Microsoft Reorganizes Its Certifications

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Almost all corporations around the world use Microsoft based products and services for managing their businesses. Microsoft has been providing certifications to technicians for stating that they are capable of servicing its products. However, with the advent of the cloud technology and other advanced technologies, the company recently decided to reorganize and restructure their certifications. According to the news we get from the Microsoft support services technicians, the company is planning to discontinue some of their popular certifications.

These include the widely popular Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). However, the company officials made it clear that the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) will still be continued in their certifications. Some of the recently added Microsoft certifications are Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM). The company also made it clear that some of the present certifications can be easily upgraded to the new certifications.

For example, the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) can be easily upgraded to the new MCSD certification. The main reason that Microsoft stated for changing their certifications, as given in their Microsoft support services website is to uphold the market suitability as more and more professionals are needed in the cloud computing sector.

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With the advent of cloud computing technologies, a wide range of jobs are created in the field and the company plans to take a major share in that space by introducing new professionals equipped for dealing with cloud computing related issues. If you are an IT professional, you may be wondering how the cloud related certifications will help you. Well, you are having the certification of the biggest software corporation and if that doesn’t give you a job, what will?

Another reason is that with many jobs are being introduced in the cloud sector with each passing day. Since many would be trying to get a job in the field anyhow, if you do have a certification, which others lack, obviously you will be selected. If you are looking to get a job in the IT industry, having a Microsoft certification will be of great help, so get one now and secure your future.

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Woolworths Replace Windows With Google OS

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Woolworths, the largest supermarket grocery chain in Australia, recently replaced the Microsoft desktop computers with almost 8000 Google Chrome OS devices. This is said to be a part of the Going Google campaign that the supermarket chain has been following for some time. Woolworths has been replacing Microsoft email, applications as well as PC operating systems since the last year with Google OS, thereby avoiding the Microsoft Support Services.

According to Deon Ludick, program director at Woolworths, the company is about to roll 8000 Google Chrome devices that would start in the latter half of the year. He also stated that Woolworths would also rely on numerous providers for the Chrome OS devices. The news is definitely a setback for Microsoft and has added to the already existing woes of the software giant. Gunnar Berger, research directed at Gartner, however said that adapting to Chrome OS was a new concept altogether for many organizations. He also said that using Chrome OS was definitely aimed at minimizing the use of Windows and dependence on the Microsoft Support Services.

As stated by Berger, one of the top benefits of the Google Going approach by Woolworths was that they could now use a more secured browser. Chrome OS is considered to comprise of more secured options than Windows. In fact, Google also has an ongoing competition that pays large rewards to any person who can hack the device via the Chrome browser. Moreover, if a supermarket giant like Woolworths depends on Google for all its services, it would have a Google Apps domain and the Chrome device could also be easily managed through a web console that would require no software installation.

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Isabelle Durand and Bruno Lakehal, analysts at Gartner said that Chromebook was the fastest-growing segment in the mobile PC market last year and it was applicable to even the applications working on the platform. As stated by Richard Edwards, IT principal analyst at Ovum enterprise, many IT companies had planned to switch over from the Windows operating systems for their enterprise applications. He also added that, “The tools we use have a huge impact on the way we go about getting work done. For some ¬companies, the cost of change and the effort required to change company culture may outweigh the business benefits of making the switch, whereas for others it could prove transformative with the right leadership.”

In short, the sudden decision by Woolworths is definitely a blow to Microsoft’s business prospects in the tech world.

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Microsoft To Repeal Support For Multiple Products

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Microsoft has been receiving flak aplenty from users for retracting support to Windows XP, their most popular product ever. Now, they have gone on to release a list of other products they will soon ditch as well.

Through their wares released over the years, Microsoft has consistently validated the age-old proverb, “Old is gold”. Many users are still using the older stuff, but they would be better off upgrading before long. We cannot blame the company if they stopped dragging along what is dead weight for them.

The list they have put out is pretty long, and it is on their support site. We will be looking at the ones that are the most widely used, which if they lost support, would affect most users. The entire bundle of Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, and Windows Server 2008 will be cut off from support. For the second of these, mainstream Microsoft support services end on 9th of September 2014, while for the other two, the date is set at 13th of January 2015.

What you need to remember is that this does not mean you cannot use these products any longer. Only the Microsoft support services as you knew them will cease to be available, and what you will be getting instead is an extended support. This essentially implies that you will get updates for 5 years afterwards, but only the ones indispensible to the software – mainly security updates and hotfixes, and not feature updates.

