Tips for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

The most popular or widely used Windows versions are Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows 7 with codename Vienna or Blackcomb is part of the Windows NT family and was released back in July 22, 2009. This version was created to address the critical reception of its predecessor which is the Windows Vista. Windows 7 has received significant positive remarks due to its increased performance, intuitive interface and many other noted improvements. In fact, some critics have strongly pointed out that Windows 7 is the best Windows version ever. One of the best things about this version is that users now have plenty of options to actually increase their productivity while working on their computer.

Here are the top 10 tricks and tips for Windows 7:

1. Make use of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts such as pressing Ctrl + Shift + N to create a new folder.

2. Make the most out of Jump Lists so you can easily access any folder or windows that you usually use.

3. Use hidden international themes or wallpapers by following these steps:

Type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT in the search box at the Start Menu and then press Enter. Windows 7 will then show you a list of sub-folders for each country. Search for your preferred theme or background.

4. Windows 7 allows users to make use of multiple monitors for whatever purpose it may serve.

5. Users can now obtain a power efficiency report wherein the operating system can take a look at your laptop’s energy use. To do this, simply run a command prompt by typing cmd in the search box. Once the icon appears, right click and then select “Run as administrator.” Inside the command box, type powercfg -energy-output\Folder\Energy_Report.HTML.

6. Windows 7 has an amazing taskbar with a variety of features that can help anyone maximize their workload.

7. Use check boxes for better productivity. This means that you can now enable check boxes for folders and files in bulk.

8. Users can now customize the notification area or the system tray so they can only see the icons that they regularly use.

9. Use the shake feature. This feature will help users get rid of all the clutter in a single step.

10. Aero Snap is one of Windows 7 features wherein users can maximize a window by dragging the icon to the side of the screen.

Next on the list is Windows 8.1 with codename Blue which is an upgrade for the Windows 8 version. Most people say that Windows 8.1 is the better version of the Windows 8 with several important tweaks.

Here are a few tips and tricks for Windows 8.1:

1. The ever reliable Start button is back on Windows 8.1 wherein users can view the options.

2. Users can now personalize the home screen tiles and regroup similar tiles.

3. Windows 8.1 now has an option to let users go straight to the desktop instead of dealing with the start screen tiles.

4. Windows 8.1 allows users to conveniently organize their apps in different manners such as classifying them by the installation date or for other reason.

5. Make use of the app bars.

6. Windows 8.1 users now have the option to make the Start button more useful.

7. Apps that are no longer in use can now be stopped from running in the background.

8. Users can now easily change the display settings such as orientation and resolution.

9. Windows 8.1 allows users to view multiple apps all at the same time.

10. With Windows 8.1, users have the option to save any online article so they can read it even when they are offline.

Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest and most talked about Windows version which was first released for consumers on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 is currently being offered for free where many existing users are making the upgrade.

Here are a few tips and tricks which can make your Windows 10 experience better:

1. Start with the GodMode wherein users can get an advanced control panel. Just create a new folder anyplace and then rename it as GodMode.

2. Customize the Start menu to make the computer work for you.

3. Users now have the option to schedule Windows updates to avoid all the pesky reminders or automatic updates.

4. If you have a touchscreen device, then you can easily switch to tablet mode with this Windows version.

5. Windows 10 allows users to create virtual desktops which are great if you are using numerous apps.

6. Windows 10 can save your battery life if you are using a laptop.

7. Say hello to Windows 10’s biometric security feature where users can unlock their PC with their fingerprint.

8. This Windows versions has added a controversial feature which allows users to limit their Wi-Fi to others.

9. Users can now print to PDF without using another utility.

10. Lastly, Windows 10 offers users the chance to undo their upgrade within a month of installation.

Thinking Of Upgrading Your Computer System To Microsoft Windows 8.1

In 2012 Microsoft launched Windows 8. In some respects, the idea behind the new platform was to bridge the gap between Windows on PC’s / laptops and the new touchscreen devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

Sadly, Windows 8 was not the success Microsoft had hoped for, with many users complaining about the huge departure away from familiar layouts. This resulted in confusion and frustration about what can essentially be called an unfinished platform.

Moving on a year, Microsoft has launched version Windows 8.1. With the majority of existing Microsoft users deciding to reject the initial Windows 8 upgrade, is this the right time for them to consider 8.1? Also, what about existing Windows 8 users? Should they upgrade too?

Virtually all PC’s and laptops are now sold with either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system. Therefore, when investing in new hardware in the future, there is no escape and you will be forced to accept the latest platform over your preferred option.

