Panasonic To Add Windows 8 To Toughbooks

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Panasonic Integrates Windows 8 In Notebooks

Leading laptop manufacturers Panasonic have announced their new range of Toughbook notebooks, running on the Windows 8 Pro operating system. In addition the company announced that the new Toughbook notebooks will also have a brand new camera technology implemented within them for better utilization of Windows 8′s functions and features. The company has moved on to the latest Windows version foreseeing the end of the Windows XP OSs.

In a press release, the company announced, “With this latest upgrade, business customers can continue to benefit from the rugged and ergonomic Toughbook platform and its comprehensive range of peripherals, whilst taking advantage of the latest improvements in user functionality and the enterprise benefits of the Windows 8 operating system. With Microsoft extended support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, the latest Windows 8 and 7 versions also offer a smooth migration option for businesses. The latest camera upgrade to the Toughbook devices ensures it functions seamlessly in the Windows 8 environment and is optimized for features such as web conferencing.”

Panasonic have already been a major player in the European mobile computing market for more than a decade, just as old as the Windows XP operating system. Looking forward to their Windows 8 transfer Panasonic hopes to provide a long lasting and sustainable product, which employs the latest technology and stays updated for the near future. They have been pioneers in transforming the way mobile workers perform in the workplace.

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Toughbook Notebooks To Run On Windows 8

Panasonic’s Toughbook line of notebooks has been immensely popular due to their high durability and rugged performance, which is backed up by an ergonomic design. It has top-notch features, which include a superior screen viewing technology as well as specially designed docking and peripheral solutions, which meet the demands of mobile workers.

Panasonic later revealed that Toughbook CRF-19, which is one of their top selling products, will now run on the new Windows 8 operating system. The same can be said for the popular Toughbook CF-31. In addition the Field and Health Toughbook CF-H2 and the semi-rigged Toughbook CF-53 will also come preloaded with Windows 8 operating systems.

Panasonic’s move to have a Windows 8 transfer is appreciated by many and will certainly equip their products with cutting edge technology something Panasonic is very good at. The official release date has not been announced but it shouldn’t be too long before Windows 8 replaces operating systems in the Toughbook line of notebooks.

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Modern Mix Tool For Windows 8

Windows 8 Transfer

       Features Of Windows 8

Windows 8 is the first operating system from Microsoft that comes with a dual interface. In this operating system, you would find the traditional desktop interface like the ones you saw in other versions of Windows, along with the metro interface that comes loaded with numerous apps. Now, by pressing the Windows logo on your keyboard, you can switch to the newly introduced Start screen or Metro screen in the operating system.

Now, the user who made a Windows 8 transfer says that the absence of a Start button in the desktop window is giving them a lot of annoyance. However, according to Microsoft support, the software giant decided to avoid the Start menu since there is a complete interface itself dedicated for this purpose. When you log in to Windows 8, you are not taken to the traditional desktop Window but to the Start screen.

Metro Screen

       Windows 8 OS

Understanding the desire of Windows 8 customers for a Start button in the operating system, many third party application developers have developed tools, which introduce a Start button to the operating system. One other developer has released a tool called Modern Mix, which is aimed at bringing the apps to the desktop window. After the installation of this new tool, when you press the Windows logo, you will see the Start screen on your desktop Window. This means, you no longer need to switch between two interfaces.

When you launch an app from this desktop screen, it runs normally in the full screen mode, just like the way it used to run from the Start screen. You can change the settings in the program to make the screen launch from left, right, bottom or top of your screen. You can also launch the window in full screen in the desktop menu. There are also many other features of this tool. The tool can be customized to set the time for the Start screen to stay on the desktop.

The new tool seems to be an ideal choice of the customers who have made the Windows 8 transfer and for those who are disappointed with it. Microsoft has also released an updated version of Windows 8 operating system, called Windows 8.1, after receiving numerous complaints on Windows 8. Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button and allows users to multitask. Existing Windows 8 customers can upgrade their operating systems to Windows 8.1 online, and free of cost.

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Microsoft Operating Systems: From Windows 1.0 To Windows 8.1

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       Features Of Windows 8

It has been more than 25 years since we first saw an operating system from Microsoft called Windows 1.0. Since then, Microsoft released many operating systems and the latest in this list is Windows 8.1. While some of these operating systems won the hearts of millions, majority of people hated many others. In this post, we will look at some of the important operating systems released by the software giant.

