Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. “Now we find out that you’ve been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating ...

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As announced earlier by Microsoft, as of 8th April 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Why Windows XP Support ended? Windows XP is 12 years old. It’s typical to end service for software as it gets older and technology evolves. Most of us have replaced cell phones and even our cars over the last 12 years – now it’s time to replace your Windows XP computer with a new PC. Or you can check to see if your Windows XP computer can run the new Windows. We’ve outlined your options and are here to support you as you make your next step. Help protect your personal files We want to help your personal files, photos, etc. stay secure. To help ...

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Few hours back, we reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 build can be downloaded from official Microsoft servers by a simple registry tweak. This update also includes the updated version of Internet Explorer 11 that will include a new feature called ‘Enterprise Mode’. This mode will enable enterprise users to use their existing web properties work in IE without any compatibility issues. This updated IE11 with Enterprise Mode is also coming to Windows 7 devices. The latest such IE11 build got leaked on the web today. You can download it from usual p2p sites. Follow the following steps to enable Enterprise mode, Enterprise mode can be enabled using two Group Policies (in a corporate environment system admins would do this for their employees). Hit Windows + R and type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the Run window. In the Group policy editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet ...

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After the release of a new OS version, Microsoft usually continues to sell the previous OS version for a particular period of time. For example, even after the release of Windows 7, Microsoft continued to sell Windows Vista for more than a year. After the release of Windows 8, Microsoft was expected to end the sales of Windows 7 by this year. According to the updated Windows product lifecycle page, Microsoft will end the sales of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate pre-installed machines by October 2014. However, Microsoft is not ending the sales of Windows 7 Professional this year. This means that Windows OEMs can continue to sell Windows 7 Pro devices to the enterprises even after Oct 2014. This will enable the enterprise customers who still want to buy devices running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. What do you think? Read more about it here. ...

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With the Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is updating Internet Explorer 11 with a new feature called Enterprise mode. The new Enterprise mode feature will allow users to run internal apps and websites in a special mode that will maintain the compatibility. This IE11 with Enterprise mode for Windows 7 got leaked on Internet today and you can download it now. Mary Jo Foley explained this feature as below, Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to be a new feature of IE11. According to my sources, EMIE will allow businesses to specify which sites should be loaded in IE8 compatibility mode and which don’t need it. Users who need IE8 to view certain intranet sites and internal apps would still be able to move to IE11 on Windows 7 (or Windows 8.x) thanks to the new compatibility mode functionality. But they still would be able to make ...

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Earlier this week,  we reported that HP has recently started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs.With a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand”, HP was trying to sell a 5 year old OS to its customers. It raised lots of discussions and criticisms on HP and Windows 8. Today, HP clarified its stand on this issue through its official blog. The reason they are still selling Windows 7 PCs are because they want to give choice to consumers. Also, they confirmed that they are not dropping Windows 8 and pointed out that all Windows 7 PCs that are on sale are also available with Windows 8. Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8 back in 2012, followed by major update Windows 8.1 in 2013. Microsoft has even ended the sales of Windows 7 as a standalone OS to general consumers. Most of the PCs from all the OEMs now comes with Windows 8/Windows 8.1 pre-installed. HP has recently started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs.With a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand”, HP is trying to sell a 5 year old OS to its customers. Even though other OEMs are also selling Windows 7 PCs, they are not promoting the way HP does. What do you think of HP’s marketing strategy? Will more people buy HP PCs because of Windows 7? Source: HP via: Neowin ...

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Last week Microsoft announced it would stop selling Windows 7 to OEMs on October 30, 2014.  But it appears that might have been a mistake and the Redmond software giant released this statement: “We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information; however, some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined.’ We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available.” The company has however confirmed that the end of availability of boxed copies of Windows 7 sold at retail was indeed, ...

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Microsoft has today released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Microsoft will release this as part of update in the coming weeks. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs. Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support–with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. Download it here from Microsoft. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie ...

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The Developer Preview of IE11 on Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) is available for download today. It is similar to IE11 on Windows 8 in many ways supporting the same improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. This video shows some of the performance, Web programming, and developer tools capabilities in IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 Read the full blog post over at the IE Team Blog, where they discuss Fast More Responsive Browsing, Leading JavaScript Performance, Hardware-Accelerated 3D Web Graphics, Professional-Quality Video Experience on the Web, New F12 Developer Tools , The Existing Web , and the future of IE. Download Now: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39677 Source: IE Blog via Robert McLaws ...

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It is due to the fact that supplies of touch panels are limited that notebooks with touchscreen control features tend to be around $100-$200 more expensive than those without; therefore as a result customers are more inclined to purchase Windows 7 based notebook models in which touchscreen control features are not necessary. Currently –according to Digitimes Research- touchscreen-based notebooks contributed to 0.5% of total notebook shipments at the end of 2012, however once touch panel supplies increase and become cheaper, the percentage is expected to increase to 10% in 2013. While Windows 8 works perfectly fine using just a keyboard and a mouse, it does not deliver the new type of experience users expect from our touch-screen driven lifestyle these days.  It is expected that the wide availability of affordable touch screen laptops and tablets will provide the significant boost in sales which have eluded Windows 8 so far. Via: ...

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Here is an app for those who absolutely hate Metro in Windows 8, but are forced to use it. The select group of course includes those who want to develop for Windows Phone 8, which needs the Hyper-V feature to run the emulator. Ex7forW8 is a wrapper for the Windows 7 explorer, which means the Metro start screen is completely abolished and not even loaded which means absolutely no RAM or cycles are wasted. New Windows Explorer features like ribbon and file copying are however preserved. The hack can be used on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 RTM or RP versions, really any Windows 8 version. This program does not modify system files and system protected registry entries and you can switch back to unaltered Windows 8 UI any time. Windows 7 shell is enabled only to users which switched to it and other users can use Windows 8 ...

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We reported a few days ago that that Microsoft will not be bringing DirectX 11.1 to Windows 7. It now appears that IE10, which uses hardware graphics acceleration in Windows 8, will be dragging along some DirectX 11. features along with it when it comes to Windows 7. In a post on the Games for Windows and the DirectX SDK blog today, Microsoft revealed that some of the features of DirectX 11.1 will be coming to Windows 7 as part of Tuesday’s preview version of Internet Explorer 10. Windows 7 and  Windows Server 2008 R2 will get: ID3D11Device1, ID2D1Factory1, IDWriteFactory1, IDXGIFactory2, IWICImagingFactory2, ID3DUserDefinedAnnotation and related APIs are available Improved Direct3D 11 device interoperability via ID3DDeviceContextState, including the improved interop with Direct2D/DirectWrite D3D11_FEATURE_DATA_D3D9_OPTIONS feature detection In addition to the new Windows 8 WIC features, this update also fixes decoding of 96bpp floating-point TIFF images.  However the following features will not be ...

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As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has released the preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. You can download           Internet Explorer 10 in the language that matches your version of Windows from this page. Also you need Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher to install this version of IE10. Enjoy much better browsing with IE10 on Windows 7. ...

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Last month Microsoft announced that a preview version of Internet Explorer 1o is coming to Windows 7 in November. In an event held at China, Roger Capriotti, Director of Product Marketing for Internet Explorer announced that preview version of Internet Explorer 1o for Windows 7  will be available for download tomorrow. This will be a huge boost for Internet Explorer market share which is on a downward spiral for sometime. Also the new IE10 will be the default and only browser for Metro mode in WIndows 8. Source: iFanr via: Liveside ...

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