It is generally rumored that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 by skipping the Windows 8.2 update and it is expected to hit the markets in the month of April 2015. Many reports coming from Microsoft suggest that the new Windows 9 would solve all the issues that users faced with Windows 8 operating system and they are also trying to make use of the Windows 8 features in Windows 9 that will be user-friendly to the desktop users. Moreover, Windows 9 will also feature the Start menu, which was absent in Windows 8.
With Microsoft jumping to Windows 9 directly, it is evident that software giant is looking to make far more significant and drastic changes to the new OS. It is generally assumed that Microsoft would try some changes in the start screen and it is sure that they will not go forward with the Metro Start screen present in the Windows 8 OS. By default, Windows 9 might boot directly to desktop UI. It might also see a feature known as Metro 2.0, which would be a more mature form of the present Metro design language seen in Windows 8.
There is no idea about what Metro 2.0 would be but one thing is sure that the users would be able to run Metro apps in different windows using the desktop. Moreover, it also gives you the freedom to control the metro apps running on the desktop by using your mouse and keyboard. Cross platform app compatibility among Windows Phone 8.1, Xbox One and Windows 9 would also be a feature in Windows 9. However, it is not confirmed yet.
Even though Microsoft has not yet made any announcements yet in any of its press conferences, within the next few months there might be a brief introduction about the Windows 9 operating system just like in 2003, when Microsoft introduced Longhorn OS, which was later renamed as Windows Vista. With the release of Windows 9, Microsoft is all set to heal the scars caused by the release of Windows 8 OS.
Let us hope that those Windows users who have opted for the Windows 8 upgrade would get a free chance to upgrade to the upcoming OS from Microsoft i.e. Windows 9. To know more about the Windows 8 upgrade and other details, contact the Windows 8 Support number.Read more »
If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your primary email program, many a times you would have come across error messages while trying to access information. Although common Outlook problems are confined to the corruption of .pst files, some other issues can also pop up once in a while. It is here that Microsoft Outlook tools comes into play.
Outlook tools is a third party software that provides support as well as settings for people who use Outlook as their primary email service. This is a free software program that automatically scans the PC while starting up the installed version of Outlook. With this installed in their system, a user would be able to see the relevant file paths and information in the first window. It also makes it possible for the user to change the Outlook path, roaming Outlook data, local Outlook data, etc in order to open attachments in the application. The very same menu links to areas like Outlook inbox repair tool, Account Settings, and the Windows Event Viewer. A Microsoft Update can also be initiated right from this window. Another handy provision is that here, users are able to minimize Outlook to the notification area and configure it to display all emails in plain text.
Similarly, Microsoft Outlook Tools comprises of four additional tabs where users can configure startup switches, clear the lists most recently used, as well as block email attachments. On the second page, the users would see all known Microsoft Outlook startup switches wherein they can select one of more than 40 different startup switches. According to the technical support, it is advised to check these descriptions on the developer’s home page before continuing the process.
Clearing MRU or the most recently used lists is an automatic process that can be done manually as well. Microsoft Outlook Tools provides easy options to clear individual lists from specific profile lists. Now comes the New Mail alerts page, where users can configure the desktop notifications that are included along with the new emails. The interval time can also be changed from the default seven seconds to a value that suits the needs of the users.
These are some of the main features of the Outlook tools. To know more about this third party software program for Outlook, feel free to contact our 24×7 technical support team.Read more »
Windows 8 was launched by Microsoft almost a year ago. Yet, many users still find it difficult to do upgrade their systems to Windows 8, or get familiar with the features of the operating system. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant is an amazing tool that would check if your computer is compatible for an upgrade. According to the Windows tech support, getting the Upgrade Assistant is easy, and you can run it without installing Windows 8 on your computers.
To check if your computer is compatible to run the features of Windows is essential before installing the operating system in your computer. This is because if your computer does not support Windows 8 features such as Windows store, secure boot, multitouch etc. you would be getting warning messages from the Upgrade Assistant. According to technical support, although some features would not be supported, it is still possible to upgrade your system to Windows 8. Thus, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant is an essential tool that will help you immensely while trying installing the operating system. The Upgrade Assistant can be purchased and downloaded online from Microsoft’s official website. After downloading, you can install it in your system. It can also be purchased from a retail store as a DVD copy.
