Sunday, January 12, 2014

How to install an update ( Nokia Lumia )

  1. When an update is available, we'll notify you on your phone.                                                 After you see the notification, pick a convenient time to install                                             the update on your phone. The process can take up to an hour.
    If you miss the notification or don't have time to install the update,                                we'll remind you again in a few days.
  2. Connect your phone to your primary computer—the first one you                                    connected your phone to—using the USB cable that came with                                            your phone.
    If you're using a different computer than you normally use,                                                 please see some important information in the Notes below.
  3. If the Zune software doesn't start automatically when you connect                                       your phone, start it manually.
  4. We might ask you to update the Zune software. If we do, just                                               follow the on-screen instructions. Then restart the sync software.
  5. In the Zune software, click Update Now.
    Make sure you keep your phone connected to your computer                                        until you see a notification that the update is complete.


  • When you connect your phone to a PC for the first time,                                          the Zune software will automatically create a primary sync                                             relationship between your phone and that computer.                                          Other computers you connect to after that will have a guest                                  sync relationship with your phone. Your primary computer                            remembers your linked phone and all of its settings and history,                                 so it's the only computer that will create a backup of your phone                        during the update process. That's why we recommend that you                             only use your primary computer to update your phone software.                                 If you need to use a different computer, see                                                        Syncing your phone to another computer.
  • To check if an update is available for your phone, on Start,                                        flick left to the App list, tap Settings Settings icon, and then tap                                     Phone update.
  • By default, your phone uses your cellular data connection                                              to check for updates and notifies you when an update is found.                                    To change the type of connection for future updates, do this: on                                 Start, flick left to the App list, tap Settings Settings icon,                                                   and then tap Phone update.
  • Although we notify you "over the air" (via your phone's data                        connection) when an update is available to download,                                               we don't deliver the actual software update over the air.                                           You must connect your phone to your computer to                                               download and install available updates.
  • When you install an update, all of your settings, apps,                                                 and media files are preserved.

How to prepare for an update

  1. Install the Zune software on your PC. You'll need this software to download the phone update.
  2. If your battery level is low, give your phone a quick charge before starting the update. For more info, see My battery is too low to update my phone.
  3. Make some room on your phone for the update. If necessary, remove a few unwanted apps or other large items.
    To see how much free space you have on your phone, on Start, flick left to the App list, tapSettings Settings icon > About, and look at the number to the right of Available storage. For more info, see Make room on my phone to update it.
  4. Free up space on your computer.
    We'll need some room to download the software update, to save a backup of your existing phone software and settings, and possibly to sync media files from your phone to your computer. For more info, see Make room on my computer for phone updates.
  5. Make sure your computer has a reliable Internet connection.
    In some cases, you might need to switch from a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection to a wired (Ethernet) connection. Or you might need to adjust your computer's firewall or proxy settings. For more info, see the Network connection problems in Windows tutorial.
  6. Verify that your phone is set to the correct date and time. That'll help us determine which updates you need. For more info, see Correct my date and time to update my phone.
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How do I update my phone software?

We periodically release Windows Phone software updates to add new features you've asked for and to maximize your phone's performance. When a software update is available for you to download, we'll notify you on your phone.
To learn what's included in each update and determine which version of Windows Phone you have now, see Phone updates FAQ.


  • If your phone uses Windows Phone 7 software, it can't be updated to Windows Phone 8. See Which version of Windows Phone do I have? if you're not sure what's on your phone.
  • If you use a Mac, you'll need to use the Windows Phone app for Mac (formerly the Windows Phone Connector for Mac). To learn more, see Sync and get updates with my Mac.
  • Windows 8 Pro supports the Zune software, but Windows RT does not.
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Check for Installed Updates on Windows

Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 9 release in April 2015

By Tom Warren

Microsoft is currently working on an "Update 1" for Windows 8.1, but the company has bigger plans for the future of Windows as part of a "Threshold" wave of updates. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that the company’s Threshold plans will involve a release of Windows 9 around April 2015. Microsoft will allegedly unveil its vision for Windows 9 at the company’s Build 2014 developer conference in April, with a release planned for a year later.
It appears that Microsoft is currently planning to use the Windows 9 branding and vision as a way to move away from some of the criticisms of the Windows 8 operating system. It’s not immediately clear what type of changes will be made to Windows 9, but "Metro 2.0" inside the new OS will reportedly include a major focus on improving Microsoft’s new app world and tiles. Previous rumors have suggested Microsoft is planning to separate out its Windows 8-style ("Metro") apps to allow them to float and run in separate windows on the traditional desktop. The Verge understands Microsoft is also planning a Start menu return for Windows 9, but that the company may deliver this early in a second "Update 2" for Windows 8.1 later this year.
Microsoft will reportedly use three major milestone development points for Windows 9, but it’s not clear how many of them will be released to the public during the development period. The software maker is currently in the final planning stages for Windows 9 and work is expected to begin after the Build 2014 developer conference in April. It sounds like Microsoft will use Build 2014 as a launch point for its vision of Windows 9, detailing some of the planned changes in an attempt to generate excitement around the company’s future plans.

Windows certainly needs excitement, Windows 8-style apps, and innovation if Microsoft is to succeed with its vision of a hybrid tablet and desktop operating system. If Microsoft manages to pull off a Windows 9 release with significant improvements over Windows 8 then that may relegate Windows 8 to a Vista-like release in the minds of consumers. The company clearly isn’t confident with any continued use of the Windows 8 brand in the same way that Apple does with its OS X point releases. While there will be further tweaks to Windows 8.1 shortly, Windows 9 looks to be the next major release.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Modern UI Experience ( Windows 8.1)

Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views
You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. When displaying multiple apps at once, you can easily resize the width of the app window to suit your needs. Depending on screen size and resolution, you can even share the screen with three, or four apps on each monitor.
Boot to Desktop
You can now configure Windows 8.1 to boot directly to the desktop after logon.
Desktop and Start Screen
Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

These are just some of the key features available in Windows 8.1 We encourage you to test out and try these features when you evaluate Windows 8.1 for use both in your work environment as well as at home in your personal life. Please note that Windows Server 2012 R2 may be required in order for some of these features to be available.

Security Enhancements ( Windows 8.1)

Remote Business Data Removal
Corporations now have more control over corporate content which can be marked as corporate, encrypted, and then be wiped when the relationship between the corporation and user has ended. Corporate data can now be identified as corporate vs. user, encrypted, and wiped on command using EAS or EAS + OMA-DM protocol. This capability is requires implementation in the client application and in the server application (Mail + Exchange Server). The client application determines if the wipe simply makes the data inaccessible or actually deletes it. 
Improved Biometrics
All versions of Windows 8.1 include end to end biometric capabilities that enable authenticating with your biometric identity anywhere in Windows (Windows sign-in, remote access, User Account Control, etc.). Windows 8.1 is optimized for fingerprint based biometrics and includes a common fingerprint enrollment experience that works with a variety of readers (touch, swipe). Modern readers are touch-based rather than swipe-based and include liveliness detection that prevents spoofing (e.g.: silicon emulated fingerprints). Access to Windows Store Apps, functions within them, and certificate release can be controlled based on verification of a user’s biometric identity.
Pervasive Device Encryption
Device encryption previously found on Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 is now available in all editions of Windows. It is enabled out of the box and can be configured with additional BitLocker protection and management capability on Windodws 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Consumer devices are automatically encrypted and protected when using a Microsoft account. Data on any Windows connected standby device is automatically protected (encrypted) with device encryption. Organizations that need to manage encryption can easily take add additional BitLocker protection options and manageability to these devices.  
Improved Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution
Malware Resistance
Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8, now includes network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware. Internet Explorer scans binary extensions (e.g. ActiveX) using the antimalware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.
Device Lockdown
With Assigned Access, a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you can enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device. This can be things like a learning application for kids in an educational setting or a customer service application at a boutique, Assigned Access can ensure the device is delivering the intended experience. In the Windows Embedded 8.1 industry product, we deliver additional lockdown capabilities to meet the needs of industry devices like point of sale systems, ATMs, and digital signs.

