MDOP 2014 R2 Desktop Optimization Introduced By Microsoft

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The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 R2 suite of tools for enterprise software management has been recently introduced by Microsoft and is available for download from the MSN website.

The R2 version is a sequel to the R1 Version released in May and mostly contains changes and enhancements to two of the six tools in the suite. Among the list of features it provides, a new User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 tool and a new Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 Service Pack 3, are few major highlights of the latest pack.

You will need to head over to the official Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center home page in order to download the latest pack. However, do keep in mind that these services are only available for enterprise users who have enabled Software Assurance licensing program offered by Microsoft as well as organizations that have availed Microsoft Intune subscriptions or Virtual Desktop Access licensing from Microsoft using Windows credentials.

App-V 5.0 SP3

Microsoft’s latest application virtualization solution focuses on improving its management capabilities and improving connection groups. In the latest feature, users can group Apps together and enables organization in managing them “like locally installed software,” according to statements from Microsoft.

As we know, App-V feature is used to package applications to execute them on a virtual machine inside a server. The latest set of features enable IT professionals to create a connection group that includes optional and non-optional packages when using the App-V 5.0 SP3. Other feature of the latest update includes deletion of optional and non-optional packages from a connection group. This is achieved without having to re-enable the connection group and can be done when system is still online. You can contact the Windows support desk to know more features about the same.

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UE-V 2.1

Microsoft announced that it has included four new improvements in the all new UE-V 2.1. The UE-V 2.1 is the user settings virtualization solution that has been updated to permit external enterprise cloud-based storage services, enabling it to store PC and App settings. Another major highlight of the new update is that UE-V 2.1 now allows Windows credentials roaming, which will store user credentials and retain them across devices.

Moreover, IT professionals will now have the ability to assign a backup profile to the UE-V template, and set a restore point for a device. Other features added by Microsoft include “Enhanced Outlook signature synchronization and default UE-V Office 2013 settings templates.”

If you want to get further details or an in-depth analysis of the different feature updates in MDOP 2014 R2 pack, you can contact the official Windows support team.

The Traditional Start Menu Is Back In Windows 10

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With public release of Windows 10 OS a long way to go, users are still stuck with technical preview version of Windows 10. The upcoming operating system packs in a lot of changes from its predecessors and also brings in hoards of new features. One of the prominent changes you will get to see is the return of the Windows Start menu. The new Start menu is back, albeit with few changes. Although not the Windows 8 style Start screen, the Start menu still contains Live tiles that were introduced in the predecessor version.

If you want to install the Windows 10 OS, you only need to head over to the official Microsoft website and log-in using your Microsoft credentials. One of the first things you will notice is the better ability to customize the user-interface to suit your needs. For example, if you do not like Live Tiles inside Windows Start menu, you can turn the feature off. You can move the tiles around and set the size of each tile, enabling you to optimize the OS the way you want. Thus, if you want to roll back to the classic style Windows operating system, you can do so by making use of the Classic Shell.

In the Beta 4.2.0 version, you will get the configuration improvements you require as well as better Windows Support. Thus, you can use the Technical Preview version to replace the built-in Windows Start menu with the ones that come along with Classic Shell. Among the list of options, you can choose from Classic style, Classic style with two columns and Windows 7 Style.

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Once you have installed the Beta 4.2.0 version, you will be able to set the Windows Start menu the way you want it. However, the Windows 10 Start button will remain regardless of the Start menu setting you choose. If you wish, you can change the Windows 10 Start button to something else. As you can see, classic shell in Windows allows a greater amount of customization options. Moreover, the classic shell will be upgraded from time to time to accommodate higher degree of customization. At present, the available options are identical to the ones found in Windows 8 version.

If you require further help with classic shell, or require technical support in rolling back a specific update, you can contact the Windows Support department. The support technicians will help you troubleshoot any issues you have with your Windows system.

Windows XP Hack Can Help Extend Support Till 2019

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Windows XP users might know by now that officially Microsoft has ceased Windows Support for XP, over six months ago. What this really means is that Windows XP users will not be able to receive any kind of technical support, security updates, feature updates, either free or through subscriptions. This may be a sad thing for ardent Windows XP fans and all those users, who are willing to risk everything to just continue using the old OS.

Windows XP has been the most successful Windows OS as far as Microsoft is concerned. Even after the end of support, the old OS is still only second to Windows 7 in terms of the popularity and OS market share. This in itself shows how commendable the achievement of Windows XP is. But, like anything born, it also has to die. Windows XP had a lifecycle. Though it did outlive its own lifespan several times, it cannot be expected to live forever. Microsoft has to look to the future and encourage users to move on to advanced and newer operating systems, offering more than what Windows XP could ever do. This is precisely why the world’s leading software maker, did decide to end things with Windows XP. This way, users will be forced to move on to the newer Windows operating systems, preferably Windows 8.

