Windows 8 Finally Gaining Acceptance From Users

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Windows 8 was first launched into the international market in August, 2012. The operating system was said to comprise of a list of sophisticated and advanced features that could not be found in any of its prior versions. Be it the Metro UI screen, Charms bar or live tiles replacing icons, the amazingly unique features of Windows 8 were intended to provide a spectacular computing experience to the users.

However, things didn’t work as fine as foreseen by the software giant. The operating system, which looked to charm the customers as a whole, failed miserably in garnering appreciation. A large number of users started contacting the Microsoft tech support team to know how to run the OS simply because they found the features too complicating. The fact that Windows 8 did not have any basic features such as the Start Menu went against the popularity of the OS version. Many users even didn’t know how to perform the basic functions in their computer.

Several users who had already done the Windows 8 upgrade decided to switch back to the old Windows versions like XP and 7. The main reason was that these operating systems provided a much more user-friendly computing experience to the users and most of them found it much easier to run their systems on these OS versions. This affected Microsoft’s business to a great extent as far as the Windows 8 sales were concerned and as a result, several new competitors began to gain popularity in the market.

The company was forced to launch a tweaked in version of the Windows 8 OS, named as Windows 8.1. This OS version comprised of an option known as Start button, which was aimed at impressing the users who had dumped the touch-centric version due to the lack of the Start Menu. Several interesting features and useful applications were also included in the OS version but still, the company found it hard to retrieve the users.

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Eventually, Microsoft stopped providing mainstream support for Windows XP with the intention of increasing the user share of the touch centric versions. Even though this decision hardly had any effect on the XP users in the initial months, the scenario has finally started to change now. According to Microsoft tech support, over the last few months, Windows 8 and 8.1 user share has shown considerable improvement.

Since Microsoft Windows 10 is all set to get launched this year, it won’t be surprising if Microsoft introduces more such plans to make all its users move to the touch-centric OS versions.

The Unique Features Of Windows 10 OS

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Windows 10 Tech Specifications

The general public has had enough exposure of the all new operating system, Windows 10 OS, scheduled to be released in January 2015. The marketing strategy employed by Microsoft is a series of surprises that intend to generate curiosity about the upcoming operating system. Microsoft skipped an entire number sequence and jumped straight to “10” instead of “9”. Along with that came the next major surprise, the new operating system will install with equal ease whether you install it in PC, smartphone or tablet. Due to the successful campaigning and the string of new features released in Microsoft Windows 10, many users have downloaded the Technical Preview version of OS released in September.

The truth is, the popularity behind the OS is no hype. The next operating system is truly futuristic, providing many different features previous Windows versions did not provide. The cherry on top, the interface is better than ever before, combining the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are installing the OS in a touch-enabled device, you will be able to make use of the touch functionality. If not, the user interface changes to provide standard mouse and keyboard input.

Other advantage of the upcoming operating system is a common code platform for all Windows 10 devices. Due to this advantage, all Windows 10 devices can run the same App and can download Apps from the same App market. Unlike Windows 8’s user interface, which was a nightmare for new users and experienced users alike, Windows 10 users will have a deeper understanding of the interface and its capabilities. Contact our Microsoft tech support desk in order to receive the latest information about the various features of Windows 10 OS. Even Xbox gaming devices and smart TVs will be capable of running the OS.

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If you have not installed the technical preview, you can do so by heading over to the official Microsoft website and signing up using the Microsoft credentials. You will be able to download the preview version of the OS and test the different features yourself. Make sure you use a separate partition or download in a virtual environment instead of performing a fresh installation. The preview version, even the latest build, has many unsolved bugs. Microsoft has only released the PC version of the OS, so you cannot install them on other devices now.

Microsoft is all set for the next build some time in January 2015. To know the latest information about the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 build, you can contact the Microsoft tech support desk.

Solutions To Two Of The Most Common Windows 7 Problems

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If you are a Windows user, Windows 7 is an awesome operating system. But, there is no exception to the fact that like most Microsoft operating systems, it is no way perfect. There are some common Windows 7 issues, which irritate and some happens to be in the features. Any Windows 7 problem can be annoying and we cannot rest at peace without fixing them.

One of the most commonly reported Windows 7 issue includes compatibility with the older programs and really slow performance on low-end hardware.  The second one is the trouble with the Aero theme and its brilliant features. This Microsoft tech support article will help resolve two of these most common Windows 7 issues.

Windows 7 snailishly slow

The problem is that Windows 7 is hungry for resources, for the number of features it offers. Since it has many visual effects drawing heavily on your graphics card and system memory, the system can become slow. If this is the reason for your slow PC, you can easily fix that by turning off some of the unnecessary and visually superfluous features.