Additionally, Microsoft have announced that they will cease supporting Windows 7 from January 2015, and therefore it’s inevitable that you will need to adopt this latest offering even if it’s later rather than sooner. However, for now we recommend that current users of Windows 7 or earlier talk to us first – but usually we advise you to continue using your existing system.

Should a Windows 8 user upgrade to Windows 8.1?

When Windows 8 launched in 2012, many of the touchscreen devices it was designed for were simply not available for purchase. Those that were available were considered too expensive against the price of the competition.

Moving on a year and there is now more choice for touchscreen laptops, tablets and all in one devices at considerably better pricing. The relative failure of Windows 8 meant that developers were hesitant to create apps for these devices although there is now a feeling Microsoft are getting it right and apps are being launched at a faster rate. That said, the competition with Android and Apple is so firmly established there is a feeling of too little too late. But, the one advantage for Microsoft is the integration with a Windows platform, which the competition is unable to offer. So, for users looking for a device that offers more, combining business and leisure capability, this could be Microsoft’s single competitive advantage.

For Windows 8 users the decision to upgrade to Windows 8.1 should be relatively easy given the many advantages listed below. This upgrade is FREE which will be welcome news and is available at Windows Store.

What are the advantages of Microsoft Windows 8.1?

1. Customisable

Windows 8.1 introduces Snap functionality to the Start Screen, which allows you to re-size different applications screens independently of one another, allowing the user to run multiple apps on the same screen. Live tiles can also be re-sized with 3 different sizes, Small, Regular and Large. The desktop background can also be matched to the start screen for a unified look.

In Windows 8, users were restricted to two apps open simultaneously on screen. This has doubled to four and each can be sized independently depending on which app you are working on at the time.

2. Automatic App Updates

All applications installed from the Windows Store will automatically update in the background while you are using your PC rather than ask you to update every app individually. This is a nice time saver and an admin function you never have to worry about.

3. It consumes less disk space

Windows 8.1 has offers some new functionality & features, however Microsoft says that’s it uses between 8-15% less space on your hard drive.

4. Smart Search

Search Charm on Windows 8 was pretty good, but the new search facility on Windows 8.1, called Smart Search is in a different league. It’s incredibly versatile searching all aspects of the device including apps to produce more comprehensive results. When searching on a topic such as a specific famous person, Windows 8.1 will produce what Microsoft have called a “Search Hero” which displays relevant information, such as Date of Birth, Death, photographs, discography etc.

This new search facility alone is worth updating for.

5. Greater External Display Support

Windows 8.1 Allows greater options, especially when running a tablet on external displays, it also supports DPI scaling, which essential allows you to set different scaling text and icon settings per monitor, especially useful with high resolution displays.

6. Live Lock Screen

Windows 8.1 brings the option to allow calendar appointments, email notifications etc all from the lock screen, before you login. You can also set the lock screen to display a slide show of your own pictures

7. Desktop

Windows 8.1 allows the user to boot straight to the desktop, instead of the Start screen. One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 was the removal of the Start button. It’s a welcome return to a familiar friend, although the start menu in windows 8.1 is not like previous versions, it’s a cut down version of the old start menu.

In Windows 8.1 the Start screen gets a major redesign to make it easier to customize, with a wider range of tile sizes to accommodate more items on the Start screen. And of course there’s a check box that lets you bypass the Start screen and go straight to the desktop.

In summary there are new features in just about every corner of this platform that are superior to Windows 8. Windows have also added an online tutorial which was sadly missing before and could have prevented some of the frustration. Whilst we wouldn’t say Windows 8.1 is now the finished item, it’s clearly head and shoulders better than its predecessor.

With any new system, there are invariably downsides which the manufacturer doesn’t wish to tell you…

1. No Option To Un-Install

There is no way to un-install windows 8.1 or revert to a system restore point prior to the update. This means that once you press the button, there is simply no turning back. You have to work with what you’ve got whether you like it or not. Overall, this shouldn’t be an issue for Windows 8 users and is not as relevant if you are considering upgrading from Windows 7 or earlier because if you have Windows 7 you will have recovery partition or media, so will be able to revert back quiet easily.

2. Software Reinstallation

Very often Windows 8.1 requires users to re-install software that was working fine, before the upgrade. As with any upgrade, it is advisable to ensure you have completed a full system back up and that you ensure you have installation media, user identification, licence keys and passwords for all of your other software.

As a precaution, it is worth checking whether your other software is updated to be compatible with Windows 8.1. Some software may not be compatible and therefore cease to function. It is so important you check this out before running an upgrade of this magnitude.