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Actually, though the official end of Windows support has already happened, there is an unofficial one, which can come in handy for those who have to use Windows XP for some more time. We are talking about a hack, which makes use of the support patches intended for the Embedded POSReady version of Windows XP. The simple tweak allows Windows XP users to continue availing the support from the OS maker for the next few years, precisely until April 2019.

This is an option many users have already tried and found to be successful. The hack is simple, you just have to make some changes to the OS registry. Actually, the hack fools Microsoft into believing that users are using an Embedded POSReady powered system. Since this edition support will only end on April 2019, even the Windows XP users can enjoy the support till that period.

Now, how long you will be able to do this is something, which is not at all sure. The software maker is already aware of such a hack and Microsoft may or may not do something to prevent such things from happening. Users can use it at their own risk.

UK Buys NHS Trusts’ Extended Support For XP At Extra Cost

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UK was thought to be one of few countries that ditched Windows XP operating systems and migrated to latest Windows OSs. But, a recent report shows majority of the NHS trusts in UK are using Windows XP operating systems, taking huge security risks. It is reported that the UK government is paying a huge amount now to Microsoft for extra support for Windows XP. According to a reliable source close to the NHS, Microsoft has billed UK government a sum of £5.5 million for the additional Windows support.

These details were revealed to the media by the mobile workspace company Citrix who collected them from the UK government through freedom of information act. The details so collected indicate that there are more than 35 NHS Trusts in UK with the unsupported Windows XP operating systems. Among these, only five have so far attempted to make use of the desktop virtualization technology for upgrade. According to Citrix’s UK country manager Jason Tooley, “Like the rest of the public sector, the NHS is under tremendous pressure to do more with less. The IT department is no exception.”

NHS pressurised to cut short expenses

Jason Tooley’s opinion reflects that the NHS Trusts throughout UK are cash stripped and that their procrastination to migrate to the latest Windows operating systems is due to lack of funds. However, experts indicate that the NHS Trust can improve its productivity tremendously by modernizing its IT. They point out that latest IT solutions have helped the health care industry tremendously in many of the developed countries like USA, Japan and Switzerland.

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Being one of the most advanced countries in Europe, UK could make better use of its resources by ensuring active integration of latest technologies in its public health care system and the first step to start with is by upgrading the operating system to the latest Windows versions.

Support extension slows down the pace of migration

UK government has secured extended Windows support for XP machines in its public sector organizations like NHS. This extended support is valid through 8 April 2015. Some reports indicate that UK government’s decision to buy extended support from Microsoft has in fact slowed down the pace of migration efforts among NHS Trusts. It is reported that 74 percent of the NHS trusts plan to continue with XP until the end of March 2015.

It is not clear whether the UK government is waiting for Windows 10 release so that it can ensure upgrade of PCs in its public organizations to the latest Windows version.

Microsoft OS Share Drops To Fourteen Percent

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You might have all thought that Windows operating systems rule the world. However, you are not correct. According to the latest reports, Microsoft operating system share is just 14 percent. Now, you might be wondering how this is possible when all the PCs around you run on Windows operating systems. However, here, the reports include all the operating systems taken together including the ones in the mobile devices.

The latest figure was revealed by Kevin Turner, who is the chief operating officer of the company. He was speaking at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held at Washington. Now, when the desktop operating system market is considered, Microsoft still leads the way. The software giant stands at the number one spot with more than 90 percent of PCs running on Windows operating systems.

However, the low number of tablets and mobile devices that are being sold with Windows operating system has become a cause of concern for the software giant. According to the Windows support blogs, the company is planning to take some major steps, which will increase the sales of these devices. One such decision is taking zero revenue for the operating system that are released on devices with screen sizes of 9 inches and less. With the new move, Microsoft hopes to increase the sales of devices with Windows OS preinstalled in them.

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The new figure of 14 percent from Microsoft is similar to the data released by the firm Gartner Inc, which had earlier told that there would be just 13.7 percent of Windows devices by the end of last year. In the database

management sector, SQL servers went up to the second position with substantial increase in market revenue and number of users. According to Microsoft, company’s Dynamics CRM is another platform that is showing tremendous increase in the number of users. The software giant says that the number of users in this platform has grown up by double digits in the last forty quarters.

According to Windows support blogs, about half of the Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure. Tuner says that the company has released more than 300 new services and features for the program this year alone. The event also witnessed the preview of Cloud App Discovery that was added to Azure. With the new program, IT professionals will be able to find out which all apps are being used by the people since it is designed to track the SaaS apps.

How To Make Your System Boot Faster?

