2012 was not the best year for Microsoft considering all the criticism and issues Windows 8 garnered them. But, Windows Phone is looking to change all that, and Microsoft can flaunt its ever increasing hold in the mobile phone market. Acquiring Nokia could be one of the turning points, the deciding factor for Microsoft’s future in the competitive Mobile OS and instruments market.
Recent news reveals that Microsoft’s Windows Phone has increased its market share worldwide, but Forbes has gone one step further, suggesting that the mobile OS could even overtake one of the other behemoth in the mobile OS industry, Apple. And they are suggesting that the Apple’s iOS will be outdone in mere three years.
Software-zilla Microsoft has struggled for momentum in the mobile space since it launched Windows Phone in early 2011, but as mentioned earlier, its acquisition of Nokia has given it a potentially life-saving burst of energy.
A few years back it would have been impossible to say this, but Windows Phone is no more the underdog in the mobile OS market; rather it’s is one of the best out there. Windows Phone is currently the fastest growing mobile operating system around, and came in at 3.6% of the market by the 3rd quarter of 2013, where Android and iOS ended the quarter with 81% and 12.9%. Windows Phone has witnessed the greatest growth in emerging markets, and this is a key to its success.
Forbes described how Microsoft has been “incredible aggressive” at expanding and increasing its global data centers in order to provide cloud services to users and customers. The magazine added that Office 365 could be considered a “massive success.” It pointed out that it will prove to be very exciting for customers who will look for seamless and smooth app integration between their home and business lives, and also said Microsoft and Nokia’s low cost smartphone options would be big sellers in the growing market.
“Most of Microsoft’s business lines are doing well,” Forbes contributor Mark Fidelman wrote. “They are a growing and dominant enterprise technology company that is retooling under their One Microsoft initiative. That vision [...] will help them regain a leadership position in the mobile market.”
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Microsoft launched Windows 8 last year, which received mixed response from the users. The user interface was quite modern and unique when compared to the previous versions. The touch screen devices could use the new platform in an effective way. The new operating system had a lot many features when compared to the old versions but it missed something very important – the Start button that is normally included in the desktop of Windows operating systems.
As you are aware, the users of Windows are used to having the Start button on the desktop and hence many users felt that the absence of Start button is indeed a big flaw of the operating system. Because Microsoft skipped this feature in Windows 8, many users contacted the Windows online support and voiced their complaints about the lack of Start button. Even third party software developers made use of this opportunity and created Start screen menu applications that can be installed easily.
Launch 8 is one such product launched by Stardock and it consists of static icon rows that occupy the bottom and top side of Windows 8.This start screen is also helpful in finding your favorite app. Star8 is the Start menu app previously launched by Stardock for Windows 8.
Start8 as well as Launch 8 costs just $5. Stardock has tried its best to make people use the two and when you install Classic Shell, you would have to uncheck the option for Start8. You may not have installed Launch 8/Start8 along with Classic Shell, but you will be asked to ‘Pin to Start Menu’ for every installation. You would see this only when you are on the Start screen. While running an app or a desktop Window, you would not find it.
You get a lot many options using Launch 8 and the major highlights are the different icons, which would help you run apps. It is even easier to make them disappear if you dislike the same. You could simply drag icons into the dock and remove it easily.
Launch 8 can be considered as a wonderful dock of icons and you could access the recent documents and other applications that are frequently used easily. This application is specifically designed for those users who prefer to have the Start button on their operating system platform. You may contact the Windows online support if you have any doubts regarding Start screen in Windows 8.Read more »
The former name of Windows Messenger is MSN Messenger and it is embedded with a special feature known as MSN Remote Assistance. Using this feature, it is possible for you to remotely connect your PC to another user over a server. Thus, this feature proved so helpful in solving remotely, many technical glitches that a user has to face. If you are not able to connect to this feature of MSN messenger, then you can read the below instructions given by the Windows online support team to do so.
The above said instructions given by the Windows Online support team will help you to connect to MSN remote Assistance. To know more about this, contact the Windows support team.Read more »
The automated teller machine or better known as ATM is an easy way to make your transactions. Since at almost at every nook and corner one is present, when the need to withdraw money arises, you can just step into the nearest one around you. The Windows XP operating system is used by millions of ATMs around the globe and around a decade ago, the XP operating system was debuted by Microsoft. The tech support for the Windows XP operating system will end on 8 April 2014.
The year 2007 was the year of the successor to the Windows XP, the Windows Vista and it was succeeded in the year 2009 by Windows 7 and 2012 saw the introduction of the all new Windows 8.
No more support
From 2001 onwards, the Redmond giant provided updates and patches for the XP and from 8 April 2014, the support for the OS will come to a standstill. The Microsoft Security Essentials will also be stopped.
ATMs running on Windows XP
Therefore, systems running on XP will be at potential risk, as no further updates will be provided for the OS. What this means is that the US alone accounts for over 4,20,000 ATMs and the XP operating system is used on over 95 percent of the ATMs.
Inputs from Suzanne Cluckey
The ATM Marketplace editor, Suzanne Cluckey said, ”A lot of ATMs will have to either have their components upgraded or be discarded altogether and sold into the aftermarket—or just junked”. The basic operations of the ATM like transactions, deposits etc will work flawlessly but attacks may occur in the imminent future.
The Windows 7 upgrade will be done to many of the old machines. The chief executive officer of ATM software provider KAL, Mr. Aravinda Korala said, ”The ATM world is not really ready, and that’s not unusual”. ATMs move more slowly than PCs. ”By the time of April 8th, the Windows 7 running ATMs will account to only 15 percent. Therefore, what this eventually means is that the complete migration of the ATMs to the Windows 7 will take quite a long time. Upgrades are being looked upon by many banks.
If users require help or support tips with the Windows 7 operating system, they may contact the Windows tech support. The best support and troubleshooting tips can be availed by contacting the Windows tech support center.Read more »
Microsoft has add a number features in its Windows operating systems to deal with internet connectivity issues. For instance, when you encounter an unexpected problem on your Windows Vista computer while trying to access internet connection, the operating system itself will attempt to detect the cause of the problem. Upon identifying the cause of the problem, the OS will display the results of the diagnosis. You will get some error messages regarding the problem. What do these messages mean? What are the steps needed to be taken when such error messages appear? The following instructions look into these aspects and help you restore your Internet connection. You may contact the Windows Online Support for any assistance.
The above steps need to be executed when a Vista computer encounters internet connectivity issues. If the problem persists, make sure that you get in touch with your Internet Service Provider. You may also contact the Windows Online support and verify whether the problem is due to any changes made in Vista settings.Read more »