3.Drivers Issues

Many users have also reported that they need to re-install drivers for many devices, so external devices, peripherals; external monitors etc may stop working completely after this update. For any upgrade, there will always be one or two potential issues with drivers so this isn’t something new.

4. Start Menu

Windows 8.1 restores the Start Menu, however this is not the Start menu that users have become accustomed to over the last 13 or so years. The menu has limited functionality, with its primary function being to take the user back to the start screen.

5. Mouse Issue

Some computer mice stop working correctly, or start to act sporadically under windows 8.1, especially for Gamers, although Microsoft are currently working on a fix. Windows 8 or 8.1 is not the best for working with a keyboard and mouse – it is ideally suited to touch screen devices.

6. No Direct Download

Unlike other previous service packs on Windows 7 and XP, you cannot manually download and install the service pack, the installation must be carried out from the Microsoft Apps Store.

Summary

Whenever you are considering updating your system you should ideally talk to your IT support company and allow them to run checks on your systems first and point out the potential issues you may have. Some will be known, but there’s always the chance of a ghost in the closet due to the vast range of software that is available and used for business purposes with the age old chestnut of current compatibility.

Additionally, before any update, a full system back-up is advisable to protect you from a potential failure.

Our final words…

  • If you’re an existing Windows 8 user, the update is free and largely seamless, and adds some useful new tweaks and features. You should upgrade as soon as possible but follow our advice so that we can do our best to protect you.
  • If you’re a Windows 7 user consider keeping with it until it’s absolutely necessary to invest in a new PC; those touch-optimized Windows 8 and 8.1 elements won’t do much for you anyway, and Windows 7 still works well with most applications

How to Find the Best Windows Phone 7 Apps

Windows Phone 7 marketplace is Microsoft’s virtual store to download apps, games, music, TV shows, movies, podcasts-in other words, everything that makes your Windows Phone 7 more fun and useful. In this article, you’ll learn how to find and buy great Windows Phone 7 apps and entertainment in Marketplace. I’ll also cover the Games hub. With its strong Xbox pedigree, Windows Phone 7 is quickly shaping up to be a killer gaming machine.

You’ll find Marketplace on both your phone and PC. Think of the PC version as the flagship store: It has everything Microsoft has to offer. The Marketplace hub on your phone is a branch outlet. It deals only in apps, games, and music. But the hub has the advantage of convenience, since you can shop directly on your phone. By the way, not everything in Marketplace costs money. Many apps and games are free. Some paid apps in Marketplace also let you try them before you buy them.

Speaking of games, Windows Phone is the first mobile device to fully weave in Xbox LIVE, Microsoft’s hugely popular online gaming service, with more than 20 million subscribers. If you’re one of them, you’ll have access to your avatar, gamerscore, and other familiar Xbox goodies right on your phone. So let the fun begin!

Touring the Marketplace Hub

The Marketplace hub is one of the default tiles on your Start screen. The hub is divided into several areas, including a list of featured apps and a main menu. On the menu you can pick from Apps, Games, Music, or any custom category added by your cell-phone carrier. This screen also shows the status of items you’re downloading and whether any software updates are available for apps already on your phone. Apps-short for applications-are the add-on software programs that give smartphones their smarts. Because Windows Phone 7 is the new kid on the block, only time will tell how many you’ll find for it in Marketplace. But early signs look promising. Marketplace is expected to have 16 categories of apps, including books, business, entertainment, finance, games, health and fitness, lifestyle, music and video, navigation, news and weather, photos, productivity, social, sports, tools, and travel.

Technology History

Computers:

First Computer Invented:

Most people when they think of first computer invented they think Bill Gates. This, however, is not true, for the computer was invented long before Bill Gates was around. Bill Gates only revolutionized the computer, buy creating a more compact and useful form of the computer and making it available to everyone with a job.

There are many people out there who would say that the first “computer” was the abacus, invented in Asia about 5000 years ago. I however, wouldn’t.

The first of the “modern” computers was invented during World War II, in 1941 by a German engineer named Konrad Zuse. Its name was the Z3 and it was used to help design German airplanes and missile’s. Then in 1943, the Allied forces developed a computer called Colossus. It helped decode German messages.

The Mark I, designed by Howard H. Aiken, an engineer working with Harvard and IBM. The Mark I was positively huge, taking up half of a football field. It was useful though and it helped to create ballistic charts for the US Navy during the war.

Shortly after this, came the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), developed by John Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly, working with the government and the University of Pennsylvania. ENIAC was about 1000 times faster than The Mark I but no smarter.

