Windows 7 Mainstream Support Will End Next Year

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Windows 7 is one the most popular Windows operating systems developed by the software maker Microsoft. Windows 7 is actually the most popular OS if we look at OS market shares. With over a fifty percent share in the OS usage, Windows 7 reigns supreme as the most used Windows OS, not only among Windows users, even when compared to other OS users in the world. So, when the Windows users and people across the globe came to know that Windows 7 mainstream support would end next year, January, no wonder they were shocked.

After ditching Windows XP, Microsoft is now after Windows 7. Windows XP enjoyed thirteen years of support from the software giant, and the company felt it was too long. It seems that the company is not willing to do the same with Windows 7. Another reason for the end of mainstream support could be to make Windows users switch to Windows 8 – the latest Windows OS.

Windows 7 Mainstream Support

However, there is no need to panic. End of Mainstream support is not same as end of support. End of support is what happened to Windows XP. This meant that Windows XP users cannot avail official technical assistance, cannot call Windows support number for XP issues, and will not receive security patches or feature updates. So, for all intents and purposes, Windows XP is dead for Microsoft. Windows 7 will not be dead after January, next year. End of mainstream support just means that some of the free support features that Microsoft was providing will stop. The users will continue getting the security updates form the software company.

Windows 7 can be labeled dead only after 2020, which will mark the end of support for the operating system. Until that time, Windows 7 users do not have much reason to worry. If the users want to avail some of the free features, they will not be free after the end of mainstream support, they can subscribe for them by spending some money however. Calling Windows support number for resolving technical issues may cost you too, after the end of mainstream support.

Many experts say that the company may have to budge on their decision to postpone the end of mainstream support date. Windows 7 is hugely popular and it is showing no signs of receding in the near future. We will have to wait and see if the upcoming Windows 10 OS manages to influence the Windows 7 market share and gets a lead.

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Microsoft Office 2013, And Why You Should Get It

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MS Office is one of the most highly acclaimed set of products from Microsoft, a suite of productivity software designed to ease and expedite your work in the workplace. The latest version of Office is the 2013 edition, which was officially brought out on January 29, 2013. Microsoft Office 2013 brings in significant changes in terms of features and provisions, with a major shift in focus towards the cloud computing.

The blend of Cloud with Office

Cloud computing is the way that all applications are headed. The main appeal of this is that you can avail the use of programs without having to install them on a single computer. The only thing you need for this a fast, uninterrupted internet connection. In fact, many of the activities people do online on a daily basis is, falls under cloud computing.

Microsoft Office is now connected to the cloud in many ways, which makes it possible to connect to a wide variety of related web services. The componential programs are almost all the same ones as older users are familiar with. You have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Microsoft Office 2013 comes as many optional suites, including Home & Student, Home & Business, and Professional. Each differs in the components functionalities it provides, and the demographic it is marketed to.

MS Office is a standalone bundle, which has its own set of programs, but what sets it apart from previous versions is that it ties in with the cloud in so many aspects. One of the main changes is that the default save location is the SkyDrive account the user registers with. With past version, each file would have had to be separately uploaded after saving it locally.

Switching To Office 2013

Switching to Office 2013 is a good prospect for businesses looking to join cloud computing into their operational setup. If your organization uses an outdated version of Office, this would go down the same way as updates did before. You would have to purchase the license for the upgrade version, after which you would be downloading the copy or copies off the internet.

If you own a small or medium sized business, the program can be bought as one, without the need for subsequent fees, such as for a subscription. If you are unable to download the installer and upgrade that way, you can purchase an installation disk and set up the application as well. The reduced price, however, only applies to special offerings.

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Instructions To Read POP Mail In Windows 8

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Sending and receiving emails is one of the most powerful modes of communication these days. Almost every individual working in an office or home exchanges information with the help of emails. There are different protocols used by different emailing services. Some of the protocols available are IMAP, POP3, Microsoft Exchange and many more. Out of the protocols available, POP3 is one of the most popular protocols. When you look into most of the internet service providers, you might notice that they provide customers with POP email accounts by default. But for some reason, Windows 8 mail does not support POP3.

Since this feature is not built in with the Windows 8 mail app, here is a workaround provided by the Windows tech support desk.

Instructions

  • Log in to your Microsoft account. In case you do not have one, you can just create it.
  • From the Settings menuavailable to the upper right corner of the screen, choose the option More Mail settings. This would open an options screen.
  • Under Managing Your Account, you will find a Send\Receive button, click on the same. This opens another screen.
  • Right beneath the You Can Receive Email from These Accounts header, you will find the button to Add An Email Account, click on the same. This opens another screen that asks you to enter the email address and the password.
  • Click on Advanced Settings.
  • Next, you need to configure the email, hence enter the email server name as POP, choose all the other necessary options and remember to check or uncheck SSL accordingly. When you are done with the settings, click on Done.
  • In the next step, you need to select an Outlook.com folder for the POP mail. On the other hand, you can have it imported to the inbox. It is highly recommended to import the folder to the inbox.

