Microsoft To End Support For Windows 7 Soon

Windows Support Number

          Windows 7 Support

It has been almost five months since Microsoft officially stopped providing support for Windows XP. Still, there are many users who continue to rely on this 13-year-old operating system. However, those who have uninstalled the OS have moved onto Windows 7 in large numbers. This led to a phenomenal increase in the uptake of Windows 7 and it holds more than 50% of the entire desktop OS market share now. Interestingly, Windows XP is still second on the list, outdoing Windows 8 by a fair margin.

As Microsoft’s plans to boost up the sales of Windows 8 received a setback, the company is now adopting new strategies to revive its user base. Recently, Microsoft announced the end of mainstream support for Windows 7, and stated that the users will not get any mainstream updates for the OS after January 13, 2015.

Many users started calling the Windows support number to know if their Windows 7 systems would remain secure after Microsoft ends the support. The technicians, however, advised such callers to migrate to the latest OS versions like Windows 8 and 8.1, which would keep them secured from all the possible security issues.

As soon as Microsoft ends the mainstream support for the hugely popular Windows 7 OS, hackers would be able to exploit the vulnerabilities in it and attack the systems. Nevertheless, the extended support for Windows 7 would last until January 14, 2020, and users will continue to receive free security updates for their systems.

Hackers

              Windows 7 User Share

Interestingly, some rumors have also been doing the rounds for a while now about the possibilities of pushing the Windows 7 end of support date. Even for Windows XP, Microsoft had to postpone the date before finally terminating it on April 8, 2014, due to huge user base. However, no report has been released from the tech giant that accentuates such a possibility.

Microsoft is all set to launch Windows 9 by mid-2015. According to technicians over the Windows support number, the operating system, codenamed Threshold, will comprise of a set of unique and advanced features that would provide an out of the box computing experience to the users.

Hence, it is clear why Microsoft is urging its users to move to the latest OS versions at the earliest. The company wants its large customer base to become accustomed to the modern touch-centric versions before Windows 9 hits the market. In short, Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 9 to be a failure like its predecessors, Windows 8 or Vista.

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Windows 8 Gets Shot Out Of The Sky

Windows 8

        poor performance of Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has spectacularly failed, despite repeated attempts by Microsoft to popularize the operating system. If you consider the numbers, you will see that Win8 grinded through in the first phase of its launch. In comparison, Windows Vista operating system showed better results, and according to a recently published data, users would rather have Vista installed on their computer than the so-called ‘modern’ tile-based OS.

The combined user share ofWindows 8.X operating system currently lies at 13.4% of the world’s desktop operating systems. Although the sale numbers may look better than before, one cannot get over the fact that Win8 suffered two straight months of rejection after May, which is a new low for an operating system!

Windows 8 has failed even to keep up with the Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 flop that even Microsoft executives disparaged amongst themselves. If you compare the stats, Windows Vista was running on 14.3% of all personal computers, a larger percentage than Win8 in the same time frame. When factoring in the period, the market dominance of Windows and compensating for the large number of devices that are present out there, Vista seems to be a clear winner when compared to Windows 8.

Even if Win8 operating system had overtaken Vista’s sales figures, it would have still lost the race, if the end of support deadline of Windows XP is factored in. Microsoft recently stopped technical support for XP operating system, forcing many users into upgrading their PC systems. When left with an option, users chose the three-year-old operating system over the recently launched Win8 platform. As a result, Windows 7 benefited from the whole ordeal, as statistics show that it presently enjoys a user base of over 50%!

Windows 9

               Windows 8 statistics

The whole percentage does not add up though. That’s because Windows XP is still running in millions of computers worldwide, and according to some sources, it will continue to run on around 21-22% of all computers in the world even at the end of 2014. It seems users are rather waiting for the next operating system to be released and don’t have any plans of upgrading to Windows 8 operating system anytime soon.

The way things are, it is better for Microsoft to abort the sinking ship and aim at making Windows 9 a success. Although most of the information about the operating system is still kept under wraps, it has been reported that Microsoft has learnt a lot from its mistakes and are looking to correct them in the upcoming OS.

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How To Configure Hover Email In Outlook Using POP3

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Outlook email setup instructions

Microsoft Outlook has the wonderful feature to setup various email accounts that can make available all your important emails in one place. In this article, we will see how to perform Outlook email setup for configuring Hover email using POP3. Here are the Outlook email setup instructions to follow:

  • First, you need to click on the ‘File’ tab and then select ‘Info’. Then, you need to click on the ‘Accounts’ button and click ‘Account Settings’. In Outlook 2007, you can go to ‘Account Settings’ from ‘Tools’. In case of Outlook 2003, the next step involves going to ‘Tools’ and the select ‘E-mail Accounts’, then ‘add a new e-mail account’ and then click on the ‘Next button.
  • Thereafter, you need to click on ‘New’ and then add your Hover email address. Then, select POP3 and click on the ‘Next’ button.
  • In case you do not have any existing email accounts in Outlook, you can go to the next step. If that is not the case then you need to select POP or IMAP and click on ‘Next’. For Outlook 2007, you will need to select Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP and then, click on the ‘Next’ button.
  • Then, you need to click on ‘Manual setup or additional server types’ and then click on the ‘Next’ button. In Outlook 2010, you need to select ‘Manually configure server settings or additional server types’.
  • Now, you need to select ‘POP or IMAP’ and click on the ‘Next’ button. In Outlook 2010, you need to select ‘Internet E-mail’.
  • Enter the email setting details like ‘Your Name’, ‘Email Address’ (Hover email address), Account type (POP3), Incoming mail server and Outgoing mail server (both ‘mail.hover.com’), user name (same as email address) and then Password (your Hover email password).

