Microsoft Refutes China's Claim On Windows 8 Security Issues

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In a recent blog published by Microsoft, the company made it clear that there is no need to worry about the security flaws pointed by Chinese government, as there is no such issue actually. The Chinese government recently released a ban on the Windows 8 operating system citing some security concerns over the operating system. The ban stated that no governmental organizations are to buy or upgrade to Windows 8 operating system. Chinese governmental agencies found some backdoors in the operating system and fear that the US government may use those for accessing the details in the government computers.

However, the Redmond based company fought back fiercely stating that the operating system is completely secure. However, it is widely known that the ban on the latest Windows 8 operating system was mainly triggered by the end of support for XP operating system. Most of the Chinese governmental computers operated in the Windows XP operating system, so the government needed to spend lots of money in buying the new operating system. The fight between Microsoft and Chinese government started way before when the company released a blog post that states that nine out of ten computers in China are running on pirated operating systems.

The company asked their customers with pirated operating systems to upgrade to Windows 8 operating system, with the support for Windows XP ending soon. The statement refuting security concerns over Windows 8 operating system mainly includes the following five points.

  • In the statement, Microsoft made it clear that, the company has never involved or assisted in attacking another government or client in their decades of service.

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  • Microsoft has never given special privileges to any country to access its products or services.
  • Microsoft made it clear in their statement that they never use any kind of backdoor in any of their products and the Chinese government’s findings are absurd.
  • The company also stated that they have never provided information to United States government or other agencies about their clients.
  • Microsoft made it clear that they have never concealed requests from any government on their clients.

Even though the company was able to successfully counter the points given in the ban on Windows 8 by Chinese government, they were not able to make the country to revoke the ban. Well we advise that you upgrade your system to Windows 8.1 as it is a better choice.

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Windows 8 Side By Side App Operation In Full Screen Mode

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Dual App Display In Windows 8

Windows 8 sports an entirely new interface that is worlds apart from the classic interface that all previous versions of Windows sport. This Modern UI, which features tiles in place of menus and Apps that run in the Start screen, is entirely different from all previous versions of Windows. The Windows 8 operating system can run in ways that are entirely different from how the previous Windows versions operate. Most users are used to working on multiple windows and toggling between the windows is the only way to navigate between them, however Windows 8 can run multiple apps in the same window!

Thus, using the snap feature in Windows 8, you can get done with your job easily. You do not need to toggle through the windows every time, increasing your productivity multiple times. Even though most users criticize Microsoft for making changes to the UI to make it look alien, some changes have been made for the good. Getting to know about them and implementing them will save your time in the long run and increase your productivity. To know how to do so, you can seek the assistance of our Windows 8 help team or you can follow these instructions.

Instructions

  • Run the first app in full screen mode.
  • Run the second app in full screen mode as well.
  • Once the Apps are up and running, you need to open the App switcher by clicking the Windows + tab keys together and then dragging the second app into the App switcher.

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  • If you keep your left mouse pressed, you will see the second App in vertical mode. The first app that is already running on the screen will automatically make space for the new app.
  • Whether you are running a Windows 8 PC with touch screen support or a normal PC, you will see a vertical separator in the form of three dots.
  • The three dots can be moved around using your mouse or your hands to increase or decrease the size of Apps. The apps will automatically adjust themselves depending on the space you provide.

If you follow these instructions, you will be able to operate two Apps in the same screen without the need for toggling between them. If you are having any issues, you can contact our Windows 8 help team. Our expert staff will take care of all your problems and troubleshoot any issues you may seem to have.

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Price For Windows 8 OEM Cut Down By Microsoft

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It looks like Microsoft is revising the cost of Windows 8 OEMs. The price of the touch screen enabled Win8 notebooks with a display less than 11.6 inches with the manufacturer’s license of Windows 8 would be reduced by 20 dollars. These licenses have been costing about 80 to 90 dollars for the manufacturers until now.

An even-better deal is that Microsoft would follow the same trend for Office 2013 and would roll it out at no charge for the tablets, laptops along with the hybrid devices that are less than 10.8 inches. The latest revision of the prices will be announced very soon and the same would be followed for Win8 notebooks later. Visit the Windows 8 Help page to get to know more on the price revision.

The latest operating system Windows 8 is mainly developed for touch-enabled devices like the tablets and Smartphones. This is supposed to reignite the franchise for the operating systems developed by Microsoft. The same has been relentlessly tested in every arena such as Google Inc, Apple Inc iOS, Android platforms and Chrome OS including Ubuntu OS and Canonical Ltd’s. Looks like Windows is yet to flourish, while others have been doing good in this regard.

