How To Upgrade To Windows 8.1 For Free

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Microsoft, the world’s biggest software producer, had huge hopes for Windows 8. The latest Windows Operating System was supposed to be this new and revolutionary OS, single answer for mobile and desktop OS needs. However, it completely bombed, big time. Instead of being the Windows users’ favorite, it only managed to achieve something disappointingly opposite. Windows 8 is considered as the worst Windows operating system since Windows Vista, as per users and experts.

The next update, Windows 8.1 is the company’s attempt to fix some of the support features and regular Windows features in the latest Windows OS. Read on and you will know more about Windows 8.1 and you can read more details at the Microsoft support page to ensure. Though Windows 8.1 may not fix all the Windows 8 related issues, this is a good start. Here are the features and here is how you download and install it:

Required System necessities: In case you are already using Windows 8, then upgrading to Windows 8.1 is easy. All necessary system requirements are similar to those required for Windows 8 powered computers.

About System Backup: When you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you will be retaining all the critical or important features. Do a system backup. So, you don’t have to lose anything in case some issue occurs.

Bring in and install all latest updates: You should ensure that your internet connection is proper for receiving these updates. Make sure that your system is perfectly equipped with the newest updates, before installing Windows 8.1. Ensure that the new updates installs properly.

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Windows 8.1 install: First, go to ‘Start’ screen and then you need to click or tap on ‘Windows Store’. The ‘Windows Store’ consists of the shopping bag of features and you will be able to select Windows 8.1. In case you are not able to see Windows 8.1 option, then you require installing other updates before upgrading the OS.

Restart and then set up: It is always necessary for you to restart or reboot your system when prompted. You will see that when the system restarts, you need to accept the ‘Microsoft software license terms’ and then go on with set up process. All desktop applications will appear (once Windows 8.1 is installed) but you will require reinstalling all the Windows Store applications again.

There you go, now you will be able to start enjoying the Windows 8.1 features. On the Microsoft support page, there are many new features and better tutorials for helping users understand the difficult-to-absorb metro-interface and style. Read all that to make the usability better.

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Gartner Report Signals Remarkable Growth For Windows Device Market Share

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A recent report published by Gartner shows that Microsoft’s Windows market share would see remarkable improvements this year. The anticipated market share growth is calculated on the basis of Windows OS use on all types of devices such as laptops, desktops, notebooks, smartphones, etc. According to Microsoft chat support desk, Windows based devices make about 14% of the market share. The Gartner report shows that this will climb to 14.4% by the end of 2015. Likewise, the shipment of the Windows based devices will rise by 7%, making it 355 million pieces.

Errors in Gartner report

It has to be noted that there have been cases of errors in the Gartner report in the past. The major highlight of last year’s Gartner report was that the Windows market share would grow substantially to 14.6%. But it didn’t happen. There weren’t any remarkable improvements in Windows market share last year at all.

Gartner predicts Windows market share will climb to 15.3%

According to Gartner, Windows will make the best growth since 2013 during this year and next year. This growth will mostly be because of Windows 10. Microsoft chat desk also expresses hope that Windows 10 would contribute to the rise of Windows device market share. The good reception that Windows 10 tech preview received and the huge amount of positive reviews about the OS from users are the two factors that have led Gartner to come at this conclusion.

Gartner’s forecast incorrect for Apple too

According to Gartner, Windows will make the best growth since 2013 during this year and next year. This growth will mostly be because of Windows 10. Microsoft chat desk also expresses hope that Windows 10 would contribute to the rise of Windows device market share. The good reception that Windows 10 tech preview received and the huge amount of positive reviews about the OS from users are the two factors that have led Gartner to come at this conclusion.

Gartner’s forecast incorrect for Apple too

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Gartner report doesn’t seem to be quite accurate for Apple’s market share. Gartner has said that Apple wouldn’t be able to make any notable market share growth during the 2014. But year-end reports show that Apple’s market share growth during 2014 was remarkable. During the last months of 2014, Apple’s market share was 11%. During the year, Apple could sell about 256.6 million devices.

After considering the growth that Apple made during 2014, Gartner has come up with a new prediction for the OS. It says that Apple will make a growth of 11.3% in 2015.

Gartner’s prediction for Android

According to the Gartner forecast, Android will be dominating the device market share in 2015. Gartner was quite accurate in predicting the Android devices’ dominance in 2014. As per the last year’s forecast, Android devices would make about 57.4% of the market share.

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Try The New MS Office For Android Preview App

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Microsoft is currently working on a Microsoft Office app for the Android operating system. For the time being, there is a free preview version available to the users, who can download this app from the Google Play store to their system. Already, thousands of users have downloaded and started using this app in their Android smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft makes MS Office Preview available to more Android users

Initially, Microsoft restricted the availability of the MS Office for Android beta version to only those, who are registered with the Office Google Community. The Android users were required to sign up for this and then make a request for the Microsoft Office beta app for Android. A web-link for downloading the beta version will then be sent to a selected number of Android users.

