Major Update To Xbox Video App For Windows Phone 8.1 Brings New Features

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Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system Windows Phone 8.1 is equipped with a slew of sophisticated features. Perhaps, the most obvious feature could be the Xbox video application. Of late, a major update to the app has been rolled out, making it more vibrant and exciting to use. With this latest update, the version number of the app is bumped to 2.5.3962.0.

In its recent press release, the tech giant announced that it would continue to provide updates to all Microsoft apps on Windows Phone 8.1. The company added that it was planning to allot more time to develop a slew of meatier features to Windows Phone 8.1. Well, we don’t get exactly what Microsoft intends to convey by meatier features. Nevertheless, we have a detailed list of the new features that have been brought to the updated version of Xbox Video app on Windows Phone 8.1. We will discuss them in the following paragraphs. Before that, I think it is important to look into the major differences and features of Windows Phone 8.1 against Windows Phone 8.

There are lot of similarities between Windows Phone 8 features and Windows 8 features. Apparently, one is a desktop operating system while the other is a mobile OS. When Windows Phone 8 intends to streamline its touch-oriented features, Windows 8 makes efforts to appear more desktop friendly. It is more or less same with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.

You can spot a slew of common Windows 8 features in Windows Phone 8.1. However, on top of that, there are several sophisticated features, thanks to the Xbox Video app, that make it one of the finest mobile operating systems out there.

Localization Issues

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Features of Xbox Video App for Windows Phone 8.1

  • If you want to customize the tile of your Xbox Video app, say change the theme colour or backgrounds, you need not rely on a 3rd party app now. The update has brought default settings to Xbox Video app for customizing its tile.
  • No more issues while downloading licensed contents.
  • Option to play most downloaded contents even when you are offline.
  • Localization issues have been fixed.
  • Addressed intermittent issues.

Well, it is not possible to include all the new features being added to the latest version of Xbox Video app on Windows Phone 8.1. You can visit the Microsoft support site for more information.

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How To Use The Messaging App On Surface Tablets

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Windows 8 Messaging

Microsoft’s Surface tablets come with an inbuilt Messaging app, which lets you send and receive messages with anyone who is in your People app. What’s best about this app is that it handles all the technical stuff, configuring the pertinent Windows 8 features to ensure you are able to communicate flawlessly. When that’s done, it will not matter even if your friends chat from Facebook, while you are still using the Messaging app.

Using the Messaging App

  • When you are at the Start screen, find and tap on the Messaging tile. You will find a plus sign beside the Start a Conversation box, selecting which will take you into online mode, and show only those friends who are currently online. If you cannot find someone here, then they are offline, outside of chat, or yet to be added to your People app.
  • Enter the name of a contact with whom you want to chat, and that will bring up a messaging window on your device screen. Type in a message in that window, which will connect to your friend’s messaging system, and they will know you want to have a conversation.
  • After you have typed the message, tap on the Enter key. Edit the massage before this, because anything you type is sent when you hit Enter. Your message then appears in your friend’s chat program.
  • After you are done chatting, just stop typing and go on to something else. All your messages are automatically archived, which grows in length each time you two chat.
  • If you want to delete a conversation from the archived messaging information, tap on it to highlight. Slide upwards from the bottom of the app to get the App bar. From there, select Delete.

    Using The Messaging App

    Windows 8 Chat

  • To check out who is online and available to chat with, go to the People app and open the App bar by sliding upwards from the bottom. Then hit on the Online Only button to see with whom you can connect.

The Messaging app initially only worked with MSN and Facebook. However, Microsoft’s apps get regular updates, so this can change anytime.

That was on how to use and configure Windows 8 features in the Messaging app on Surface tablets. Call our Windows 8 support team and get the most comprehensive assistance with solving any problems you might have with the device.

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Why Windows 8.1 Is All Right

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Windows 8.1 is as close as Microsoft apologizing for Windows 8 OS, which was an abomination by most rights. There is a lot they bungled trying to get the latter to fit mobile devices. Their attempt at obscuring what a bad idea Windows 8 installation can be; Windows 8.1 makes a few small amends in a handful areas. Let’s look at them in brief.

The Start button returned

Scrapping the Start button from Windows 8 is what got the loudest protests out of users, and Microsoft has wisely reinstated it in the upgrade OS. Clicking on it gets you to your Metro display though, and the Start menu is not what it was before this, but then even this much is beyond expectations.

Booting to desktop

Windows 8 can sure dazzle with those bright, blocky tiles, but after the first twenty times, you will want the classical Windows desktop view back. Windows 8.1 takes you right to the desktop when you boot, instead of dawdling at the tiled screen. Experts believe that this should have been an option with the first release, but better late than never.

