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What to Expect from Microsoft’s First Windows 8 Update

Spring 2014 will see the first updates coming for Microsoft’s Windows 8 PC operating system. The main focus so far is that the 8.1 update will see improvements to the way the system handles mouse and keyboard functions – mainly an issue for those who have Windows 8 devices with touchscreen capabilities.

Little else has been confirmed as of yet, but there have been a number of other leaks and rumours floating around. Here we take a look at some of them so far, though if you are a developer or IT technician who is looking to get more information about how Microsoft currently operates, there are plenty of short courses you can take such as those offered on this website to bring yourself up to speed.

Apps made pinnable to the taskbar

The Metro interface of Windows 8 increased the number of clicks that users had to make to access the apps or content they wanted to get to. However, it’s rumoured that this update will bring the potential to lock favourite apps onto a taskbar at the bottom of the home screen, rather than having to go into the infamous Metro interface every single time. It’s possible that Microsoft will allow those running Windows 8.1 to run the apps straight from the desktop to cut out this process altogether if they wish.

Metro apps have a title bar

Another strong yet unconfirmed rumour is that the Metro screen applications will have a title bar across the top of them. This will allows users with a mouse to minimise or close them if they no longer need them there, and also provides the option to group sets of apps together.

Shutting Metro apps

The Microsoft apps which are specifically opened from the Metro interface (Photo Editor, Skype, Videos etc.) will all now have a more ‘desktop-like’ close function, where users will be able to click on the icon in the top corner to shut the programme. This will be in addition to the current method of closing with a specific touch gesture, or by using the keyboard function.

Operating changes

It’s not just going to be visible changes – there will be some ‘behind the scenes’ changes which will tweak the way Windows 8 operates and functions. In the main this will be more noticeable on tablets and phones, rather than the desktop version of the operating system. Further rumours suggest that in order for Windows to keep up with Android in the cheap tablet market, their OS will be adapted to run more smoothly on devices with smaller memory side and other technical capabilities.

Quick shutdown option

Another rumoured usability improvement is a quicker option to shut down the PC, with a new icon being placed in the top right of the start screen, next to the user’s profile image. This saves the step of having to log out first and then waiting for this to happen, bringing it more in line with the speed and convenience of tablets and Mac computers.

Microsoft To Change SkyDrive To OneDrive!

Microsoft To Change SkyDrive To OneDrive!

Therefore, it looks like Microsoft is planning on changing SkyDrive to OneDrive! Just as we are getting used to it, they go and change the name again. However, we cannot fully blame Microsoft for this, as the name change comes from a complaint from BSkyB, who use the word “Sky” for TV, broadband and phone services in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It is believed that a consumer could be easily confused between SkyDrive and Sky TV! Anyway, OneDrive is not such a bad name, after all, Microsoft are marketing it as one place for all of your stuff, such as video, images and documents.

The roll out has not started yet, but anyone with a current SkyDrive will need to do nothing as the changes will take place as OneDrive is released across the Microsoft network. In the mean time, anyone interested in signing up for brand new OneDrive account will need to leave his or her email and wait for the official launch. It should not be too long, as you would think that Microsoft would need to get this going as soon as they can in order to keep a smooth transition from SkyDrive to OneDrive!

Source: One Drive

The Password Reset Key Unlocks Windows Computers With Ease!

The Password Reset Key Unlocks Windows Computers With Ease!

If you have ever tried to log into your computer only to find that your password is not recognised, you understand how frustrating this can be and how difficult it is to find a solution to the problem! Well for anyone who has a computer running Windows this could be a thing of the past with the Password Reset Key! This is so easy it is unbelievable, you cannot get into the computer for some reason so here is what you do! Turn the computer off, insert the Password Reset Key into a USB port and turn the computer back on. It should start running straight away, but if not just try hitting F10, F12 or DEL in order to access the start up menu.

Select Boot From USB and the Password Reset Key tool will start running, from this point it is just a matter of following the on screen directions. Basically, the tool allows the user to access the Admin Mode in Windows that displays all of the user accounts and enables a password reset; now you are good to go! The Password Reset Key will work with these versions of Microsoft’s Operating Systems; Windows NT 4, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

So now you are wondering how much this is going to cost! Well, the Password Reset Key will be going on sale shortly and in the mean time, it can be pre ordered from just £10 or around $16. Not bad, when you compare the cost of taking your computer in for repairs!

Source: Jonty Lovell

Microsoft Wants You To Switch From Gmail To Outlook!

Microsoft Wants You To Switch From Gmail To Outlook!

Microsoft Wants You To Switch From Gmail To Outlook!

The war over customers between Google and Microsoft continues, this time its Microsoft firing the opening shots with a new tool that helps makes importing a Gmail account to Outlook simple! The process is easy and for those Gmail users who thought that they were trapped this is a way out. Microsoft have provided step by step directions to complete the process, but basically all that is required is that the two accounts are connected using the OAuth features. Obviously, an Outlook account is required in order for this to happen and that means signing up for new account for some.

Microsoft Wants You To Switch From Gmail To Outlook!

Once connected the user is able to import everything from Gmail including emails and contacts. The overall structure of the inbox remains the same as the user is able to send and receive emails through the Gmail account but in the Windows based Outlook, which is great for anyone using a Windows 8 powered device. Microsoft believes that there is a feeling of discontent amongst Google users following the results produced by several polls and studies. Security, privacy and advertising have a major influence in how users react to services. It seems now the ball is well in Google’s court now, how will they react?

Microsoft Wants You To Switch From Gmail To Outlook!

Source: Microsoft

Telepathwords by Microsoft Tests Your Passwords!

Telepathwords by Microsoft Tests Your Passwords!

We have passwords for almost anything these days, but there are security issues with using what we think is a safe and secure password, as hackers appear to be able to break even the toughest passwords with ease! So software giant Microsoft has come up with an app called Telepathwords, the idea behind it is to weed out those weak passwords by reading the mind of the person trying to create the perfect password to use.

Telepathwords by Microsoft Tests Your Passwords!

The site is easy to use, simply begin to enter your password into the field provided using a single letter or number at a time. As soon as the first digit is in place, the site will try to predict the next letter or number. It sounds like a bit of fun, but there is a serious side to having a password that is difficult to break and that is keeping data, finances and other information safe from being accessed by a total stranger.

Telepathwords by Microsoft Tests Your Passwords!

Source: Telepath Words