The Use of transistors, ment computers that could store memory and even run programs. Soon after computer languages were invented so that people could change the programs run by the computer. Finally computer research brought us smaller, more useful computers, and eventually the kinds of computers that we have today.

First Laptops Invented:

Although it is a little hard to determine what the first portable or laptop computer was, and when it was invented, we can however say that there is more than one claim to laptop fame. There was even signs of laptops dating back as early as 1979. Designed by a Briton, William Moggridge, for use by NASA in early 1980’s. IT was one fifth the weight of any model equivalent in performance and was a 340K byte bubble memory lap-top computer with die-cast magnesium case and folding electroluminescent graphics display screen.

Since then notebook PC’s released in 1981 lay clam to being the first. It was the Epson HX-20, a battery powered portable computer, with a 20-character by 4 line LCD display and a built-in printer that started the new widespread desire for these laptop computers.

In January of 1982, Microsoft’s Kazuhiko Nishi and Bill Gates begin discussions on designing a portable computer, based on using a new liquid crystal display or LCD screen. LCD technology in 1982? Yeah that’s right! Believe it or not we had the technology to make the LCD tvs and monitors that you’ve seen only recently over 22 years ago. But that’s another story in itself.

First PDAs Invented:

First of all PDA stands for personal digital assistants in case you didn’t already know. In 1993, Apple Computer Inc. released the very first PDA(personal digital assistants) “The Newton®”. For the next three years, PDA sales dwindled, and were almost off the charts. Then, in March 1996, Palm(TM), Inc. delivered the industry’s first truly compelling handheld computer, the PalmPilot. Today there are to many PDA companies and products to even bother mentioning.

Some Things You Can Do On A PDA:

Get a Wireless Connection

Surf the Web

Play Music and Video Files

Watch movies Using PocketTV

Play a Game

Use Your Pocket PC as a backup device

Update Office Documents

Download and read E-books

Listen to Audio Books

Connect to Windows servers using Terminal Services

Use Messenger Tools

Change the theme of your Pocket PC

Project the Pocket PC screen onto your desktop

Study

Do Your Taxes

Some PDA Software:

Medical/Drug Resources PDA Software

Medical Calculators PDA Software

Learning Tools PDA Software

Patient Tracking PDA Software

Document Readers PDA Software

Medical Equipment PDA Software

Databases PDA Software

Printing PDA Software

News and Information PDA Services

Street Finders and Maps PDA Software

Bible Study PDA Software

Voice Command PDA Software

Language Translator PDA Software

Tax PDA Software

Home Entertainment Technology:

Home Entertainment really is just a collaboration of all our entertainment technologies into a package that surely will not disappoint us. Home entertainment systems have many different parts that together give us the feeling of being at the movies.

Plasma TV

LCD Panel TV

DLP Rear Projection TV

Video Projectors

Surround Sound Audio Systems

Speakers

DVD / CD / VCR Players

Accessories and Furniture

Satellite Television

Media Center HTPCs

First Television Invented:

The first signs of a tele date back to the 1862 when Abbe Giovanna Caselli invents his “pantelegraph” and becomes the first person to transmit a still image over wires. In 1900, at the World’s Fair in Paris, the 1st International Congress of Electricity was held, where Russian, Constantin Perskyi made the first known use of the word “television.” In 1930 Charles Jenkins broadcasts the first TV commercial. The BBC begins regular TV transmissions.

Then throughout the years the inventions came one after another. In 1950 the FCC approves the first color television standard which is replaced by a second in 1953. Vladimir Zworykin developed a better camera tube – the Vidicon. In 1956 Robert Adler invents the first practical remote control. In 1973 giant screen projection TVs are first marketed. Followed by Sonys release of the first home video cassette recorder in 1976.By time 1996 came around there was a billion TV sets world-wide.

First DVD/Player Invented:

We can only assume the transition over from cd’s and cd players over to dvds and dvd players wasn’t that hard. The technology was already there for them. So the dvd player was surely invented before or right after the dvd was invented. DVDs are the work of many companies and many people. The DVD evolved from CD and related technologies. Companies such as Sony, Philips, Toshiba, Matsushita, Time Warner, and others announced the new “high density” dvd in September of 1995.

Features in Windows Vista

Windows Vista, scheduled for release on January 30th, 2007 has something for everyone, from tight security and stunning new graphics to some new bundled applications. In fact, there is much that this new operating system has to offer, that it will be a real test for the hardware configuration of your PC. With its sleek new look and eye-catching interface, actually it’s what’s under the hood that impresses the most. Microsoft’s done a great job of improving security across the board as this was their priority when they were developing Vista in the first place. Features like Windows and spyware library updates are streamlined, and I definitely appreciate the more robust Backup software.