Omni Search

Remember the search option in the Windows 7? It allowed you to find stuff on the hard drive easily. Windows 8.1 incorporates a similar search from the Metro desktop, and expands the scope of the search to the whole internet. Now that’s useful.

The search engine is still unalterable from Bing, but then the results are much more interesting than with Google, if you are looking to find a bright side to this as we are. For instance, type in “NY City”, and alongside what passes for normal search results, you will also be shown the weather and attractions there.

Windows Desktop

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Metro and Desktop backgrounds match

This one is not much, but we are struggling to find redeeming features, and beggars cannot choose. The only thing this ‘new feature’ does is affirm your mental orientation a bit, if you had used XP for some time. If you think the feature is worthless, you can use the Windows 8 Metro style interface for a few weeks and then get back to the desktop mode. You will surely notice a difference.

If you have been weighed down by your Windows 8 installation, Windows 8.1 is not a bad way out actually. It has the style Microsoft had planned, and does not compromise on too many of the features a Windows user customarily expects. Call our tech support team for help with upgrading to Windows 8.1 or related assistance.

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Features That Are Exclusive To Windows 8

Windows 8 Features

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After Microsoft’s end of support date for Windows XP operating system, many users have upgraded this outdated operating system with the brand new Windows 8 OS. There are many features of this futuristic operating system, which gives a fresh experience to the users. Until now, we have seen only operating systems with a single interface. However, the new operating system from Microsoft gives users two interfaces to work with. There are many other cool Windows 8 features, which we will discuss in detail below.

Charms menu

In order to make the operating system look more futuristic, Microsoft has removed the Start button from the operating system, which we have all used extensively in various Windows operating systems. So, how do you search for the programs in the operating system or go to the settings? The predecessors of Windows 8 were equipped with the Start menu for the search functions. With the new operating system, Microsoft gives you a new bar called the Charms bar where you will find features like Settings, Share, Start, Search, Devices etc. In order to access the Charms simply move the mouse pointer to the right end of the screen and the charms bar would drop down instantly.

Apps and updates

Until now, we have just seen programs downloaded from different sources. However, the new operating system comes with apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. As apps can be uploaded from a single window, many update troubles have been avoided. Keep in mind that programs are still available in the desktop screen. Users can download programs to run in the desktop screen just as they did with their old operating systems.

Lock screen

Windows Store

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The new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 features a lock screen. You will find the date and time displayed on the screen. Any updates for the apps are also visible in this screen. You may use two methods to login to the Windows. You may either use a picture password or use a four digit PIN.

Enhanced support for multiple displays

Even though earlier versions of Windows supported multiple displays, the new operating system comes with many enhancements in supporting multiple displays. With the operating system, you can customize the taskbar in each display and set different wallpapers for each display.

With large number of features, Windows 8 is one of the best operating systems that you could opt for if you are looking to upgrade your Windows XP operating system.

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Installing An Additional Hard Drive In Your Windows 8 System

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Windows 8 Options

Microsoft Windows 8 is the latest Windows operating system and has a user interface that is radically different from its predecessors. But, the basic OS structure is almost the same and many of the standard options for OS recovery, Disk Management, and the like are present in the new OS as well.

For example, the Disk Management function for re-partitioning the hard drive or for adding a new hard disk to the system has not changed much in Microsoft Windows 8. If you want to install an additional hard disk to your system, all you need to do is get the new hard disc and necessary SATA cables for connecting it with the CPU.

Although it is not rocket science and you can do it all by yourself, it is always a good idea to seek professional help if you have no idea about what you are doing. But if you are ready to go, just shutdown the system, and remove the power cable and all the other wires connected to the CPU.

Your CPU has two side panels. One of them will be fixed and the other one will be removable. Place the CPU on its side with the fixed side panel facing the floor. Use a screwdriver to remove all the screws on the side panel on the other side. After removing the side panel, take your new hard disk and attach it to one of the free disk slots you see there. Use screws to secure the hard disk in its position firmly.

Take the suitable SATA cable and connect it to the hard drive. Find a fee SATA slot on your system motherboard and attach the other end of the SATA cable there. You will also have to connect a SATA power cable from the power supply point to the hard disk. Now, put the side panel back in its position and put the screws back to close the lid.

OS Recovery

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Connect all the wires and the power cable you removed from the CPU, and when done, switch on the computer. The Windows 8 OS will load in a few seconds. Launch the Run command in the OS by using the Windows + R shortcut key combination. Execute the command diskmgmt.msc to open Disk Management utility. There, right-click on the space marked as Unallocated and click on the option New Simple Volume to start with the setup process for the new hard disk.

It’s all simple as that. Nevertheless, as mentioned earlier, if you have any doubts with the procedure, feel free to get in touch with experts over the toll-free number.

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