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All versions of Windows 7 (Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Starter) will stop receiving feature updates, and if you have SP1 installed, you will not be getting free security updates after January 14, 2020, which is when the extended support ends.

Once past that, users would be hung out to dry. The product will become vulnerable to malicious attacks from any source, and will not function long without the required support, which would be inexistent.

There are other products as well, for which Microsoft will end all tech support soon. Among these are Systems Management Server 2003, Virtual Server 2005, Host Integration Server 2004, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Edition, Visual FoxPro 9.0 Professional and Windows CE 5.0. There are many users holding out hopes that Microsoft will push back the EOS dates for Windows 7 the way it did with XP, given that it is been as popular if not more, than the latter.

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Surface Pro 3, "A Tablet That Can Replace Your Laptop"

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Microsoft released their Surface Pro 3 on June 20, 2014. This tablet device runs on the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 Pro, and comes with a 12-inch display, which makes it much larger than Surface Pro 2. But, it’s lighter and slimmer than the its predecessor. There’s also an accompanying high-friction kickstand, which can hold it up along angles ranging to 150 degrees, plus more accessories: a type cover, and a Bluetooth powered surface pen.

The battery power covers 9 hours of web browsing, while the 4th generation Intel-Core processor with TPM chip lets you run intensive games and applications, without having to call the Microsoft support site when it hangs, because it won’t. You have a hot swap slot for the Micro SD card, with support for up to 128 GB.

The InstantGo feature allows for managing the power on the device in a way similar to the one on smartphones, with the additional provision to connect to two external displays at a time. The cap on resolution support widely varies, depending on the CPU model, which is in use.

Most of the reviews of this tablet show good favor, but this doesn’t fully offset the doubt that many customers are struggling with. It’s obviously Microsoft’s best device yet, but admittedly it’s more marketable as a tablet than as a laptop replacement. And there are those of the opinion that it needs a better keyboard to be identified as a laptop computer.

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Some say that this is the closest Microsoft has ever come to killing laptop computers, which might not be a won war yet. Apparently, third time’s not enough charm here; this is still only a fairly OK laptop. It might be better than the laptop you have right now, but isn’t enough for you to ditch the latter. People would just keep both the old and the new; just look at any related post on the Microsoft support site and you’ll see they’re doing it already.

There’s a wide range of prices the Surface Pro 3 is being offered at, and these depend on the configuration that you choose to buy. For the 64GB/Intel i3 model, you’d have to pay $799, while the 128GB/Intel i5 can be gotten for $999. Higher, up you have the 256GB/Intel i5 piece for $1,299, while the 256GB/Intel i7 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 would cost you at $1,549. Right at the top of the pricing list there’s the 512GB/Intel i7 tablet for $1,949.

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Disabling Internet Explorer Toolbars

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A toolbar can be defined as a row of boxes, which you can find at the top of the application window of your web browser, while you browse the internet. Although these toolbars are designed to provide a convenient and advanced browsing experience to the users, it is often recommended to remove toolbars.  This is because most of the times, toolbars tend to change the home page of your default web browser.

The Internet Explorer add-ons in IE9, IE10 and IE11 are usually loaded if they are compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode. For loading an incompatible add-on, you can always turn off the Enhanced Protected Mode for IE. By doing this, you will be able to load incompatible ad-ons, but this would make your system more open to the malicious software installed in your computer.

If you want to remove toolbars of Internet Explorer and its related add-ons, you can use the following instructions provided by the Windows tech support team.

  • In the first step, you need to open the Internet Explorer and then click or tap on the Tools Menu Bar item followed by the Manage Add-ons option. You can also open the Internet Explorer and click or tap on the Tools Command Bar icon button and then select the Manage Add-ons option.
  • Next, you need to open the Control Panel and then click or tap on the Internet Options icon. Next, you need to click on the Programs tab and Manage Add-ons button.

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  • For disabling a toolbar and the extension add-on, you need to first click on an enabled add-on that you want to disable, and then tap on the Disable button. At any point of time, you can also contact the Windows tech support team to know more about the uninstallation of toolbar and how to fix the common toolbar issues.
  • Now, if you want to enable a Toolbar and Extension Add-on, you need to first select a disabled add-on that you want to enable and then click or tap on the Enable button.
  •  Once you have clicked on this button, you need to tap on the Close button. Now, you would require closing and reopening Internet Explorer for this to take effect.

These steps can help you to successfully remove the Internet Explorer toolbars and its related add-ons. To get more information and assistance on the same, feel free to contact our technical support team.

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