Internet Explorer is the new web browser that comes with Windows Vista, but as we all know you can download it for XP as well, so this article won’t focus on it. Windows Media Player 11 can also be installed to the XP system. A really intriguing stuff is the Windows Sidebar, which puts real-time weather info, stock quotes, system status, RSS feeds, and other information on the display.

This article puts the focus on the top new features in Window Vista, things that can’t find in the XP. Apart from this article, another really great site about Windows Vista full of information about the new features is vista-hq.com.

1. New User Experience, including Windows Aero

Windows Vista features four different levels of user experience–Basic, Windows Classic, Standard, and Windows Aero(TM). All controls are totally redesigned in Windows Vista and look even better now. The Aero user interface is the top of the line and takes advantage of the latest advances in computer hardware. On computers equipped with graphics hardware that supports the new Windows Driver Display Model (WDDM), the Aero provides more stability and smoother window handling. The main element of this interface is the transparent glass design, with subtle effects such as dynamic reflections and smooth animations. To checkout some screenshots, go to vista-hq.com/interface.html.

2. Windows Sidebar

The Windows Sidebar can be positioned on the right or on the left side of your screen and its associated with mini-applications called gadgets, that provide specific information. Like for example, the gadgets can give you info on the weather, show you the calendar, games, a calculator or all types of other tools. The Sidebar fits perfectly especially on widescreen monitors. It can be easily customized and you can add different types of gadgets. Gadgets are a new concept introduced in Windows Vista. They can connect to web services to deliver business data, weather information, news updates, traffic maps, Internet radio streams, and even slide shows of online photo albums. By default, the OS comes with a set number of gadgets to get you started, but you can always download more from an online gadget gallery.

3. The Instant Desktop Search

The Instant Search is a new feature that will help you find whatever you’re looking for. It is available almost everywhere in Windows Vista, in the Explorer Dialogs, in the Start Menu, pretty much in every system window. Using it, you can type a filename, a property, or even text contained within a file, and it returns pinpointed results. Besides that, the Instant Search also arranges the results depending on your current activity, whether it’s searching for music files in Media Player, or looking over all your files and applications on the Start Menu. You can check out some screenshots of that at vista-hq.com/interface.html.

On the Start Menu, the Instant Search box is located at the lower left corner, and instead of going through all the programs installed in order to find the one you are looking for, you can just type its name in the box and as you type, Windows Vista instantly searches file and application names, metadata, and the full text of all files, and it displays the search results. It searches through everything – Applications; Favorites/Internet History; Files, including documents and media; and Communications, including email, events, tasks, and contacts.

4. Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a features that protects your computer from pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware. It works by monitoring key system locations for changes that signal the presence of spyware. The autoupdate option will make sure that the Defender has all the latest spyware definitions from Microsoft. The interface is simple and easy to use, making daily tasks like as scanning, blocking, and removing unwanted software easier than ever. It has a built in Software Explorer that determines which software and services are running on your computer and stops or disables “rogue” software.

It works in co-operation with Internet Explorer with the “Scan on execute” feature. This feature provides an added layer of protection, by scanning all downloaded files before they are saved and executed, thus reducing the chance that spyware might be installed by accident. If you want to learn something more about the Windows Defender visit vista-hq.com/security.html.

5. Performance Center

The Performance Center is a brand new tool that gives information on the PC’s performance characteristics and can manage and troubleshoot performance issues. The very interesting thing here is the WinSPR, or Windows System Performance Rating. This rating is from 1 to 5, and depending on your rating, you can determine if a given application can run on your machine. For example, if you have some of the latest hardware, your rating can reach 4.2 and it that case, any software with 4.2 or lower WinSPR will run smoothly on your computer. To find out more about it, go to vista-hq.com/performance.html.

6. Backup and Restore

This new functionality makes it possible for you to keep your information safe from user error, hardware failure, and other issues that can result in data loss. There are several layers of protection to ensure maximum effectiveness. From the Backup and Restore control panel, you can enable the auto feature which automatically caches previous versions of your files to an image-based backup of your entire computer. Later, you can browse and search for files to restore from a backup.

Another great new feature allows you to access previous versions of files without even having a backup. This is possible through the Volume Shadow Copy technology. If you want to do that manually, then you will have to use the File Back Wizard in which you select the types of files you want to backup, specify a storage folder and start the process at any point you want. There is also an automatic scheduling function.