Mobility Enhancements ( Windows 8.1)

We have added support for a wider range of VPN clients in both Windows and Windows RT devices. We have also added the ability to have an app automatically trigger VPN connections. 
Auto-triggered VPN
When you select an app or resource that needs access through the inbox VPN – like a company’s intranet site – Windows 8.1 automatically prompts you to sign in with one click. This feature is be available with Microsoft and third-party inbox VPN clients.
Mobile Broadband
At Windows 8 launch, the devices had embedded radios that were separate components within the devices.  Windows 8.1 supports embedded wireless radio, which gives you increased power savings, longer battery life, also enables thinner form factors and lower cost devices. 
Windows To Go
With Windows To Go in Windows 8.1, the Windows Store is now enabled by default. Windows To Go users may roam to any number of machines and access the Windows Store and use Windows Store apps. 
Broadband Tethering
Turn your Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PC or tablet into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect and access the internet.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Enhancements ( Windows 8.1)

Workplace Join
A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not.  If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms.  This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources.  If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device.
Work Folders
Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data center. Files created locally sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. This syncing is natively integrated into the file system.  Note, this all happens outside the firewall client sync support. Previously, Windows 8 devices needed to be domain joined (or required domain credentials) for access to file shares.  Syncing could be done with third-party folder replication apps. With Work Folders, Users can keep local copies of their work files on their devices, with automatic synchronization to your data center, and for access from other devices. IT can enforce Dynamic Access Control policies on the Work Folder Sync Share (including automated Rights Management) and require Workplace Join to be in place.
Open MDM
While many organizations have investments with System Center and will continue to leverage these investments we also know that many organizations want to manage certain classes of devices, like tablets and BYOD devices, as mobile devices. With Windows 8.1, you can use an OMA-DM API agent to allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch.
Mobile Device Management
When a user enrolls their device, they are joining the device to the Windows Intune management service.  They get access to the Company Portal which provides a consistent experience for access to their applications, data and to manage their own devices.  This allows a deeper management experience with existing tools like Windows Intune. IT administrators now have deeper policy management for Windows RT devices, and can manage Windows 8.1 PCs as mobile devices without having deploy a full management client.
Web Application Proxy
The Web Application Proxy is a new role service in the Windows Server Remote Access role. It provides the ability to publish access to corporate resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as apply conditional access policies to verify both the user’s identity and the device they are using resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as verify the device being used before access is granted.
RDS Enhancements
Enhanced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server 2012 R2 with improvements in management, value, and user experience. Session Shadowing allows administrators to view and remotely control active user sessions in an RDSH server. Disk deduplication and storage tiering allow for lower cost storage options. User experience for RemoteApps, network connectivity and multiple displays has been improved. Administrators can now easily support users with session desktops to provide helpdesk style support. Administrators now have even more flexible storage options to support a VDI environment without expensive SAN investments. End users find RemoteApp behavior is more like local apps, and the experience in low-bandwidth is better, with faster reconnects and improved compression, and support for multiple monitors.
NFC Tap-to-pair Printing
Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print. No more hunting on your network for the correct printer and no need to buy a special printer to take advantage of this functionality. Simply attach an NFC tag to your existing printers to enable this functionality.
Wi-Fi Direct Printing
Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and the printer.
Native Miracast Wireless Display
Present your work wirelessly with no connection cords needed; just pair with a Miracast-enabled display and Miracast will use Wi-Fi to let you project wire-free.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Airplane mode

When you’re on an airplane, all electronic devices have to be powered down completely for takeoff and landing. But once you’re safely in the air, you can put your PC in airplane mode and then use it to watch movies you’ve downloaded, play games, or work on a presentation. Airplane mode suspends any signal transmissions from your PC to comply with airline regulations.

To use airplane mode

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  2. Click the network icon The network icon
  3. Turn on Airplane mode when you’re on an airplane and turn it off after landing at your destination.

Connecting to a network

When you first set up Windows, you might have already connected to a network. If not, you can see a list of available networks and connect to one.

