Microsoft Starts To Approve Apps For Windows OS Within 5 Days Of Submission

Microsoft Windows 8

Features Of Windows 8

When Microsoft released Windows 8, it had big hopes. Microsoft released the operating system anticipating it to be a huge success. Microsoft Windows 8 came with dual interface, which was a novel idea by Microsoft. We also saw apps in an operating system for the first time. Even though Microsoft experimented a lot with this operating system, it was unable to please the Windows users.

In the process of experimenting with the features, Microsoft decided to avoid the Start button, which was a major tool in all the Microsoft operating systems. In addition to this, Microsoft designed the operating system in such a way that it loaded only to the Start screen of the operating system. Microsoft thought that the users would love their new interface. However, a large number of users hated the Start screen and did not find anything interesting there. Since the apps were designed for touch screen interfaces, it was not a pleasant experience working with them using the mouse clicks.

All the above factors made Windows 8 a flop and many users who upgraded their PCs with Windows 8 looked upon its predecessor Windows 7 to make a downgrade. After understanding the general feeling among the customers about the operating system, Microsoft decided to develop and release an updated operating system, Windows 8.1. There were many changes in Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, which were designed to attract the users to the operating system.

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Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft brought back the Start button in Windows 8. The operating system also enabled users to log in to the desktop screen or the Start screen as per the likings of the user. Microsoft also made the operating system friendlier to the developers. The software giant decided that the apps developed for the operating system would be approved within 5 days once it is submitted to Microsoft. This encouraged many developers to start building apps for the program, as they no longer have to wait for many weeks for their app to be approved.

As of now, there are more than 100,000 applications in the Windows Store, which are designed to run on Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. With the new decision from Microsoft, it is expected that a large number of developers will come forward with new apps for the operating system. This will help Microsoft pose a good competition against its rivals. If you have any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows Support center for assistance.

What Led To The Dismal Performance Of Windows 8?

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Windows 8 Features

It has been more than two years since Windows 8 officially hit the market. However, the OS version still has not been able to charm the users like its predecessors Windows 7 and XP. One of the main reasons that led to the unanimous rejection of the operating system was that many users found it difficult to install the OS.

Several users called up Windows tech support service to know how to install Windows 8 in their systems. Among these, several users tried to enter a Windows 7 product key into the installer and hence failed in installing the OS version. Also, several users who upgraded to Windows 8 successfully found some of the advanced features too complicating. Especially, the fact that Windows 8 provided two interfaces i.e. a Start Screen and the traditional Desktop OS, didn’t go well with many users.

Also, the operating system didn’t have the Start Menu and hence some of the users found it difficult to perform even the basic functions in their systems. In short, the lack of the Start Menu and the inability to install Windows 8 were the two mains factors that led to the downfall of the Windows 8 OS in the market.

Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 Upgrade

Due to the dismal show of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a tweaked in version of the OS in the market and named it as Windows 8.1. The main attraction of the OS was that it comprised of a Start button, which was mainly aimed at retrieving the Start Menu lovers. Moreover, the operating system also comprised of several useful apps to make it more user-friendly. But even after including such interesting options, Windows 8.1 also fell flat in impressing a large number of users who had already switched their base to Windows 7 and XP.

The termination of the mainstream support for Windows XP this year was in fact one of the last steps from Microsoft to revive the sales of the touch-centric OS versions. The company has also announced the same for Windows 7 and the OS, which runs in more than fifty percent of the total Windows computers, will lose mainstream support from the company in January 2015. Interestingly, this has contributed to a slight increase in the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 computers as well.

Thus, with Windows 10 all set to launch this year, it can be said that the software giant is leaving no stone unturned to stamp its supremacy in the tech field once again.

Adding Start Menu To Your Windows 8 OS

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            Windows 8 OS Problems

Many Windows OS users chose to install Windows 8, when it was released back in October 2012. However, most of these users did not like the new OS, especially the user interface and went back to the old Windows OS version they had before. However, some Windows 8 users want to continue using the new OS by fixing some of its UI flaws.

Bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 8

Many of these users were under the impression that the Desktop mode available in Windows 8 will be similar to the Desktop UI in Windows 7 or Windows XP. However, Microsoft has removed all the classic Desktop elements like the Start Menu, Task Bar, Quick Launch Bar, etc in Windows 8 as part of their attempts to bring in some radical changes to the OS UI. But, if you want the old Windows 7-style Start Menu, try the following.

Upgrade to Windows 8.1

One of the options available to Windows 8 users to bring back the Start Menu is to upgrade to Windows 8.1. This OS upgrade is available to all Windows 8 users as a free update. You just need to log on to the Windows Store app and download the Windows 8.1 installer file from there.

