When Microsoft collected feedbacks from Windows 8 users through Windows support number and other tech support websites, one thing became clear – traditional Windows users find the new metro UI unfriendly. Most conventional Windows operating system users felt that removing the Start Menu from the platform made accessing different options and features very difficult.
Windows 8.1 suffers from the same User Interface problems
It seems as if Microsoft has failed to read the user reactions correctly. Instead of taking cue from these feedbacks and bring back the old Start Menu in Windows 8.1, they just added a Start button with a few minor changes to the UI. Though these changes improved the overall functioning and user friendliness of the operating system, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is still a very clunky OS.
Microsoft’s idea of bringing the same user experience to different devices was doomed from the start. They were under the impression that most users love using their smartphone OS in their desktops and laptops. In smartphones, it is convenient to have a minimalist interface with just a few frequently icons on the screen. All the other options and features are hidden away making maximum use of the small screen space available.
On the other hand, desktop or laptops do not have these limitations. There is plenty of room for elements like Taskbar, Quick launch bar, and Start Menu, on a desktop or laptop screen. There is no need to hide all these features and options in the OS to give the screen a minimalist look.
Windows 8 users found that they have to launch the Charms bar, go to Search or Settings option, and so and so to access different functions in their computer. This used to be simpler in old desktop UI, which had a very user-friendly Start Menu.
The point here is that users do not bother about the inconvenience of accessing these options hidden from the main screen on a handheld device, but the same feels annoying on a bigger screen. In other words, instead of bringing the same user experience to different devices, Microsoft should have focused on providing a better user experience for different devices.
Reports suggest that Microsoft has indeed decided to do that now, and are planning to launch a new Windows version soon, which will have a full Start Menu. You can contact Windows support number for more information regarding this.Read more »
According to tech experts, one of the main reasons why many organizations keep away from software upgrades is the cost associated with the transition. Also, replacing all the IT infrastructure in an organization requires a lot of planning and effort to make sure that the transition happens smoothly without any problems. This explains why many corporate users still use Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, without bothering go for an upgrade. However, the Windows help and support service for Windows Server 2003 is set to expire in a few months from now and thus, those who are still using the platform will have to make the transition before this deadline.
HP releases support solutions for Windows Server 2003 migration
HP recently announced that they will release software solutions and will provide technical support for the corporate users who are planning to make the transition from Window Server 2003. The Windows help and support services for this server system, which is widely used in countless firms across the globe will end by July 14, 2015. All corporate users on Windows Server 2003 version are thus required to upgrade to any of the latest Windows Server operating systems like Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
However, making this transition is not going to be easy either. These organisations will have to install new IT hardware that supports the latest server applications and operating systems. All the data stored in old systems and databases will have to be transferred to the new systems after the compatibility problems are taken care of. This means that the organisations making these transitions will require software applications specifically designed to help with this process, and they will need expert technical support during the pre-migration, migration, as well as the post-migration phases. The support solutions released by HP will do exactly this.
Of course, Microsoft themselves are offering a range of software tools and support solutions for their Windows Server 2003 clients to help them with this transition. You can find such tools and detailed instructions as PDF files on Windows Server website. It is no doubt that with these Windows help tools, many corporate users will be able to make the transition from Windows Server 2003 to the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 successfully.
You can find a detailed report on the benefits of Windows Server 2012 R2 on the internet, which comes with cloud support and many new features. Besides that, moving forward with the advancements in technology is always good.Read more »
It has been almost three months since Microsoft officially stopped providing support for the Windows XP operating system. This certainly was a novel business strategy to promote the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems.
However, looking at the current scenario, one can say that the demise of XP has hardly benefitted the touch-centric versions i.e. Windows 8 and 8.1. As per the current reports, almost 25 % of users still depend on Windows XP, which strengthens the fact that the latest versions will take a long time to outdo its predecessors. The technicians available at the Windows support number however have stated that gradually most XP users would migrate to Windows 8. But then, it would take a lot of time.
The data collected by analytics company Statista reveals that Microsoft has actually failed to make its Windows XP users upgrade to the latest OS. Tim Erlin, the director of security and risk at Tripwire commented that the users who are still relying on the aged OS are putting their data at risk, despite getting warnings from the Microsoft technicians. He said that, “This data shouldn’t surprise anyone because the users who were still on XP by the time the end of support deadline passed were already those who either can’t or can’t be bothered to upgrade. The XP holdouts have already demonstrated their ability to stick with the ageing platform, so we can likely expect this population to dwindle only through hardware failure, lack of software compatibility and compromise.”
