New and improved apps are releasing day after day and one of the apps developed in a Tokyo based startup is Synclogue. This app helps in synchronizing applications for Windows users. Synchronizing takes places across multiple computers and this is the added benefit. Synclogue now is launching the English version of the cloud service. They have not yet offered English language support and hence they are looking forward to offering English language support in order to gain major hold in international markets.
One of the major benefits of Synclogue is that it helps to synchronize apps of Windows to different computers and the users need not change the settings every time on installation. They are not available in Windows store and are developed to support Windows apps. Synclogue is made available to Windows 7, Vista and Windows 8.
The iOS users of Synclogue had been enjoying a smooth synchronization and Tao Yamamoto, the CEO of Synclogue likes Windows apps to have similar processes. According to Yamamoto, Apple has a brilliant sync technology. Simply by plugging a new iPhone, you will receive all iPhone apps and its settings installed on the iPhone.
It is definitely a great achievement to get all the Windows apps synchronized and users will find this to be of great use. Synclogue has strong competitors who introduce similar apps that work without the need for an internet connection. According to Yamamoto, Synclogue is designed specifically for individuals and not for enterprise customers. Hence, they focus more on high accuracy and ease of use for the app.
Synclogue, which was developed in Japan in 2013, has limited the user registration that was allowed for its free beta version. The initial limit was 1000 people and after the release of the English version of Synclogue, the limit was raised and they permitted upto 2000 people. According to the CEO of Synclogue, about 10 percent are active. We can expect Windows tech support to offer more support for the new app. Meanwhile, Synclogue that has completed about US$ 5 million series has received seed funding from Samurai Incubate. This was initially controlled by SMBC Venture Capital and Nissay Capital in 2012.
The new beta version is offered free of cost for its users so that they could try the version first. This service is offered for both Japanese and English version. Once the product completes its beta cycle, a monthly fee will be charged for the same. We can expect Windows tech support to offer assistance for the same.
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Microsoft has been rolling out free Windows updates to its licensed users since its first operating system. It is interesting to note that the company is still pressing users to keep their OS up to date with latest updates to avoid security vulnerabilities. The massive Windows update that was rolled out last year is the best example for Microsoft’s efforts to keep Windows operating systems immune to security threats and vulnerabilities.
Massive Windows update
Microsoft released the Massive Windows Update on 9th July, 2013. This update covered all Windows operating systems that were in use at the time which included Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft said that the update was a crucial one, especially for users of Windows XP, as it was one of the final Windows updates the oldest operating system received. Users who upgraded to the latest Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS versions after months of searching on how to upgrade to Windows 8, will be honoured beneficiaries of future Windows update. Meanwhile, Microsoft urged users of XP to start thinking seriously about how to upgrade to Windows 8, as support for XP has ended already.
Microsoft will continue to roll out extensive Windows updates for all OS except XP
Amidst concerns, Microsoft announced that it would continue to roll out Windows update for all eligible Windows operating systems including Windows Vista. Many users who migrated to Windows Vista in the wake of termination of support for XP had thought that they would be left out of Windows updates and other security patch fixes. The software giant has plans to roll out massive Windows update every year to address common security issues affecting all Windows Operating systems alike. The massive Windows update is a good option for users who are not updating their Windows OS on a regular basis as per Microsoft’s recommendation. A good number of people use their PCs totally offline. They connect their machines to the internet during the days when Microsoft rolls out Massive Windows updates.
Microsoft has made it very clear that it won’t roll out any more updates for XP. Users are required to upgrade their OS to Windows 8 or any other eligible operating system, to continue receiving Windows updates in the future. Obviously, this is the time when one has to consider the question how to upgrade to Windows 8.
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Microsoft has officially retired their very popular Windows XP operating system. This means that none of the Windows tech support services will be available for Windows XP users anymore. You will not be receiving any security updates, OS patches, updates for applications like Internet Explorer, hotfixes for MS Office suite, etc. In short, the old and outdated Windows XP has now become an unsupported Microsoft OS and it is no longer safe to use it.
However, recent market surveys show that about 25% of Windows users are still using the obsolete 13-year old OS. If you are one of these users, you should keep the fact in mind that the only thing, which protected your very old OS from hackers and malware infections, was timely security updates provided by Microsoft. This has now stopped.
So, if you are still using Windows XP, you should take some precautions. First, make sure that you have installed all the essential Windows XP updates including the Service Pack 3 update. These updates were released to fix some of the flaws in the operating system, improve its functioning and make it more secure.
