Word is Microsoft’s document editing program, and it’s a very popular one too, all things considered. The main thing it lets you do is make out neat documents on your computer. These could be for personal or business use, depending on the user and their needs. There are many options in Word, which make it an easy application to work with. You could find a list of these on the Microsoft support site.
For instance, there is the Auto-Indent feature, which lets you place an indent at the start of every paragraph. This is a good thing to be able to do, because the alternative is using the Tab button each time you start a new paragraph. If you copied this text to other applications, you might have a code mismatch. With Auto-Indent turned on, there’s no chance of that happening.
Don’t be too free with using this feature if you’re submitting something on the internet. Editors would have specific requirements in this regard, so find that out before you inadvertently annoy one.
How to set an indent with the TAB key
The Microsoft support site is a good place to look for help from other users. For tips and guidelines on using MS Word, you may check out relevant posts here.
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There is bad news for those users who resist change. Some of the users may have refused to upgrade their old Windows versions and web browsers. The news is that Microsoft will stop supporting old Internet Explorer versions from January 12, 2016. This news was announced through the MSDN blog. This decision of Microsoft is to push more and more users of the Windows operating system to use a modern web browser. With this move, Microsoft hopes that more users will start using the latest version of the Internet Explorer web browser.
Microsoft has outlined the combination of operating systems that are to be discontinued from the end of support date. Microsoft support for Vista SP2 and IE 9, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack2 and IE 11, Windows 8.1 and IE 11, Windows Server 2012 R2, IE 11, Windows Server 2012, and IE 10 will be discontinued after the date. This is really bad news for many of the Windows users as many are still making use of the Windows Vista operating system and the older versions of Internet Explorer web browser.
Microsoft states, “After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.”
As per the reports of ZDNet, Microsoft will be dropping the support for the five-year-old Internet Explorer 8 on the date. End of support means that Microsoft will not be releasing any more updates for the web browser and the operating systems that are listed in the discontinued list. Microsoft support for Vista will end on the date, meaning that no more security or feature update will be released. If users still use the Vista operating system, their computers will be susceptible to virus attacks and hackers. After the end of support date, it will be very much risky to continue using the operating system.
As per the results of the survey conducted by the Net Applications firm, Internet Explorer 8 is still the single most popular web browser version that is currently being used worldwide. This is installed on 21.56% of all the computers that are powered by the Windows operating system.
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If you are a Lumia user, then here is some good news for you. Microsoft will provide a Lumia upgrade of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Microsoft made this announcement on its Lumia Twitter account. The software giant had earlier purchased Nokia and is in the process of revamping the Lumia series phones.
According to the support staff at the Microsoft support phone number, the new move from Microsoft is going to benefit Lumia users who have Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 as the operating system. Lumia was first introduced in 2012 and these smartphones had Windows 8 operating systems preinstalled in them. The later versions had Windows 8.1 preinstalled.
With the release of Windows 10 operating system next year, it is expected that all the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 phone users will be able to update to the operating system. This means, even if you own Lumia 520, which is the entry-level phone in Lumia series, you will be able to move to this update. However, it is not yet clear when Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 operating systems. As of now, Microsoft has released the Windows 10 technical preview and the operating system is under development.
The new operating system, Windows 10, is capable of working with all platforms alike according to the staff at Microsoft support phone number. That is, the operating system fits into desktop, laptop, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox devices. Since Microsoft has specifically mentioned that the update would be available for Lumia devices, it is not yet clear whether Microsoft plans to release the update for other devices too that are running on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Microsoft had earlier made it clear that it would be releasing Windows 10 based smartphones in the market by the mid of next year. That is, we might find Windows 10 phones with the release of Windows 10 operating system. As Microsoft has taken over Nokia, we can expect the software giant to concentrate more on the hardware business too. Windows based phones have not been a huge success against Android smartphones.
Android, which is developed by Google, runs on majority of smartphones around the world. Even though Microsoft has been working hard to make the Windows phone operating systems attractive, the efforts have not seen success yet. However, with the new update, Microsoft hopes that things would be different in the future.
