Windows 8 Continues To Sink; Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ends

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

Windows 8 Upgrades Not Satisfactory

Ever since Windows XP reached end of Life, there has been an ongoing race between Windows 7 and Windows 8 for Operating System market dominance. Not surprisingly, 3 year old operating system Windows 7 fared better than Windows 8 because of its unpopularity ever since its release.

Recently released Windows 8 got a lot of flak since it completely ignored the conventional keyboard and mouse users. The user interface of original release Windows 8 is both counter-intuitive and completely partial to touch screen users. The Start menu which every windows user has grown to be familiar with was replaced by a Metro style Start screen which features Live tiles.

When comparing Windows 7 vs Windows 8, Windows 7 has emerged as a clear winner. This view can be confirmed by merely comparing the sales number between both the operating systems. While Windows 7 had over 300 million users in the first 15 months, Windows 8 barely touched the 200 million mark in the same time duration. Moreover, Windows 7 sales rate are higher than Windows 8, another blow, considering most PC systems currently available in the market have Windows 8 pre-loaded in them.

Because of the intense opposition by most users who tried Windows 8, Microsoft released various upgrades that sought to please its users. However, users were not particularly satisfied with even the updated version and chose to downgrade their system to Windows 7. Between all this, Windows 7 continued to grow in popularity and currently owns 50% of the total share in the operating system market.

Sales Number

          Windows 7 Gets 3 Years Old

Due to popular demand, Microsoft has promised a Start menu in the next Windows 8.1 update that is scheduled to release in the fourth quarter of 2014. Moreover, Windows 9 will be scheduled to release at the earliest. Even though release dates are not known, it is confirmed that this operating system will have a Start menu that takes in the best features of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Despite the increase in sales, Windows 7 OEM sales will end on October 2014 for Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate version. However, Windows 7 Professional end of sales have not been finalized yet. Windows 7 mainstream support has already ended on July 2014 and is currently running on extended support. The Windows 7 extended support will continue until January 14, 2020.

Thus, instead of debating about the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 features, it would be better to wait until Windows 9 releases and make an informed decision about choosing Windows 8 or Windows 9.

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Professional Skype Broadcast Services To Start Soon

Microsoft Help Line

         Microsoft Releases Skype TX

Microsoft never ceases to surprise with the wide range of services it provides. From gaming consoles to VoIP services, Microsoft has made its mark in every IT sector. Apart from being the Market leaders in most of the ventures it has expanded to, Microsoft is known to find and create new market areas to continue its dominance as the World leaders in technology.

Latest news that has been creating its buzz in the media circuits is Skype TX, a new software for higher quality video and audio broadcasting for use by media and other agencies. This service will be an improvement on the current technology in use. Admittedly, this software will serve a niche market reserved for use by media production agencies that work in studio environments. Skype TX will be Microsoft’s maiden venture in serving the media agency.

This is great news for video broadcasters who will get to record crisper and clearer recording than ever before. Since most mainstream media companies use Skype regularly, this news came as a pleasant surprise and TV and Radio journalists alike are praising the effort. People contacted our Microsoft Help Line, eager to know how Skype TX will affect their lives.

Skype TX (which stands for Transmission) is a combination of hardware and software, which would offer integrated production-grade system that can be integrated with the existing broadcasting systems. Moreover, Skype TX will be a major improvement on the current market standards because it features ability to handle I/O in HD-SDI video and balanced audio, with automatic aspect ratio conversion. Moreover, the HD-SDI conversion occurs without any delay or lag in audio synchronization. Like any other professional service, these videos will be free from any sort of notifications, signals, adverts or pop-ups.

Audio Synchronization

         Maiden Venture In Broadcast Industry By           Microsoft

The best feature of Skype TX which has caught the attention of prospective customers is its ability to handle aspect ratio mismatches automatically without any intervention from the software operator! Skype TX can be used to interact with Skype users throughout the world and would reportedly revolutionize the broadcast industry. This is because more media presence will be available in remote areas where expensive and professional grade bulky equipment are unreachable.

Even though all the details about Skype TX is present in its Official blog, Microsoft is yet to release a price tag on this service. Few rumors are afloat that this feature might be provided free of cost with the condition that the Skype logo should be present in all such broadcasts. If you want to know the latest updates on this particular item, you may contact our Microsoft help line.

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Setting Up Hotmail In Outlook

Outlook Email Setup

        Configure Outlook Email

Microsoft Outlook is the most popular email manager program that is available in the market now. Here we discuss simple instructions for configuring Outlook.com email, formerly known as Hotmail, with the Outlook email client.