First, you need to go to Start and then enter performance in the Search field.

After that, you need to select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows from the results.

You will see that the Performance Options window will launch. Within Visual Effects, select Adjust for best performance.

Windows Aero Not functional

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First, you need to ensure that your graphics card is supporting Aero. Then you need to check whether the graphics driver is up-to-date. But, in case your system already came with Windows 7, this should never be an issue.

After that, you will see that Aero could be disabled in your registry. Before you go on working with the checking and editing your registry, you need to be really careful. This Microsoft tech support article would like warn you against it, if you do not know how to do it. This is because editing the registry can cause permanent damage to your Windows installation. So, if you are doing something, you need to take the backup of your registry.

First, go to Start and the enter regedit in the search option. Open regedit and then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM. You need to set the value of ‘EnableAeroPeek’ to 1, instead of 0.

Skype And Lync Users Can Now Chat With Each Other

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Skype, Windows Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Lync; four different software that provide similar services and all four are from Microsoft itself, causing confusion for many users. Here’s the real deal; Windows Messenger is the same old MSN messenger that got a face lift, an IM messenger app used by people to chat with their contacts. Windows Live Messenger superseded that and Microsoft Lync came in after that. Windows Live Messenger has given way for Skype presently.

Microsoft Lync is different from Windows Live Messenger because this software is enterprise software meant for business customers so they can interact with their customers and the like. Lync is bundled along with Office software suites like Microsoft office 365. Skype, on the other hand, is a previously third party VoIP and internet calling program that was recently acquired by Microsoft.

Now that the confusion is over, Microsoft has recently announced that Skype communications service as well as Microsoft Lync will soon receive an update enabling them to interoperate with each other. This means, Skype users will be able to contact users that run Microsoft Lync and vice-versa. The interoperability feature will be limited to IM and audio in the beginning and later will expand to support Video calling.

Once the full list of changes has been made, it will be rebranded as Skype for business available in Microsoft Office 365. This update will come to effect sometime in 2015. This means, Microsoft is killing yet another program designed by them and replacing it with Skype, Windows Live Messenger being the first one. To know more information about the same, contact Microsoft Tech Support.

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Future Of Microsoft Skype

Users need not worry since nothing will change after these changes come into effect. The users will be able to call the same way as before. The Lync 2013 client is available for Android, iOS and Windows and all three platforms support video calling. In contrast, only Skype for Windows desktop supports video calling.

Microsoft had issued statements earlier saying that it will be expanding Skype to include Android and iOS. All these changes have been made, keeping in mind the increased security features that will be used in Skype soon. Enterprise class media encryption as well as TLS and SRTP signals will be enabled by default once Skype for business is released.

By introducing the industry standard H.264 SVC codec and default SILK audio codec, Microsoft aims to offer “a phenomenal balance between audio quality, bandwidth utilization and power consumption.” If you want to know the full list of features, contact the Microsoft Tech Support department.

 

Procedure To Contact Tech Support For Microsoft Office

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    How To Contact Microsoft Tech Support

Microsoft Office suite is a collection of services and applications used for various business and office related purposes. There are many useful applications helping users in a variety of things such as for communication, organizing, scheduling, project management, information management, etc.  When there are so many possibilities for using the Office software, there are many doubts, issues and errors users might have to face concerning Microsoft Office programs. Microsoft Office Online offers many support services for the Office programs. However, in case you are not able to find what you need, you will be able to find the necessary information in the official website. The official Microsoft tech support website provides information on how to contact Microsoft Office by submitting questions and other problems, and getting useful responses online, via email or through phone.

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  • First, you need to go to Microsoft Office’s ‘Contact Us’ website. You will be easily able to find it in the internet
  • After that, you need to select the option that best suits your purpose or actual reason, for which you need to contact Microsoft Office. Most of the time, users will find the best option by clicking on the ‘Support for Microsoft Office Products’ link.
  • Then, you need to click on the program or suite that you have issues, confusions and questions about.
  • You can also look over the hot topics, which you will find listed on the next page. Actually, this might resolve the questions or issues you are having.

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  • You need to click on the question mark icon in the upper right corner for contacting a support person.
  • You will have to fill in the answers to the questions that appear on the next pages and then, click on the ‘Next’ button.
  • You can choose any one of three options available for contacting Microsoft Office: through email, telephone or via online. You will be provided the information, which is provided on each option on this page. You need to click on the links for sending requests through email or online or use the telephone number, which is listed for calling. You need to note that there are fees associated with such options.

When you are in Microsoft Extended Support, it actually refers to the phase of assistance provided by Microsoft Corporation for the software following the end of mainstream support or warranty and support period mentioned.

