Thursday, January 22, 2015

7 Important Windows 10 Features

Well finally the day came when Windows executives took the privilege to speak out about the much awaited Windows 10.

Microsoft held a consumer event today to reveal the features of Windows 10 operating system. Users may have to wait till the 2nd half of the year before they can try their hands on this new software.

Curious to know few of them. Read on.

1. Cortona in PC

It took off quite well in smartphones, and Windows plans to introduce it to your Desktops as well. So that means Cortona will know almost everything about you and can help you with all your daily tasks.

So next time expect Cortona to give you a reminder about your flight tomorrow and well do not forget to take a printout of the ticket because Contona wont forget to remind it to you.

2. Bye bye IE

A lot happened and was talked about Internet Explorer as Firefox and Chrome ruled the market for last few years. Microsoft finally took a grave decision to decommission IE browser.

So no more IE versions in future. Its time when we say a good bye to IE.

3. Project Spartan

Microsoft claimed that it is building a browser which has a capability to surpass all present day browsers in the market.

Well they are naming it as Project Spartan with no specific names given as of now. We can simply hope that Microsoft provides us with what they have promised.

4. Free Upgrade to Windows Users for one year

According to Microsoft more that 70 percent of the their users are using Windows 7 and around 20 percent users still use Windows Vista (an operating system which is 14 years old).

They have data which speaks that only around 10 percent of their users have migrated to Windows 8. That truly makes Windows 8 a big flop. So to cope up with the customers need and expectation they have planned to provide free upgrade to its users.

The plan is to upgrade Windows 8 users to Windows 10 first and then Windows 7 and Windows Phone users will be targeted.

5. New Start Menu

Perhaps this was the biggest flop for Windows 8 release when Windows tried to revolutionize their design and remove the START menu. But this step was not taken well by the users and thus became one reason for the fall of Windows 8 operating system.

So Windows have decided to bring in this feature once again into Windows 10 release.

6. Improved UI

Windows has given importance to UI improvements as well. You will be able to see a whole lot of rich UI features like improved usability with new icons. A lot of new apps has also been planned to be released with Windows 10. We will have to wait for few more months to know about these features though.

7. Xbox Crossplay with Windows 10

Windows has good news for its Xbox users as well. Cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers will become a reality.

And if PC games aren't your thing, you'll be able to seamlessly stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs and tablets on your Wi-Fi network.

Those were some really good features announced by Windows. We simply need to wait for the product to get released later this year to try some of these interesting features.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Windows Phone Shortcuts

Windows phone may not have picked up that much pace as Android phones has, but from my personal experience they are one of its kinds. Though Nokia is the only company left to produce phones with this operating system, still there are many buyers existing may be because of the brand Nokia has.
I have been using Nokia 920 since one year now, and to be honest I am quite satisfied with the phone. Some features of the phone are not as straight forward as it is for Android phones and I had to research and tweak with the phone to get them done. Some of the functions or shortcuts which do needs a mention are specified below. You will get all these shortcuts if you Google them, but my intention was to club all of them together so that this page becomes a one stop for all such shortcuts.

Disabling auto complete

Well auto complete is good while writing texts to your friends but to some extent. At some times auto complete feature will simply annoy you since it tries to guess each and every word you type finally giving the message a complete different meaning. Especially when you try to write your mother tongue in English and it simply tries to embed English words forcefully. I always wanted to disable it and finally got how to do it.

Settings --> Keyboard --> Your Selected Keyboard and then disable auto suggest

Taking screenshots

Nowadays smartphones can be used to do almost everything that can be done in a computer. In such a scenario there are situations when we need to take a screenshot of the page present on our screen and save them as an image. Yes that feature is available too and is pretty straightforward unless you don’t know how to do it.

Press both Power Button and Windows Button together
The picture will be saved to a folder named Saved Pictures

Scrolling Up and Down in text editor

The other day I was typing about a situation that happened to me and wanted to send it to my friend. The message got too long and as usual I was not able to see the top part on the screen. To the utmost surprise I was unable to reach to the top of the message no matter what I do. That really irritated me a lot. That day itself I started to search how to do it and finally got the way.

Press and hold for some time then scroll will appear. Then you can use this scroll to move up and down

Getting to middle of a typed text

Normally when typing a text we keep on typing and changing words. When it comes to touch screen mobiles changing an already typed word becomes difficult and we end up erasing all the words till that word and type in the whole message again. To get to the desired position and change words this is the way.

Long press at the position where you want to go and then the cursor will move to that position.

Copy a part of  text

There are sometimes when it is necessary to copy a part of the text for no matter what the reason is. Copying a part of the text is too easy but you need to know them. This is how it is done.

