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How to upgrade your PCs to Windows 10

Microsoft has announced the newest version of Windows, not in the name of Windows 9 but in the name of Windows 10. Windows 8 has all the advance features necessary for an operating system to work. But Windows 10, an advanced version of Windows 8, arrives with more extensive features which can make your PC much faster and efficient. The features of this version are more upgraded. It comes to you with a complete package which will prove to be a satisfying product for your computers.

Avail the new features of Windows 10

Microsoft Operating Systems Group will eventually launch this exclusive product which will entail the following wide range of features.

  • Windows 10 is compatible for no screen devices to around 80 inches screen devices. It will have the capability to run on any devices like PC, tablets, smartphones and even electronic wearables.
  • Being a continuation to Windows 8, its desktop UI consist of a task bar with a start menu. This allows you to access any app by placing the machine in any position.
  • Precisely the start menu contains both the features of Windows 7 as well as Windows 8. The menu that gets displayed consists of two sides, the left and the right. The left side looks similar to old version of Windows 7 pattern and the right side replicates the new Windows 8 font.
  • Windows 10 on your PCs will allow you to adjust the size of your desktop icons and drag them throughout the desktop screen.
  • With the help of Windows 10, you can easily zoom out of one app to view other apps when all of them are open on the screen. This feature differentiates it completely from other older versions.
  • This is the age of touch operating devices. Windows 10 allows you to have a touch oriented operating system which enables you to install it in all kinds of devices.
  • Now no need to download each app you like. Windows 10 enables you simply copy and paste your favorite apps into your computer’s directory by using the commands CTRL+C and CTRL+V respectively.

Windows 10 for the developers

Windows 10 is heading forward with so many exclusive and innovative features. This allows the app developers to make more creations and increase the app numbers. The Windows 8 ensures much higher efficiency than its counterparts. This initiates a positive impact on the developers. Now they can formulate huge numbers of gaming apps, web chatting apps, networking sites apps and many more.

Few points you must take into consideration before installing this new Windows version on your computers

  • Do not initiate direct installation of Windows 10 on your primary computer. Rather first try to install it on a virtual machine or a test computer.
  • Before installing any new version of operating system you must confirm to back-up all your existing data on your computers into some other system. This process is followed because crashing of the computer while installing can result to no recovery of the data.
  • After installing the new version, your old recovery partition will not be allowed to retain your data which were stored on your previous operating system. Hence the old version gets downgraded.
  • It may come to your mind that you do not prefer the new version of Windows. Rather you were satisfied with the older one. Then use an external source to store your data. For that you can use a USB device with your older version to store them.

Installation Procedure

  • In the first step you need to connect to the Windows Insider Program
  • Now from there download the Windows 10 ISO certified image on your computer.
  • For a primary PC you need to Burn the Windows 10 to an Optical Disk or simply form a Bootable USB flash drive. And for other machines you can easily add the ISO image via any Virtual Machine software which is available at that point of time.
  • The other steps contribute to just clicking on the “Next” button, each time it appears on the screen.
  • Finally completing the entire installation procedure, the Windows 10 will be on your desktop.
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Apple is now IOS 8

With the introduction of iOS 8 Apple has rolled out their new OS. As in other cases this operating systems from Apple is also available for Apple products alone. As an overview it is much similar to iOS 7, but has significant changes from it. Features you may find interesting that makes iOS 8 to stand out the pack.

  1. Health Kit App

     In its new OS Apple has given much priority to family and their health related stuff. An application that can fetch data from accessories and third party app is introduced. Professional from health field can also use this app. This one is the biggest of its kind from its makers which makes iOS standout from others.

  1. Happy Sharing

     Another remarkable feature is that, you can now share all the iTunes, apps, movies, books etc. This app introduces greater security and parental care. Increase of parental care in the sense that each parent could know what type of app their children use. Also how much money does their kid spend on an app. The significance is that if parents are not interested they can block their children from purchasing that app. The important point to remember here is that the parent and kids should use iPhones and connected to a group.

  1. Widgets

     iPhone users needn’t be jealous with the other OS users anymore. Apple has introduced a new feature to add widgets. Widgets are the new extension that enables iOS to share data and interact with each other.

iMessage

     The way of sending messages has changed in iOS 8. More importance is given to this section since messaging is the most popular app in iOS. The app which has always been widely used by Apple users now helps to name their message. The messages can also be of audio or video type. It also has a self destruction function like Snapchat.

  1. Continuity

   It is one of the remarkable features. Now users can continue messaging in Mac, answer to the calls in Mac. This feature deals with working on several devices that are connected to same iCloud account. Apps like keynote, mail, messages, calendar, remainder, pages etc can be sent.

  1. Updated Keyboard

     The keyboard in iOS now automatically lets you to select words from a list when you start typing a word.

  1. Hands-Free talk to SIRI

       SIRI is a voice assistant in Apple. Earlier using this built-in app was slightly difficult since talking to this app needed pressing of a button after visiting the settings page. Now this process is done easily with a command “Hey Siri”. The condition for using this app is that it should be network connected.

  1. Battery Life Tracking

          Earlier the user was only able to see the remaining battery life in case of percentages. The reasons for drain were not known. Now iOS 8 enables the user to see the apps that are power consuming. The amount of charge consumed by each on that day will be listed. This can be seen by visiting General-Settings-Usage.

  1. Song Identification

        This function is performed by Siri. A service called Shazam helps Siri to perform this feature. Just ask Siri to identify the song using the command “what’s playing”. After receiving this comment Siri searches in the iTunes for the song. The name and artist of the song is displayed and said along thereafter.

10) Alternate Keyboard  

         Unlike other iOS, this one allows users to use alternate keyboards that could be

downloaded.

11) Taking Quality Pics

         The camera app helps to add some advanced features to the pictures you take. The light exposure in your surroundings can now be controlled before taking the pic. The sun icon in the camera screen helps to perform this trick. Dragging it up or down will do the part. Giving more time to record a video is possible now. Taking selfies and group shots are now easier because of self-timer. By clicking the timer icon time can be set from a range of 3 to 10 seconds.

12)  iBooks

          This is an in-built app in iOS. Earlier this app had to be downloaded from Apple store. This app helps the user to add and store several books. Online storing facility called iCloud technology helps to perform this function.

       iOS 8 – Cons.

  • The updates of the built-in apps will take about 5 GB free space in Apple phone.
  • The built-in apps cannot be deleted by the user, even if it is not necessary for the user.

                 Truly, iOS 8.1 is a powerful operating system having a lot of useful features. The latest news is that iOS 9 is on its way to grab the market.