The system restore feature can reverse system changes, but still preserving your data in its current state.

7. Network Map

The Network Map is a new feature inside the Network Center that displays graphically your connectivity to the network and to the Internet. If a computer on the network loses Internet connectivity, you can graphically see which connection is down and then use Network Diagnostics to help determine the cause of the problem and find possible solutions.

This is especially useful if you have a network of wired and wireless PCs and devices. With the Network Map you can increase the performance of the network and easily spot problems.

8. Windows ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is a brand new technology that comes with Windows Vista. It’s a whole new concept that will change they way people add memory to a system. With ReadyBoost, you can use USD flash as RAM to extend system memory and improve performance. So instead of buying RAM and opening your computer, you can just plug the Flash. Plus, most motherboards have just two RAM slots, which will be taken anyway.

Utilizing this technology is simple. Just plug the Flash in the USB slot and Windows Vista will check to determine if its performance is fast enough to work with Windows ReadyBoost. If that’s the case, then you’ll be asked if you want to use this device to speed up system performance. ReadyBoost is reliable as well as secure. You won’t loose any data, and the system will restore to its original level of performance when the Flash is removed. There is no wearing on the USB drive, because of the specifically optimized algorithms used.

9. Windows ReadyDrive

Windows ReadyDrive takes advantage of the latest hybrid hard drives to provide faster boot-up, hibernate, and resume. It works by writing data to the flash memory on the hybrid hard disk, which lessens the amount of spinning for the mechanical hard drive, thus saving battery power. And also increases the life of your hard drive. With a hybrid drive, Windows Vista can resume more quickly from Sleep because data can be restored from flash memory faster than from the spinning mechanical hard drive.

10. Windows Media Center

For a large number of users, the PC has become mostly a source of entertainment, that you can enjoy by sitting back with a remote control in hand. That’s not something strange considering the enormous amount of media files that you can download online. The Windows Media Center enables you to enjoy live and recorded TV, music, photos, videos, and online entertainment on a single device. It can also be connected to Xbox 360 allowing you to transfer this experience in other rooms of your home.

It’s integrated in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and also offers built-in support for archiving TV shows to DVD. It takes advantage of the very latest technologies including a support for widescreen and high-definition (HD) displays. There are three separate sections – music, digital photos, TV and movies. In the Music section, you can quickly browse your music by artist, song, or album title, as well as by genre, composer, or year. Regarding the photos, Windows Media Center can turn your simple photo collection into a cinematic slide show that can be shared on the television in the living room. On top of that, WMC provides seamless experience when watching your favorite television shows and movies.

Future of Mobile Operating Systems

Rapid advancements in electronics and telecommunications technology brought about a revolution in the way people communicate. The computer, which used to be bulky and immobile, is now ubiquitously incorporated into a smartphone via mobile operating systems like the Windows Phone. Intelligent mobile computing is the current trend of mobile devices more than the basic telecommunication capabilities. Now, the consumer market get to enjoy the advanced features of this premier mobile operating system, unlike before in which the older Windows Mobile platform was aimed primarily for the enterprise market.

The Windows Phone, which was previously known as the Windows Phone 7 Series, was launched in the fourth quarter of 2010. Microsoft’s latest and most advanced system features a user-friendly user interface by making use of Metro, the design language also used for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This overarching scheme allows end-users to transition smoothly between Windows fully functional and mobile operating systems by providing consistent style and format.

As part of Microsoft Corporation’s aim for semi-open development, the Windows Phone mobile operating system integrates third-party services created by independent developers. Several Microsoft services are, of course, pre-installed in the product. Service updates can also be downloaded direct from their website. Third party services installed with this platform are even allowed to control the hardware components of the mobile device enabling a great number of possibilities and innovations.

Smartphone manufacturers like Dell, LG, and Samsung designed mobile devices that would unlock the full potential of the Windows Phone. Enhanced touch technology designed into the system allows for an overall great interface experience. In the first quarter of 2011, Nokia partners with Microsoft to manufacture mobile devices that would primarily use this system. Months later, the mobile operating system expands with more OEM partners like Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE. This wide expansion of this system across different hardware developers ensures end-users crossover compatibility with various mobile devices from these leading manufacturers.

Windows Phone houses all the basic features to create the most comprehensive mobile devices. Aside from the innovative Metro design language, the mobile operating system has advanced text input scheme and multimedia messaging. The dominating Internet Explorer browser is also incorporated as the Internet Explorer Mobile version. Reviews on mobile devices based on this platform are mostly positive. Tips and guides are published by enthusiasts to offer support for the expanding community. This platform has been doing pretty good since its launch and received a number of awards ever since.

