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.

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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.

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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.

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            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.

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Adding Features To The Start Screen Of Windows 8

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          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.

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                 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.

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Speech Recognition In Windows 8 Apps

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               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.

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