Phonegap, Dropbox And Hadoop Support Added To Windows Azure

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If you were to ask any geek, you would know about cloud computing and that cloud storage is the future. Knowing so, Microsoft joined the cloud computing bandwagon by bringing out its own cloud-computing platform, Microsoft Azure. Microsoft now builds, deploys and manages applications and services for enterprises using Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Microsoft Azure platform supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks that include Microsoft-specific and even third-party software and systems. The latest string of services that Microsoft Azure has added to its kitty includes PhoneGap, DropBox and Hadoop. To know more about these latest features, you can contact our Windows support.

This feature will allow developers to connect HTML5 web-client apps, Apache Cordova/PhoneGap and Windows Phone 7.5 clients to use Windows Azure Mobile Services as a backend. This insight, announced by Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft Tools and Servers group, suggests the new mobile services web client library will support Internet Explorer 8 and “current versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, plus PhoneGap 2.3.0+.”

Moreover, Microsoft Azure can be used to work with DropBox in order to provide support site and app deployment to any website. In addition, Windows Azure will also support Mercurial repositories that are used when setting up continuous deployment of websites from CodePlex or Bitbucket repositories. In order to make way for these features, Windows Azure made updates to its user interface. In order to support mobile platforms that support of web clients on HTML5/JS, the popular library of PhoneGap were added.

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Other features of Windows Azure includes HDInsight, which provides the capability to deploy, manage and use Hadoop clusters running on Windows Azure. Probably the best part of Azure is its cross platform support, which is proficient in providing the cloud infrastructure for all popular mobile platforms:Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

It seems Microsoft has learnt its lesson from making the mistake of staying in a single platform before. Earlier, Windows products and services were limited to Microsoft products alone, which caused a lot of compatibility issues. When Microsoft rivals provided cross platform compatibility, the Microsoft sales went down, teaching them a lesson the hard way.

As it seems, Azure will be a game-changer for Microsoft. Although it provides a range of functions that have not been offered before by any other rival, the user interface of Windows Azure still conforms to the usual Microsoft’s interface. This means, users will enjoy a certain degree of familiarity when working on this software. To know more about Azure, contact our Windows support.

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Microsoft Extends End Of Support Date For Windows 8.1 Business Users

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According to ZDNet reports, we might see the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 9 by the second half of next year. The company seems to be working hard in releasing the operating system without troubles and in the meanwhile is taking steps to migrate the existing Windows 8.1 customers to its update 1. With the latest move, Microsoft has announced another ‘end of support’ date for the business users for Windows 8.1. The new announcement comes after extending this date twice before.

Now, the existing business users of Windows 8.1 will have to install the Update 1 released for the operating system as early as possible to receive continued support from the software giant. Earlier, Microsoft had said that it would stop the support for the operating system by April 2014. However, the company had to extend this date since large number of customers did not install the Update 1. It does not seem that Microsoft is ready for extending the new deadline and all businesses will have to update their Windows 8.1 OS with the Windows 8.1 Update 1. The new announcement also specifies the requirement of upgrading the Windows Server. According to the Windows support center, if you are using Windows Server 2012 R2 in your organization, you will have to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Update before the end of support date.

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With the end of support, users will no longer be able to download or install security updates or fixes from the company. Keep in mind that a system that is not protected with the latest security updates could be a target for hackers and could lead to several cyber crimes like hacking and stealing your sensitive data. The new announcement also sets deadline to Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry OS users to make an upgrade. Windows support blogs say that the release of Windows 8.1 Update 2 may or may not take place on Patch Tuesday. Experts believe that even if the update is released, it may not contain any major changes or performance enhancements for the operating system.

Microsoft is slowly ending the support for its various operating systems to promote the sales of newer ones. The company has already ended all forms of support for Windows XP operating system this April. It has also set January 2015 as the last date for ending the mainstream support of Windows 7 operating system, which runs on more than half of the computers in the world.

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Windows XP Still Runs On More Than 20 Percent PCs

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Microsoft had ended the support for Windows XP operating system from April of this year. However, according to Windows support blogs, still a large number of PCs around the world run on this outdated operating system. According to a latest study by Net Applications, there has been a fall of only 1 percent in its share during the month of August when compared to its previous month. The percentage of Windows XP operating system around the world stands at 23.89 percent with a minor fall from 24.82 percent that was recorded in July.

According to experts, if this trend continues, it would still take another two years for the operating system to disappear from PCs around the world. Windows 7 still holds the number one position even though there have been no major changes in its numbers in August. The operating system runs on more than 50 percent of PCs around the globe.

