Is Microsoft Planning To Abandon Windows 8?

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According to various rumors floating around online, Microsoft is planning to abandon their Windows 8 project and has already started working on another version of Windows operating system. Apparently, it has now become clear to the tech giant that the Windows 8 problems sprouting every now and then are too many to be fixed with an OS update.

Windows 8 considered a failure

Though Microsoft might not officially admit to this, Windows 8 failed to furnish what the user community expected. Numerous Windows 8 problems started to pop-up in the designing phase itself. After realising that the computer technology landscape is changing with so many mobile computing devices in use, Microsoft made the wrong decision of designing a hybrid OS. The result was a half-tablet half-desktop operating system called Windows 8.

This hybrid design though, has backfired. Neither tablet users nor desktop users want to use it. In short, Microsoft managed to alienate their loyal desktop users and at the same time, failed to gain any ground in the tablet or smartphone market as well. An attempt to fix some of the Windows 8 problems through Windows 8.1 update did not work either, and now, it is rumoured that Microsoft is going to ditch their hybrid OS project and design the next OS from the scratch.

This means that their Windows 8.2 update this year will be light on functions and features. They may not make any big changes in the Metro UI, but instead a new Windows OS, possibly titled Windows 9, will be released with a different user interface. You can find some of the leaked screenshots and other details about this new OS on the internet.

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For now, the project is called Windows Threshold, which is aimed to update Xbox, Windows 8, as well as Windows Phone platforms. However, it is likely to be released as Windows 9. In these leaked screenshots, you can see that it has the classic Windows 7-style desktop interface with a Start Menu, Task Bar, Quick Launch icons, System Tray, etc. But, there are some changes in the Start Menu design. Reports say that it will have some of the Metro-style UI elements in it, like an All Apps link instead of the All Programs link, which will open a Metro-style menu of all the apps in your system.

The beta version of the OS is expected to be released by the first quarter of 2015 and the full version before the end of the year. Get in touch with our Windows tech support team for more info.

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CCTV Criticized Windows 8 After Issuing A Ban

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Microsoft is not enjoying its best times in China. Focused on expanding its presence there, the company is unfortunately going through a crisis in the relationship with the erstwhile sleeping – and now formidable – giant of Asia. Even though Windows 8 versions are installed on millions of computers throughout the huge nation, the China Central Television (a state run TV network) has heavily criticized Windows 8 on one of its segments.

One of the TV programs shown on China Central Television (CCTV) has taken the security of the Windows 8 versions to task. The experts in the segment openly accused the software maker of retaining the ability to extract user data or information, even important information like phone numbers and bank account details. The CCTV program also blamed Microsoft for developing Microsoft Windows 8 in collaboration with the United States government, for the purpose of allowing cyber-spying operations. This is an unfortunate development and it has come just after the nation’s Central Government Procurement Center banned the Windows 8 operating system from being used on Chinese government computers.

Though this CCTV segment made things much clear, this is not the first time Chinese government has criticized the operating system. Even in the past, broadcasts from the state-run television have been critical of various aspects of many companies and products. These then reportedly led to forcible changes in policy, and product recalls, by those companies.

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Microsoft Windows is one of the most popular operating system software series used in China. This is majorly because of the widespread policy. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (presently the CEO of Los Angeles Clippers), mentioned three years back that the revenue obtained by the company from China was just five percent compared to what the software giant got in the United States of America. Now, you should know that back then the Chinese and American markets were similar in size.

Now, we have to see how the relationship progresses. Microsoft can only hope that Windows 9 (which is rumored to be the next Windows installment) will improve the situation. But there are many things to deal with, especially the piracy factor. Various prior versions of Windows 8 have been heavily pirated throughout the nation. It remains to be seen what Microsoft does to curb this problem.

So, if the same situation continues, it will not do much to motivate people to upgrade to Windows 8. At least not in China.

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Windows 8 OS Has Wi-Fi Direct Support

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              About Windows 8 Wi-Fi Direct

When you are installing and using a new OS, it will take some time to figure out the different options and settings in it. For example, if you just upgraded to Windows 8, it will take some time for you to figure out the different options and features in the new OS. This is especially so in Windows 8, because Microsoft has completely user interface in the new OS.

About Wi-Fi Direct support in Windows 8

In Windows 8, you can use the Wi-Fi Direct technology to easily connect two Windows 8 devices without the use of cables. Wi-Fi Direct is an improved version of the Wi-Fi technology used for connecting devices wirelessly. Using Wi-Fi Direct, you can easily connect to any device from any manufacturer, if it comes with Wi-Fi Direct support. In order to use the Wi-Fi Direct function in Windows 8, you have to ensure that you are using a Network Card from Intel and that you have installed all the latest Windows 8 drivers necessary for the Wi-Fi Direct technology.