Instructions

  • For configuring the Outlook email manager program with your email account in Outlkook.com, you need to first download the Outlook Connector tool. This tool will help you in connecting your Outlook email account with the email client. With this program installed in the system, you would be able to synchronize the emails, contacts and calendar information easily.
  • The program is compatible with all versions of the Outlook program, however you need to make sure that you install the correct bit version of the program. For e.g. If you have a 64-bit Outlook program, get 64-bit Outlook connector.
  • After you have downloaded the file, click on the file to install the program in your system. Follow all the prompts shown by the installation wizard for successfully installing the program on the system.
  • Now open the Outlook email manager program by clicking on its icon found in the All Programs section from the Start menu. When the application window appears on the screen, click on the Add Account option found in the File menu.
  • Select the radio button found beside E-mail Account. Now type in the account details in the Outlook email setup window shown on the screen.
  • In the text box found next to the Your Name field, type in the name that you want to display to your contacts. In the E-mail Address field, type in the complete email address with domain name and type in the password for accessing the email account in the text box found next to the Password field.

    Outlook Email Client

                  Email In Outlook

  • Now click on the Next button, if the Outlook Connector program has been correctly installed, the Outlook email setup will synchronize the Outlook program with your email account. However, if you have not installed the program on the system, Outlook will ask you to install the program.
  • When the account is synced with the program, you will be able to use Outlook for viewing your emails and calendar entries.

If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to configure Outlook email manager program to access your Hotmail (Outlook.com) email account.

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Tips On Disabling Windows Firewall In Your Windows 7 System

Windows Support

         Windows Firewall Removal

Microsoft has developed a software component by the name Windows Firewall, which provides firewalling and packet filtering functions. Sometimes, you may want to disable this program in your computer. You can use any of the following methods provided by the Windows support team to turn off Windows Firewall in your system.

By accessing the Services and Applications option:

  • At first, you can click on the Start menu and then on My Computer. Now, you can click on Manage.
  • Next, you need to search for the Services and Applications option and then click on the + sign to expand it. Then, click on Services and check for Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) in the drop-down menu.
  • Next, right click on this and choose Properties. Now, check for the options under the General tab and change Startup types to Disabled.
  • In the final step, click on the Stop button followed by the Apply button. Now, click OK and close the window.

Using the Control Panel:

  • Here, you need to first click on the Start menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
  • Now, you need to double click on the Windows Firewall icon. You can also choose to right click on Windows Firewall and then select Properties.
  • Now, as in the previous method, you can check for the options under the General tab and click on Off to disable the Windows Firewall. You can now click on OK to close the window.

Using the Local Area Connection option:

  • In the first step, you can click on the Start menu and move onto the Control Panel option. Now, double click on Network and Internet Connections.

    Packet Filtering Functions

                  Windows Updates

  • Next, you can right click on your network connection and then choose Properties from the available list of options. At any point of time, you can also contact the Windows support team to get more assistance on disabling the firewall.
  • Now, you can click on the Advanced tab in the Properties window and check the Windows Firewall option. Here, click on Settings.
  • To disable the Windows firewall, you need to click on Off, followed by OK, to exit the window. Again, Click on OK to close the Properties window.
  • Now, you can exit the Network Connection window.

These steps can help you in removing the Windows Firewall in your Windows 7 system. To get more assistance on this, you may get in touch with our technical support personnel.

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Access All Microsoft Web Services Through Hotmail/Outlook.Com Account

Windows Support

Contact Windows Support

Why would you love a specific email service when there are many other alternative services? The quality of the service will certainly be a parameter for you to prefer a particular service. But at the same time, you will give equal importance to the technical support as well as the customer support. If you can’t reach your email service provider when you have a technical issue, you will certainly ditch the email service and look for another. Hotmail is a popular webmail service offered by Microsoft to the users of its Windows operating system. Recently, the software giant replaced Hotmail with Outlook.com.

Hotmail support

Hotmail has an independent support desk that provides customers with round the clock technical as well as customer support. Often users contact Windows support by mistake seeking support for their Hotmail account. At such a scenario, the Windows support agent will redirect the Hotmail user to the dedicated Hotmail support desk.

In order to contact Hotmail support directly, users are required to visit the official webpage of Hotmail. On the Hotmail homepage, you can see a big list of issues that you might come across while using your Hotmail account. You will also find quick solutions to the problems. Most of the issues can be fixed right away by working out the steps given on the web page. If any issue seems to persist and bother you constantly, you can consider chatting with the online support desk.

Hotmail services and features

Microsoft Online Services

                    Windows Support Desk

Users can access most of the online services of Microsoft via their Hotmail account. Lately, Microsoft stopped offering the Hotmail service and replaced it with Outlook.com. However, existing Hotmail users are still able to use their Hotmail account to access Microsoft online services such as SkyDrive, chat messenger, web calendar, memo pad and more.

Get Hotmail issues fixed with third party support

Usually, you will be able to get your issues with Hotmail fixed right way by contacting the online support desk of Hotmail. But, it has been noted recently that users are put in long queue before they can chat to an agent. If waiting in the queue irritates you, you can get in touch with a third party support provider. You will be charged a small amount for the service when you get your issues fixed by a third party support service.

Hotmail or Outlook.com has turned out to be a popular webmail service. It has a large number of customers across the globe. Get your Hotmail/Outlook.com account today and explore its features.

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