When several XP users dialed up the Windows support number, the technicians strictly warned them to upgrade to Windows 8 to avoid security issues. This is because without the support from Microsoft, it would be easy for the hackers and spammers worldwide to exploit the vulnerabilities in Windows XP. Interestingly, most of the IT organizations and financial institutions use Windows XP and are in the process of migrating to the advanced versions. However, as mentioned earlier, it will take time for this process to get completed. In short, Windows XP will remain at No. 2 in the list for quite some time, which is currently being lead by Windows 7. Although the UK government has already signed a 5.5 million pound contract with Microsoft to cover updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, for some users, the service will prove to be costly.
Microsoft has already announced the official launching of Windows 9. Codenamed Threshold, the operating system is scheduled for amid-2015 release. Well, it will be interesting to see what all marketing strategies the software giant would employ to ensure that Windows 9 doesn’t face the same fate of Windows 8.Read more »
The Chinese government has decided not to use Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems on any of the PCs used by the government. The ban has been imposed citing the modern UI integration of these operating systems. With this, Microsoft has received a massive blow to its operations in the country and is now changing its plans for Windows 9 operating system, which could be released within a year.
After the decision by the Chinese government, Microsoft has made several changes on how its employees gained access to test builds. According to Windows support center, the test builds were accessible through the Microsoft CorpNet earlier. However, now an employee has to make a request to access the test builds and they would be personally assigned with the test build. With this, Microsoft hopes to cut down the leaks that often create many troubles for the software giant.
The changes have already taken effect in China and Russia. Microsoft has decided not to release new builds for its employees in China and the number of new builds released to employees in Russia has also been limited. With the ban, Microsoft is planning for big changes in their upcoming operating system Windows 9. According to Mary Jo Foley, the new operating system will have three versions. The first one, which is a touch based SKU, the second one an Enterprise Edition SKU and the third one the normal traditional SKU. According to the rumors, the Enterprise Edition comes with many changes. The reports suggest that this version would have the features like ability to disable the modern UI 2.0, removal of cloud-based integration etc.
Microsoft released Windows 8 in 2012 and a year later, Windows 8.1 was released. Windows 8 received a cold reception from the customers due its various drawbacks and this resulted in the development and release of Windows 8.1. The number of customers who upgraded their PCs to Windows 8 were very few when compared to the reception received by its predecessors like Windows 7. According to the Windows support center, Windows 8.1 was released after carefully modifying its predecessor, Windows 8, which had faced criticism from around the globe.
However, even though Microsoft made many changes to Windows 8 and fixed the drawbacks with Windows 8.1, the fundamental structure of the operating system remained same, which has forced the Chinese government to impose the ban. Now, with Windows 9, Microsoft hopes to make a comeback and satisfy the needs of all sections of people and all governments.Read more »
Windows 7 became an almost outdated operating system when Microsoft released Windows 8 and subsequently Windows 8.1. But, reports indicate that Windows 7 is the most widely used Windows operating system in the world now. Majority of the users who ditch Windows XP migrate to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The reason, according to experts, is that Windows 7 requires minimum hardware requirements compared to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Moreover, Windows 7 is compatible with most of the modern programs and applications. The demand for Windows 7 has not declined even after Microsoft released Windows 8.
Windows Anytime upgrade
Microsoft has integrated a new feature called Windows Anytime Upgrade with its Windows 7 operating systems. With this unique feature, users can upgrade their PC to other editions of Windows 7. The best part is that the upgrade does not mandate any change in the hardware configuration of the current PC.
Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade features
As we have seen above, Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade feature allows a user to upgrade his current Windows 7 edition to a superior one. Windows 7 comes in six different editions such as Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. If a user has Windows 7 Starter edition installed in his PC, he can upgrade it to Home Basic or any other superior editions.
In order to upgrade the present edition, users do not need an installation disc. The installation files are available online for free. Licensed users can download the files and install them from the convenience of their home. The upgrade does not cause any change to the stored data or installed applications in the PC.
Downside with Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade
Although not a big issue, Windows 7 Anytime upgrade feature does not allow upgrade to the previous edition. For instance, if you have Windows 7 Professional installed in your PC, you cannot upgrade to a previous edition, say Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic or Starter. Being the most superior edition in the series, Windows 7 Ultimate does not have the Anytime Upgrade feature.
Upgrading via Windows 7 Anytime upgrade
In order to upgrade your current edition of Windows 7 to a higher one with the help of Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade feature, navigate to the Start button and choose the icon titled Windows Anytime Upgrade. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the upgrade.Read more »