Microsoft Windows 10 OS Set For The Second Half Of 2015

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After the end of Windows support for XP, the next significant event will be the release of Windows 10. The software giant, Microsoft Operating Systems Group chief Terry Myerson revealed the initial Windows 10. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner described those plans a bit more.

Turner mentioned various aspects of which the focus was Windows 10, along with the software company’s evolving business model. This was covered in his appearance at Credit Suisse technology conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Turner shared that Microsoft is still on track to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring of 2015. The developer preview will be released early summer.

“And then by late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS. That’s the current plan of record.” Said Turner

Actually, this timeline is similar to what Myerson shared a few months back. As per Myerson’s Windows 10 timeline there is something known as September reveal early this year, a developer reveal event after that and then a launch wave.

The software giant is going to show off the January Technology Preview of Windows 10, as well as a first preview of the Windows 10 mobile SKU that is going to work on Windows Phones, ARM tablets and Intel tablets, as per some of the sources. When it comes to the mobile version of Windows 10, it is not expected to include a desktop mode as part of the Operating System, while the current desktop version of Windows 10 will work as soon as when it ships.

Windows 10 Developer Preview

The software company’s officials mentioned that the Build 2015, Microsoft’s main Windows developer event, will happen last week of April.

Windows 10 developer preview coming in early summer is something confusing. Since Microsoft’s new strategy for providing test builds delivering regular updates to Windows 10 for those, who are interested testers. This might be the reason and what Turner has meant by a developer preview.

Myerson has made it sound like late summer or early fall that was to be the official delivery ship target. Those who are wondering about when Microsoft will debut the Metro-Style touch version of Office; they may arrive around the same time as Windows 10 because that makes sense.

There has been end of Windows support for Windows XP, and mainstream support for Windows 7, these users are looking for a better option than Windows 8. Windows 10 looks like the perfect switch.

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Windows Powered Device Support For Google Cloud Platform

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Google has recently announced that the expansion of Windows support for Google Cloud Platform is underway. Google has recently released three enhancements to the Google Compute Engine in order to execute Windows-powered workloads. With the introduction of these enhancements, users will be able to easily leverage the performance of Google data centers and scale accordingly.

The first enhancement released by Google is the availability of Microsoft License Mobility for Google Cloud Platform Support. This feature allows users to execute supported Microsoft Windows Server Applications on the Google Cloud Platform using the existing application licenses. This way, you will not have to purchase new licenses for programs you have to run in the cloud.

This benefit is only available for Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) customers that have supported server applications running on active Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) contracts. Hence, this feature allows users to easily migrate to Google Cloud Platform and benefit from the different services provided in the cloud.

Google Cloud App Hosting Product Manager Martin Buhr wrote on the Google Cloud Platform support blog stating that, “Not only does license mobility make the transition easier for existing customers; it provides customers who prefer to purchase perpetual licenses the ability to continue doing so while still taking advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.”

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The other highlights of the new set of features Google introduced include Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition. The Network operating system is now available for use in Beta mode inside the Google Compute Engine. Buhr added, “We know our customers run some of their key workloads on Windows and want rapid deployment, high performance and the ability to stretch their datacenters to the cloud.”

The newly released Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition images are extremely similar to the standard Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and can be easily used by most users without any hassles. However, do note that Windows images are paid resources and require additional fees.

The last addition made to Google Compute Engine includes the availability of a popular Chrome RDP app from Fusion Labs that is optimized for Google Cloud Platforms. This feature is available for free for Windows users who operate Google Compute Engine. Using this feature, users will be able to create remote desktop sessions to their Windows instances using Google Chrome.

Thus, users will be able to access their Windows instances on any computer using the Google Chrome web browser. To know more about the same, contact the Windows support desk.

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Google To Host Windows Apps On Its Cloud Platform

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The lion’s portion of the enterprise workloads run on Mac and Linux servers. Microsoft’s Windows server is not very behind in this either. Of late, Google has expressed its ambition to make its presence felt in hosting enterprise workloads outright. It is said that Google Cloud Platform is perfect and large enough to host large sized enterprise workloads. However, what has surprised many is that the Google is tying up with its major rival Microsoft to fulfil its ambition to become a major player in providing flawless cloud platform for enterprises.

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According to a recent report, Google is already a member in the Microsoft License Mobility Program. Currently, the search engine giant is allowing a number of enterprises to run their Windows apps on its cloud platform. Enterprises report that they are extremely excited by the way the Google service works for them. A number of Windows apps such as Exchange server mail, SQL Server database and SharePoint documents are being run by Enterprise users on their Google Cloud platform.