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Most users across the globe prefer using Windows operating system in their computers due to the fact that it is the most user-friendly operating system. Also, it provides the users a number of interesting and advanced features that makes the whole computing experience a convenient one.

But sometimes, certain issues do pop up in the computers running on Windows OS that force the users to call up the Windows support team. Slow boot time is one of the most common issues faced by the Windows users. In order to fix such issues, it is recommended to make some changes in the system BIOS.

Changing BIOS settings

  • Here, you can first turn on your system and then enter the system BIOS screen by pressing the F2 key.
  • Now, search for a BOOT menu in the BIOS setup, choose it with your keyboard arrow keys, Tab, and Enter.
  • Here, you’ll find another option for Quick Boot, which you need to enable. Now, move onto the Under Boot Device Priority and set the first boot device to be the hard drive. Once you’re done, click on Exit followed by Save Changes to allow the computer to reboot.

Remove unwanted startup programs

  • Removal of unwanted startup programs is also advised to increase the boot speed of your PC. For this, first open the Run dialog box and type in Msconfig.
  • Now, you need to click on the Startup tab and you will get a list of available programs in your system that launch at startup. Here, make sure you uncheck the boxes on the left-hand side of the Msconfig window which you don’t want to load during the Windows loading.
  • Now, you need to click on Apply and then OK to confirm. Now, restart your system.

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Clean Windows Registry

  • Registry errors can also make a Windows system boot slow. In order to clean the Windows Registry errors, it is recommended to use a Windows Registry cleaner tool.
  • The registry issues may happen due to the incorrect removal of software or even due to the presence of corrupt hardware drivers in the systems. At any point of time, you can consult the Windows support technicians to get such issues fixed.
  • You can also opt to install a registry repair software tool to scan your Windows registry to make your computer run faster.

By following these steps, you can successfully make your Windows system boot faster. To get more assistance on the same, you may contact our tech support team.

All New Windows 10 OS Preview Excites Windows Users

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        New Windows 10 Features

With Windows 8 turning out to be a major flop, it seems Microsoft ought to come up with something good to bring back the popularity of its operating system. Although we cannot say with certainty until the next operating system is released, it can be assumed that Microsoft is heading in the positive direction.

The next version of Windows, dubbed ‘Operation Threshold’ and now officially named Windows 10 has been introduced into the public eye, for preview and testing. The “Technical Preview” of Windows 10 is available for download for the public from the official Microsoft website. Once you sign in using your Microsoft credentials or sign up for free, you will be able to download the latest build of Microsoft Windows 10.

The Windows 10 OS has been deemed to be a cross between Windows 7 and Windows 8 by many critics. However, this comparison is strictly restricted to the physical appearance. The new and upcoming operating system is far better and advanced in terms of functionalities, yet has managed to capture the familiarity of the Windows legacy OS. It has done away with the charms bar and has reintroduced the Start menu, albeit with a few tweaks. Contact the Windows support department to know more about the new and upcoming operating system.

The Start menu has incorporated Live Tiles, similar to the ones in use in the Windows 8 Start screen. The tiles are customizable to a great degree in comparison to its predecessor. Moreover, the Apps now work in Windowed format, much to the relief of Microsoft Windows users.

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         Upcoming Windows Pricing

Apart from finally heeding to the suggestions of its customers, Microsoft has introduced several new features. One of the key debut introductions is virtual environment that is inbuilt to the operating system. Earlier confined to third party software that provided this service, one can make use of the operating itself. Apart from virtual desktop, Microsoft has introduced several new features like a unified operating system as well as market regardless of Mobile phones, desktop or notepads.

The new operating system, upon installation will configure itself according to the technical specifications of the computer. The installation will take screen size and touch feature into account, which means you can install the OS in a mobile or a computer with equal ease. More surprises were to be found when Microsoft introduced the concept of a single app market that will release apps for desktops as well as other devices.

However, Microsoft is yet to release the pricing scheme of the upcoming Operating System. If you want to know the latest updates about the upcoming OS, you may contact the Windows support department.

What Microsoft Investors Should Expect In January

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The world is eagerly waiting for the release of the Windows 10 operating system in 2015. The Windows support notes that are shared below will offer some insights on the important things that the investors should look for in 2015. Read on to know more.

Pricing

As per the latest statistics in the market share of different operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are installed on 18.7% of the computers across the globe as per the studies of NetMarketShare. More than 56.4% of the users are still using the Windows 7 operating system and 13.65% are using the unsupported Windows XP operating system. As per the data from last October, 28% of the firms that took the survey are still using Office 2003 and just 22% are making use of the features of Office 2013.