Steps To Install New Windows Update Software In Vista

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Windows Vista was launched by Microsoft as a successor to Windows XP. Although the company included several interesting options in the operating system, it could not attain the same popularity as its prior version. Many users often call up the Microsoft tech support team to know how to install new update software in their Windows Vista systems.

This is because at times, update issues do pop up in computers running on Windows Vista. Hence, it is recommended to install the latest version of Windows Update Agent in Vista systems. This usually resolves all issues related to the installing of the updates in the computers.

To know how to install new Windows update software in Windows Vista, you can use the following instructions provided by the Microsoft tech support team.

  • First, you need to click on the Start button and then right-click Computer to select Properties. Now, select the System option followed by the System type to check your Windows Vista version i.e. if it is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.
  • Next, you need to download the Windows Update Agent standalone installation file compatible to run in your system from the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Once you have selected the right version, save the Windows Update Agent file to your hard drive. To start downloading, first close all open programs and when the Windows Update Agent installation window opens, click Next. Make sure you read the license terms, and click I agree if you wish to continue. Wait for the installation to get finished and then click on Finish.

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  • Now, click on the Start button, enter Windows Update in the Start Search box and press Enter. Now, you can click on the Check for updates link, which you can find under Updates are available for your computer. Move on to the Select updates to install window, where you can review the updates for your system.
  • Here, you can click in the check boxes for the updates you want. You can also leave the checkbox unchecked if you do not wish to select the update. Now, click OK followed by Install Updates.
  • If you get a message to restart your computer, do the same.

By following these steps, you can successfully install new Windows updates in your Windows Vista computer. If you want to know more about updating your Vista system, you may contact our tech support team to get the best assistance.

Linux And Mac OS X Support For Microsoft Open Sources .NET

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Microsoft has finally relented to the humungous pressure set by the open source community by releasing the source files of the Microsoft’s Windows-based server application stack. You heard it right; Microsoft .NET service is becoming open-source according to the latest announcements released by Microsoft.

The source code for Microsoft’s Core project is now available in GitHub. The Github website presently features the key foundational libraries of the below-mentioned components, which have all been licensed under the MIT open source license.

  • Immutable Collections contains the set of collection types that allows users to keep mutable state under control, without having to sacrifice on memory footprint or performance.
  • ECMA-335 Metadata Reader is an extremely tuned low-level metadata reader that enables Rosalyn to parse assemblies.
  • SIMD enabled vector types included a set of basic vector types that leverage single instruction, multiple data CPU instructions.
  • XML includes DOM APIs, which includes XDocument and XmlDocument data types, XLinq and its corresponding XPath extension methods.

According to Microsoft’s Immo Landwerth, the reason for embracing open source technology and releasing the code base for .NET is to improve the cross-platform support and improve the overall quality of the software that supports .NET. To know about the recent changes in higher detail, you can contact our Microsoft tech support team.

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Landwerth and his team can easily communicate with non Microsoft developers due to the new open and transparent development process. They can communicate about Microsoft’s plans for the project and also determine the reasoning behind the changes in designs. Moreover, Landswerth has assured avoidance of code bombs that are created by releasing Microsoft’s developments that usually happens in its internal servers and releasing it periodically en masse to public Git servers. The problem with this method is that the development process is obscured and the change log remains incomplete.

Landswerth said that the system has been upgraded by the GitHub repository into the team’s primary code storage system. By this method, the non Microsoft developers will have easy access to the Projects Code Review process and will be able to incorporate changes and design documents that are used by the development team.

Microsoft has also released the class libraries for the .NET Framework that ships along with Windows. However, Mono’s implementation will continually develop independently. Microsoft will closely monitor the framework’s development for Windows in order to ensure that backwards compatibility is always maintained. To know more details about the same, you may contact our Microsoft tech support team.

Microsoft Ends The Sales Of Windows 7 PCs To OEMs

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If you are planning to purchase a Windows 7 PC, then make it fast as the OEMs will no longer have access to the different models of Windows 7 operating systems like Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Home Premium. However, Microsoft has said that Windows 7 Professional version is still on offer for businesses or other users.

So, why has Microsoft decided to keep the sales of Windows 7 Professional still active? According to Microsoft tech support blogs, the modern user interface, touch interaction, start screen etc of Windows 8 has not gone well with the IT professionals and IT departments in organizations. They want something simpler to work with and Windows 7 Professional becomes their first choice.

Now, understanding the importance of a more user-friendly operating system, Microsoft has come up with Windows 10. The new operating system is more desktop centric rather than the touch centric Windows 8 operating system. The technical preview of the operating system is available for download from the official website of Microsoft.