Let us wait for a few more months and find out whether the update would help Windows gain market share from Android devices. If you have any queries, you may contact our technical support team to clarify the same.
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According to Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, the fight for supremacy of tablets is not yet over. Nadella confirmed the support for the tablet will continue, saying, “We believe a strength of the Microsoft platform for enterprise is the rich ecosystem of hardware and applications developed by our partners, the community at large and some of our own teams at Microsoft,” in a statement about the latest ventures of Microsoft.
He said that Microsoft will continue its focus on preference for business users, as was obvious from the specification of the new Surface Pro 3 launch. Nadella said that the new tablet will focus on providing an enterprise-class device as well as several enterprise-class services using Microsoft support drivers to boost the end-user productivity. He added, “Microsoft is putting its full and sustained support behind the ongoing Surface program as one of a number of great hardware choices for businesses large and small.”
Most experts believed that Microsoft will come up with a Surface mini tablet, smaller than the Surface Pro 2. However, Nadella surprised everybody by revealing a 12 inch Microsoft Windows tablet that is aimed for business personnel. Principal analyst at IT research firm J. Gold Associates, Jack Gold recently said, “targeting the high end of the enterprise market with full Windows compatibility across all apps is an area where Microsoft can win and it doesn’t need to sell tens of millions of this device to be successful.” The surface tablet has become successful since several major brands have deployed the tablet and handed them out to employees.
Hall mentioned, “Most businesses are buying Surface when their employees need a laptop and want to avoid having to buy and carry an iPad, too. One device means less to buy, deploy, manage and secure. Surface Pro 3 is for work”. Microsoft wishes to interest IT managers in particular, by announcing, “With Surface Pro 3, we’ve already made all firmware and drivers available for IT to use to create their corporate image.” In order to further interest enterprise users, Microsoft has recently released a service called Microsoft Complete for Business that covers the device for three years and provides set-up support, expedited exchange service as well as provides accidental damage protection.
Regarding the new and upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, Hall mentioned, “Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and, of course, be upgradeable when Windows 10 is released.” Since Microsoft support drivers ensure compatibility of Windows 10 OS in almost all Windows 8 devices, it comes as no surprise that the tablet will receive upgrades for the new OS.
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In keeping with their mobile-first, cloud-first approach, Microsoft has brought out new features and technologies to help developers working on their Azure platform, as well as others. The company is also offering cross-platform developer tools support, as well as tied in with new partners on the cloud front.
Changes in Microsoft Azure include several cloud service providers to automate and speed up IT operations on this platform. You now have Microsoft Azure Operational Insights, Azure Batch, Azure Automation and support for multiple NICs etc in the list of Microsoft support services included to augment functionalities. Also among the latter, are two new network security groups, and Microsoft anti-malware for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services.
Enterprise connection has been stepped up using the Intune service, which brings in policy management for mobile applications, alongside app wrapping capabilities. Also available is the provision for the use of apps to check out content securely on mobile devices. We’re expecting the Office 365 rollout next year to hold inbuilt device management, made possible by the Microsoft Intune service.
Other than that, there will be regular updates to the Azure Active Directory Premium, released by the end of the year. The DLP functionalities will bridge the Office applications within this time.
Cross-Platform application support
True to their recently accepted cause of creating an inter-platform scene on the cloud, the company has come up with several tools and mobile apps, which allow for comprehensive access to Office 365 and Visual Studio. These utilities are meant to simplify cross platform software development. Among the major tools are O365 REST APIs, SDKs for the Android and iOS platforms to integrate with Office 365, and a new launcher for O365.
Additionally, you also have the Azure Amsterdam Region available for European customers of the Visual Studio Online service, enabling them to store their data on a server much closer to them. This brings down the retrieval time required when they try to access stored information online.
Azure is one of the leading Microsoft support services on the cloud, designed to usher in the oncoming Platform as a Service (PaaS) wave. It lets you store data and write applications on virtual machines, which can then be controlled directly by the service user. All of this is hosted on Microsoft’s own data center, with internal projects also making use of this popular platform.
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