Out of the many Windows 8 features, Surface messaging is an app that facilitates messaging services. This app lets you send messages to your friends back and forth with all the contacts listed in the People app. One of the best features of this app is that it has the ability to handle inter-program repartee. This means that you will be able to exchange messages with your friends regardless of the messaging service he/she uses; you can simply open the Surface messaging app and start the conversation with your friend.
Follow these instructions to send and receive messages from your friend.
Go to the Start screen, tap on the Messaging tile, the App would fill the screen. When the App opens, you can see a plus sign to the right of the box that says Start a Conversation. When you click on the Plus sign, the App opens in an online mode that lists down all the friends who are currently online and available for chatting. The other friends in the list that do not show up either would be offline or not listed in the App.
To chat with a particular friend, type his name and hit the Enter key. This will open the messaging window. The moment the chat window appears, you can start typing to chat with your friend. No matter where you friend is sending you messages- from Facebook, or cell phone or any other system, you will be able to continue the conversation with your friend.
To send the messages you type, you just need to press the Enter key. Edit before you send a message to your friend because the moment you hit the Enter key, the message will be sent to your friend. If you need to do something else amidst chatting, you can simply minimize this window and start doing something else. You will still be able to receive messages.
To check the users who are online and ready to chat, open the People App and look through the list. To delete a message, tap on it, this opens a list, from there, tap on Delete. Currently the app works only with Facebook and MSN.
In case the messenger is closed, you need not worry about missing a message from your friend, because the messages received when you are not online will be archived. The next time you open the messenger, you will be able to see those messages that were received when you were offlie. This is one of the Windows 8 features that has been replaced in Windows 8.1.Read more »
Good news awaits Windows PC gamers. The rumours that have been circulating in social media that Microsoft was planning to shut down Games for Windows Live Service has been rejected by Microsoft. The tech giant said that it had no plan to discontinue its reputed service, Games for Windows Live, designed for Windows PCs. The rumours started to spread from the beginning of July, as a result of Microsoft’s closing of a studio meant to develop Windows PC games.
In a recent blog post, a Microsoft spokesperson said that the company wished to carry on supporting Games for Windows Live Service. He added that the software giant had plans to invest in PC games in future too. Windows Live service is known to combine various services such as news feed, games, web applications, email services and social networking. The service is integrated with Windows Live chat support.
Rumours started in August
The rumour that Microsoft was going to stop supporting Games for Windows Live started to spread last August when the tech giant announced that it was stopping support for Age of Empires online for Windows Live. The announcement came in the Microsoft support page. Nevertheless, the tech giant deleted the post immediately after it came to know that the news had made people anxious. In its recent blog post, the tech giant said that it did not plan to discontinue Games for Windows Live service but only the PC marketplace for the Games. The decision came in the wake of the maturing of support for Microsoft Points. Meanwhile, some believe that Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows PC games was to concentrate on Xbox Live services.
No more games from market place
Although Microsoft made it clear that it will continue supporting Games for Windows Live service, there is uncertainty about whether users will be able to purchase games from Marketplace. The reports and pieces of information we have indicate that customers will no longer be able to purchase new games or download any title updates. It seems that there is no problem with downloading games that have been purchased in the past. Customers can download their previously purchased games via Games for Windows Live client.
Games for Windows Live Service is one of the most appreciated services from Microsoft. It has been quite useful for customers who wanted to highlight their PCs for gaming. Let us hope that Microsoft wouldn’t end this service all of a sudden in its pursuit to popularize Xbox services. If you have any other concerns regarding this service, feel free to contact our Windows Live chat support desk.Read more »
Windows 7 is one of the operating systems from Microsoft that is a favorite among people due to its user-friendly interface. For most of the business organizations, a migration to Windows 7 on their computer systems is a very easy job, especially when it is planned out in an efficient manner. Nevertheless, since the support and updates for Windows XP have come to a halt, organizations are planning a migration to Windows 7. Windows 7 help is available to brief you on different features in the support page.
A company called Mannheim, based in Atlanta, off late did a successful migration to Windows 7 on their systems. They changed the operating systems to Windows 7 in about 12,000 devices in the year 2013. The company provides vehicle-remarketing services. Even with the migration being smooth, they had to face a bigger challenge, which was deciding on a way to reinstall the users’ application, said Denise Haeseler, who is the deployment manager for Windows 7 at Mannheim.
