Three Awesome Things About Windows 8

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Microsoft Corporation is popular for providing one of the best operating system software around every time. However, the OS developer has not been famous for providing the most stable operating systems. After Windows Vista, which we all know bombed big time, the software giant made huge changes in their next operating system, Windows 7.

Windows 7 is by far the best OS Microsoft has produced in many years. In fact, after the success of Windows XP, Windows 7 is the most successful OS ever developed by Microsoft, and holds around 50% share of the entire desktop operating system market. However, Microsoft is trying to change things further.

As a process of unifying the Windows OS, smart phones and PCs, the world’s leading software maker introduced something modern, advanced, and drastically different from Windows 7. We are talking about Windows 8, the most advanced Windows OS until date.

It actually comes with some awesome new features. There is a user interface, which is like nothing you have ever seen before in a Windows OS. Let us look at three of the awesome features in Windows 8, that set it apart from other traditional operating systems.

The key changes in Windows 8

First, there is the all-new calling and communication feature. The utility in the latest Windows OS is totally advanced and state of the art, which allows users to connect with others smoothly and quickly.

The next best thing is the new and advanced tablet interface. This is much similar to the one Windows Phone and Zune users might be familiar with. The latest Window OS will be shoehorned, or rather, retrofitted for people who use tablet PCs running on Windows 8.

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Apart from that, the Windows 8 look and feel is a lot different compared to other platforms users have experienced until date. The latest Windows OS is refreshingly different from the operating systems people might have used.

Another impressive thing about Windows 8 is the highly intuitive design. If you have started using Windows 8, you have obviously seen the tile based platform, which is far similar to the Windows Phone design used in this version of Windows. Some critics might very well argue that this approach does not lend itself very useful to personal computers using networking and the internet; but we are looking at an advanced system obviously.

Windows 8 has many exciting features that people will definitely love. Try it out to know it yourselves.

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Hybrid Sleep Does Not Work Properly In Windows 8? Here Is The Solution

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Windows 8 is equipped with an option called Hybrid sleep. The purpose of this newly introduced feature is to cut down the Windows shutdown and booting time. Hybrid sleep wasn’t initially introduced with Windows 8. Microsoft released this feature towards the final Windows 8 milestone.

How does Hybrid sleep cut down the boot up and shutdown time?

It is better to know the technical aspects of Hybrid sleep for various reasons. When you use the Hybrid sleep option, Windows 8 will save the data from all the running applications to the kernel session, which happens to be on the hard drive. This will save the application from being closed down and then taking long time to load later on.

At times, you may happen to experience issues while resuming your PC from the hybrid sleep mode. In such scenarios, you must conclude that the hybrid sleep option has been impacted by any changes in the PC. By working out the following steps, you can fix the issue.

Instructions

  • Reveal Charms bar by moving your cursor from the Start screen to the top right corner of the window. When the Charms bar appears, locate the Search option in it and select it. Enter Power in the blank field of the search dialogue box and hit the Enter button on your keyboard or click the Ok button.

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  • Wait for a few seconds now while your PC looks for the results and displays them. The result will appear on a new screen. In the screen, navigate to the right pane where the results are displayed. Locate the option titled Settings and click on it. Edit the setting for the power option. Click the button that says Power. This will display the Power options.
  • View the left pane of the screen to see what all the power options are. You must be choosing the right power option to fix the shutdown issue that you are facing on your Windows 8 PC after the Hybrid sleep option has been tweaked.
  • After making necessary changes in the Power options from the Settings, select OK followed by Finish. Restart your PC to allow the changes that you have made in the settings to take effect.

I am sure that you must have successfully troubleshot the shutdown issue on your Windows 8 PC. If the issue continues to pop up or to know in detail about Hybrid sleep mode in Windows 8, consider visiting the Windows 8 milestone page.

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Some Of The Essential System Requirements For Windows 8 Developer Preview

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If you are running a Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system and would like to give the Windows 8 Developer Preview a try, then we will find the Windows 8 requirements necessary. Luckily, the configuration required to run Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems is enough to run the developer preview of Windows 8. This helps you to avoid additions to your hardware. Let us go through the requirements in detail below.

Processor speed

The processor speed of your computer should not be below 1 GHz for the smooth working of the developer preview. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions require a minimum processor sped of 1 GHz.

Random Access Memory

RAM plays a vital role in the smooth running of the operating system. It is necessary that your computer has at least 1 GB of RAM for the smooth working of the developer preview. Keep in mind that the more your computer’s RAM is, the more would be your computer’s performance. Therefore, it is advisable that you have 2 GB or more RAM installed in the computer for ensuring better performance.

