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Three ways to increase the computer speed

Who likes a slow computer? No one does. You wouldn’t like to open an application or a document and wait for it to open, right? This is not a movie, there’s no popcorn. Your computer needs to run fast! And there are ways to do it. To make sure that your computer is running at the fastest speed possible, you need to maintain it properly. Here are three easy ways to increase the computer speed.

Malware and Spyware

Spyware takes all your personal information from the computer and you wouldn’t even know about it. If your computer has spyware, you need to get an antivirus solution and clean up your computer. Checking for malware and Spyware on your computer should be done at regular intervals on your computer. Both malware and spyware are harmful for your computer and they also make your computer run terribly slow because these applications would be running silently in the background. Make sure you are using a good antivirus solution on your computer and make sure that the virus definitions of that software are updated regularly.

Disk Cleanup

When the Disk is full, the computer takes longer time than usual, to respond. Cleaning up the disk space can make your computer lot faster. There’s a Microsoft tool that you can use, which is called Dish Cleanup. This tool removes the temporary files, empties the recycle bin on your computer, deletes the error reports, and also remove unused Restore points on your computer. By cleaning up this space from the computer, this tool makes your computer faster. You can also delete unwanted programs that you’ve installed on your computer with this tool!

Disk Fragmentation

This is another great Microsoft tool that you should be using. Disk Fragmentation is a process which consolidates the fragmented data on your Hard disk. Whenever a file is saved on hard disk, it’s broken into bits and pieces and is saved in various locations on your hard disk. And when you access the file again, your computer searches for all these bits and pieces, which are in various locations, and then opens the file. With Disk Fragmentation these bits and pieces are brought together so that the computer takes less time to search for these bits. Hence this tool is really important to make your computer respond faster.

Step by Step Guide for Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft has finally launched its much talked about, touch-friendly operating system – Windows 8. And as the whole world goes ga-ga over the latest offering from Microsoft, we bring to you some important points that will help you upgrade your PC to the new Windows 8 operating system:

  1. System compatibility: The first thing that you need to do before upgrading to Windows 8 is to find out if your system is compatible with Windows 8 operating system. If your PC supports Windows 7, it will also support Windows 8. Some of the basic system requirements for Windows 8 include:
    • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
    • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver
  2. Special requirements: If you are using Intel’s Atom Cedar Trail processor, you should probably put your attempts of upgrading to Windows 8 on hold, as some reports suggest that your system computer might not be able to run Windows 8. Since Windows 8 support multi-touch, you obviously need a tablet or a touch screen monitor. To access apps from Windows App store, you need at least 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution. Apps snapping require additional 1366×768 pixels of resolution.
  3. Apps and devices: Although most apps and devices that work on Windows 7 should work on Windows 8 as well, it is best to check the compatibility of your apps and devices by visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility Center or by running Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
  4. Correct upgrade path: Users who have purchased a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can upgrade their systems to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. However, PCs bought before June 2, can be upgraded for $39.99. Windows 7 users can bring along their settings, files, and applications while upgrading to Windows 8. But Windows Vista users can only preserve their settings and personal files while upgrading to the new OS. In case of Windows XP, users can only bring along their files to Windows 8.

By following these points, you can easily make a glitch-free transition to Windows 8 operating system.

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First Look: Microsoft® Office 2013

Designed with Windows 8 in mind, Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the customer preview of Microsoft Office 2013. The most recent version of Microsoft Office is primarily an effort to make over the market-leading productivity suite from merely a computer-based application to a software that can be conveniently used on any device, and from anywhere.

Incorporating an intuitive design that works well with stylus, touch, keyboard or mouse across novel Windows-based devices, the new producitivity suite has so much to offer. Its prime highlights are:

SkyDrive: Microsoft Office 2013 by default saves documents to SkyDrive, offering anytime access to content across all Windows-based devices.

Inking: The newly revealed Office 2013 enables using stylus for creating content, taking notes and accessing features. It also lets you handwrite e-mail responses, add color to content and erase mistakes.

Stay connected: An intriguing aspect about the lately released Microsoft Office 2013 is that it includes the ability to follow people, documents, teams and sites in SharePoint. To always remain up-to-date it allows viewing and embedding video, pictures and Office content in the activity feeds.

Reading, markup: The Read Mode in the latest Microsoft Office 2013 Word offers an advanced reading experience that adjusts according to the screen size of your device. Also, there is an option to zoom in or zoom out content, view revision marks, and stream videos in the docs.

Touch everywhere, utility apps, new subscription services, and digital note-taking are some other aspects incorporated in the brand new Microsoft Office 2013 suite.

The latest productivity suite by Microsoft features dramatically improved Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneNote, and Microsoft PowerPoint application programs.

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Microsoft® Update will let you control XBOX® with your iPhone®

Microsoft has released a significant update for its popular app, dubbed as My Xbox LIVE 1.5. This prime update brought along support to control your XBOX 360, right from your iPhone.
Main highlights of My Xbox LIVE app

The app will allow you to see all the latest console-related activities, browse and play any kind of media files, and even do fast forward or rewind accordingly.
How you can control XBOX 360 with iPhone

To use the app, it is utterly important to connect XBOX 360 and iPhone on the same Wi-Fi network. To know the Wi-Fi status, you can go into the settings of your iPhone and network settings on XBOX 360, respectively. After ensuring that both the devices are using the same network, again go to XBOX settings, open ‘Console Settings’, and then navigate to ‘XBOX Companion’. Just click on ‘Available’ and you are all set to control your XBOX 360 with your iPhone.
What else?

In addition, this latest update by Microsoft will also let the My Xbox LIVE app users to launch games as well as apps from the app directly on their iPhone.

Microsoft® Bing and Encyclopedia Britannica Partner to Offer Perfect Search Results

With the idea to promote learning and knowledge, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to incorporate Britannica Online answers on the search results pages of Bing. This affiliation between global educational publisher ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’ and software giant ‘Microsoft’ will provide users a snippet of relevant and trustworthy information against their keywords and questions, without visiting the actual webpage.

How it will work?

As soon as the users will type their keyword, they will get an instant synopsis of the subject, handy facts and figures along with a thumbnail image, making it a lot simpler than ever to find trusted content for a specific search. In addition to this, it will provide direct links to various other trustworthy sources.

“We’re very excited to collaborate with Encyclopedia Britannica as it continues to strengthen its online presence, and hope you find these new answers valuable and helpful in your search for information,” Bing’s Franco Salvetti said.

Microsoft® launches Windows® 8 Release Preview

Software giant Microsoft Corporation has launched the Windows 8 Release Preview one day before its scheduled date of 01 June. The Release Preview is the third and final in Microsoft’s trio of Windows 8 pre-releases. This is the last major update of Windows 8 before the client code is released to manufacturers.

Features of Windows 8 Release Preview

According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Release Preview, which is available for download in 14 languages, delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8 Release Preview offers new apps from Microsoft and its partners. The major apps include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music XBOX apps that integrate with Microsoft Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that were released with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

How different is Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows OS

It is not just the Metro Interface and the Microsoft store that have garnered considerable interest, but other aspects of Windows 8 too may be important to users who are considering upgrading. Here is a brief detail of back-end improvements to Windows 8:

Smaller memory footprint: Windows 8 uses memory more efficiently and requires less memory to run. This is important for systems like Ultrabooks, which often come with 4GB of non-upgradable RAM.
More-efficient performance: Windows 8 and its underlying sub-systems consume less of the CPU’s resources than previous Windows OS do.
Reduced disk-space requirement: As solid-state drives become increasingly common, disk space for user files will be at a premium.
Built-in SkyDrive integration: Cloud storage is now an integral part of the operating system.

What Next?

The next stop after Windows 8 Release Preview will be Release to Manufacturing (RTM), and after that, the retail release. If we consider the scheduling of Windows 7 as a benchmark, it is expected that the RTM sign-off may occur around August and retail availability around October.

News source: Microsoft

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