With the technical preview of Windows 10 released, we can now expect the end of sales of Windows 7 Professional any time soon. The new operating system is expected to be released by the mid of next year. It is certain that Microsoft would end the support for Windows 7 Professional before this date.

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According to Patrick Moorhead, who is the principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, majority of the IT departments of organizations do not want to upgrade the PCs to Windows 8 and are waiting for the release of Windows 10. He also adds that OEMs are not much worried about the end of sales of Windows 7 versions, as majority of the PCs manufactured by the OEMs run on Windows 8.

However, Stephen Baker, who is the vice president of NPD Group says, “I think the OEMs are sad about this.” He adds, this is because “The ability to provide Windows 7 Home has provided a nice incremental sales opportunity to those who were nervous or unhappy about Windows 8, especially for the desktop market where Windows 7 has proven to be a nice alternative to Windows 8.”

As mentioned above, you can still purchase a Windows 7 PC if it comes preinstalled. However, you will be able to make this purchase only until the stocks last. For further information on the end of sales of Windows 7, you may contact Microsoft tech support or our technical support team.

Microsoft Releases Updates For Dynamics CRM And ERP

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Microsoft has come up with updates for Dynamic CRM and ERP. The announcement about these updates were made earlier in June and now, the software giant has kept its word by releasing the updates with its rapid release cycle for CRM and ERP software.

The new updates are intended to bring in an enhanced customer experience. The updates will help to break down the silos between the marketing and sales departments. The new releases are designed to work better with cloud platform Microsoft Azure. The programs will also have much better integration with Office 365. In order to market the applications, Microsoft has decided to offer a 30 days free trial of Dynamics CRM 2015.

According to Bob Stutz, who is the corporate VP of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the new application is designed to aid better integration among the customer service, sales and marketing departments. For instance, with the new update, you will find a sales collaboration panel included and this brings the sales and marketing professionals to one page, which helps in better customer management.

CRM 2015 comes with a better user interface and features natural language capabilities. It is supported by the program Virtual Personal Assistant developed by Cortana. According to Microsoft tech support, the program also features integration with social listening analytics, integrated Lync webinars, interactive marketing calendar, support for email editing, graphical marketing workflow and support for A/B testing. The total number of languages supported by the program has rose to 44 with the addition of Russian and Japanese with the new update.

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Microsoft spokesperson says that the updates like this “help us to meet the evolving needs of businesses and organizations in different verticals and different geographies around the world.” “The needs of businesses are constantly changing and we want to keep pace with that. In a cloud-first world, businesses are increasingly moving to a services model and no longer expect releases to come every few years with major product launches.” He further adds, “We have responded with continuous innovation and more frequent updates on a regular and predicable cadence so our customers can get the latest features and capabilities and be able to deploy and implement in a way that gives them the most value.”

According to Microsoft tech support blogs, the company has already updated a few business solutions over the past few months like Dynamics GP 2015 and Dynamix AX. We have also seen the update for Dynamics NAV 2005 recently.

Steps To Update Microsoft PowerPoint

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PowerPoint can be termed as a slide show presentation program developed by Microsoft and is available as a part of the Office suite of programs. Millions of users rely on the advanced features of PowerPoint to prepare their presentation for official purposes. Moreover, the Microsoft tech support can also be contacted anytime to fix issues related to this program.

Sometimes, users face issues in updating their PowerPoint application. If you face the same issue next time in your Windows 8 computer, just follow the instructions mentioned below before opting to contact the Microsoft tech support.

Turning on Automatic Updates

  • In the first step, you need to point the cursor to the lower-right corner of your Windows 8 screen and then click on the Settings option followed by Change PC Settings and then on Update and recovery.
  • Now, you need to choose the Choose how updates get installed option and then check Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates box, which you will find under the Recommended Updates heading.
  • Now, you need to place a check mark in the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows check box and once done, click on Apply to save the changes.

Using Control Panel for Automatic Updates

  • You can also use the Control Panel option to turn on the Automatic Updates in PowerPoint. First, you need to close all the applications that are currently opened in Windows 8 computer. Now, click on Windows-X followed by Control Panel to launch the Control Panel application.

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  • In the next step, you need to choose the System and Security option and then Windows Update. This will help you to load the Windows Update configuration panel.
  • Once you see the Update panel, you need to click on the Change Settings link in the left pane and then check the drop-down menu located under the Important Updates heading. Here, click on the Install updates automatically option.
  • Make sure you place a check mark in the check box under the Microsoft Update heading. This will allow the automatic updates to turn on for all Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, every time Windows checks for updates.

These steps can help you to successfully update your Microsoft PowerPoint application. If you are still not able to update the application, do not worry. Please contact our tech support team to get the best assistance.