To see a list of available networks

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  2. Check the network icon. It'll show if you’re connected and how strong the connection is.
  3. If you’re not connected, tap or click the network icon (The wireless network icon or The wired network icon).
  4. Tap or click the name of the network you want to connect to, and then tap or click Connect.
    You might be asked for the network password. You can get it from the network admin. If you’re at home, this is probably someone in your family. If you’re at work, ask your IT admin. If you’re in a public place, like a coffee shop, ask someone who works there.
  5. If you want to connect to this network every time it's in range, select the Connect automatically check box.

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Installing your apps on other PCs

All of the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 apps you own are in the Your apps section of the Windows Store. You can see which of your apps are installed on the different PCs you use, and can install apps directly from here, so you don't have to search for them in the Store and install them one at a time.

Step 1

On the Start screen, tap or click the Store tile to open the Windows Store.

Step 2

Swipe down from the top edge of the screen or right-click, and then tap or click Your apps.

Step 3

Swipe down or right-click the apps you want to install, and then tap or click Install.
Note: You can install Windows 8 apps on a Windows 8.1 PC, but can't install Windows 8.1 apps on a Windows 8 PC. 

Installing apps

To start looking for apps to install on your PC, tap or click Store on the Start screen to open the Windows Store. You need to be connected to the Internet to open the Store and you’ll need to sign in using a Microsoft account.

Once you're in the Windows Store, there are a few different ways to look for apps:
Browse featured apps and lists. If you're not sure what kind of app you want, a good place to start is the featured apps in the Store. Start scrolling to the right to view lists of popular apps, new releases, top paid or free apps. (To see all the apps in a specific list, tap or click the name of the list.) You'll also see personalized app recommendations in Picks for you, based on apps you own and apps you've rated.
Explore categories. If you’re looking for a certain type of app (like an entertainment app or a game), you can explore the different categories in the Store. Swipe down from the top edge of the screen (or if you’re using a mouse, right-click) to see the categories in the Store, and then tap or click the category you want.
Search for an app. If you know the name of the app you want or are looking for apps by a specific publisher, enter the name into the search box in the upper-right corner of the Store. You'll see results for apps that match your search.
When you find an app you want, tap or click Buy or Try (free trial) if it’s a paid app, or Install if it’s free.

Getting started with Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 is included in the Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 update. Internet Explorer makes it easier to get where you want to go on the web, and helps you see amazing content at its best. By learning some common gestures and tricks, you’ll be able to comfortably use your new browser and get the most out of your favorite sites.

Browsing basics

Let's get started. To open Internet Explorer 11, tap or click the Internet Explorer tile on the Start screen.

One address bar, three ways to use it

The address bar is your starting point for browsing the web, with a combined address bar and search box so                          you can surf, search, or get suggestions all from one place. It stays tucked out of the way when you’re not                                using it to make more room for sites. To make the address bar appear, swipe up from the bottom of                                      the screen, or click the bar at the bottom of the screen if you're using a mouse. Here are three ways to use it:
  • Surf. Enter a URL in the address bar to go to straight to a site. Or, tap or click the address bar to see sites you visit often (these are your frequent sites).
  • Search. Enter a term in the address bar and tap or click GoGo button to search the web with your default search engine.
  • Get suggestions. Don’t know where you want to go? Enter a word in the address bar to get website, app, and search suggestions as you type. Just tap or click one of the suggestions above the address bar.

  • Multitasking with tabs and windows

    With tabs, you can open many sites in one browsing window, so it's easy to open, close, and switch between sites. The tabs bar shows any tabs or windows you have open in Internet Explorer. To show the tabs bar, swipe up from (or click) the bottom edge of the screen.

