The recent announcement from Microsoft about discontinuing their support services for Windows XP has got many Vista users worried. Microsoft has clarified that the Microsoft support for Vista will continue until 2017. Microsoft discontinued mainstream support for Windows Vista back in 2012. What is available now for the Vista users is the extended support, which provides mainly the basic security updates.
Google drops the Google App support for the old Internet Explorer browsers
While the Microsoft support for Vista will continue until 2017, many of the new Microsoft applications do not come with Windows Vista support. For example, the latest Internet Explorer versions would not run on the Windows Vista OS. The new Internet Explorer browsers – from version 10 onwards – are incompatible with the Vista OS.
This makes things difficult for the Windows Vista users, as Google has announced that they are discontinuing support for Google App support for the old Internet Explorer browsers. Google Apps makes the access to many of the Google services like Gmail, Google Talk, Google Drive, etc very easy.
Google’s decision makes sense. They cannot be expected to provide the Google Apps support for the older versions of all the browsers out there. However, Vista users are more likely to blame Microsoft for this inconvenience. To use the latest apps and other browser tools in their system, they need to use the latest browsers.
If Microsoft themselves are not providing Vista support for their latest browsers, their rival need not bother supporting the old Internet Explorers either. All this has left the Windows Vista users in the lurch.
What Google is doing is to encourage the Windows Vista users to try their Chrome browser. The Google Apps would work fine with the Google Chrome browser they have installed in their OS. Perhaps, Google is also hoping that some of these users would eventually upgrade from the Windows Vista OS to the Google Chrome OS.
Clearly, it was with this intention that Google has decided to continue their Chrome browser support for the Windows XP operating system. Google intends to extend their XP support beyond the Microsoft deadline.
The recent surveys indicate that Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most widely used Windows operating systems out there. As long as Microsoft continues to support the Vista OS, they need to make the latest versions of the essential applications Vista-compatible.
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Microsoft Windows 8 is an operating system that is developed by the Microsoft Corporation as a part of the Windows NT family of OS. Development of this OS started before the official release of its predecessor Window 7 that was released in the year 2009. The Windows 8 OS was released after the release of three pre-release versions from Sep 2011 to Mar 2012. The RTM version (Release To Manufacturing) of this excellent OS was published on Aug 1, 2012 and was available to public from Oct 26, 2012.
The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system introduced many changes to the operating system’s platform. This has also brought changes to the user interface of the OS and has improved the user experience on tablet computers. Windows 8 OS is aimed to compete with mobile operating systems including iOS and the open source Android OS.
The major changes include a touch optimized Windows shell that is based on the Metro design language of Microsoft, the Start screen that displays programs and updated content on tiles, a new platform that helps the users to develop apps based on touch input, Windows Store and the integration with online services. Windows Store is the place from where the users can purchase and download software. Other added features of the Microsoft Windows 8 OS are support for USB 3.0, near field communication, Advanced Format hard drives, and cloud computing.
The Windows 8 operating system has also added security features like a built in antivirus program, support for UEFI Secure Boot with devices that have the UEFI firmware, and integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service. These features will help you to prevent malware from attacking the boot process of your computer.
Reaction towards Windows 8’s performance enhancements, improved touch support and security enhancements was very positive but the new interface of the OS was very much criticized for being confusing and difficult to understand. In spite of all these shortcomings, 60 million licenses of Windows 8 were sold until January 2013. This number includes upgrades and OEM sale for new computers.
On 17 Oct 2013, Microsoft released the first major update for the OS, which is the Windows 8.1. This update is aimed to address some of those aspects that were criticized by many users and reviewers. The Windows 8.1 upgrade also incorporates some major improvements to the operating system to make it more user friendly.
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The computer slowing down is a very common issue. You would not mind some drag in your system performance every now and then, when you know that you are pushing your system too hard using so many applications at the same time. However, sometimes even a simple application would start to slow down your system. When that happens, you need to execute some slow computer troubleshooting steps to fix this issue.
What causes these system slowdowns?
In most of the cases, a virus that has infected your system causes such system slowdowns. Also, you might be overstretching your system resources, with too many applications installed, and taking up almost all of the system memory, leaving very little for running the applications.
