Microsoft's Open Technologies Forges Partnerships With Open Source Communities

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At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), the software maker Microsoft Corporation’s Open Technologies forged two new partnerships to help the company steer its Azure infrastructure-as-a-service offering toward being more open, thereby unfolding new cloud scenarios and possibilities. The two new partners are and OpenNebula. This move will definitely help in enabling interoperability of applications and services across heterogeneous service providers. As per the statement of Jean Paoli, the President of Microsoft Open Technologies, these partnerships are bound to complement a varied and diverse group of open source solutions, some of which include Docker’s libswarm venture, Kubernetes, and several other open source cloud projects.

The Packer tool is specifically developed to create identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. On the other hand, when it comes to OpenNebula, it provides cloud and data virtual infrastructure management for enterprises. will start delivering plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V soon. This will help various IT professionals and developers to utilize Packer for generating completely provisioned machine images that can be easily launched on the above mentioned platforms. Note that it already supports Hyper-V on Windows Server, and Microsoft support drivers for Azure will soon arrive as well. This allows the machine image to be saved to Azure blob storage and then launched to Azure infrastructure services much quickly. has not been partnered to replace configuration management such as Chef or Puppet. Actually, when building images, Packer will be able to use tools such as Chef or Puppet for installing software onto the image. At the same time, the other partner OpenNebula introduces a set of plugins for enabling the open-source toolkit that can be used for building hybrid cloud deployments around or based on Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

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According to Jean Paoli, this particular move allows users having the tool to develop and manage a customized cloud service across various service providers, which include Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage service. It will also assist cloud operations to conform to current policies.

These partnerships are intended for serving the overall aim of simplifying deployment and development of advanced features. The software giant Microsoft Corporation will continue forming other partnerships for delivering flexible, advanced, nimble, and above all, open environments to the developers for developing a huge and varied array of cloud scenarios.

We hope such Microsoft support drivers or initiatives will simplify and enhance the management of private and public cloud infrastructure in the future.

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Windows 8 Still Finds Few Takers

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When Microsoft had launched Windows 8, the software behemoth had expected that the version would take over other operating systems in the tech field. For this, the company included several advanced options in the operating system that were unheard of in any of the existing versions. However, in the process of making the system an out of the box one, Microsoft omitted out several basic features from this OS, including the Start menu. Eventually, the users who had done the Windows 8 upgrade started to uninstall the operating system and migrated towards the older versions.

The main reason for such a unanimous rejection of Windows 8 was that most users found the computing experience with this OS complicating and tiring. This resulted in the sudden increase in the User Share of Windows XP and Windows 7. Even though Microsoft launched an extended version of Windows 8 i.e. Windows 8.1, by re-including the Start menu, it failed to allure the users. Hence, this forced the company to end the services of Windows XP this year as a final option to revamp the sales of Windows 8. Interestingly, even this strategy has fallen flat.

According to the Steam’s recent stats, the number, of the users who have done Windows 8 upgrade in the last few months, has increased considerably. But then, if you compare it with the users who have switched over to its predecessor i.e. Windows 7, the touch-sensitive version stands nowhere. When you check the recent market reports, Windows 7 stands tall with over 50 % of users followed by Windows XP that is still ahead of Windows 8, even after receiving no technical support from the company. But as Microsoft professionals state, the number of users opting for the Windows 8 upgrade would only increase in the future. Well, looking at the current scenario, one can say that the software giant is right in thinking so.

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The company has already announced the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 in a year. Once Windows 7 loses support from Microsoft, it is certain that more users would flock over to Windows 8 and 8.1, simply because they won’t have any other choice.

Adding to it, Microsoft has also planned to launch the next version in the line of operating systems by mid 2015. Codenamed Threshold or Windows 9, it is certain that this operating system would comprise of a set of advanced and user-friendly features to draw customers to it.

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Microsoft Warns Customers On The End Of Mainstream Support For Windows Server 2008 And Windows 7

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It was only four months earlier that Microsoft has stopped the support for Windows XP operating system and the company has now issued warning to the Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 users about the end of mainstream support for these products.

Even though the end of support dates for various Windows operating systems were already available at the official website of Microsoft, many people are still unaware about when their operating system would have no more support from the software giant. Many of the Windows XP customers came to know about the end of support dates only after the last day of support. This time, Microsoft wishes to make all the customers aware of this end of support date as early as possible.

According to Microsoft support site, both the products will reach the end of mainstream support in six months. Three products that reach the phase of end of mainstream support are Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. January 13, 2015 is the last day when these products can receive free support from Microsoft.

After the end of mainstream support, these users will still receive support from Microsoft. However, they will not receive free support from the software giant for fixing various issues with these products. These products will also receive security updates, bug fixes etc. until the last date for extended support is reached. The mainstream support for Windows 7 had ended before a year. However, Microsoft released service pack 1 for the operating system and the users who have installed this service pack on their computers can receive extended mainstream support until January 2015.

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Other programs, which will lose support by this year, are SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 Service Pack 1. The last date for mainstream support for these programs is October 14. However, these users can download the service packs released for these programs to receive continued support. Many users still use these programs without updating them and Microsoft has urged all these users to make upgrades as soon as possible.

Since Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, a good number of its users have upgraded to other operating systems. The end of extended support is only by January 14, 2020 and therefore, Windows 7 users have nothing much to fear at this point. For further information on support lifecycles, you may visit Microsoft support site or contact our technical support team.

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Procedure To Update A Vista Product Key

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Microsoft has one of the best ways to know whether an operating system is genuine or not. Activation of your Windows Vista operating system done by Microsoft Corporation is a definite way to ensure your software is not illegal or pirated.

Now, do not think that prevention of piracy in software products is only beneficial for software makers as it also ensures that the consumer do not unwittingly install some malicious codes like viruses or spyware. Even if your system has gone through some major changes, then you may have to update your product key.

This activation process is quite simple. Microsoft support for Vista offers step-by-step instructions on how to update a product key. Here are the guidelines.

Steps to follow

  • First, click on the Windows orb located on the bottom left corner of your computer screen. This will show the Start menu. Right click on the Computer in the menu, and select Properties.
  • Thereafter, you need to scroll down to the Windows Activation section and select Change product key. This will open a new window labeled Change Your Product Key for Activation. Enter your new key in the blank field beside the Product Key.
  • Subsequently, you need to click on the Next button and wait for Windows to make a connection with Microsoft servers. Read and follow any message that are shown in the dialog box, and then monitor the process until the activation process completes.
  • Next, right click on the Computer icon on the Start menu, select Properties, and scroll down to the Windows Activation section once again. Verify the new product key shown there.

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You need to note that Activation does not mean Registration. Registering for Windows actually signs you up for tips, tools, Microsoft Support for Vista, and various other privileges. In case you make a major hardware change, such as upgrading your hardware or RAM at the same time, then you will be notified that as a Windows Vista user, you have three days to activate your Windows system. Usually, a new Windows installation takes thirty days to complete.

Hope this article was informative. You can contact our tech support team over the toll-free number if you need further clarification on the matter, or need help with any other issues in your Windows Vista computer.

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