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Microsoft has ended Windows XP help and support in April 2014. The recent research reports show that the businesses reluctant to abandon Windows XP aid the slowing down of PC sales by 10 percent.
The predictions say that notebooks, desktops and ultra mobile devices will get augmented sales. Gartner Inc. Research Director, Ranjit Atwal says that 2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market. The reports predict that the total sales around the globe are going to push by 570 million. However, the reports also mentions that if the predictions relate only to traditional desktops, PCs and laptops, the downward trend in sales is estimated at 6.7 percent for the current year. The predictions also suggest a drop in sales to 5.3 percent in the next year.
Research director at Gartner Inc. says, “Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe”. He also adds “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets”. The researches show that it enhances the sales in some of the sub categories as well. In fact, the sales of premium ultra mobile devices get a steep increase by 49.8 percent. The tablet sales, apart from the PCS, desktops and laptops sales, could increase by 23.9 percent.
The new scenario takes over with the decline in the sales of tablets. Indeed, the recent trends show that the demand for phablets having screens between 5.01 and 6.9 inches is increasing, especially in South East Asian countries. Obviously, this would influence the sales growth of tablets down the line.
Research director at Gartner Inc. mentions that while Android still holds the top position, the trends show that users would like to have Windows as OS in their PCs, phones and tablets. The predictions also suggest that Android, Windows and Apple operating systems are going to experience a steep increase in its share, making the participation of ‘others’ sector negligible. The latter is going to witness a drop in its participation from 27.1 percent to 21 percent. Research Gartner Inc. says that Android will hold the top place with 52.8 percent, Windows at 14.4 percent and Apple at 11.6 percent.
Research director at Gartner Inc. also asserts that “Windows phones will exhibit strong growth from a low base in 2014, and are projected to reach a 10 percent market share by 2018 – up from 4 percent in 2014″. Even though Microsoft has withdrawn the Windows XP help and support, it favors the growth of sales of Windows OS. The predictions from the report show that Windows phone sales would lead to the growth of Windows OS sales in the end.
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It has been over three months since Microsoft officially ended providing support for Windows XP. The company had taken this initiative in order to allure the existing Windows XP users to the latest touch centric versions i.e. Windows 8 and 8.1. But then, this novel strategy completely went against the software giant and many users continued relying on the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft had expected that with the end of support for Windows XP, the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 would see a phenomenal increase, but interestingly, that hasn’t happened yet.
According to the technicians at the Windows XP help, many users still call them up to know about the availability of support options and software updates for their aged OS. However, Microsoft has been strictly warning the Windows XP users to migrate to the latest operating systems. This is because since Windows XP is not supported anymore by Microsoft, the operating system is an easy target for hackers across the globe. Still, according to reliable sources, many users prefer the user friendly versions of the XP operating system instead of the advanced yet complicating options in Windows 8.
Although Windows 8 and 8.1 have witnessed a marginal increase in the sales over the past few months, it is Windows 7 that has clearly come out as the winner. After the demise of Windows XP, a large number of users switched over to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, according to what the technicians at the Windows XP help center state. This is because Windows 7 comprised of several advanced options as compared to its predecessor, but was also the most user-friendly of the lot. According to latest reports, the user market share of Windows 7 has increased phenomenally and more than 50 % Windows users now prefer this operating system. Compared to this, Windows XP stands at the second place followed by Windows 8, which has attracted only 14% of users.
Microsoft has now announced that it would be ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 PCs by 2015. This means that the large number of users who have now flocked to Windows 7 will have no other option than to upgrade to Windows 8 and 8.1. Moreover, the software giant is also planning to release Windows 9 by mid 2015. Undoubtedly, this version will have some of the out of the box features as well as user-friendly options to make it more appealing to the users.
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Skype is a freemium instant messaging, videoconferencing and VoIP application developed by Skype Technologies. The first version of the application was released in August 2003, almost 11 years ago. Over the years, the app has undergone remarkable changes. Currently, Skype is owned by Microsoft. The tech giant acquired the application a few years ago and integrated its Microsoft help line service with the app to improve its overall performance.
Skype across Windows platforms
Skype is available on most of the desktop as well as mobile platforms. It includes Windows, Linux, Android, Mac, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Fire Phone, Xbox One and more. It is reported that Microsoft is working on various measures to add streamlined features to the Windows version of Skype. The application is available on almost all Windows versions, which are in use at present, which even includes the unsupported Windows XP. Lately the tech giant has added a number of new features to the Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows Phone 8.1 versions of Skype.
Steps you can do to improve your Skype Experience
Whatever be the computing device you are using and the operating system you have in it, there are a few steps you can do in order to improve your overall Skype experience.
Explore the Skype features
Skype is integrated with numerous features. Some of these features are unknown to most of us, for instance funny emoticons. By using emoticons during your Skype chat sessions, you can add beauty, meaning and fun to the conversation with your loved ones.
The default settings of Skype avail 72 different emoticons for the users. If you think that 72 is not just enough for you to express your feelings, you can explore a vast number of other emoticons online and download and add to your emoticons directory. It is even possible to enable automatic addition of emoticons with the help of certain codes like mooning, smoking, soccer, fubar and the likes.
Change the font size and style for Skype instant messaging
With its unique features and vast number of options, Skype has turned out to be the number one instant messaging application. However, you may not like the default font style and font size in Skype. You can change it by going to the Tools menu and then selecting your desired font style and font size.
The integration of Microsoft help line service with Skype has been crucial for the rapid growth of Skype as a popular instant messaging application. Users are free to contact Microsoft help line for solutions for troubles they face in their Skype app.
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Microsoft is providing Windows XP users extended anti malware support for one more year after the company has stopped the support for the operating system. This news is in fact a great relief for dedicated Windows XP users. Read along to know more about the extended Windows XP help provided by Microsoft.
Extended Windows XP help
Microsoft has already revealed that the company will not stop to issue the anti malware support and updates for the Windows XP operating system for another year after the official deadline. The software giant proudly announced, “To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015,” This statement was officially published last January 15,2014 in the blog post of Threat Research and Response.
“For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP,” was the official statement from Microsoft’s Main Department for Malware Protection.
Previously, the news that Microsoft is about to stop the support for Windows XP was literally a shocker for many major business establishments and individuals. This happened immediately after the official statement by the company that stated the company would stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. This is because a vast majority of people still heavily depend on the Windows XP OS to perform their official activities.
Users who were worried due to the official declaration of the company began to repeatedly seek Windows XP help. This led the company to do a rethinking about their stand. One of the major advantages of Windows XP malware security is that it offers unique protection against rootkits, Trojans, worms and other malware.
Microsoft stated, “Our research shows that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited,” The company also added that “Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.”
One thing that is for sure, irrespective of all the latest happenings, is that Windows XP is no longer going to be an officially supported OS by Microsoft. This simply means that the existing users will only be getting the basic malware protection. They should not expect any further security updates, advanced paid supports and non-security hot fixes. A recent market analysis for desktop operating systems suggested that millions of Windows XP computers would henceforth be classified as unsupported machines.
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