Hard disk space

If you are planning to install the 64-bit version of the program, it is necessary that there is at least 20 GB of free hard disk space in the computer. However, if you plan to install the 32-bit version, 16 GB of free space would suffice.

Graphics card

If you wish to view all the features of the operating system, then a good graphics card is inevitable. If your computer is not equipped with a graphics device, install one that works with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

Touch screen

One of the major features of Windows 8 operating system is that it supports touch screens. Therefore, if you wish to make use of this feature, use a monitor that is capable of processing touch inputs.

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Screen resolution

Windows 8 comes with metro styled apps and has an interface devoted to apps. In order to make these apps work on your computer, your monitor should have a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or should be higher.

Size

The 64-bit version of the developer preview is 3.6 GB in size while the 32-bit developer preview is 2.8 GB in size.

If you wish to work with the developer preview, make sure that your computer is equipped with the above-mentioned Windows 8 requirements. For further assistance on this operating system, you may contact our technical support team.

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How To Configure Outlook In Windows 8

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Setting a Windows 8 milestone is simple, considering the amount of changes that were brought in this version of the operating system. Windows 8 OS has been the “first time” for a lot of interesting features. One of them is the Mail App. Although Microsoft did issue several email programs like Outlook Express to access emails from different servers, it never boasted a touch-screen friendly application that Windows 8 currently features.

If you use Microsoft Outlook email client, you can integrate the program with Windows 8 Mail to extend the functionality of the program. If you use Outlook in your workplace and on your phone, the same features should be available on your home computer as well. Here’s how you do the same:

  • Open the Start screen and then click on the Mail icon to bring up the Mail app.
  • Press Win+C key and then click on Settings. You can bring up the settings directly by pressing Win + 1 button.
  • From inside the Settings menu, click on the Account link.
  • Click on the Add Account option from inside the Accounts menu.
  • You will be asked to specify your email account type. You can select either account type, Hotmail or Outlook.com depending on the one you use.
  • Type in email address and password of your Outlook email account.
  • The mail App will automatically try to sync all your emails from Outlook webmail and then download all your emails to this App.
  • From inside the Settings menu you opened earlier, select the Sync Settings option to specify the content you want to import.

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  • From within the Windows mail application, you can even add and set your email signature. The email signature you set will be present on all future communications sent from the email address.

Microsoft has even provided two separate tools to help you solve any issues with the Microsoft Outlook email client and all other Microsoft Office applications. They are Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) and the CalendarChecking Tool for Outlook (CalCheck). OffCAT can be used to quickly identify and solve any problematic configurations with various Microsoft Office programs. Similarly, CalCheck is a program that checks your Microsoft Outlook Calendar for problems with the Calendar feature.

These troubleshooting tools are part of the Windows 8 milestone events, since such functionalities were not present in any previous Windows OS. The Windows 8 OS features many different functionalities and getting to know them is the first step towards getting the best out of them.

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Sphero Adds Support For Windows 8 Devices

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Sphero, as its name suggests, is a spherical shaped robotic toy developed by Orbotix. According to the details published in the manufacturer’s site, the device is now ready to roll with Windows 8 devices. Earlier, the Bluetooth controlled toy could only be used with iOS and Android devices. Orbotix, the creator of the robot toy ball stated in their latest post that the second generation of Sphero, Sphero 2.0 can now be controlled even using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices. There are many apps for controlling Sphero in Android and iOS. Now Windows 8 too has entered the market.

All devices running the latest version of the Windows operating system will be able to work with Sphero like smartphones, tablets, laptops and even desktops, provided they satisfy the Windows 8 requirements for Sphero, one of the basics in that being the presence of a Bluetooth device. The apps for controlling the device is available for free download from the Windows Phone app stores. Microsoft even allows the users to purchase the robot ball from their store in US or you can buy it online from the Orbotix’s site.

The version of Sphero that supports all the Windows 8 requirements is Version 1.1.0.4 and is available for free download in the Store for download. However, you need to have the Sphero robotic ball to get the maximum out of the application. Having the app without the robotic ball is simply moronic, what is the use of having a driver’s

license if you do not own a car? The latest version of the robotic ball toy is Sphero 2.0 and is available for as less as $99.99 for a

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limited time as an introductory offer. Normally the device costs about $129.99, so grab the opportunity and get your device now.

With the Sphero official app, you can easily control the device and play multiple games with it. Since the device operates on Bluetooth technology, it has a range of about thirty meters. The company has released apps for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users so that users who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 will also be able to play games with the spherical robot.

The sad fact is that even though Orbotix has introduced Sphero and an app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the company has no plans for introducing the wide range of apps found in Android and iOS for Windows 8 users.

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