However, with Windows 8.1, you will not get the full Start Menu. Though it became clear that majority of the Desktop users would like to see the old Start Menu back in the OS update, Microsoft chose not to do so in Windows 8.1. This was because the Metro UI is such an integral part of the new OS that such a big change in the UI would require launching a new version. Microsoft is planning to do so in the next Windows version, Windows 10.

Windows 10

            Upgrade To Windows 8

In Windows 8.1, you will get a reduced version of the Start Menu with the Task Bar, the Quick Launch bar, and a few other improvements. But, this might still disappoint many desktop users.

Install a third party Windows 8 Start Menu app

Another option is to install Windows 8 app from third party developers designed to bring back the Windows 7-style Start Menu in Windows 8. Many such free and paid version Start Menu apps are available online for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Download and install such apps in Windows 8 and you can bring back the old Start Menu in Windows 8.

You may contact our tech support personnel, if you run into any problems while installing the third party apps.

Adding Features To The Start Screen Of Windows 8

Windows 8 Features

          Features Of Windows 8

Many of the users of the Windows 8 operating system have complained about the confusing interface of the program and the missing Start button. The conventional and traditional users of the Windows operating system were not at all satisfied with the latest Windows 8 features. This has led to many complaints in the Microsoft support forums and blogs. It is true that the Metro interface of the Windows 8 operating system is confusing. Even a small task like turning off the Windows 8 computer can prove to be a difficult one. The shutdown button is hidden away and it will be difficult for a basic computer user to find out the shutdown button.

Microsoft has their explanations for the changes in the Windows 8 operating system. The Windows 8 operating system was targeted at touch enabled devices and this is the reason they introduced the Metro interface in the OS. But they failed to notice that many of the desktop computers these days do not have a touch screen monitor. This is the reason why Windows 8 operating system failed miserably to get hold of the market. Many of the users of the Windows 8 operating system do not know that they will be able to add some useful features to the Start screen of the Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8 Computer

                 Windows 8 Start Screen

The Start screen of the Windows 8.1 operating system is populated with tiles and apps and the users will be able to find out a link to sign out, switch users or lock the computer. The users will be able to customize the appearance of the Start screen but there are not much ways to add functionalities or features to the Start screen. You need not worry as there is a third party program called as Start Screen Unlimited, which can help you to add features to the Start screen of the Windows 8 operating system. Making use of the program, the users will be able to add some useful Windows 8 features to the Start screen.

Some of the features that can be added with Start Screen Unlimited are date and time, power options, link to Control Panel and so on. This program can also enable the user to add a Google Search bar directly to the Windows 8 Start screen. If you wish to know more on making use of the Start Screen Unlimited program, you can contact the Microsoft technical support team.

Speech Recognition In Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft Windows 8

               Windows 8 Operating System

Microsoft has now officially declared that Bing is not just a search engine. Bing is now also a dev platform. Bing will now offer the developers and coders with development kits, controls, and back end services that power the elements. Developers were long waiting for this change and now Microsoft has added the much awaited piece to the developer toolbox of Bing. This is nothing but Speech Control. Introduction of this new control allows the developers to create Windows 8.1, Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT Windows Store apps that have speech as one of the input methods.

Microsoft executives also announced that there are updates to Bing Translator Controls and Bing Optical Character Recognition Controls to make it support the Windows 8.1 operating system. “If you are a Windows Phone developer, you may already be familiar with the speech recognition inside Windows Phone: the user taps a microphone icon, speaks into the mic, and the text shows up on screen,” wrote members of the Bing Dev Center team in a blog post.

Microsoft was always encouraging the developers to license their speech, mapping, translations and many other search related APIs. The current pitch of Microsoft to the developers is that they can embed not just the static application programming interfaces and controls, but also the continuously updated data and logic that are powering them. Some of the product teams of Microsoft use this Bing API together with the service packs.

Windows 8.1 Update

           Windows 8 Update

You should not forget the fact that it is Bing that is offering responses while the users search by voice through Kinect. You should keep in mind that Bing is also parsing the language query commands. To be specific, it is the Tellme voice technology combined with the social graph data.

Microsoft has also announced the availability of Windows Azure software development kit 2.2. This kit adds support to the final RTM release of Visual Studio 2013. Speech recognition integration in Microsoft Windows 8 apps is hoped to attract more and more users to the operating system. This feature will of course increase the functionality of the operating system.

With the initial release of the operating system, the OS was not much liked by the users and there were many complaints about the same, but with the release of the Windows 8.1 Update, more and more users started migrating to the operating system. New additions like this will obviously drive more users to the OS.

