Ansible Waiting For Release

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Ansible is an IT automation tool and is more like a virtual machine. It works on PowerShell technology and offers support for Windows. Just like the release of a new beta software, Ansible too will have its beta released within a few weeks period. The beta version of the same will have Windows integrated in it. Michael DeHaan is the founder of Ansible.

Ansible mainly utilizes the features of a native OS; the underlying technologies that support Ansible are Windows Remote Management and PowerShell. Windows Remove Management is also called as WinRM. You can locate the above technologies in almost all Windows versions. You can get the same installed on all the new versions of Windows platform. If you wish to install Ansible on your earlier platforms, you can definitely try the same.

Since Ansible works like a virtual machine, it need not work using an agent. It resembles WinRm and is similar to SSH. Since it had used PowerShell as its technology, all the Windows modules are written using the same. Thus, the users get the opportunity to write modules on their own, utilizing the most familiar Windows tools.

You might know about the existing Windows modules that start with “win”. The modules that start with win most often have major functionalities. The modules in Ansible will be used for executing PowerShell scripts, managing users and for Windows and MSI’s features. The other different modules that offer support include raw, setup or slurp.

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Ansible has however taken efforts to introduce Windows and Linux management in the most convincing way. They have taken care to reduce errors in the same. In order to help the users, they have also offered steps that help to configure both Windows and Linux systems.  Windows support has already been offered by Ansible and they are trying to acquire control over Linux machines. As per their documentation, in addition to the fact that they have Windows support, a separate Linux Control machine will be required. The project’s goal is not to run Ansible from a Windows machine. Since they have several other goals, those can also be achieved with the help of a Linux controlled machine, which can also hosts Windows.

During installation of Ansible, you might require a Linux control machine. Other than that, you will have to face other obstacles like remote execution policy, HTTPS listeners, and firewall configurations. However, you can seek the help of Windows support desk for any issues with Ansible.

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Windows 10 Expected To Support 8k Display With Enhanced DPI Scaling

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It is known to most of the Windows users that Microsoft is planning to release its latest operating system, which is reportedly still in the development stage. Now the fact, which has been confusing people, is what Microsoft is really going to do. The expectations are high since Windows 8 did not have a major impact in the way people used computers.

From one of the leaks, it was reported that Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 10 operating system would be designed in such a way that it will support resolution displays up to 8K, i.e. 7680×4320. This is supposedly double the resolution size Windows 8.1 supported. It is evident that Microsoft is striving to bring better features with every operating system they release. Windows support for higher resolution is enhanced with Windows 10.

A couple of screenshots have been released by PCPortal, which reveal some of the features of the latest Windows 10 OS that is supposed to be available for its partners. Some of the features revealed with the screenshot help better scaling for classic apps to utilize the higher DPI. Apart from that, it also shows the changed size of the Internet Explorer icon. Furthermore, Windows 10 operating system will support higher resolution display of up to 8k.

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With the previous OS release, Windows 8 was unable to support high resolutions. However, with Windows 8.1, things changed and were enhanced to support higher resolutions. Last year, Microsoft incepted improvements in DPI scaling with the 4K display technology. The enhancements with the display were focused mainly on expanding the readability and the usability of higher DPI display. The improvements are also to provide uniform experience on multi display systems. This enhancement is also aimed at optimizing app-specified scaling based on display DPI. Meanwhile, Neowin reports that the support for high-resolution display has not brought any significant changes on the products from Microsoft or from the developers.

Nevertheless, in the latest operating system Windows 10 also named as threshold, there will be changes made with the displays and many more such features. Windows 10 is expected to support systems that have a higher resolution than what Windows 8.1 can support. The technical preview of Windows 10 has already been released. The preview is available for download, however, remember that it is a beta version and is prone to errors and bugs. Contact our Windows support desk if you need assistance with installing the same.

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New Report Shows Several UK Businessmen Plagued By XP Security Issues

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When Microsoft ended Windows support for XP on 8th April this year, no one had thought it would affect anybody in the developed world because the notion was that most in the developed world had migrated to Windows 7 or other latest Windows operating systems.

Meanwhile, people from the developing countries and underdeveloped countries were found seriously concerned because there were a vast number of people using Windows XP. Countries like China were furious that Microsoft ended the support. Microsoft is in a war with China now over the issue. It is reported that the latter has warned every government organization in the country to stop installing the latest Windows 8 update on PCs. Also, China’s official news agency Xinhua has reported that the country is financing open source operating system as well as third party support for the abandoned Windows XP to manage in future without Windows support.

