are migrating to the new OS is not as fast as what happened with Windows 7. Windows 7 was an instant hit. Windows 8, due to the various issues concerning it, looks like a failure.

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What went wrong with Windows 8? The major reason why the new Windows OS is struggling to surpass Windows 7 is the fact that it is nothing like any Windows OS you have seen; that too, not in a good way. Many familiar Windows OS elements have been omitted and ones, which replaced these features are too confusing to learn.

Windows 8 has a steep learning curve. Even the in-built help and support module is not self explanatory; it is more confusing. Users are most of the time left on their own for accessing various applications and using some of the features.

We can only hope that with the new Windows 10, which will release next year, all the Windows 8 problems will be resolved. Let us wait and see!

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Low-Priced Windows 8 Tablets Will Steal This Year's IFA Berlin Show

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              Upgrade To Windows 8

The internationally acclaimed trade show IFA Berlin has been officially inaugurated. It is believed that a slew of Microsoft products will steal this year’s show. As it had been reported earlier, Microsoft is all set to introduce its low-priced Windows 8 tablets at the show. The key attraction of these Windows 8 upgrade tablets is that they are small and therefore are easy for handling.

Interestingly, Microsoft has a number of rivals who will also deliver Windows 8.1 powered tablets. Acer and Toshiba with their low-priced Windows 8.1 tablets ($150 and $120 respectively) have already made their presence felt. Other popular brands such as Dell and HP are also going to introduce some budget tablets at this year’s IFA Berlin show. Surprisingly, most of these tablets share some similarities with each other. They come either in 8-inch or 7-inch screen ranges and sport Intel Atom Soc processor mostly.

Get a Windows 8.1 device at $120

To reach the maximum number of customers, Microsoft campaigns its products with the tagline ‘Get a Windows 8.1 device at just $120′. Obviously, Microsoft wants to belittle the Android powered low budget tablets with its low-priced but feature rich Windows 8.1 tablets and most interestingly, the fact that these tablets run the latest Windows 8.1 OS make them superior to the Android tablets.

Encore Mini to be launched as the first Windows 8 powered tablet

Surprisingly, Microsoft won’t be the brand that rolls out the first Windows 8 tablet at the show. The Windows 8.1 powered Encore Mini tablet by Toshiba will announce the first Windows 8.1 tablet at this year’s show. The key features of this low-budget tablet include 7-inch display, 1 GB of RAM, quad-core Bay Trail SoC and 16GB of built-in storage. The storage can be expanded. Nevertheless, report has it that this particular product won’t allure many users as it has already been blamed for its not-so-pleasant viewing angles.

Windows 8 Tablet

                         Windows 8 Features

Interestingly, this tablet seems to have better connectivity options than other tablets that come in the same price range. Bluetooth 4.0, Micro SD slot, WiFi, Micro USB 2.0 port etc are among the key features. This Windows 8.1 preinstalled tablet is going to be sold at $120.

Acer, Dell and HP are all set to roll out their brand new Windows 8.1 preinstalled tablets at the show. However, none of them has revealed the specs of their tablets yet. As a common feature, all tablets have the ability for Windows 8 upgrade.

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