Features in Windows 8 Phone

gj3Windows Phone 8 is much talked about in the technology news. Technology enthusiasts are always on a look out for the latest and so talking about the features of Windows 8 is something to look forward to. When it comes to Windows 8 enabled phone the most important thing to notice is that it is powered by many new features. The features provided in this phone are better than that of its predecessor as this system is based on NT; it also has a new Kernel. Let us find out more about it and the eight new features of this new phone.

• Startup screen
• Data usage alerts
• News & Movies Updates
• Maps available offline
• Me Tile Functionality
• Local Deals by Bing
• E-Wallet
• Card Data Swapping feature

Now let us explore each of the above given eight features one by one that makes this phone fascinating

Startup screen

The startup screen as provided in the new version of Windows is something that comes with an added advantage to a user. The screen is facilitated with a feature of resizing of icons or tiles. This way a user can add as many tiles as desired. Now it will be relatively easier to add more tiles on home screen as you can make way for new tiles by resizing them. This way you can quickly access apps added on start up screen without getting it cluttered or without space constraint.

Data usage alert

Often a user has to manually track the data usage while surfing online. Checking data via AT &T app is tiring but with this new Windows 8 user need not track data manually. The functionality of data tracking is automatic with this new version of Windows. Additionally, the added functionality of data alert also resizes and reduces the page size that is downloaded on the phone. This means quicker download and less data usage.

News & Movies Updates

People who are interested in catching up on latest news need not search for other options as the latest news updates will be provided by Bing. If you are keen on knowing about latest movie releases then you need not launch any third party app as Bing is here to provide you all the info you require. Latest news headlines and movie reviews, releases all are possible via Bing that comes pre-loaded with Windows8.

Maps available offline

Map facility is often available online to the consumers but here this facility is provided offline. You can utilize the Maps functionality without having to go online. This will help you save data usage and even battery life. Just go to the pre-loaded Maps and start searching for the desired location.

Me Tile Functionality

The new Windows Phone is most likely to have the functionality of Me tile. However, this functionality is available for users but whether or not this functionality is available for developers is still not clear. It can be utilized for customizing the screen lock to receive notifications and alerts on unread messages.

Local Deals by Bing

Traveling in a new city and looking for best deals without any guide is difficult if not impossible. However, Bing resolves this dilemma. You just need to look up for the latest deals available in your current location and you get the details of the deals.

E-Wallet

Probably the most convenient option made available to a user is that of E-wallet. This feature will be available to users in the latest version of Windows8 phone. This will facilitate the user in shopping without carrying cash or card. The best functionality of this e-wallet is that it is supportive of local deals by Bing.

Card Data Swapping Feature

The feature of card data swapping is available in Windows 8 enabled phone. This feature will enable in data swapping between devices. A user can user can easily swap contents of SD card and transfer photographs, files and music on to the PC.

All the above given eight features and functionalities are added to Windows 8 phone. These are easy to use. Technology geeks and average users will find these features fascinating alike. In conclusion, this phone comes up to user expectations in terms of technology and ease of usability.

Energy Efficient Window Film Vs New Windows

First you need to find out if you really need new windows.

Here are some questions for you, answer as if the cost wasn’t an issue:

  • In Winter time frost or ice forms on the inside of your windows panes?
  • You never get to hear your fridge motor, even at nights?
  • You live on a busy street and cars and noises bother you all the time?
  • In cold weather your windows let the cold air in, you can see your draperies moving and feel cold air sometimes?
  • Your windows are difficult to operate, elders and children may be at risk in case of emergency? (Are your windows too heavy?)
  • Are your frames rotten, or you have dry rots around the outside of your windows?
  • Are your windows are aesthetically unappealing?
  • Can you see light through your window frames?
  • Are you just looking to save money on your energy bill?
  • You got aluminum framed windows and these are damaged, faded to rusted brown, yellowish, or so.?
  • Do you see broken seals around your window frames, the grids are fallen, or have another major issue?
  • You are building an addition or remodeling a room?
  • You got a room that is too dark, has a nice area for a better window and/or needs natural light?
  • Paint is falling off the outer / inner adjacent area to your window?
  • Does your double pane windows, accumulate water, moist, mold, vapor, fog, etc?
  • Does someone in home uses Oxygen for medical proposes?
  • Can you hear your windows shaking when slamming a door?