Remember that the Internet Explorer versions compatible with XP operating system are no longer supported as well. Therefore, you will have to switch to a third party browser application like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for your browsing needs. Also, install a good antivirus application in your system. Regularly update the virus definitions of the antivirus applications to protect your system against latest virus infections and malware attacks.
All the applications should be XP compatible and updated to protect your system from security threats. In other words, use only those antivirus, firewall, and anti-malware tools on Windows XP, for which regular or periodic updates are available. This is to compensate for lack of OS security updates.
If possible, consider buying a thin client device for your XP machine. Such a device can be used for running the XP machine in a Windows 7 or Windows 8 environment. In other words, you will be accessing internet through Windows 7 or Windows 8 server. Windows tech support highlights that this will protect your XP system from all online security threats.
These are just some of the tips for using the outdated XP system. The best of all these options is to upgrade to a new Windows 7 or Windows 8 system, and keep away all the worries.
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Microsoft is going to end the support given for Windows Server 2003 on July 2015. This is a bad news for all the Windows Server 2003 users, as they will have to find solutions to fix issues faced. According to Windows tech support team, it may be possible to use Windows Server 2003 even after the end of support but your system will become more prone to virus and malware attacks, allowing the hackers to hack and steal information easily. However, as a relief, computer manufacturer Dell has decided to provide Windows Server 2003 Migration Service that will help the users to tackle these issues effectively.
The Windows Server 2003 Migration Service by Dell provides the opportunity for the users who are using Windows Server 2003 to migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure cloud for a lower cost. Moreover, the risks associated with transition are also less when using this service. This will enable the users to tackle the problems associated with Windows Server 2003 end of support effectively and easily. This will be a big relief for small and medium sized companies who are currently running on Windows Server 2003.
About 94 percent of the companies worldwide make use of Windows Server 2003 and with the end of support, Microsoft believes that all these companies will migrate their Windows Server 2003 to the newer version or to Windows Azure. It is necessary for the companies to address specific points and this includes their future demands and current needs. For legacy applications, these companies need to find the most appropriate solutions and should classify the items that can be transferred to the Cloud service. This new service by Dell will help the users in all the steps included in the migration service.
President of Dell services, Suresh Vaswani said, “Enterprises around the world could be placing their data and customers at considerable risk by not migrating off Windows Server 2003 before the deadline.” “They may also face lack of compliance with various regulatory and industry standards, which could impact their business, particularly in highly regulated industries such as finance or healthcare. We help our customers proactively address these issues and provide a smooth transition,” he added.
Dell came up with a similar service last year and it has helped most companies to move from Windows XP OS to any newer version easily. Joe Schoenbaechler, vice president, Infrastructure Consulting Services, said, “There is no single migration plan that suits all workloads.” He added, “Dell Services provides unique solutions to help rank and classify your Windows Server migration pathway based on critical business needs. Dell’s end-to-end expertise addresses migration from the data centre to the end point, empowering customers to modernize their IT environments with ease.”
For more information on this, contact the Windows tech support team.
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Windows 7 is the most widely used Microsoft operating system at the moment. Latest OS market survey figures put the Windows 7 user base at 50% of the total Windows OS market. And, the latest Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 OS has so far not been able to eat into this strong market share.
Windows 7 mainstream support to end in January 2015
All Microsoft users know that the tech firm follows a ten year product support policy for its flagship products like operating systems, server applications, Office software suite, etc. This includes 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. In the case of Windows 7, mainstream Windows tech support will end in January 2015.
This means that there will not be any new applications or features for the Windows 7 OS. During extended support period, Windows 7 OS will only receive periodic security updates and patches. This will take care of security flaws in the OS, and make sure that it is well protected against hacking attacks and virus infections.
Extended Windows tech support will come to an end only in January 2020. So, Windows 7 users have nothing to worry about. They have five more years of extended support left. There is no hurry to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, if you do not want to use the poorly designed Metro UI.
Microsoft might bring back the full Start Menu in Windows 9
According to some online reports, Microsoft has no plans to reintroduce the full Start Menu in the soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update 2. They are likely to save this for the Windows 9 OS, which they are planning to release in 2015. According to these rumours, Microsoft will bring back the full Start Menu with a new file menu system more user-friendly than the current Metro UI.
With Windows 8 having made a very bad first impression, there is no point in spending too much effort on changing its features and tweaking its UI. This is not going to make that much of a difference in sales. Microsoft learned that from their Windows Vista failure. Launching a new version OS, might help Microsoft get some customers from the Windows XP and Windows 7 user base, who are not impressed with the new Metro UI.
So, because Windows 7 still has 5 more years of support left, you can afford to wait till the release of the next generation Windows OS.
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