Windows 8 Apps Will Not Be Working On Xbox One As Stated On The Dell Website

Microsoft Windows 8

             Features Of Windows 8

PC manufacturing giant Dell has revealed on a new website page that Microsoft Windows 8 apps will be working on Xbox One console. According to the page, all the Windows 8 applications can be run and synchronized with the console.

However, a statement released by Microsoft says that this is not true and the statement on the Dell website is not correct. The dell website reads, “With all your favourite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience”. However, Microsoft does not confirm this statement. According to the spokesperson of the company, the statement found in the Dell website is not completely correct. He adds that the suggestion in the statement that says Windows 8 applications on the console will be able to run on the new gaming device of Microsoft is not accurate.

Windows 8 Applications

              Windows 8 Installation

With the statement from Microsoft, it is to be noted that not all the applications of Microsoft Windows 8 may be working with Xbox devices without having the correct code that helps in synchronization of the device and console. Therefore, according to the experts in the industry, it is better not to expect your Windows 8 apps to run on the Xbox One game console. The experts also believe that the official confirmation from Microsoft should be received first to come to this conclusion. There have also been no updates for the console in the recent weeks for it to enable this feature.

Xbox One was released on November 22, 2013 and it comes as a successor to Xbox 360. The console costs 499 dollars in the US market. According to Microsoft, more than 10 million devices have already been shipped to the retailers and it is one of the hottest selling gaming devices in the world. Xbox One comes with Xbox One system software and has a RAM of 8 GB. The device has an internal memory of 500 GB and 853 MHz AMD Radeon graphics processor. There is an HDMI port and support for 7.1 channel sound.

Windows 8 was released in October 2012. However, there have been no rumors of Windows 8 apps working with Windows Gaming console. However, with the clarification from Microsoft, it seems to be clear that the rumor is not true.

Kinect App Now Available For Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

Windows 8

            Windows 8 Apps

The software giant Microsoft recently came up with a fix for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 computers. This new fixture has come up rehearsing the desire of the software giant to unify all its platforms. From now on, Xbox One users will be able to use Kinect on their computer systems with the help of a new adapter. The adapter is available for an affordable price of 49.99 dollars. Now this allows the developers to release Kinect apps in the Windows store with the help of Widows software development kit 2.0.

The partner director of program management department, Scott Evans, said that the Xbox one sensor from Microsoft would be sold for a price of 149.99 dollars, whereas Kinect for Windows will be priced at 199.99 dollars. Hence, consumers can purchase Xbox one along with the adapter for the same price as purchasing Kinect for Windows sensor. The latest development is considered super-accessible from the customer’s point of view according to the Evans. The best part is that connecting to the computer with the adapter will be simple and seamless.

Kinect for Windows

            Windows 8.1 Apps

However, the adapter would not let the Xbox One users to play games on the computer, but Microsoft is planning to let the developers deploy Windows apps that are Kinect-enabled in Windows Store. This was one of the requests, which the community put forward frequently. Hence, the software giant is more than happy to be including features that would increase Windows computing experiences. To enhance personal experiences of the customers with feature gesture control, object recognition and body tracking. The access to Windows Store opens a completely new opportunity to increase the consumer and business experiences.

The latest adapter for Windows would need a USB 3.0 port. This adapter is available in many countries at present, and very soon, they will be available in 41 more countries. The officials from Microsoft said that they have included about 200 new improvements along with the updates to the SDK, which was released with the public preview earlier. The enhancements are also made with the Kinect Studio, Kinect Fusion and Visual Gesture Builder.

A set of commercial apps are available already for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, which include a set of interactive apps for children’s early education. Apps like YAKiT, which is Microsoft’s own 3D build, will also be included. The app would allow the users to scan objects and people and create a 3D image of the scanned picture.

How To Install Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 Installation

               Installing Windows 8 OS

People say Windows 7 OS is the best operating system. However, this version of operating system does not boast any new features. Apart from the Aero-look that gives the operating system good aesthetics, it is just a stream-lined and faster version of Windows Vista. It’s true the Windows 7 OS is stable, but the operating system is hopelessly outdated if installed in a touch friendly PC.

In comparison, Windows 8 has the stability of Windows 7 as well as supports touch friendly displays. The Start screen and the user interface can best be used if run on a touch-enabled device. Moreover, the system requirements of both operating systems are the same, which means Windows 8 is as streamlined as its predecessor, if not more.

There are several methods for Windows 8 installation. Before you do so, you need to purchase a licensed copy of the operating system from a retail vendor or purchase the Key from the official Microsoft website. Once purchased, there are several options you can avail to install Windows 8 OS in your computer. Here are the different ways in which you can install Windows 8 OS.