Here is the best advise: Get a Professional offering you a free estimate for your new windows, and decide if they are or not for you. Decide if you are going to be buying new windows and when…Please do not let them over price this for you. A Better Quality Window, with life time warranty and the best looking on Vinyl frames retrofit or replacement windows shouldn’t take you to bankruptcy… Here we have analyzed several of the best brands…Ask me. (Can’t publish for obvious reasons) But please do not fall for the cheap ones, nor the one price fits all…you could regret it sooner or later.

Energy efficient window film

Think on energy efficient window film in situations where you have older, or low-efficiency, but still airtight windows and if you need to increase their energy efficiency without spending a lot of money on new windows. These films cut on radiant heat passing through your windows and also reduce UV radiation entering the home and a little bit the amount of visible spectrum light as well. Help avoid color fading and so much advantages mentioned in this site.

Energy efficient window film is very easy and fast to install: You wouldn’t need a highly trained contractor, so you save money on the installation as well. (Find the link with instructions at the bottom of this article)

Of course, energy efficient window film doesn’t block out all infrared radiation, but it does get most of it: rejecting 99% of the UV radiation reducing fading and the risk of skin cancer.. And it provides close to the same level of energy efficiency as buying new windows with low-E coatings, assuming you are not in the situations listed above.

Energy efficient window film, can block up to 38% of the heat loss that normally escapes through your windows in winter, and up to 70% of the solar energy that normally enters through the windows in summer.

In addition to the energy saving benefits, solar window film can increase thermal comfort and reduce glare.

If you came finding technical information, here are some amazing numbers about the efficiency offered by some of the best of these films:

  • Total Solar Energy Rejected more than 70%
  • UV Light Rejected Almost 100%
  • Glare Reduction more than 80%
  • Visible Light Reflected Exterior more than 40%
  • Solar Heat Reduction almost 70%

Energy efficient Double Pane windows (Replacement vinyl framed windows)

Obviously there is no comparison on the performance of these extremely high technology products. And is not due to the dual glass panes compared against the single pane windows, And not only the multilayered films that come in both of the panes of these windows, but in top of that now they come with Argon gas filling between the glass panes, (Argon is a harmless gas, very dense and bad conductor of heat, always present on the air we breath all the time; so is not scary.)

The sophisticated and technologically advanced material used in the construction of the frames of these windows, together with the very unique design of the vinyl frame profiles, the quality of the new technology applied to gaskets and seals, spacers, etc. There is no match on the efficiency obtained. These new windows may save up to 40% of your utility bill under certain conditions.

You will need a responsible and reputable professional advise to learn about your possible savings. It all depends on where you live and how do you live. He will know with a few questions if new windows will reach this goal.

Windows Movie Maker

If you have a passion for being a film maker to showcase your artistic talent, you can easily choose online movie making programs. Using an advanced Microsoft Windows XP, you can create an excellent movie which can be shared through internet portals. Your family members, friends and other relatives can watch online movies which have been made by you using sophisticated technology. It has now become very easy to shoot the movies just staying at home. Movie Maker is a sophisticated software tool to edit the video online. This software device is backed by Windows XP system. You can even store online movies in CDs and DVDs. If you have Video Media Player, you can easily watch the movie through your laptop or digital notebook.

In this connection, you can even watch online podcasts and You Tubes for observing demos. It will give you a short brush up training program to learn fast how to make a movie online. In the past, a family album helped a man to hold on to the past memories through preservation of still pictures and photos. Now technology has transformed with time. You can capture beautiful moments which you have passed with your parents, sisters, brothers and your sweetheart by conducting a live coverage. Windows Movie Maker tool is efficient and easily operable. You must know what sort of video making and editing devices and accessories are required to complete a fully upgraded movie which can be exchanged with online visitors and friends.

Before shooting movies online, you must make specific plans to arrange necessary Movie Maker devices and sophisticated equipments. You should prepare a list of necessary items which will include Mini DV, camera or cam recorder, Mini DV tapes including a fully sophisticated computer for screening video clips and movies. You can also shoot slide shows by using digital cameras. If you have Microsoft Windows XP it should be equipped with Movie Maker 2.1 version. In addition, you must upgrade your laptop with FireWire/IEEE 1394 porting device for getting better results.

You must buy a highly technologically advanced camera which should be loaded with memory card, zooming lenses, powerful shuttering modes, batteries and very high quality flashing chips. On the other hand, check whether your computer is upgraded with External USB hard disk, DVD burner and DVD media with headset. In this connection, you should consult experts who have extensive knowledge in online movie making projects. If you are a newcomer in this fantastic entertainment program, you need to get short training from any professional institute to increase your capability and efficiency to make private video movies.