According to the Microsoft Windows website, you need to install the Intel My Wi-Fi Dashboard application, if you want to access the Wi-Fi direct option. Generally, this will be included in the Windows 8 drivers bundle for the network card. If it is not there, then you have to manually download and install this software from the official Intel website.

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If you cannot find the download link here, go to the Intel website and look for the Intel My Wi-Fi Dashboard Software for Windows 8. Download and install the Wi-Fi Dashboard application in your system. Remember that this is new technology and all OS manufacturers are adding Wi-Fi Direct support to their system to make sure that their systems will be ready for the technology when it becomes popular.

Say you have a printer with the Wi-Fi Direct support and you have ensured that Wi-Fi Direct is enabled in your Windows 8 device. Now, using the Wi-Fi Direct technology, it will be easier for you to establish a connection with device and send a Print command to the printer without connecting to an office network.

As you can see, the Wi-Fi Direct option makes the whole thing easier. Visit the Microsoft Windows website to find out more about this new technology.

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New Graphics Drivers For Windows 8.1 OS Released

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One of the hardest parts of upgrading your operating system is finding compatible drivers. Many Windows 8 users faced this problem, when they upgraded to the new OS. Of course, before they launched the new OSMicrosoft made sure that all essential Windows 8 drivers were packed in. High performance drivers for Windows 8 PC gaming, however, took some more time to come through.

More graphics drivers released for Windows 8.1 OS

Similarly, for the latest Windows 8.1 OS, PC gamers have been waiting for more high performance graphics drivers that will optimize the running of many of their favourite high graphics PC game titles. Just like in the case of Windows 8 drivers, it is expected to take Graphic Card manufacturers a few months to release the new Windows 8.1 drivers for latest gaming titles.

But anxious Windows 8.1 PC gamers can make do with the beta versions of Windows 8.1 drivers released by these graphics card manufacturers, to fill the gap. All PC gaming enthusiasts are aware of the performance issues and sluggishness that often affect new gaming titles, when latest graphics drivers are not available.

To reduce the time lag between release of new gaming titles and of graphics drivers needed for running them, most graphic card manufacturers are releasing beta versions of their latest drivers still in the testing phase. If you are trying out any of the new generation PC game titles, you need to install the latest beta version Windows 8.1 drivers from NVidia, AMD, etc. There is no need to wait around for full version drivers.

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NVidia and AMD releasing new beta version drivers

Recently, graphics card manufacturers NVidia and AMD announced the release of beta versions of their latest graphics drivers. These graphics drivers, Nvidia GeForce 331.40 and AMD Catalyst 13.10, are now available for download online.

The NVidia GeForce 331.40 beta driver will improve graphics performance with latest gaming titles like Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, Drying Light, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Crysis, Battlefield 3, F1 2013, Dirty Bomb, etc. AMD Catalyst 13.10 driver will provide more graphics support for Saints Row 4, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Total War Rome 2, etc.

So, if you are going to try any of the above-mentioned gaming titles, install these beta drivers for your AMD or NVidia GeForce card to derive optimum graphics performance.

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Microsoft Extends Last Date To Install Windows 8.1 Update

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If you are running Windows 8.1 operating system, and have not downloaded and installed the latest patch from Microsoft, you have another month to do so. Microsoft has extended the date to install this patch by another month. Keep in mind that this update is inevitable in order to receive future updates for the operating system. Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft, says, “While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have,” and that “Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety.” He was writing a blog post.

Now, if you are running a Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system, then you need not worry about this update. This update is intended only for Windows 8.1 customers. Microsoft released the update in April. Now, if you are unsure which operating system is running on your computer, then go to the option PC Settings. Double click and open the option PC and devices and then PC info. Under the section Windows, you will find whether Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system is installed in your computer.

After downloading Windows 8, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to these users free of cost. Now, if the automatic update function was ON in your computer, then the updates would have been installed in your computer automatically. However, if this option was OFF, your computer would probably be running with the older version. In order to find out the version of Windows 8.1, all you need to do is navigate to the Start screen and find out whether the window has a Search button or not. The presence of a Search button indicates that you have the latest version installed or else download the updates from Microsoft.

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In order to download the updates, select the option Settings in the operating system. Then, go to the option Change PC Settings. You will find the option for Update and Recovery. Select it and choose Windows Update. Click the option Check now. If the search for updates shows up any results, choose the option View Details. Look for the update KB 2919355 and install it.

According to Microsoft support, after downloading Windows 8, many of its users have upgraded the operating systems to Windows 8.1 but have failed to install the latest update. Failure of installing this update means that these operating systems will no longer receive bug fixes and security patches from the company.

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