This company used the System Center Configuration Manager from Microsoft, but still had issues while reinstalling the applications. Moreover, Brian Scott, the technology engineering manager said that it was not that efficient amid a turnaround.
As a result, the company Manheim had to opt for help from a third party, even though they had several smaller programs running. In order to improve the visibility of the apps those are running across several desktops and servers, the company used 1E’s AppClarity. Along with the automatic application discovery, the process developed with Windows 7 suited them. Brian Tucker also added that the same process let them standardize their licensing and versions.
Another instance of Windows 7 migration is with the Alabama Gas Corp, which had a migration plan for three years. The company based in Birmingham used SCCM 2012 to move forward to Office 2010 and Windows 7. David Driggers, the supervisor of the desktop systems in the Alabama Gas Corp, commented that the migration to Windows 7 was one of the smoothest transitions that they had ever made. The test runs made capturing data and imaging the systems were their greatest reason for successful transition, from which a written process originated.
This gained the trust and support from the customers to make the transition very easy. The IT staff briefed the users with the latest advancements in the new environment that they were about to work in, which was a kind of Windows 7 help for the employees.Read more »
Ever since the Redmond based software giant bought the Skype messenger program, they were striving hard to make it more effective and productive by adding new services to the same. Earlier the company had made it free for users to make group calls from the instant messaging program. Now the company comes with even better features; the company is planning to introduce a real time language translator for the instant messenger program. The company had demonstrated the breakthrough technology in United States in front of selected audience and press.
The new technology developed by Microsoft, known as Skype translator, helps in making communication between people speaking different languages easy. With this program, you can communicate with anyone speaking any language. You just need to speak with the person through the video call in your mother tongue; the person at the other end will be able to hear the conversation in his language. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, enthusiastically commented about the program at the annual Code Conference held in Rancho Palos Verdes, California that with the new feature installed, Microsoft chat is set to rise to a new level and now anyone can have a hearty conversation without the limitation of language barriers.
When asked about the underlying technology of the new language translator, Nadella jokingly said that it is magical. Well one could not disagree with that statement after seeing the power of the translator. The CEO of Microsoft said that the technicians in the company are striving hard to make the research product real and that within a year’s time, the product will be added to the Skype messenger. However, Nadella did not mention a thing about the feature being available as a free or a paid add-in for the instant messaging client.
However, if the details in the Microsoft chat support site are true, the program worked fine during the demonstration in which an English-speaking executive spoke with a German-speaking executive quite easily and successfully. But, one of the audiences pointed out that the program may do well for casual speaking but it is not up to the standards of a business class translator. Well it is for sure that the program might have some bugs and errors in it; after all, it is still a research product.
Let’s hope that the company would fix all those issues and would release a complete translator for the Skype messenger.Read more »
It was with little surprise that the web world witnessed one of the most important decisions from Microsoft, the end of support provided to their Windows XP operating system. Ever since the company thought of pulling the plug from the thirteen-year-old operating system, they were receiving wide criticisms. However, with the corporate users given an opportunity to extend the support by purchasing the extended license, one might think that there is not much of an issue with the end of support for Windows XP. But everyone was amazed when the Chinese government put a ban on using Windows 8 devices on government computers.
The initiative from Chinese government looks like a counter attack on the software giant Microsoft as they have stopped providing Windows support for XP computers. Chinese government mainly uses Windows XP on most of their government offices and the end of support of the operating system came as a great blow to the nation and the government. The reason Chinese government states for banning the latest operating system from Microsoft is security issues related to the operating system. Apparently, the big nation has trust issues with Microsoft’s operating system.
According to the news we get from the Windows support website, even though China has as much PC sales as that of US, China only amounts to five percent of operating system sales when compared with US. This means that most of the PCs in China run on pirated Windows operating systems. And most of the computers in China run on Windows XP operating system than on other latest versions of the Windows operating system. The newer versions of the Windows were introduced with higher anti piracy measures, and this was the main reason for the popularity of Windows XP operating system in China.
It was heard that the Chinese government had requested Microsoft to lower the price of their software products rather than making it difficult to pirate so that the people may buy the operating system rather than trying to pirate it. The Chinese news agency broadcasted the reason for Windows ban stating that it was triggered from the end of support for Windows XP. The government plans to be in the same situation in the future by opting for a foreign operating system.
Our sources from the Chinese government state that the ban on Windows 8 operating system was done to popularize the use of local operating systems developed by the government.Read more »