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Announcing the new Wiki Korner April 16th, 2014
This is your jumping off point to a number of great Wiki articles available on Microsoft's "Community Forums". Click here to find a brief description of various Wiki articles and a link to the complete Wiki.
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014
As sad day for so many of us. But I still plan to create new articles from time to time so hang in there !
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released-----> April 10th, The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is still available to consumers who use Windows Update and not WSUS which is for corporate customers.
April 8th, 2014 - Revised 2:40PM US EDT
Update 1 is now available (KB2919355) when you run Windows Update, also the usual security updates and Office updates are listed.
The list of what updates are installed and in what order is now included in this article.
As previously mentioned, on April 2nd 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. The general public Windows 8.1 users will get the Update (KB2919355) on April 8th via Windows Update and not the Microsoft Store as was the case in the past. Also at its Build 2014 conference, Microsoft has revealed that a future update to Windows 8.1 will resurrect the Start menu.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - The latest Pre-Release information-----> March 27th, 2014
How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free----->
Released: October 17th, 2013
Revised: October 29th, 2013 and November 5th (Windows Update issue resolution), November 9th (Mouse lag or stutter, see step #9 below) and March 27th, 2014 (Why can't I find the update in the Store?).
Windows XP - Service Life Extension Project - Part 3 ----->>>
March 17th, 2014
Hard Disk Drives versus Solid State Drives: Utilities, Benchmarks, Testing tools and Screen shots.
Windows XP - Service Life Extension Project - Part 2 ----->>
February 25th, 2014
More information on how to extend the “End of life” of your Windows XP based computer "and improve the performance of your PC".
Windows XP - Service Life Extension Project - Part 1 ----->
February 5th, 2014
How to extend the “End of life” of your Windows XP based computer beyond April 8th, 2014 which is when Microsoft drops all support for XP.
Windows XP still has more than 30% of the PC market. If I were a manufacture of any type of consumer goods and realized that one of my products more than 10 year after its introduction still had that kind of consumer loyalty I’d be tickled pink and want to take advantage of this by introducing a new and improved version ----->
On January 21st of this year (2013) I celebrated my 50th year in computing, so I think it’s fair to say I’ve see a lot of changes.
Without being specific in general there have been a lot of superior computers, software and other inventions but it’s not always the best idea that wins but the company with the best marketing of their product. So many good products have come and gone I’ve lost count. So here is a brief timeline ----- >
Windows 9 Korner
Windows 9 - Early feedback January 16th, 2013. I want Windows to survive and grow but marketing needs to be in charge this time around ----->
Windows 9 – First Thoughts
What you say, Windows 9 when Windows 8 hasn’t even been released ----->
“That PC business is shrinking fast. On Monday, Gartner, a market analysis firm, stated that for all of 2012 Dell sold 37.6. million PCs worldwide, a 12.3 percent drop from its 2011 shipments. It was the worst performance, in a weak market, of any major manufacturer. Dell’s drop was particularly severe in both the United States and in the fourth quarter, indicating that its erosion is accelerating. Hewlett Packard, the world’s top PC maker, shipped 6.7 percent fewer PCs in 2012, but was only modestly lower in the fourth quarter, and increased its share in the United States, Gartner said.”
“PCs, until recently the primary way people worked with computers and got on the Internet, are facing increasing competition from tablets and smartphones. The launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system in October, which PC makers hoped would revitalize their business, may have made things worse . Customers seem not to like Microsoft’s design and touch screen innovations.”
More interesting is does or did Microsoft ever copyright the Windows “Start” button? There are about 10 companies or organizations providing a start button add on for Windows 8. If Microsoft should decide to make the start button back in their next release of Windows could they be facing a lawsuit? Could the EU now force Microsoft to create a Window "NS" (No Start button)?