It seems that Microsoft has shipped about more than sixty million units of the latest operating system, but the effect on the downstream of the sales of the tablet and the PC has been negligible for a while. Customers prefer tablets to PC. It looks like since people have already migrated to Windows 7; however, midmarket businesses and enterprises are moving away from Windows 8.

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With the cutting of the costs, the OEM manufacturers like Asustek Computer Inc and Acer Inc would be getting an immediate benefit. Many manufacturers have been expressing their concerns over the pricing of the operating system and the monotonous marketing strategy. The cutting of prices continues since Redmonds have decided to compete one on one with the Microsoft tablets especially the Surface Tablets.

With the price-cutting, Microsoft will actually manage to clear off the surplus of inventory that they already have. This will also settle issues with the manufacturers concerns as well with the discounts made in the retail prices. This is applicable to the category of PCs that are of 11.8 inches and smaller sizes.

Finally, for the partners who have been challenged with the new actuality of the world with numerous operating systems, it is expected that the latest pricing changes with Windows 8 would bring some stability to the operating system. This would also promise a long-established partner. The strategy is to offer Windows 8 help and clear the glut of inventory.

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Why Windows 8 Devices Have Better Battery Life?

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Despite all the blames, Windows 8 is not as bad as one might think. The operating system offers better performance with limited resources. In contrast to previous Windows operating systems or competitor operating systems that drain the battery life of your device sooner, Windows 8 consumes very less battery for most of its functions. The less battery consumption for the operation of applications does not mean that the apps perform poorly. In fact, Windows 8 is capable of running all the apps quite better than the predecessor operating systems. This article examines the way Windows 8 reduces battery consumption. Also, you will find in the article some tips to improve the battery life of your Windows 8 device.

Background-friendliness in Windows 8

The major reason why Windows 8 consumes very less battery is its background friendliness. According to Windows 8 help desk, when you minimize applications in Windows 8, it rests idle in the background, consuming no power. When needed, you can pull the app back to the foreground and it is done instantly.

Streamlined settings for background actions

In Windows 8, there is a streamlined setting for background actions. Actions like playing music, downloading, uploading, content sharing, printing, VoIP based actions such as calls, messages or email and functions of live tiles can work in the background in Windows 8. And the best part is that these background actions consume very less battery. The bottom line is, operate maximum number of apps or actions in the background. This will help improve the battery life of your device astonishingly.

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Low footprint

In older Windows operating systems, desktop apps running on the PC used to consume a large amount of battery. Conversely, in Windows 8, there is a better system for this. The way the Metro-style apps are programmed ensure that the desktop apps consume very less battery life. Consequently, you are able to experience improved battery life. When you push a Metro-style app to the background in Windows 8, it will get suspended and will no longer be causing CPU usage.

In addition to these default settings for improved battery life in Windows 8, there are certain home works you can do to ensure less battery consumption and thereby improved battery life for your device. Identify the unwanted services running in the menu bar or taskbar and disable them. According to Windows 8 help desk, disabling such services would improve the battery life by 25 percent.

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Adoption Rates For Windows 8 Lower Than Windows Vista

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Even though Windows Vista is still one of the most hated Windows operating systems, it is still more popular than the latest flagship operating system from Microsoft- Windows 8. There is no argument in the fact that the most erroneous operating system ever released by Microsoft is the fore mentioned operating system. However, what surprises most of the users is the fact that Windows Vista was more popular in its day than its recent predecessor when it comes to launch sales. Even now, after the free upgrade offers, Windows Vista remains more popular than the Windows 8.x franchise.

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Even though Microsoft has released two operating systems after its release, Windows 7 still reigns in the PC market with an estimated 51.21 percent market share, followed by the now support ended Windows XP operating system. Windows Vista and the Windows 8.x franchise stays way below these numbers. The combined share of the 8.x franchise of Windows is about 13.37% as of September with the share of Windows Vista falling to 3.02%. The sad fact is that even after Microsoft made the upgrade to Windows 8.1 free for the Windows 8 devices, the company was still not able to reach the forecasted sales.

Even after fixing all the issues with the operating system, Microsoft failed to push forward the sales of the 8.x franchise. When Vista was first introduced to the industry, it was able to take about 14.3 percent of market share, which the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems together could not achieve even now. So it is true to say that Vista saw more success when you compare it with its successors (leave Windows 7).

One must appreciate the standing of Windows XP operating system in the second position even after the support for the operating system was withdrawn. The only hope that Microsoft has left is with the new Windows 9 operating system that is all set to release in early 2015. It is rumored that the company is planning to introduce the operating system as a free upgrade for all PCs that operate on Windows 7 and higher Windows operating systems. The main reason for the failure of Windows 8.x franchise could be attributed to its main feature, the Metro user interface.

Since the Windows 10 operating system is expected to be designed on the Windows 7 concept, there is high chance for the operating system to become a great success.

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