In a mysterious turn of events that took Microsoft off guard, China banned Windows 8 devices for government use. The demand to exclude Windows 8 from bidding process on computer purchase came from China’s Central Government Procurement Center. The notice that was initially circulated sheds no light on the reason behind this sudden decision. The agenda was part of a notice on energy-saving products, which added to the confusion.
This news came as a total surprise for Microsoft, who immediately issued a statement saying they would work with the concerned agencies to ensure all Microsoft products and services meet the government procurement requirements. Even after the news came to light, the government refused to explain the reason behind this sudden decision.
However, this does not come as a huge surprise since there is presently a charged animosity between China and US. China has been very vocal about accusing US of cyber-espionage in all public channels. Recent NSA spying scandal has appeared to have added fuel to the flame. China government’s media mouthpiece, Xinhua news agency, soon reported this decision was made as a step to increase and ensure security.
China Central Television, China’s widely watched news service, aired a show specifically criticizing Windows 8. Moreover, the show goes on to publically accuse Microsoft of cooperating with US government for spying throughout the world.
Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP just months earlier. Since majority of desktop systems (about 200 million) in China, which include even financial institutions, are running on Windows XP, the need for immediate system upgrade has become necessary. With Windows 8 out of the equation, only few other operating systems remain. Since the existing leaders in hardware and software industries are all U.S giants, China will have a tough time selecting an alternative solution.
Beginning of this year, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS), along with the Shanghai Liantong Network Communications Technology, revealed its own operating system, the China Operating System, for mobile devices. However, this operating system is built on Linux kernel, which hardly makes it homemade. China still has a long way to go before it can choose to completely ignore western electronic equipments and use indigenous products alone.
China has always been a tough market for Microsoft, with a high number of pirated edition software in use in China. Windows Piracy is so widespread that China lies several ranks below much smaller countries in terms of revenue collected by sale of operating system, even if the company has a massive presence in the country!Read more »
Outlook Express is an email application client released by Microsoft and it helps you to send and receive emails. You need to scroll down a long way if you receive an email that is being forwarded to a large number of people. However, by using the blind carbon copy (Bcc) feature of the Outlook Express, it is possible to avoid sending email like this. Moreover, this will also help you to hide the addresses of the recipients and as a result, when the recipient opens your email, the other email addresses will not show up. Well, given below are some easy instructions from the Outlook Express help team to hide the recipients in Outlook.
The above said instructions from the Outlook Express help team will help you to hide the recipients in Outlook Express. For more information and assistance, contact our Outlook support number. The Outlook support number will help you in clearing all your doubts and queries related to Outlook Express.Read more »
Windows operating system is the most commonly used operating system in both business and home computers. Windows 7 is the operating system that was released by Microsoft after Windows Vista. It is an operating system that has plenty of features and because of this reason, it still holds the maximum market share among all the operating systems available today.
Nowadays, network access to the wireless connection is getting more popular. When connecting more than two computers or a gaming system, a wireless router is required. To ensure that the wireless network is used only by you and by your family members, the network generally uses a network security key. This keeps the network more secure. However, if you need to change the password for Wi-Fi, then it can be easily changed by following the below given set of instructions from the Windows 7 support team. The instructions given by the Windows 7 support team are easy and can be carried out within minutes.
The above-described instructions given by the Windows 7 support team will help you to change the wireless connection password in the Windows 7 computer. For more news and information, contact our Microsoft support team.Read more »
Microsoft has announced that the Skype community, associated with the Skype instant messaging client, has now 2 million registered users. The Skype community, the online forum for Skype, is an important place where Skype users and others discus about the various issues, queries and features associated with the program. Keep in mind that this number is in no way related to the number of Skype users.
An official blog post of Microsoft reads, “The Skype Community recently passed a major milestone by welcoming its 2,000,000th registered user! We are thrilled that two million people from around the world have joined us to ask and answer questions, share stories and talk about Skype.”
On reaching the new milestone, the company has now formed an ‘idea board’, which is a place where Skype users can post their suggestions about the program for its improvement.
The company says, “At the moment we have idea boards open where you can contribute your ideas for the future of Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Windows Phone. The information that you provide here is regularly reviewed and fed into the development process for future releases. We’re continually expanding this program so keep an eye out for more idea boards coming soon.” According to Microsoft help forum, the idea board could prove to be very helpful for customers in suggesting their valuable ideas and mention about the changes they wish to see in the program.
Skype was released in 2003 and since then it has been one of the favorite instant messaging tools of millions of customers around the world. Another major feature of this application is its ability to enable users to make international calls at cheaper rates. Premium users of the program can make calls worldwide at rates much affordable than what would cost with telephones.
According to Microsoft help forum, Skype has numerous features integrated in it. The tool even allows screen sharing with 25 people at the same time. It also allows video chats and conference calls. The program comes loaded with most of the features commonly found in other messaging clients like group chats, emoticons, status indicators, etc.
In 2011, Skype was taken over by Microsoft for 8.5 billion US dollars. After this, Microsoft completely stopped the services of its messaging service Windows Live Messenger, with China being the only country where the service is still active.Read more »
Outlook Express and Outlook are two separate email client applications. However, many tend to believe that both are same. Outlook Express is a free email client application that comes integrated with the Windows XP operating system. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, Outlook Express is replaced by Windows Live Mail and Windows Mail respectively. If you purchased Microsoft Office Suite, you would have Outlook included in it. After installing the feature-rich Outlook in your PC, you no longer require to use the feature less Outlook Express.
After the installation of Outlook in your PC, you may want to import all the email messages you have received in Outlook Express to Outlook. Unfortunately, transferring email messages between two different email client applications is not easy. Moreover, you can’t find any Outlook Express help for the same. Interestingly, there is a hidden feature in Outlook Express that will let you move all your email messages to a different email client application, in our case here, to Microsoft Outlook. The following are the steps you might find useful in this process.
You have successfully transferred your email data from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook. If any issue occurs during the data transfer, feel free to seek assistance from the Outlook Express help desk or contact an expert.Read more »