China Working On Home-Grown, Threat To Windows And Android

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Can you imagine a world without Windows and Android? Certainly, it would seem like a world without computers and smartphones because the world of computers and smartphones are dominated by Windows and Android respectively. Although there are alternatives to Windows and Android, the number of users for these operating systems is relatively smaller.

Well, China is all set to make a change. According to a recent report published by China’s official news agency Xinhua, China is working on home-grown operating system. If everything goes as per the plans, the home-grown OS would be out by the end of coming October. Software giants like Microsoft and Google are observing the new developments in Chinese tech world with shock.

Is IT a major reason for tension between China and US?

Experts believe that China’s decision to sponsor the home-grown operating system is the culmination of the country’s years’ old tension between US. China believes that both Google and Microsoft are under the control of the US Federal government and the operating systems developed by them are used for leaking diplomatic data from rival countries.

China’s suspicion about the reliability of Windows and Google grew when last year the whistle blower Edward Snowden revealed that the US government was leaking diplomatic data of countries like Brazil, Germany, Russia and China with the help of Microsoft and Google. China, the largest and most powerful country in Asia, does not want US to monitor any of its information.

China bans Microsoft new operating system

A few months ago, the Chinese government had banned the use of Windows 8 operating system in all its government offices. China didn’t specify any clear reason for banning Microsoft new operating system. Nevertheless, it is clear from the reports that China is worried about the reliability of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Moreover, the country was annoyed by Microsoft’s decision to lift the support for Windows XP operating system. Even after the launch of Windows 8.1, more than 90 percent of the government offices in China were using Windows XP.

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Although China hasn’t banned Android in the country, it is not happy with its popularity. Report has it that China is discriminating against popular mobile manufacturers in the country such as Xiomi and Huawei, who make Android smartphones.

The world is waiting eagerly to hear more about the home-grown Chinese operating system. If it becomes successful in the country, there is no doubt that it will pose the greatest threat to Google and Windows.

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100 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold

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The computer market is driving off a cliff, but at least now, more passengers are running the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft claims that they have sold 100 million licenses for the Windows 8 operating system so far, up from just sixty million in January. At the same time, Windows store has hit the Windows 8 milestone of 60,000 apps. As for the number of licenses that represent computers that are actually being used, it will be much difficult to say. The number of hundred million includes PC sales as well as upgrades. However, majority of the 40 million licenses that were sold since January are the new computers, says Tami Reller, who is the vice president of Microsoft Windows marketing.

“Upgrade season was pretty much over in January once all the offers expired,” Reller told Mashable. “So pretty much all of the growth from 60 to 100 [million] is new PCs.” However these are the computers that were shipped, not necessarily sold and many of them could still be in store shelves and warehouses. Windows 8 operating system, for the first time, allows Microsoft to directly track activations online. Reller says that these numbers have seen a steady increase and that the overall rate is much similar to the previous Windows 8 releases.

A new operating system like the Windows 8 is only as powerful as the apps that the OS can offer. The reports say that the Windows Store is seeing steady growth as well, up to 60,000 apps from just 40,000 in the month of January. The users have also done more than 250 million downloads as well from the Windows Store.

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While these numbers are moving in the proper direction for Microsoft, they are still on the minor leagues when compared to iOS’s 800,000 apps and about 50 billion downloads. “We would like one,” says Reller. “The welcome mat is there for them, and we continue to have conversations.” Reller says that many of the developers are now focused on tablets and she is very optimistic that the upcoming Windows Blue update could give Windows 8 OS the necessary push that it needs to compete with the rivals like iPad mini.

If you would like to know more on this Windows 8 milestone, you can contact the Windows help and support team. They will be able to give you more updates on the news.

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Windows 8.1 Sales Surpass Windows 8 Sales

Windows 8 is the operating system that was released by Microsoft with great expectations. However, things didn't go as Microsoft expected since Windows 8 suffered a setback in sales and popularity because of some flaws. Because of this reason, Microsoft thought of coming up with an update for the Microsoft new operating system and it resulted in the new update called Windows 8.1. Even though Windows 8 was released two years ago, its sales were not up to the mark even from the beginning. Hence, this allowed Windows 8.1, which was released only recently, to surpass the sales figures of Windows 8. The computer market share has also noticed an increase in the Windows 7 market share where it climbed to nearly 50 percent, whereas Windows XP constituted nearly 25 percent even though its support was ended by Microsoft last April. The statistics coming from Net Applications suggest that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS featured a combined gain of 0.40 percentage points. Going specifically in to the figures, it was found that Windows 8 nearly acquired an extra 0.47 percentage increase, whereas Windows 8 share has slipped by 0.07 percent.  The biggest increase in percentage for Windows 8 was seen in the month of August where it featured a 2.01 percent increase whereas in November, it slipped to 0.40 percent and it is continuing even now. Still, there are manufacturers selling computers embedded with Windows 8 but the tech giant Microsoft is trying to promote Windows 8.1 by providing a free update to all the Windows 8 users. However, a substantial change was seen in the increase in market share for Windows 7 OS.  The Windows 7 operating system of Microsoft was able to get an extra 0.79 percentage. It is obvious from the monthly figures that the competition between Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions is very tough. Some months saw the increased sales of Windows 7 with respect to Windows 8 versions and the vice versa happened in the following months. However, the point to be noted is that even though Microsoft new operating system version Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are fighting hard, the overall user base of Windows 7 is continuously increasing, which is a blow for Microsoft's plans.  Thus, it is clear that Microsoft needs to make available some new strategies to increase the sales of Windows 8 versions of operating system. For more on how to upgrade to Windows 8 versions, contact our Microsoft support desk.

