The Pricing Of Windows 10

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Microsoft’s next big step this year is to put a tag on Windows 10, which we can all imagine, isn’t going to be an easy task. But with the company event scheduled for next week, the decision might already have been made. Spokespersons have said that the occasion might see big players in the company expounding on and essentially showing off the Microsoft new operating system. Besides that, they’ll also be speaking about where they plan for Windows to be headed. You can count on hearing a lot of “cloud-first, mobile first”.

COO Kevin Turner announced in December that business model plans would be unveiled near the start of the year. There’s one part of this that people would want to hear – about how the company will keep making the same kind of money after handing over licenses to tablet and smartphone makers, something it’s never done on such a decisive level. Turner said they’d come up on some “creative ways” to monetize in the upcoming scenario, but we’ll only know more in detail once the event is over.

Windows 10 Operating System

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As far as the upgrade pricing is concerned, users may have to wait longer than the reaming week. This is an important question for the PC industry this year, because it will in large part decide the fate of PC sales globally. We need to see if the tech giant can set a large price and still have a significant share of computer users come in to buy. The way they fared with Windows 8 isn’t easily forgotten, and the last thing the company needs is to unite users against the Microsoft new operating system.

Let’s review how the software mogul has been charging for its wares over the past year. First, they gave away Windows licenses to OEMs, and for free. This was supposed to go into the making of devices with screens under 9 inches. And then they released Windows 8.1 with Bing, specifically for PCs. This was another product that cost close to nothing, and is the OS powering some of the most affordable notebooks released in the market. One of these is the HP’s Stream, which has been giving stiff competition to the similarly capable Chrome OS laptops.

The Windows 10 operating system might be something new, which doesn’t even fit into the line of Windows products we’ve seen so far. But if Microsoft sets too high a price, they’ll probably get reactions they weren’t hoping for.

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Windows 8 And Windows 8.1 Market Share Start To Decline

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If you paid any attention to the desktop OS market share figures in the last few months, you might have noticed that the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems gained a few points at Windows XP’s expense. This has to do with the simple fact that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the latest Windows OS versions available to the XP users looking to make the upgrade. However, the recent figures show that even this small increase in the market share is now reversing.

Windows 7 gains market share

In fact, there was a point when the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 even overtook the market share enjoyed by XP. This clearly indicated that the XP users are finally abandoning their favourite OS and moving on to the new Windows OS versions available. However, this trend appears to be a temporary one. According to the latest desktop OS market share figures, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1’s shares are declining and Windows 7 seems to be gaining even more market share.

Already above the 50% mark, Windows 7’s market share is now retaining around 55%. The market share for Windows 7 was only 47.3% back in February 2014. Now, it has risen to 56.2%. Clearly, big chunks of these users come from Windows XP, which went from 29.5% to 18.2% during the same period. These statistics are from the officially released NetApplications market survey data.

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Windows 7 Mainstream Support

Microsoft is very keen on getting these Windows XP users to upgrade to the latest Windows OS versions like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Perhaps, this is why they discontinued the supply of some of the Windows 7 versions to their OEM partner in October 2014. It was becoming clear to Microsoft that most XP users would upgrade to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

So, they discontinued the supply of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and the Ultimate editions to their OEM platforms. It is no longer possible to buy new systems that come with pre-installed Windows 7 versions with any of the OS editions mentioned above. However, the Windows 7 Professional edition is still available. But, this version is more expensive than the standard versions mentioned above. The supply of retail disc versions of all Windows 7 editions was discontinued long time ago.

Also, the Windows 7 Mainstream support is set to expire on Jan 13, a deadline just around the corner. Perhaps, when released, the Windows 10 OS will finally change this trend.

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Windows 8 Tablets Preferred For Office Deployment

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Windows 8 hasn’t scored big on the mobile OS front, at least not as well as Microsoft had hoped. But it seems to be catching on as an appealing option among SMBs, many of which are now having a problem with finding something that jells well with their extant setup. This is in no way eased by the fact that such tablets offer up appreciable mobility to the people working on them.

Not just any tablets can fill the need, because companies are generally reluctant to give up the time and resources taken to train employees in their use. And for once, Windows 8 tablets happen to be the most common preference, among Managed Service Providers. The Windows 8 requirements are largely in keeping with what these parties can accept.

Brooklyn-based Marathon Consulting is just one of the many companies which think that the easy management options are a hard thing to walk away from. In their case, the firm finds these tablets to be upbeat, especially in areas of support provision to clients. Most of that has to do with regular updates for antivirus management, as well as backups to ensure data safety.

The new Windows 8 tablets are Intel-based, and much better at handling multiple tasks than earlier releases. A lot of the stuff you’d normally do on PCs can be done here too, while maintaining a convenient plug-and-play setup. The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet is decidedly the most popular for enterprise deployments of this sort. Many of the problems you’d associate with using a tablet in the stead of a PC, are non-existent here. Where widespread adoption of tablets in the office is concerned, this is essentially another hurdle crossed.

Windows 8 Office Tablets

       Windows 8 Tablet Deployment

And to make up for the taxing Windows 8 requirements we’ve had to deal with in the past, the new tablets bring in a comprehensive set of productivity tools. This is a step over what the BYOD wave brought in, and sets better manageability in front of providers as well as clients. The latter have many Intel-based Windows tablets to choose from, including the smaller devices which come with Windows with Bing installed. Alternately, there’s the Windows 8.1 Pro if you’re looking for something with more robust security features.