What is more exciting is that Google is not charging any extra fee for the service. Reports show that a remarkable number of users who used to run their applications on Windows Server 2008 R2 are migrating to Google’s corresponding service.

Google support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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It has to be noted that Google is not entirely committed to canvassing all users from using Windows Servers. Interestingly, it is offering support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Release and Windows Server 2012. The search engine giant hasn’t yet disclosed its plans for supporting the latest Windows Server versions. However, a recent post published in a Google Cloud Platform post indicates that the support services will soon be introduced.

Meanwhile, the tech world is surprised by Microsoft’s decision to hire the Google Cloud Platform for its Windows shop instead of its own Azure platform. When asked about this, Google’s product management director Greg DeMichillie said, “Almost every enterprise intentionally wants to be multi-cloud, some of them got locked into on-prem licenses fees from vendors that were much bigger than they expected. Most companies will qualify two or three different cloud vendors.”

These unexpected developments have confused many. The Windows tech support team has been observing all these and often sheds light on the same. Get in touch with the Windows tech support team at any time should you need any clarification on the server version that would suit you best.

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Can Hacked Windows XP Updates Save The OS?

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There have been reports that users can continue to receive updates for their outdated Windows XP operating system by tricking Microsoft’s Windows Update. According to those reports, users are supposed to hack their Windows XP Registry for this. Once the registry is hacked, the Windows Update will continue to send security updates to your machine.

For most users, however, this remains a mystery. The point here is, how can a user trick Windows Update and tap security updates to their machine when Microsoft no longer provides updates for XP. In fact, Microsoft is still rolling out updates for XP. However, this is for an embedded variant of the operating system. According to sources privy to Windows tech support, this embedded variant of XP will continue to receive updates from Microsoft until April 2016. This is exactly what, according to the reports, users have to exploit. They can disguise their XP just like an embedded variant and tap the security updates through Windows Update.

Is it possible to keep XP safe with the hacked updates?

If you are a techie and know how to tweak your Windows XP registry files and thereby tap the security updates for your machine from Windows Update, you can continue to use your machine without many serious security threats to a certain extent. But, it is not a practical solution in the long run. As the IT solutions have improved, so have the threats. Many of threats that users come across these days are quite advanced and the 13 years old Windows XP operating system is not securable against these threats. Furthermore, it is quite unpractical to apply all the modern security standards on the outdated XP.

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XP lacks ASLR feature

According to Windows tech support, the major downside with Windows XP is that it is not compatible with modern security standards like ASLR. ASLR is a built-in security standard in latest Windows operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. The integration of ASLR is the primary reason that hackers are unable to exploit latest operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. Moreover, the latest Internet Explorer version that is compatible with XP is IE8. Unsurprisingly, this browser version happens to be quite vulnerable as well.

Considering the vulnerability issues that Windows XP is subject to, it is good to ditch the operating system now and upgrade to a newer version.

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Windows XP Support Ended, Yet Millions Around The World Not Ready To Accept It

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If you are a Windows user, you know by now that the beloved Windows XP is no more. Windows XP has been eliminated from the list of Microsoft supported products on April 8, 2014. Though it may be a sad thing for many who are still using the OS for various purposes, the fact is that it was long overdue. If only those people, who are using Windows XP now accept that. Though, there is no doubt that Windows XP is one of the best operating systems that have ever been developed by the world’s leading software maker. But, like any software, there is a life cycle, which determines its life span. Windows XP has outlived its own life cycle, something phenomenal. However, it is obvious that the software maker wants to encourage its users to switch to the advanced OS available these days.

End of Windows support for XP means that there will not be any security updates, patches, feature updates, technical assistance of any kind for the XP users. End of Windows support means users will not be able to avail all the services, which they used to receive before the support ended. This is quite serious, because when there are security problems, the users are on their own. They will not be helped by the software maker in any way.

Even before the end of support, Windows XP users had a tough time dealing with various viruses, malware, malicious codes etc. So, with the end of support, it will be quite unimaginable the amount of security problems Windows users might experience. Many hackers were waiting for this day to happen. Windows XP users would have to deal with all kinds of problems from now on.

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It is really surprising that there are millions, who still use the system, even after the end of support. The users will have to secure the computer on their own, since Microsoft has ditched them. They will have to install the strongest antivirus software available. However, most quality virus scanners and antivirus software will soon stop supporting Windows XP.

So, if you are willing to go through the consequences, then you can use Windows XP. Mind you, you will have to stop using internet too, because an unsupported computer is too easily affected by innumerable viruses ready to pounce on the first security hole. So, all that can be said is best of luck!

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