Install Now

The Install Now is the best method for newbies who do not have much experience installing operating systems before. The installation wizard will detail how and what procedures you need to take in order to install the OS on your computer. If you select the Install Later option, a shortcut of the Windows 8 upgrade will be created in your desktop.

Windows 8 OS

             Features Of Windows 8

Install From Media

In this option, the OS is first mounted on to a USB flash drive or a blank DVD. This option is obviously meant for users who downloaded the operating system from the official website. Other areas where this method is helpful is when the operating system needs to be installed in a virtual desktop setup or in computers that require the dual boot option.

This option of Windows 8 installation allows you to create a clean install of the OS, which means all the user data you have kept over the years will be lost. It is always better to backup all your data before you proceed to install the OS by any of the previously mentioned methods.

Once you reach the installation setup, you will be prompted to fill in the Authorization key. This is to check if your copy of Microsoft Windows 8 is genuine. The rest of the installation would be done automatically and with minimal help from your part.

The Easy Process Of Installing Windows 8 On Your Computer

Windows 8 Installation

             Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 was first launched by Microsoft in 2012. Even though two years have passed, many users still confront issues while opting for the Windows 8 installation. Most of the users who call up the Windows tech support team to know how to do the Windows 8 upgrade are the Windows XP users. This is because the touch-centric OS Windows 8 works fine on computers running on Windows 7, but if you’re using XP, the system requirements differ a lot.

You can use the following methods to install Windows 8 in your system.

Download Windows Upgrade Assistant

The Windows 8 support technicians recommend the customers to install and run the Windows Upgrade assistant tool before opting to upgrade the system. This is because the Upgrade Assistant tool scans the computer and checks for its compatibility with Windows 8 OS. The tool will also provide with options to buy, download and install the upgrade if your computer is able to run Windows 8. For downloading the Windows Upgrade Assistant, visiting Microsoft’s official website would be the best option.

DVD copy

Windows 8 can also be purchased from a retail store or even from Microsoft’s official website. You will also have an option to choose the Windows 8 version i.e. Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro and then order the DVD. Now, you need to click on the How do you want to receive Windows? Drop-down box and check the DVD option.

Installing Windows 8

Windows 8 Support

               Windows 8 Upgrade

For the Windows 8 installation, you can either choose the option to do it immediately or at a later date after you download the OS version. If you select the latter option, the installer will be copied onto your desktop. Also, you will be able to copy the installer to a USB drive or a DVD. You can install the operating system using the DVD by inserting it in your system and then restarting it. Now, you need to follow the onscreen instructions and select the Custom installation option.

Setting up Windows 8

Once the installation of the operating system gets successfully completed, you will require customizing the details. For speeding up the personalization process, click on Use express settings and for more details, selectthe Customize option.

By following these steps, you can successfully install Windows 8 operating system into your system. To get more assistance on the same, you may contact our technical support team.

Getting Out Of Fullscreen Mode In Windows 8

Windows 8 Features

     Fullscreen In Windows 8

The interface of the Windows 8 operating system proved to be very much confusing to the users. The longtime users of Windows operating system were not at all satisfied with the changes that were brought about in the operating system. Many of the unsatisfied users complained about the confusing interface, the missing Start button and many other Windows 8 features in the support forums, but Microsoft had their justification for the changes that were introduced in the operating system. Another important issue was that it was very difficult to turn off the device as the Shutdown button was hidden away in the Windows 8 operating system.

Many of the users have also complained about getting stuck in fullscreen mode in the operating system. This article discusses the steps to get out of full screen mode in Windows 8 operating system.

Before trying to exit the fullscreen mode in Windows 8 OS, you will have to determine if you are using the Modern or the traditional desktop Interface. This is very much important as the step to exit the fullscreen mode depends on the current mode of the Windows 8 OS. When the user presses on the Start button on a Windows 8 PC, the new Start screen will be displayed. This will be like a Start menu that covers the complete screen.

Features Of Windows 8

            Windows 8 Help

Most of the users of Windows 8 operating system do not know that there is a link to the desktop from the Start screen. This link is usually located at the bottom of the screen. You will be able to find it as it is an icon with the current wallpaper of the user. You will be able to find it easily even if the Desktop label is not present in it. If you are unable to see a tile to take you to the desktop, you can type Desktop on the Start screen. In the list of results, the top one should be Desktop.

These are the simple tips to exit fullscreen mode in the Windows 8 operating system. If you wish to know more on making use of the Windows 8 features, you can contact our Windows help and support team. They will be able to help you know more on the features of Windows 8 operating system.