Windows 8 office tablets are finally rising up in the market, but this might only be until Windows 10 is out. The upcoming OS is rumored to support a wide variety of devices, which means it will definitely bring in competition when it arrives.

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Changing Background In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

It is true that the Windows 8 operating system is not much popular among the users. The case of Windows 8.1 is not much different. The users can avoid the Metro user interface of the OS but many of the users find using the OS very difficult. Even changing the background of the Start screen in the Windows 8 operating system is a complicated task. The Windows 8.1 update was released to resolve the complaints of the users about the confusing interface and the missing Start button in the Windows 8 operating system. The latest Windows OS that is to be released is Windows 10 and it is hoped that Microsoft will come up with more features and rectifications to attract more customers to Windows 10.  Changing Background In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1  •If you need to change the background in Windows 8, you will need to go to the Start Screen. If you are in the classic desktop user interface, you can just press the Windows key. You will be taken straight to the Start screen. •	You will then need to type in Change Start into the search box. You will need to select Change the background and colors on Start. This will be the first in the list of search results. •	Click on the Personalize menu that will be shown in the Metro user interface. There will be numerous images here that you can set as the background of Start screen. After selecting your image, you can customize the image by changing the Accent color and Background color settings. These are the easiest steps to change the background image in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. As you can see, changing the background image involves many steps and can be confusing if you do not follow the steps correctly. Many of the users also complain that even shutting down the Windows 8 computer is a complicated task. We can hope that Microsoft will come up with a solution to all these issues in the latest Windows OS.  There are some leaked screenshots and images of the Windows 10 operating system doing the rounds over the Internet and as per the latest reports, it is slowly gaining the attention of users and may be the most popular OS ever released. If you wish to know more on the Windows 10 OS and its installation guidelines, you can contact our help and support team.

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It is true that the Windows 8 operating system is not much popular among the users. The case of Windows 8.1 is not much different. The users can avoid the Metro user interface of the OS but many of the users find using the OS very difficult. Even changing the background of the Start screen in the Windows 8 operating system is a complicated task. The Windows 8.1 update was released to resolve the complaints of the users about the confusing interface and the missing Start button in the Windows 8 operating system. The latest Windows OS that is to be released is Windows 10 and it is hoped that Microsoft will come up with more features and rectifications to attract more customers to Windows 10.

Changing Background In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  • If you need to change the background in Windows 8, you will need to go to the Start Screen. If you are in the classic desktop user interface, you can just press the Windows key. You will be taken straight to the Start screen.
  • You will then need to type in Change Start into the search box. You will need to select Change the background and colors on Start. This will be the first in the list of search results.
  • Click on the Personalize menu that will be shown in the Metro user interface. There will be numerous images here that you can set as the background of Start screen. After selecting your image, you can customize the image by changing the Accent color and Background color settings.

    Windows 10 OS

              Windows 10 Operating System

These are the easiest steps to change the background image in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. As you can see, changing the background image involves many steps and can be confusing if you do not follow the steps correctly. Many of the users also complain that even shutting down the Windows 8 computer is a complicated task. We can hope that Microsoft will come up with a solution to all these issues in the latest Windows OS.

There are some leaked screenshots and images of the Windows 10 operating system doing the rounds over the Internet and as per the latest reports, it is slowly gaining the attention of users and may be the most popular OS ever released. If you wish to know more on the Windows 10 OS and its installation guidelines, you can contact our help and support team.

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Windows 8 User Share Finally Increases

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           Windows 8 Support

As per the recent market reports, the number of users who have upgraded to Windows 8 have improved considerably in the last couple of months. The user share of the touch-centric versions i.e. Windows 8 and 8.1 is around 16.8 %. The fact that these versions have been able to satisfy the users who relied on Windows XP is definitely a new Windows 8 milestone.

Even after the end of support for Windows XP from Microsoft, a large number of users had preferred sticking on to the old operating system. Those who had actually relented, favored Windows 7 instead of the touch-centric versions. However, now that the software giant has announced the end of mainstream support even for Windows 7, it has become a must for users to move to the latest OS versions and that’s what is exactly happening as well.

According to the Windows market reports, the latest OS version has reached a new Windows 8 milestone i.e. beating Windows Vista in the user share. Windows 8 runs on almost 18.4 percent of computers that run on Windows OS and this definitely is pleasing news for the software giant. After Windows 8 was launched, the company had to bear the brunt of criticism from almost every part of the world for creating an OS version that looked more complicated than advanced. One of the main reasons for the unanimous failure of Windows 8 was that the operating system didn’t comprise of basic options like the Start Menu, the fact that didn’t go well with most of the users.

Windows 8 User Share

               Windows 8 Issues

Since Microsoft has already ended providing support for Windows XP, and Windows 7 to soon join the line, it has become more or less a necessity for users to get acclimatized to the touch-centric versions. The fact that Windows runs on almost ninety percent of the total personal computers in the world accentuates it more. Also, the software giant is all set to release Windows 10 by next year. Slated for a mid-2015 launch, the operating system looks all set to dominate the tech world with its impressive features and options. Hence, to ensure the massive success of Windows 10, Microsoft would want all its users to adopt Windows 8 and 8.1 and get used to the features.

The recent increase in the Windows 8 user share is definitely an achievement for Microsoft, as the company had been coming up with several strategies in the last two years to propel the dismal sales of the operating system.

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