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Windows 8 is the operating system that was released by Microsoft with great expectations. However, things didn’t go as Microsoft expected since Windows 8 suffered a setback in sales and popularity because of some flaws. Because of this reason, Microsoft thought of coming up with an update for the Microsoft new operating system and it resulted in the new update called Windows 8.1. Even though Windows 8 was released two years ago, its sales were not up to the mark even from the beginning. Hence, this allowed Windows 8.1, which was released only recently, to surpass the sales figures of Windows 8.

The computer market share has also noticed an increase in the Windows 7 market share where it climbed to nearly 50 percent, whereas Windows XP constituted nearly 25 percent even though its support was ended by Microsoft last April. The statistics coming from Net Applications suggest that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS featured a combined gain of 0.40 percentage points. Going specifically in to the figures, it was found that Windows 8 nearly acquired an extra 0.47 percentage increase, whereas Windows 8 share has slipped by 0.07 percent.

The biggest increase in percentage for Windows 8 was seen in the month of August where it featured a 2.01 percent increase whereas in November, it slipped to 0.40 percent and it is continuing even now. Still, there are manufacturers selling computers embedded with Windows 8 but the tech giant Microsoft is trying to promote Windows 8.1 by providing a free update to all the Windows 8 users. However, a substantial change was seen in the increase in market share for Windows 7 OS.

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The Windows 7 operating system of Microsoft was able to get an extra 0.79 percentage. It is obvious from the monthly figures that the competition between Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions is very tough. Some months saw the increased sales of Windows 7 with respect to Windows 8 versions and the vice versa happened in the following months. However, the point to be noted is that even though Microsoft new operating system version Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are fighting hard, the overall user base of Windows 7 is continuously increasing, which is a blow for Microsoft’s plans.

Thus, it is clear that Microsoft needs to make available some new strategies to increase the sales of Windows 8 versions of operating system. For more on how to upgrade to Windows 8 versions, contact our Microsoft support desk.

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The Software Giant's Windows 8 Milestones

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If you have been observing and following various Microsoft related news, you would already know some of the things we are going to discuss in this topic. Soon after Microsoft released Windows 7, the software giant started working on their dream project Windows 8. The company broke it down and set various tasks in the professional project management style (that we would obviously expect from the world’s largest software maker). The tasks were broken down into steps, which on its completion delivered the major objective. This was the first milestone reached.  There were many milestones from conception to completion. We will discuss some of the major Windows 8 milestone events here.

The first milestone, the prototype, which was only available to internal testers in October 2010. This was actually a time of secrecy and quite rightly so, because at such a nascent phase it was not logical and sensible to reveal a lot.

M2: This beta stage of the operating system was not available to the general public.

M3: This was a significant milestone, which happened in July 2011, Windows 8 was having most of the features we know now. Even this was not publicly available.

Developer Preview: This was also known as Pre-beta. This was released on September 2011 as Build 8102.

Consumer Preview: Also known as Real Beta. Now, the was in February 29th 2012 as Build 8250

Enterprise Preview: This was also known as Release Candidate, released in June 2012.

M4: The fourth milestone is the final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) of Windows 8 in August 2012.

General Availability: The General availability or GA was in October 2012.

Windows 8.1 (Blue): The Windows 8 update came in the month October 2013.

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You might be confused with some of the codes and version names here. Don’t worry. Here are some of explanations of versions and build numbers.

Beta Version: This means, the software maker has made a successful working model. Since, the prototype was having issues or probably it was buggy and was not feature-complete, it was not released to public testing.

Preview Versions: This is a relatively new terminology. Betas are now termed Developer Previews, Consumer Preview and Enterprise Preview.

RC (Enterprise Preview):  Release Candidate means the software giant will not be adding any new significant features. This is final, yet not final. Microsoft wants you to get the look and feel of the total product.

So, folks, these were the major Windows 8 milestone events.

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Windows 8 Gets More Users After End Of XP Support

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Windows 8 operating system has finally managed to come out of the shadows of its predecessor, Windows XP. Launched in 2012, the OS was touted to be the most advanced among the other operating systems with an array of unique and novel features. Some of these features such as the Charms bar and inclusion of live tiles were truly out of the box and were reminiscent of the latest technology Microsoft had adopted.

However, many users started to criticize this operating system stating the fact that Windows 8 provided a cumbersome and tiring computing experience to the users. These naysayers were of the opinion that they were unable to even perform the basic functions in their Windows 8 computers owing to the exclusion of the traditional Start button. Hence, although Windows 8 milestone surpassed what Vista had achieved upon its arrival, the sales began to dip eventually. Due to such a unanimous rejection of the OS, the company was forced to introduce Windows 8.1 operating system, which was nothing but a tweaked in version of Windows 8 itself. Still, there were many users who were interested in relying on the aged versions like Windows XP and Windows 7.

It was then that Microsoft decided to put an end to the mainstream support for Windows XP in order to allure the users to migrate to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. On April 8, 2014, the software giant terminated the services for Windows XP. Hence, many users started to upgrade to the successive versions of Windows. Most of the XP users preferred upgrading to Windows 7 because the operating system was most user-friendly and advanced. Windows 8 and 8.1 sales also witnessed a considerable growth and thus, one could say that Microsoft’s strategy to revamp the sales actually worked.

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With this trend, it is clear that Windows 8 milestone will reach more users in the future than what Windows XP had managed to get. Now, the company has also decided to end the support for Windows 7, which now has almost 50% of the total user share. This is all a part of the marketing strategy to make more users get acquainted with the touch-centric features before Windows 9 hits the market.

Evidently, Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 9 to have the same fate as of its predecessors in terms of sales as well as acceptance. Hence, it will be interesting to see what all new tactics the company would employ in the near future.

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