    Hover email using POP3

               Outlook email setup help

  • After entering all the necessary email setting information, you need to click on the ‘Outgoing Server’ tab and then click on the check box labeled ‘My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication’. You also need to ensure that the option ‘Use same settings as my incoming mail server’ is selected.
  • Thereafter, you need to click on the ‘Advanced’ tab. Then, within the Incoming server (POP3) and the Outgoing server (SMTP) options, you need to choose SSL from the drop-down lists labeled ‘Use the following type of encrypted connection’  and server port number should be changed to 465 and the ‘OK’.
  • Finally click on ‘Test Account Settings’ to ensure the configuration settings are proper.

If you test email has been successfully sent, then your email account configuration for Hover email account is complete.

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Millions Still Using The Old Windows XP OS

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             Windows XP Support

You would know by now that the old operating system Windows XP is removed from the list of supported products by the software giant, Microsoft Corporation. A Few months back Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP, but there are millions of users across the globe still clinging on to the aging operating system. Windows XP has been officially abandoned by the software maker but many users still don’t feel like switching to new versions of Windows.

The fact Windows support for XP has ended means the most popular operating system of the last decade will not be receiving any official technical assistance, security patches or non-security features, either paid or free. This means there is virtually no official Windows support existing for the old operating system. Now, what is difficult to understand is why they still prefer using Windows XP, when they have better and advanced options available.

Thirteen years of existence

The operating system has been around for thirteen years. Even now, it is the second most popular operating system, second only to Windows 7. People are so familiar with this operating system that it becomes very difficult for many to go for something new. Familiarity is one of the most common reasons why people still prefer Windows XP to newer Windows versions.

Fear of change

One of the main reasons why Windows XP is still popular is the fact that the newer operating systems are different. New Windows operating systems are much different from XP. Learning something new can be a huge and tedious task for many people.

Horrendous Windows Vista

Windows Vista, the successor to Windows XP, is considered by experts and users alike as the worst Windows operating system till date. There were issues concerning User Account Control, hard drive activity, lack of drivers for various hardware and many more. Windows XP looked far better to many users.

Microsoft Corporation

              End of XP support

Applications relying on Windows XP

There are many business software applications that have been developed to work on Windows XP. Many SMBs rely on these software applications for their business processes. Many SMBs cannot afford changing the software applications or updating it to work on new Windows operating systems.

Whatever might be reasons, you need to know that there are some obvious benefits in switching to new Windows versions. Security is a big issue that cannot be ignored. You XP system will be constantly exposed to harmful and malicious codes. Do you want to risk all your important data just for the satisfaction of using Windows XP? It is a choice you have to make.

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SAIC Initiates Anti-Monopoly Investigation Against Microsoft

Microsoft Problems

            Microsoft Operating Systems

It seems that Microsoft problems in China are never ending, with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) now conducting an anti monopoly investigation against the software giant.

The probe is taking place after a complaint was received by SAIC stating that the company’s Office and Windows programs are not fully open that in turn leads to troubles with document verification, bundling and compatibility issues. Hundreds of officials from SAIC carried out raids in various offices of the company in the country. According to SAIC, offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai were raided. However, the regulator did not give out further information on the raids.

In an online statement, SAIC said, “Following the earlier stages of the investigation, we cannot dismiss suspicion of Microsoft’s anti-competitiveness.” The vice president of the company, other top officials, staff in finance and marketing sections etc. were investigated by SAIC on the issue. Copies of many documents related to financial statements, contracts etc. were taken by SAIC for further investigation. In addition, the officials also took the servers and PCs that have internal emails stored in them.

According to SAIC, the investigation is only in the initial stages since many of the Microsoft employees were not present in the country. There has been no word from Microsoft yet on the incident. However, the company had stated earlier that it would fully corporate with any investigations by the Government.

Windows 8

            Microsoft Online Security

China is one of the biggest markets for the software giant. Majority of the computers in China run on Windows operating systems. Most government computers run with Microsoft operating system. However, Microsoft problems first arose with the release of Windows 8. The government has ordered not to use the latest operating system on any of its PCs as it fears that the operating system is not safe to use.

Earlier, Microsoft decided to end the support for Windows XP operating system. Some experts believe that this could have provoked the Chinese government and resulted in the ban. Microsoft is not the only U.S firm facing troubles in China. SAIC is already investigating a complaint against Qualcomm, a U.S chipmaker. The complaint alleges that the company is overcharging its clients. If the complaints are proved, then Qualcomm might end up paying huge sums as fine.

It is also interesting to note that the new developments have taken place after the recent concerns made by the Chinese government that U.S might be integrating surveillance systems in their products sold in China.

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