The idea of Microsoft to unite these fragments was to concentrate on the cloud sector. Office 365 made Office Suite into a subscription based service to make sure that the upgrades lock the customers into the cloud ecosystem of Microsoft. As per the latest reports, Windows 10 might be a free upgrade for the Windows 8 users and there are other rumors that Microsoft might extend the offer to the users of Windows Vista and Windows users as well.

Some other rumors state that Windows 10 operating system will be initially offered free to the users and that it will become a subscription based service later. To know which among these rumors are true, we will need to wait until the official release of the Windows 10 operating system.

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As per the experts, a subscription-based service would be the ideal one, but this may make the users to continue using the older versions to save money. Microsoft has not said anything about these rumors yet; they have not confirmed or denied the reports. They may offer more details in the month of January.

ARM Compatibility

The relation between Windows RT with Windows 8 was very much confusing for the users. Actually, Windows RT was designed for the chips that are licensed from ARM Holdings. This was solely for the ARM processor powered tablets. This resulted in a compatibility gap between Windows RT and Windows 8.

These are the important things that Microsoft investors should look for in 2015. If you wish to know more, you can contact our Windows support team. Our support desk offers latest news and updates on all Microsoft products and services.

Microsoft To End Support For All IE Versions Except The Latest Ones

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A slew of software products lose support from their developers on a daily basis. Among these, there will be some good products as well as not-so-reputed products, for instance, Microsoft lifted Windows support for its legacy operating system XP in last April. I would say that it was the saddest news reported in the tech world in 2014. However, the operating system continues to run in PCs of millions of users even now.

Microsoft products marked for expiration

A few more Microsoft products are listed for expiration soon. According to sources privy to Microsoft’s Windows support desk, the next product that will see end of support is Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has already started sending warnings to users about the termination of Win Server 2003 support. Recent rise in the sale of newer server Operating Systems is a sign that many organizations are ditching Win Server 2003.

Well, in the coming months and years, there will be many Microsoft products that will cease to exist permanently. But, I am not emphasizing any here. However, I think that the recent report that Microsoft is ending support for all older versions of Internet Explorer except a couple of latest versions needs some clarifications. Yes, the report is authentic because Microsoft has confirmed it.

Microsoft to end support for older IE versions by early 2016

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           Internet Explorer 11

According to a recent report published in Microsoft support page, “All versions of Internet Explorer will lose support, except the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system.” The report however hasn’t named the IE versions that will lose support. However, it is quite clear and one can easily figure out that by the end of January 2015, Internet Explorer 11 will be the oldest supported version. Well, as of now, Internet Explorer 11 is the highest supported browser. By 2016, it will turn out to be the lowest supported browser because Microsoft will be releasing an updated IE version with the final version of Windows 10.

Well, as far as I know, Internet Explorer 11 is a coveted web browser. It is totally different from most of the older IE versions including the predecessor IE 10. IE 11 offers faster browsing, higher online security, lowest number of bugs, higher compatibility with web browsers and many more. Certainly, after making it the lowest supported Internet Explorer version, Microsoft is going to uplift the standard of its IE web browsers.

Google Cloud Platform To Offer Extended Windows Support

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Google is working hard to expand its cloud platform and it has already conducted two events during March and November, which highlighted the company’s plans about expanding the cloud services. At present, Amazon Web service is the major player in this sector with Microsoft Azure, slowly expanding its wings. Google plans to attract Windows customers to its service. This is because the company finds that majority of Windows customers have not been into the cloud scenario.

However, Google could face one major trouble and this is associated with the support for Windows Server line, which comes under the Google Compute Engine. This is an infrastructure-as-service, which is under the Google Cloud platform.

Now, we have a clearer picture with the new announcement that says about the Windows support offered on the Google Cloud Platform. The announcement says that there would be three major changes. According to Google, the new enhancement would make the Google Cloud platform an effective place to host the Windows workloads.

The important enhancements are listed below.

  • Microsoft License Mobility, which helps to work with Google Cloud Platform, is now made available to the users. According to Windows support, this is going to make the transition process simpler and trouble free. The new enhancement will allow all the existing users to make use of their Microsoft software licenses without having to make any additional payments.
  • The second enhancement will help the users to make use of the remote desktop sessions with the Windows instances under the Google Cloud platform. Fusion Labs have already released an app called Chrome RDP, which has been developed for this use. It is available free of cost to the users.

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  • If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 Edition, then it will now be working on Google’s cloud platform. Google is also working on providing support for Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. However, it is not yet clear when these two server programs would be supported.

With the new enhancements from Google, those enterprises that make use of the on-premises Microsoft programs can now make necessary transition to the cloud environment. This is considered by many as a positive move by Google. The Director of product management, cloud platform of the company, Greg DeMichillie says that customers would wish to avoid lock-ins with a single cloud platform and might be interested in using more than one based on their needs. The new move from Google is in this regard.