End of Windows XP support affects UK businessmen

The latest report is that the end of Windows XP tech support has affected a significant number of businessmen from UK. This is the first time that a report about the plight of businessmen in a developed country due to termination of Windows technical support is brought to the fore. A rough estimation shows that a vast number of people in UK, which include business users, home users and certain government offices, are using Windows XP. Their number has declined only by 15 percent since Microsoft ended the tech support for the operating system on 8th April, this year. The report was compiled and published by AppSense.

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AppSense conducted the survey among one hundred IT companies. When the initial survey was conducted, about 92 percent of the companies in UK had Windows XP machines at certain departments. The following survey which was conducted after Microsoft ended Windows XP support showed that the proportion of the XP users reduced by a small number, precisely by 15 percent. Currently, about 77 percent of the companies in UK continue to use Windows XP.

In this beginning of this year, Microsoft had hoped that the XP market share would decline to 13% by the end of this year from 30% at that time. Over these 10 months period, the number has declined only by less than 10 percent. It appears that there is no probability that the hardware giant can meet its target by this year by any means.

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Windows XP Usage Decreases As Windows 8.1 Comes Up

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All the advertisements and infomercials that Microsoft released regarding the end-of-support of Windows XP has finally paid off since the use of Windows XP has started to fall considerably, as per recent data. The statistics show that the outdated OS runs on under 20 percent of devices.

According to the Windows XP statistics taken in October, the ancient operating system runs in merely 17.18 percent of the machines. The decrease has been observed to be exponential in nature, which points to the fact that the shift is due to computer upgrades in enterprise systems. The decrease of 23.87 percent in September to the present percent in October is arguably the biggest drop in usage of Windows XP so far.

Windows 7 OEMs are not available for purchase anymore. However, this operating system has currently become the most popular operating system, running in 53.05 percent of machines. The popularity of the operating system has increased since previous month statistics put the operating system usage at 52.71 percent. Since majority of the systems made the switch to the Windows 7 OS recently, these systems will not be upgraded for long.

Windows 8 OS has received the hardest hit, running on merely 5.88 percent of the machines running in the system. However, since the operating system enjoyed only 5.59 percent usage the previous month, it can be said that the operating system has faired better, albeit marginally. Contact our Windows Support department in order to know the differences between Windows 8 OS and Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 operating system has faired better than Windows 8. Considering that the upgraded OS version is available free of cost at the click of a button, it comes as no surprise that most users opt for taking this version of Windows 8. The statistics show that Window 8.1 OS runs on nearly 11 percent of the market, appreciable considering the fact that the OS ran on a mere 6.67 percent the previous month. The rise in Windows 8.x operating system usage can be owed to the fact that Microsoft has stopped updates for Windows XP.

With the Windows 10 OS technical preview versions available, the statistics are bound to radically change. Both Windows XP and Windows 8 will be the most to suffer. Head over to the official Microsoft website in order to download the Windows 10 technical preview. If you want help with considering a new operating system for your system, you may contact our Windows Support team.

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Windows 7 - An OS For All Types Of Users

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An operating system is a mediator between you and your PC. By default, a PC is a cluster of hardware components such as hard disk, motherboard, RAM, processor, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. Without the support of an operating system, they can do nothing. In short, an operating system acts as the brain of a PC. For long, Microsoft’s Windows has remained as the most reputed operating system. Until now, Microsoft has released a slew of Windows operating systems such as Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. All of these operating systems have proven to be good and appealing to the masses.  However, as per the current Windows market share statistics, Windows 7 happens to be the number one operating system.

Windows 7 features

Windows 7 is simple and at the same time superior to most other Windows OSs in terms of features. The operating system has integrated many good features that would certainly help users enhance their productivity. Some of the remarkable Windows 7 features are listed below.

Better UI (User Interface)

Windows 7 has a simple and attractive UI. It is clearly different from the UIs of previous Windows operating systems. Microsoft has added a slew of modifications to Windows 7 UI, making it more appealing to users.

Better networking capabilities

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Windows 7 has been integrated with better networking capabilities. The operating system allows you to sync multiple PCs in a single network by setting up a Home Group. Consequently, you can have instant access to data from different PCs. The advanced networking properties of Windows 7 can also allow you to connect external devices like media player, printer or storage devices to the PC and transfer data or files easily among them.

Windows 7 Editions

Microsoft has rolled out six different editions of Windows 7. They are Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. Obviously, Windows 7 Ultimate is the most exciting version of all these, as it has been integrated with the best of all Windows 7 features.

The best part of Windows 7, according to Windows support desk, is its appeal to all types of users. It can not only support advanced PC users but also beginners. What more to say, Microsoft has offered round the clock Windows support service for the operating system to help out anyone who comes up with troubles while using the operating system.

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