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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Microsoft, apart from being the major software provider in the world, also tries to widen their grasps in the market. One of the fields in which the company has made their name is in the gaming consoles field. The company is striving hard to make their Xbox range of gaming consoles the number one in the industry. However even while working to better the consoles and their controllers; they have to be aware that their major profit comes from the Windows operating systems. This is the main reason for the introduction of technologies developed for Xbox to appear in Windows computers.
According to the Windows tech support team, the company introduced support for their controllers for Xbox to Windows by acknowledging the fact that Windows range of products provides them their bread and butter. Even now, the Xbox gamepad is the most popular among Windows PC gamers, having far outpaced the keyboard and mouse. People are also fond of the Kinect range of products that were earlier released for Xbox One and now support Windows.
According to our sources in the windows tech support, the company is all set to release, new driver packages to the market so that people will be able to work with Xbox One controller from their computer. The company makes it clear that with support for Xbox One controller on Windows PC, gamers will be able to get better comfort, directional pad and improved offset analogue sticks. The good thing is that since the controllers are compatible, any game that has been configured to work with Xbox 360 will work fine with the Xbox One gaming console. There is absolutely no need for re-configuring the controller or your system.
However, as of now, you will be only having access to the controller’s tethered mode. This means that if you wish to connect your PC with the controller, then you would have to use a micro-USB cable. Although there is no need to worry about power consumption in this mode of connection, it’s not so ergonomic when compared with the default wireless connection. The Redmond-based company is also planning to release the depth sensing camera system that came along with the Kinect 2 controller system in Xbox One, for Windows computers.
It is for sure that with Kinect 2 controller, users can derive a much better gaming experience from their PC, thanks to Microsoft. It’s certainly taken some heavy incentive to get them to go even this far.
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Microsoft ended the services of Windows XP around two months ago. This was clearly a business strategy by Microsoft to boost up the diminishing sales of Windows 8 and 8.1. Along with Windows 7, Windows XP was the most popular version of the operating system, much preferred by the users.
The main reason for such worldwide acceptance of Windows XP is the numerous user-friendly options provided by the OS. Although Microsoft launched Windows 8 by incorporating some of the advanced features, the operating system failed to charm most users. In making Windows 8 the most advanced version of the lot, the software giant omitted some of the basic features such as the Start Menu from this OS. As a result, most users found it difficult to even perform the basic functions such as rebooting the system. Many Windows 8 users also contacted the Windows tech support team to get assistance on fixing the issues in the operating system. As a result, most of these users reverted to the earlier versions such as Windows 7 and Windows XP. Apparently, the company decided to end the services of XP to save Windows 8.
Since almost a year, the technicians at the Windows tech support team had been insisting the XP users to migrate towards the latest operating systems in order to stay away from security issues. But it seems that the ending of the services of XP by Microsoft has hardly affected the popularity of the OS, atleast according to what the recent reports say. According to data from NetApplications, it is true that there has been a slight decrease in the user market share of the aged OS, since the demise of its support.
During this time period, the user share of Windows 8 and 8.1 has also increased, but the increase is just minimal. On the other hand, most Windows XP users have shifted their base to Windows 7, as it is reflecting in the market reports. Windows 7 usage has soared to almost 50% and this has somewhat proved to be an obstacle in the path of Windows 8 and 8.1. Moreover, Windows XP still stands strong as compared to the latest versions. For example, hundreds of millions of ATMs worldwide are still booting the embedded version of Windows XP.
Hence, it seems that Microsoft needs to implement new strategies to make users acclimatize with the latest versions of the OS. With Windows 9 scheduled for an official launch next year, it is certain that the software-giant will be taking new measures soon.
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A Remote Desktop application is essentially a client software program that you can use to access the server system. In case of the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1, this means that you can use the app to access your Windows desktop PC from the Windows Phone. According to the Windows tech support website, Microsoft has plans to receive this Remote Desktop app for iOS, Android, and Windows OS.
About the updated version of the Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop app
This Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1 is still in its Preview stage. So, we are talking about the changes Microsoft introduced in the preview version of the Remote Desktop app designed for the Windows 8.1 Phone OS. The full version is expected to hit the markets soon.
The Preview version app is available for free download at the Windows Phone Store online. According to the Windows tech support website, you can use this app in Windows Phone 8.1 to access the different desktop PCs and apps you have stored in these servers. This way you can stay in touch with your work no matter where you are.
Now, in this improved version of the Remote Desktop app, Microsoft has made some much needed changes to the user interface. The Remote Desktop app will first take you to the Connection Center. This will display all the Desktop connections you have currently in your app. It is very easy to add a new connection by pressing the Add button (just a circle with a plus sign in the middle) you see at the bottom of the screen.
You can easily add the Remote Desktop PC to the app by typing in the name of the PC you are connecting to. This will launch the credentials verification process, before allowing access to the system. You can just save the Remote Desktop connection and set it up as the Default connection in the app, if you do not want to go through this process of entering the PC name every time, you connect to the desktop.
It is also possible to save the credentials so that you can easily establish the connection just by launching the app. However, for security reasons, this option is not recommended. Once you have established connection with the Desktop, you can access your PC from your Windows Phone.
Remember that this is just a preview version. The final version of the app will have all the bells and whistles of a fully functional remote desktop application.
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