Opening and switching between tabs

Open a new tab by tapping or clicking the New tab button New tab button. Then, enter a URL or search term, or select one of your frequent or favorite sites.
When you have multiple tabs open, switch between them by tapping or clicking open tabs in the tabs bar. You can have up to 100 tabs open in one window. Close tabs by tapping or clicking CloseClose in the corner of each tab.
  • Using multiple browsing windows

    You can also open multiple windows in Internet Explorer 11, and view two of them side-by-side. To open a new window, press and hold (or right-click) the Internet Explorer tile on the Start screen, and then tap or click Open new window.
    You can view two windows side-by-side on your screen. Open one window, and drag down from the top edge to the right or left side of the screen. Then, drag the other window in from the left side of the screen.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Using apps side by side

Depending on the resolution of your screen, you can have up to four apps on a screen at a time. You can schedule meetings on your calendar while you respond to email, or record a lecture in class with Sound Recorder while you take notes in the desktop.

To use two apps side by side

  1. Open an app that you'd like to use.
  2. Slide in from the top of the screen until an opening appears behind the app, then drag the app to                                  the left or right side.
    (If you’re using a mouse, drag the top of the screen down until an opening appears behind the app,                             then drag it to the left or right.)
  3. Go back to Start and open a second app. It will appear next to the first app.
  4. To resize the apps, drag the divider between the apps.

To open a third app

If you go back to Start and open a third app, it’ll appear on top of the first two. You can tap or click the                               left or right side of the third app to replace one of the apps underneath it.
If you want use all three apps on the same screen, drag the third app until an open space appears next to                             or between the other apps. If a space doesn’t open, your screen can only fit two apps at a time.

Get app updates on your lock screen

You can choose a few apps to show updates on the lock screen so you                                                                             can see what's going on even when your PC is locked.
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Lock screen.
  3. Under Lock screen apps, tap or click the plus button The plus button. Then tap or click an app in the list to select it.

Customizing your lock screen

The lock screen is the screen you see when you lock your PC (or when it locks automatically after you haven't been using it for a while). You can add your favorite photos of your kids, pets, and vacations, or even create a rotating slide show.
If you want some free photos to use, download some desktop backgrounds from the Personalization Gallery.

To add photos to your lock screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Lock screen.
  3. If you want to use just one photo on your lock screen, tap or click Browse, and then choose the picture you want (you can choose photos on your PC or SkyDrive).
  4. If you want to see a slide show on your lock screen, tap or click Play a slide show on the lock screen to turn it on.
  5. Tap or click Add a folder and browse to a folder on your PC or SkyDrive.
  6. Tap or click the folder to select it, tap or click Choose this folder, and then tap or click OK. You can pick up to ten folders.

Customizing Start

You can pick the tiles, colors, and pictures on your Start screen, and organize your apps. If other people use your PC, make sure they all sign in with their own Microsoft account. That way, each person can have their own customized Start screen. To find out more, see Start screen.

To change the background

  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tappingStart. (Or, if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click Start.)
  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  3. Tap or click Personalize, and then tap or click the background, background color, and accent color you want. The background and accent colors you pick will show up in a few other places too, like the charms and the sign–in screen.

To see your desktop background on Start

You can use your desktop background picture as the background on your Start screen. Start will update automatically whenever the desktop background changes.
  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping Start. (Or, if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click Start.)
  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  3. Tap or click Personalize, and then tap or click the preview of your desktop background.

To pin apps to Start

You can pin your favorite apps to Start so you can get to them quickly and see updates from them at a glance.
  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping Start. (Or, if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click Start.)
  2. Swipe up from the middle of the screen to go to the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow button  in the lower-left corner.)
  3. Browse to the app you want to pin and tap it or right-click it to select it.
  4. Tap or click Pin to Start.

To unpin apps

Unpinning an app is different than uninstalling an app—if you unpin an app from your Start screen, the app will still show up when you search for it, and it’ll still be in the Apps view if you need to find it again.
  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping Start. (Or, if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click Start.)
  2. Press and hold or right-click the app you want to unpin to select it.
  3. Tap or click Unpin from Start.

To move a tile

  1. On the Start screen, press and hold a tile you’d like to move. (If you’re using a mouse, click and hold the tile.)
  2. Drag the tile where you want it.

To resize a tile

  1. On the Start screen, press and hold the tile you want to resize. (If you’re using a mouse, right-click the tile.)
  2. Tap or click Resize, and then pick the size you want.