Microsoft was planning to make the Preview version available to a less number of users, before they fix all the issues and release the final version for all users. However, according to Microsoft, the response they got for the announcement has been overwhelming. It has now become clear that many Android users are willing to use the beta version MS Office app, even though the final version is not yet ready.

This has prompted Microsoft to expand the availability of MS Office app for Android to more Android users. Now, the beta version Office app is available to all Android users running the KitKat version or higher with screen sizes ranging between 7 and 10.1 inches. Also, there is no need for signing up to the Office Google Community anymore. You can download the apps directly from the Google Play store.

However, you need to keep in mind that the MS Office suite app is not ready yet. Instead, you will see three MS Office Preview apps for MS Word, PowerPoint and MS Excel. You can download and install these Preview apps from the Google Play store.

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You will notice that only the basic functions and features are available in these MS Office preview apps. You can create or read an office document and do a bit of editing to make some necessary changes. But, most of the other features will be locked.

You have to subscribe to the Office 365 service to gain access to all the remaining options and features. Microsoft is clearly attempting to promote their cloud-based services like Office 365 on rival OS platforms like Android with these apps.

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End Of Support For Windows XP Does Not Stop Many Users From Using It

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Microsoft Windows XP, the most popular OS of the last decade, is no more supported by the software giant Microsoft Corporation. The Microsoft support page reads the obituary of the old software. Windows XP was undoubtedly one of the best OS in the family of Windows operating systems. The OS was really solid and awesome when it comes to the features offered. Considering the time it existed, it was really futuristic, simple and easily usable. Most Windows users would consider Microsoft Windows XP the quintessential OS. Windows XP was how an operating system should be according to many Windows XP fans and experts.

The fact that the OS lived so long, thirteen years to be precise, proves that it was obviously very good. Windows XP is the OS that most users preferred using in the last decade. We are not just talking about Microsoft developed operating systems, even comparing the operating systems developed by other companies. Windows XP is simple, user friendly, secure and users just loved it and some love it even now. No wonder there are millions clinging on to the old OS even when the Microsoft support page highlights the drawbacks of using it post end of support.

The (EOS) end of support is a software lifecycle term referring to the death of the software. The software maker will not be offering any kind of support, either free or paid, to any Windows XP users. The EOS happened more than six months before and even now, there are many users who are still using it.

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The Windows XP support termination means the computer is really unsecure. Users will not be receiving the security patches needed to guard the computer against malicious coders and other things that can cause the computer harm. So, when you use Windows XP, your information is not safe and you will have to spend much time securing the system using antivirus software and such.

The main reason why the company wants users to move to newer operating systems is the fact that an unsupported system is highly unsafe not only for Windows XP users, but even for other users. This is because when users access the internet using a Windows XP device, he or she can pass the malicious programs over the internet. Internet is used by all kinds of OS users.

Hence, it is best to move on to any new Windows OS, not just for you, but considering the security of other users.

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What Can You Expect In Surface Pro 4

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Microsoft has been into the hardware market for some years now and Surface tablets are one of their major endeavors in the hardware segment. After the release of three versions of Surface tablets, Microsoft is getting ready to release Surface Pro 4.

According to the industry experts, the new tablet can be of bigger size compared to its predecessors. That is, you can expect the tablet to be as big as 14 inches. This is because all the competitors have released devices with bigger screen sizes and Microsoft cannot do something different now. Another feature that you can look forward to in this device is its processor. According to Microsoft support page, the tablet will feature the latest processor, which would bring out the best performance. Keep in mind that after the release of Surface Pro 3, we saw the release of new Core M processors from Intel. The major feature of these processors was the absence of cooling fans, which in turn helped manufacturers save space on their devices. Many people believe that Surface Pro 4 could feature the Core M processor in it.

Apart from all these features, you can expect the device to feature Windows 10 in it. At present, Microsoft has released the technical preview of the operating system. During the release of the operating system, Microsoft had made it clear that the operating system would be released in such a manner that it would run on all types of devices. Therefore, experts believe that Surface Pro 4 would definitely feature this operating system.

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According to Android Origin, “Some have speculated that Microsoft will likely unveil the Surface Pro 4 alongside Windows 10, coinciding with its release date,” and that “On top of that, the Surface Pro 4 may very well be one of the first devices that comes straight out of the box running this latest Windows update. Windows 10 is speculated to be launching at some point in late 2015, so we’ll probably have to wait almost another year to see the next addition to the Surface range, but it should be well worth the wait.”

At this point, it is good to remember the blog post in Microsoft support page that says, “We are pleased to share that the following Surface Pro 3 accessories are designed with our product roadmap in mind and will be compatible with the next generation of the ‘Pro’ line Surface.” So, we need not expect much hardware changes with Surface Pro 4. For more information on the new tablet, you may contact our technical support team.

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