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  • As the next step, you need to click on Save in order to save the settings.
  • You will receive an email to your email address sent from the POP mail account with a Link. You need to click on that link in order to verify the email address. By now, your email account is supposed to be filled with emails in the inbox.
  • In the Windows 8 mail app, select the option that says Accounts which is available in the options settings.
  • Select the Outlook option.
  • Now you need to type your Username and Password and then click on Connect in order to sign into the service.

In case you encounter an error during the process, you can contact the Windows tech support desk and get apt assistance.

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Issues That You Might Face After Windows 8 Upgrade

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A recent report shows that many Windows 8 upgrade users come across certain issues after the upgrade or during the upgrade. Believe me, I am not saying this to discourage you from going for the Windows 8 upgrade. My intention is to make you aware of the potential problems that may arise after you upgrade your PC to Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 update. By making yourself aware of the potential problems, you can troubleshoot them instantly. Here is a brief account of some of the Windows 8 upgrade issues and the solutions to fix them. By contacting our Windows online support desk, you can get the issues fixed in real time.

Program compatibility issue

Most of the people go for Windows 8 upgrade instead of a fresh Windows 8 installation hoping that it would let them carry over their legacy applications. Windows 8 is compatible with most of the recent programs/applications. However, it is reported that some of the legacy applications are not supported in Windows 8. The programs that you may face compatibility issues include connectivity apps like WiFi, Bluetooth, PC tools and editing services. According to the experts, the reason for the compatibility issue is that Windows 8 has entirely different visual effects from the previous Windows versions.

How to run legacy applications in Windows 8?

The simple way to run an incompatible legacy application in Windows 8 is to run it in a virtual machine. Download and install reputed virtual machine software in your PC. With the help of it, you should be able to run all your legacy applications without any trouble.

Fresh Windows 8 Installation

Driver issues

Windows 8 upgrade is quite simple. After purchasing the Windows 8 license, you can download and install the Windows 8 upgrade files from the Microsoft support site. Step by step instructions for the same are given there. All you need to do is simply follow them up. However, that’s not all. After successfully upgrading your PC, you must update the drivers for all the hardware parts. This can be quite confusing and may be taking some time. But, do not worry, you may contact the Windows online supportdesk and get real time assistance for updating your Windows 8 drivers.

In my opinion, Windows 8 is a good operating system that offers higher level compatibility with latest programs. However, it is blamed unnecessarily for problems that can be fixed easily. If you come across any trouble while using your new Windows 8 PC, try to understand what its causes are and address them.

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What All Factors Played A Role In Making Windows 8 A Flop

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After the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has been thinking about the reasons behind the miserable failure of the operating system. Users who downloaded and installed the operating system came up with numerous complaints against this futuristic operating system. Let us find out what all factors resulted in the poor performance of Windows 8 in the market.

Not mouse friendly

According to Windows online support, one of the major features of Windows 8 is that it is a touch centric operating system. Microsoft has designed the operating system in such a way that the Start screen of the operating system is given more importance. The Start screen of the operating system has apps that we see in smart phones and it is easier to tap the apps than open them with mouse clicks. Therefore, Windows 8 was never a mouse friendly operating system and majority of the Windows 8 users did not have a touch screen monitors and used mouse for input.

When you scroll the mouse, you might be expecting the screen to move down. However, you will be surprised to find that the screen takes you sideways. When you use the mouse to scroll inside an app, you might experience many troubles.

Right click issues

If you were using a Windows 7 operating system, right clicking on a program will give options like Preview, cut, copy, delete etc. However, when you right click on any of the apps in Windows 8, you will receive only a few options and they appear at the bottom of the screen. In order to choose an option, you will have to move the mouse to the bottom of the window. This can annoy you a lot when you are on the Start screen.

Windows 8 Problems

Not good for larger displays

Majority of the apps designed for the operating system do not look great on displays with larger resolution. The modern apps are designed to work on tablets and small screens. However, when you work with them on bigger screens, the apps do not perform well.

Closing apps

With Windows 7, you could easily close a program by clicking the X button in the window. However, for Windows 8, the apps can be closed only by dragging it to the bottom of the window, which is a difficult task to perform.

All the above factors played a role in making Windows 8 a flop. If you encounter any Windows 8 problems, you may contact Windows online support or our technical support team for assistance.

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