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Some studies reveal that many people who upgrade their operating systems from Windows XP are more attracted to Windows 7 than its successors, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Some industry experts believe that the coming months may not see a large increase in sales of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating systems. One of the reasons is the rumor that Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 9 would soon be released. Even though Microsoft has codenamed the new operating system as Windows Threshold, the company has not revealed much about the operating system or its release.

Windows support forums say that the alarming number of Windows XP PCs around the world could be a major source of trouble to other operating systems too. This is because as Windows XP no longer receives support or updates from Microsoft, chances are high that hackers might use this operating system as a source to enter other computers around the world.

One of the facts is that the number of corporate or business PCs that run on Windows XP is more than the number of personal computers around the world. This is because most organizations are reluctant to upgrade to a new operating system fearing of the big costs associated with it. They also find that upgrading to Windows 8 may not be a great idea now since the release of Windows 9 might take place any time soon. This means, we will have to wait for a few more months or even years to see the death of Windows XP OS.

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Threshold Goes Public

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As per the latest news, Microsoft will be issuing a preview of the Threshold, which is the current code name for the successor of Windows 8, as soon as next month. It is rumored that Threshold may be officially named Windows 9 by Microsoft. Microsoft has said nothing about the code name or labeled the next iteration of their desktop and tablet OS, even though there are arguments for dumping a numerical title due to the possible association with the Windows 8 OS, which was widely pegged as a failure.

Windows has used a different nomenclature. For the 2012 Windows 8, Microsoft had called the early looks Developer Preview, Release Preview and Consumer Preview, all open to the users. The first was analogous to alpha, second to beta, and the third to a done but not approved release candidate. Windows 7 had used the more traditional Beta to describe the first public preview in the early 2009. When Microsoft unveiled Windows 7 in the previous fall, they had seeded an invite only pre alpha version, also dubbed a Developer Preview of the operating system to the programmers and some of the influential bloggers. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows support number.

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Within hours of the release, the Windows 7 Developer Preview leaked to the file-sharing websites. Microsoft may have changed its practices for the Windows 8 OS, letting anyone download the first preview due to the inevitability of the leaks. In an update to her blog, Foley added that the Technical Preview nameplate notwithstanding, Microsoft would allow any users to download the Threshold/Windows 9 when it becomes available in the coming months. If Microsoft does ship a preview soon and then set its eyes on a second-quarter 2015 release, it will have much accelerated tempo apart from the first practice.

Eight or nine months from September means May or June 2105, that assumes that the Tech Preview will be of beta quality. Microsoft seems to be eager to put Windows 8 behind it. They have stopped beating the drum about Windows 8 and have recently announced that it would not issue any additional important updates. Instead, the firm said that they would include new features and improvements in small packets making use of the same Windows Update mechanism to serve the regular security patches. If you wish to know more on the Threshold OS, you can contact the Windows support number.

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The Different Windows Support Options

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You may bump into problems while using your Windows PC at any time. No matter how carefully you are using your PC. The problems could be the result of either hardware failures or software issues. If the cause of the issue is hardware failure, for instance the corruption of the hard drive, you will have to replace it. Conversely, if the issue is caused by software issues like corruption of the application or virus infections, you can fix it by reinstalling the application that is affected. Most of the software related issues can be fixed yourself. Nevertheless, you may be required to be computer literate to be able to fix some of the PC issues on your own.

What to do if you are not well versed in dealing with computer issues? I would suggest you to get in touch with Windows support services to get the issues fixed.

Common ways to fix PC issues

Below are the common support options to fix PC issues. You can choose the right support option based on your specific requirements.

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Windows help and support forum is a popular support option. By visiting Windows tech support forum, you can find instructions to fix almost all Windows problems. Nevertheless, you need to be computer literate to be able to understand the technical terms used in the text guides provided in the support forum.

Once you are in the home page of Windows help forum, type your question in the search field and hit the Enter button on your keyboard. This will fetch you results about your question. Choose the appropriate link and click it to open. The page should contain the troubleshooting steps. Read the steps carefully and work it out to fix the issue.

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If you realize that you can’t follow the text guides given in Windows help forum, you can contact Windows help desk over telephone. Windows technical support consists of experienced technicians. They are capable of taking remote access of your PC and fixing the issue from their side on your behalf. You can sit back and relax while they troubleshoot the issues. If your OS is covered with mainstream Windows support, you are eligible to get free support from Microsoft. If the mainstream support has expired, you may be charged a fee for the technical support.

If none of these options worked for you, you can call in a tech support provider in your locality to troubleshoot the specific problem you are facing in your Windows PC.

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