There is also the possibility that your system registry is now clogged up with many errors and corrupt files, and this in turn affects your system’s performance. Also, you need to distinguish between your system slowing down and a slow internet connection. Clearly, these things are not the same.
About the slow computer troubleshooting steps
Using some troubleshooting steps, you can improve the system performance and its overall speed. Some of the slow computer troubleshooting steps are as follows:
These are some of the ways, by which you can improve your system performance.
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Though Microsoft is not touting the Windows Phone update that is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks, as it did prior to the launch of Windows Phone 8, inside reports from the company highlight some of the features that this update would offer to the community.
Microsoft support page underlines that the update named GDR3, which stands for General Distribution Release 3, will not add any drastic improvements to the Windows Phone interface, but would offer a few essential hardware support, aiming to add sparks to the Nokia Lumia series of smartphones. Microsoft experts explained that the GDR3 update would offer display support for devices with 5 – 7 inch screens, with resolution support for up to 1080 pixels.
Specialists say that this element is clearly aimed to benefit the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone that features a 6-inch display. Furthermore, Microsoft representatives told the media that the GDR3 update will not include any support for full-on tablets, but the point will be considered prior to the future update releases. It is also rumored that the latest update will add support for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor to the Windows Phone.
Apart from that, a blog post on Microsoft support page states that the GDR3 update will include a Driving Mode in the system, which would limit the popping up of notifications on the lock screen, and can be set when users connect a Bluetooth device to their Windows Phone. It will also allow users to close individual applications while on the multitasking screen, and lock the screen orientation vertically when using the phone on a couch or bed. GDR3 also defragments the settings options into more specific categories, which allows users to manage them in a much more convenient way.
This Windows Phone update also includes an app named Accessibility that aims to serve visually impaired customers with a better approach. Microsoft representatives add that the update also offers numerous tweaks and fixes to the platform, which include improvements in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and App switcher. As for now, the plan of offering a vibrant view of liver tiles on a radiant display screen is what Microsoft has disclosed so far.
The update was released to manufacturers in September, and a developer’s preview version was launched a month later. The launch of the final update is scheduled in the coming weeks, but no exact date has been announced until now.
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The Xbox gaming console from Microsoft has been a huge success. With the next generation Xbox console, Xbox One, soon to be released, they have extended the Microsoft Support services for the Xbox 360 to allay customer’s fears. It is clear that Microsoft wants the Xbox 360 to continue selling until the Xbox One hits the stands.
About the Microsoft Technical support for Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is one of the most successful gaming consoles ever. It faces stiff competition from the likes of the Sony’s PlayStation series, and the Nintendo gaming consoles. So far, Microsoft has managed stay ahead of its rivals with the success of the Xbox 360 console.
As it happens, Sony is also releasing their new PlayStation around the same time as that of the Xbox One. However, Microsoft thinks that the excellent Microsoft Support services that they have been providing to their customers would make a difference. The Microsoft technical support network for the Xbox console includes a dedicated Xbox support website as well as an Xbox chat support line.
Contacting the Microsoft Xbox technical support
The Xbox technical support might be required when you face a software error, a game installation error, an update error, a gaming accessory installation problem, etc. Any of these errors can be easily resolved by contacting the Microsoft Xbox support.
The best way to do would be to call up the Microsoft Xbox phone line. You would find the number for your region in the product package. In fact, the user manual would contain all the contact information for the Microsoft Xbox support including the web page links.
If you do not have this user manual with you, then you can easily find the contact number online. A simple would take you to the official Microsoft Xbox webpage, where the Microsoft Xbox helpdesk phone numbers would be mentioned.
Dial any one of the numbers given for your region and you call would be answered promptly. Once you state the nature of your problem, you would be put in touch with a Microsoft technical expert to whom you can explain your Xbox problem in detail.
The technician would then assist you with the problem by giving a set of detailed instructions. Following these steps, you can easily resolve the Xbox error.
Go to the Microsoft Xbox support website for more answers and solutions regarding the Xbox problems.
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