Microsoft’s Best (and Weirdest) Windows Commercials

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

It’s not a wise move to hang on to older versions of Windows.

A lot has changed since Windows dominated the OS space, Google’s Android is now the world’s most popular Operating System as smart phones continue to outsell desktops and laptops.Microsoft wants people who are testing Windows 10 to update to the latest version of the operating system, and the company has provided an important incentive: anyone running an older version of the OS will be unable to access the Windows Store, starting Friday.

As Microsoft gets set to unveil its most ambitious iteration of Windows – Windows 10, it’s time to roll back the years and map the fascinating Windows journey. With just a week left before Microsoft launches Windows 10, as it embarks on its quest to reach a billion customers, a lot’s been spoken about Windows 10 already. Q: I’m very suspicious of Microsoft giving away Windows 10 (beware Redmond bearing gifts), and I have heard speculation that it will be another of their money-grabbing subscription services after one year. Under Windows 10, developers will be able to submit a broader range of apps for inclusion in the store compared to Windows 8, including web apps that are built to run on a user’s desktop and legacy Win32 apps in addition to “Modern” apps that feature a Windows 10-esque interface. Another reason for suspicion is that an icon has been installed in my notification area for an “upgrade.” Several times I’ve gotten an error message that “gnwuw” or something like that has stopped working and it turns out it’s the “upgrade” icon.

The new operating system also includes support for what Microsoft is calling the Windows universal app platform, which lets developers build core application code that can then be run across devices from smartphones to the Xbox One. What I wouldn’t recommend is hanging on to older versions of Windows. “Mainstream support” — during which Microsoft offers free security and nonsecurity updates and telephone support — for Windows 7 ended last January.

Microsoft has been rapidly pushing out updates to build 10240 that include bug fixes and other performance improvements over the course of the past week, and plans to continue doing so in the immediate run-up to Windows 10’s launch. Using Windows 8 now feels like using an early build of Windows 10 when they has just started putting in a touch interface, but hadn’t integrated it just yet. Once one has upgraded, Microsoft says it will provide support for the “supported lifetime of the device.” Microsoft hasn’t clarified what is meant by that phrase.

Gone is the charms bar that would suddenly pop out from the left edge of the screen, except if you wanted it to of course; and gone are the convoluted gestures for switching between apps. In short, while you will have to pay for an upgrade if you don’t do it within the first year, if you beat that deadline you won’t be charged subscription fees. The Intel 386 processor speeds things up while a new wave of programs – Program manager, file manager and print manager make their appearance and so does Solitaire!

Aside from the first appearance of the Start menu, Windows 95 also finds room for the taskbar, minimize and maximize and close buttons on each window. It’s also the first Windows version that is ready to plug into the Internet era (with dial-up networking) spawning the debut of the Internet Explorer browser a few months later and also comes with easy hardware and software installation options. Desktop applications running in a window isn’t a fresh concept, especially in an operating system called Windows, that launched with support for running apps in a window nearly 30 years ago.

One Billion PCs later: Windows XP arrives as all-time PC sales cross the 1 billion mark in 2001 and is compiled using a whopping 45 million lines of code. If that doesn’t turn up anything, and if I know approximately when the problem started, I’d try a System Restore and pick a date just before the problem occurred. Many geeks think so; a few million beta tested Windows 7 before its commercial launch at a time when laptops have overtaken desktops and tablets are slowly signaling their intentions.

For example, if you search Ask toolbar removal, pretty close to the top of the list you’ll find a short item from PC Magazine that details what to do. A new interface that resurrects the Start Key, a cool new browser (Microsoft Edge), better gaming integration and the Mobile Voice assistant Cortana’s desktop debut will be some of the key improvements in this iteration. The new virtual desktops feature in Windows 10, called Task View has been talked about a lot, but it isn’t the only improvement to window management that you will see in Windows 10.

DirectX12 improves the performance and fidelity of games built using it, while the XBox app integrates with existing games expanding what’s possible with them. Finally we have Continuum, an exciting new feature that allows Windows to smoothly adapt the user experience based on a device’s use as a desktop, tablet or phone.

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