Trying to install Windows 8 in your system through the Upgrade Assistant has its own advantages, because here, you would be provided with the instructions to get your Windows 8 installer. This means that you can install it in your system, without seeking assistance from a technician. Another advantage is that the Upgrade Assistant would recommend the edition of the operating system that suits your computer best. For example, if you are using a Windows 7 computer and trying to do a Windows upgrade, all your files and programs would still remain intact. However, if you are using a Windows XP or Windows Linux computer, you would not be able to retrieve your files and programs after you upgrade it to Windows 8. Now, if your computer cannot be upgraded, it is better to buy a new PC that has Windows 8 pre-installed in it in order to avoid the issues.
These are some of the benefits of using the Upgrade assistant before downloading Windows 8 in your system. To get more assistance with installing Windows 8 in your computer, please contact our 24/7 technical support team.Read more »
Skype is a free program released by Microsoft and using this free software, a user will be able to make free calls to families and friends over the internet. However, to make calls, the other users also should have Skype installed on their computer and have an account in Skype. It is a service, which can be downloaded free of cost, and is compatible with almost all operating systems.
Many features offered by the Skype application are available free of cost, but in order to use the advanced features of the same, you need to pay some money. Earlier, Microsoft included Windows Messenger in the XP version of the OS, but it was left out of the OS, when Microsoft launched Vista and Windows 7. In both the operating systems, they included an application called as Windows Live Essentials. However, in the latest version of the OS, i.e. Windows 8, Microsoft included a most advanced messaging service application. The release of the Windows Smartphones made Microsoft include this advanced messaging application in Windows 8.
Now, there is a declaration by Microsoft that they are going to make Skype as a built in application in the latest update of Windows 8 OS i.e. Windows 8.1. This means that the Windows Live Messenger and the Windows Messenger will be replaced by Skype in the latest Windows 8.1 OS. This will be advantageous for many users whose families and friends are abroad, and those who have performed Windows 8 upgrade can move on to the latest Windows 8.1 OS.
In the earlier versions of Windows operating system, a separate messaging app has been included by Microsoft, and it is absent in the new Windows 8.1 OS as they are replaced with the Skype application in the latest devices. Moreover, Microsoft also provides an option for the user to uninstall the Skype app in Windows 8, if they need to use some other application in place of Skype. Therefore, like earlier, the users need not download Skype separately as it is coming preloaded with Windows 8.1.
With the integration of Skype with Windows 8.1, Microsoft is trying to attract more customers to the latest OS and thereby trying to generate more income. In fact, it is considered as the first step in the creation of more user-friendly apps by Microsoft in the latest version of the OS. This will surely tempt those users who performed Windows 8 upgrade to think about upgrading to Windows 8.1 OS.Read more »
With almost all the users content to run the Windows 7 operating system for the near future, why should anyone think about the Windows 8 upgrade? This new operating system is the response of Microsoft to the new trends in the rapidly evolving IT landscape like VDI, BYOD and an ever-increasing mobile workforce. Some of the top changes that the users can feel after the Windows 8 upgrade are explained below in this article.
Windows 8 is available in many editions
The users will be able to find Windows 8, Pro, and RT pre-installed on the new devices that the users purchase. The Windows 8 Enterprise is available only via volume licensing with software assurance.
OS needs to cop up with the hardware changes
Touch screens, notebooks, tablets, and Ultrabooks are thinner, faster, and lighter. The Windows 8 operating system takes advantages of these advancements in the form factors, so that the users can choose the best devices to fit the workforce.
Windows 8 volume licensing available only as an upgrade
If you wish to order Windows 8 for your organization, the systems that you are using should have an operating system already installed in it.
Your full desktop on the go
Windows 8 Enterprise version includes a brand new feature, which is called as Windows To Go. This has been specifically designed to support BYOD. Windows To Go lets the users keep a full version of their desktop in a bootable external pen drive.
VDI made easy
Microsoft has now made a Windows Companion Subscription License (CSL). This is an optional add-on subscription that grants the primary user a licensed device and the correct access to a corporate desktop through VDI or Windows To Go. This can be done on up to four corporate owned systems that are capable of leveraging these technologies.
Windows 8 includes several new technology features
The trusted Boot and Measure Boot features make boot time faster than the previous versions as the Windows 8 will hibernate instead of shutting down. The Mobile Broadband feature will also allow offer greater mobility.
These are some of the top changes made in the Windows 8 operating system. Most of the computers that are running on Windows 7 OS today should be able to upgrade to the Windows 8 OS without any issues, but to be sure, you should ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements to install the Windows 8 OS.Read more »