Click the word from where you want to copy. This will select the word. Then simply drag your finger till the word u want to copy

This is an evolving post and I will keep adding things as I keep discovering them. If you found it interesting and helpful then do hit the like button. If you believe in helping others, then do post your discovered shortcuts as comment and eventually this will become the one stop destination for many Windows Phone users.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Explore. Dream. Discover

Our bags were packed, tickets were booked and we were ready to go on a trip to the Mountains of North India. We were a group of 15 people all set to make a difference waiting at Howrah railway station for the signal to get green. Suddenly the sound of the Engine hooting came all across and our face was covered with smile. Smile of Joy, Smile of seeing new place, Smile of being together. 

I was only a kid, perhaps 8 years of age when I got this opportunity to go visit a new place with my parents. Along with us were 3 more families, my father’s office colleagues.  Excitement was truly visible on all our face as the train passed by fields, cities and many small stations getting closer to our destiny, Shimla. After some tiresome train journey, we finally reached Kalka and took a bus to Shimla. Days passed and finally our 10 day trip came to an end. We were there back at Howrah station bidding goodbyes to each other. A moment of sadness was all around but the wait for next trip to some new place made us happy. 

From then on there was no stopping. Each year the same month of October we always went to some place. North, South, East, West and Central India, all seemed to get conquered one after another. Each trip kept on getting better as everyone gained experience on how to plan such trips. I always saw my father and his colleagues plan the trips months before. I learned how to plan such big events and how things can get easier if planned well before. So my first lesson, Always plan before you do something.

Few years later we went to a trip to South India. We had our last visit to Kanyakumari. In this trip we were exhausted and bored by seeing sea beaches again and again. Vishakhapatnam, Pondicherry, Chennai, Goa, and now Kanyakumari. We lost all our hope but to see yet another sea beach with least expectations. But when we actually reached the place, only one thing came to my mind “Oh My God”. That was not any other beach. That was the meeting point of three seas and we were able to differentiate all the three seas. That was a view I still remember. 

After few years we were on a trip to North Bengal and Sikkim, A paradise on Earth. As it was the month of October, winter was on its way. Snowfall was about to start in the higher parts of the mountains. We all wanted to go and play in the snow. But that was not easy. For that we had to go the highest point, a place called Yum San Dong in North Sikkim, border areas of China. When we reached there, we were amazed to see people staying in small villages. 

They greeted us with all the warmth and served us hot tea. On talking to them we came to know that there are around 7 families who stay here. In winter they move to a slightly lower place, Yumthang. For their food and daily purposes they walk around 30 kms each day to fetch food items on mountain roads. And they are afraid to go till Gangtok as it is very hot out there. What !!!! Temperature in Gangtok was hovering between 5 to 14 degrees in October and they say it’s hot !! People have a lot of hardships and we should learn to appreciate everyone.

Two years back me along with one friend went to a place in Karnataka called Shimoga. There are two places nearby, one Jog Falls, the second highest falls in India and second a place called Agumbe, a place to receive second highest rainfall after Mawsyngram, Cherrapunji. When we reached Jog falls after a terrible local bus ride for 2 hrs from Shimoga, we were annoyed to see a small water fall. Then we came to know that the falls can be enjoyed once we descend 1400 steps to get to the bottom of the falls.

We were young and had all the zeal to accept this challenge. Little did we know that it was no child’s play? Descending 1400 steps and climbing them back was really not even a man’s play. When we reached the bottom, what we saw and what we felt was a sight which can never be explained but felt. We sat there on a big rock and time kept passing. 2 hrs we sat there enjoying the falls and not even an inkling of boredom pinched us. Simply one thing came out and that was “WOW”.

The next day we planned to go to Agumbe. As expected as soon as we started rising the mountain, rain grasped us from all ways. It was raining cats and dogs. What else can you expect when you come to a place like Agumbe. From the highest point of the mountain you can see the Arabian Sea at the horizon. This is another importance of that place. But the only thing we could see was rain, rain and rain. But suddenly the rain slowed down and something caught both our eyes. There was clouds covering the whole of sky till horizon but a cylinder sort of structure was formed in the far distance. 

On seeing closely, we figured out it was the rain in the form of a cylinder and it was coming towards us. That was a view which I guess very few people would have witnessed. But to make it worse, we didn’t have a good camera. You never see such a view every day and we stood there like idiots with nothing but a Nokia e63 to capture that beautiful moment.

I never got a chance to go to a foreign country but I never regret it because what I saw and learnt from my own country was in no sense any less. Traveling and exploring has always been an ideal gift for me. Even my friends presented me with a trip to Hogenekkal falls in November 2012 on my birthday in Bangalore. Now is the time to learn and enjoy and it has to be utilized.

In Mark Twain’s words “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover