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IE 11


Microsoft would be updating its IE software to protect against older, malicious plug-in malware. The catch was, the new updates would leave older versions of Internet Explorer without any updates or support any more. New info reveals that Microsoft is going to be pulling the plug on older versions of IE.


This is a move to get users to update to the newer software offered by Microsoft, which explains that IE 11 is a faster, more secure web experience, and that users are halting the progress of developers who need to spend time coding for older web technology that doesn't play nice with modern web tech.


So, When will Microsoft finally decide to pull the plug? January 12th, 2016 and after that, the company will no longer support any versions other than the current IE build: IE 11. Microsoft even provided links to users to different resources that assist with browser migration.



xbox music


Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 Xbox Music App has received a major update. The most wanted feature that the update brings is audio-scrubbing, the ability to jump to a specific point in a song just by dragging its progress bar.

Previously, you had to keep your finger pressed down on the skip button, giving users a very 90s-esque experience. Microsoft has included a bunch of other updates as well: from stability and bug fixes, to tweaking how playlists work (some users suffered from playlists duplicating tracks for no reason).


- Audio scrubbing is now supported.
- Smoother FFW and REW animations.
- UI fixes to improve visibility of content.
- Bug fixed where songs are incorrectly removed from playlists.
- Fixes for unexpected app exits.




wp 8.1

Microsoft will begin officially rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 on June 24th. This should coincide with the launch of the Lumia 930, Nokia's upcoming flagship. The WP 8.1 update will get the usual guaranteed 36 months of software support. Here's the statement from Microsoft website:

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities. - Microsoft






Strangely, More than 26% of all PC users worldwide is still using Microsoft Windows XP, while Microsoft is trying to put XP out for good and ending its support. However, Windows 7 still holds the lion share at 48.77%, but it is still impressive that XP refuses to go out quietly without a fight, even after Microsoft has stopped supporting the OS with regular updates and bug fixes.

Despite being more vulnerable to security threats now more than ever before, XP users still using it as their primary OS. Microsoft mentioned about 7 years go that they would begin pulling support for the Operating System, but XP users don't seem to care.


Win 8.1 update 1

Today, Microsoft is rolling-out the Windows 8.1 update 1 to all Windows 8.1 PCs around the world, The update is about 2-3 GB in size. Once again, many of the changes here attempt to pacify the issues raised by desktop and laptop owners who are uninterested in using the operating system's touch-centric features.

The Start screen, Windows 8's replacement for the classic Start menu, has received plenty of hate from desktop and laptop owners alike. While visually interesting, the blocky interface didn't make sense to mouse users when the operating system was released. Individual tiles were too large, and there was no right-click context menu for quick changes. Windows 8.1 addressed the former issue with a smaller tile size, and now Windows 8.1 Update 1 has addressed the latter.


win 8.1 up 1

Don't get too excited, though. The new right-click context menu is usually restricted to pinning / un-pinning tiles, re-sizing them, and turning the "live tile" feature on or off. With a few programs, there are one or two additional options Internet Explorer can be opened in a new window for example but it's all rather basic. The context menu doesn't provide any properties or settings for the program a tile is attached to, and customization is still restricted to tile size and placement.


windows 8.1 update 1


Microsoft has attempted to rectify that with Windows 8.1 Update 1 by putting the Windows Store on the Taskbar. It's the third icon from the Start button, preceded only by Internet Explorer and File Explorer. Though some users might find this to be an annoyance, it can be easily un-pinned, and it gives developers critical eye-share. The Windows Store has to be a valid way for developers to make money if it's to become a viable way for consumers to find great apps.

Head to Windows Update and start updating if you like what you see above!


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