After the release of Windows 1.0, we saw the software giant releasing Windows 2.0 and then 3.0. Then came Windows 95 in the year 1995 and Windows 98 in 1998. The year 2000 saw the release of the Millennium edition, which did not go well with the users. Then, in the year 2001, Microsoft released one of their best operating systems, the Windows XP. The year 2006 saw the release of Windows Vista and after two years Windows 7. The operating system was a huge success and everyone was anticipating for something even better from Microsoft. However, Windows 8, released in 2012, disappointed many Windows fans. Even though Microsoft expected most of the users to upgrade to Windows 8, only a few users were ready for the upgrade.

The earlier versions of Windows depended more on commands for executing various functions. The later versions had graphical user interface, which was much more user friendly. The earlier versions of Windows operating systems had a single desktop interface. This interface has the basic shortcut icons and taskbar that has a Start button in it. However, after an upgrade to Windows 8, you will find considerable difference in various functions. Windows 8 operating system comes with a dual interface where you can switch between the traditional desktop interface and the metro interface.

Windows XP

      Windows Operating Systems

Now, the latest among the operating systems, Windows 8, comes with live and interactive tiles. Once you upgrade to Windows 8, you can harness the features of the metro interface as well as the desktop interface. Even though you will find the traditional task bar in the operating system, the Start menu that was loved by all is absent in Windows 8. This has confused many users as they find it difficult to access the various settings in the operating system. Within a year, Microsoft came up with solutions for customer complaints on Windows 8 and released Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 has the Start button and functions much better than its predecessors. Even though an upgrade to Windows 8 could cost you around $200 for the professional version, Windows 8.1 upgrade from Windows 8 can be done free of cost.

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An Overview Of The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Windows 8 Transfer

        Windows 8

Some of the Windows users have already done the Windows 8 transfer while many others are still considering the choice. Many of the Windows users are still not prepared to bid goodbye to their old Windows operating system, especially the Windows XP operating system that still forms the larger share of Windows operating systems. They are reluctant to do the Windows 8 transfer, as they fear the complications and issues that are involved in the upgrade process. However, the upgrade process is very easy and fast with the Windows 8 Upgrade Associate.

This is a no cost automated help device that can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. It is recommended that you obtain and run this tool before you purchase or upgrade your computer to Windows 8 operating system. Once you have downloaded it, you can run the device and then wait for the tool to scan your computer and the peripherals for compatibility with the Windows 8 operating system. While you run the tool, make sure that all the gadgets like the printer, monitor, wireless router, gaming system etc are linked to the computer.

Windows 8 Upgrade Associate

        Windows 8 Transfer

Doing this will help the tool to identify all the software and components for your computer and the linked gadgets. When finished scanning, the tool will show a specific review of the gadgets and applications that will work with the Windows 8 operating system. The users will have to remove and reinstall those applications and programs for which the tool indicates a red signal. You can print or save the review for future reference. If you are currently having the Windows 7 operating system, you need not worry about the specifications of the program. Microsoft Windows 8 works on the same specifications as the Windows 7 except for some cases where you will have to do an uninstall or reinstall.

The minimum program specifications to install Windows 8 operating system are a processor of speed 1GHz or higher that assists SSE2, NX ad PAE; 2 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free hard disk space, 1366×768 display resolution, multisource-based display to facilitate touch and DirectX 9 design processor that assists WDDM driver.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Associate tests your program to find if it is able to backup some of the Microsoft Windows 8 functions like Shop, Snap, Secure Boot, Multi touch etc. This program will make suggestions as per the current program specifications of your computer.

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Microsoft Releases Migration Tool For Windows XP

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            Windows 8 OS

The End of Support date for Windows XP is around the corner. Microsoft will completely withdraw its support for Windows XP, one of its most popular operating systems, on 8th of April this year. XP users around the world are not so sure about what to do after this date. Microsoft keeps on warning the XP users about potential security threats they may face once the support ends. Meanwhile, a group of IT experts said that XP users could continue using the operating system offline. The security issues would affect the operating system only if it is connected to the internet.

Well, it seems that Microsoft is growing empathetic towards XP users. Lately, they announced the release of a free tool to help XP users make a systematic migration from the outdated operating system to the newer ones. Laplink developed the free tool named PCMoverExpress. The free tool would facilitate smooth Windows 8 transfer or a migration to a new Windows OS and the users would be allowed to download the tool from Microsoft’s free.

It is interesting to note how XP users could benefit from Laplink’s PCMover Express tool. According to Microsoft experts, the tool would facilitate transfer of settings, user profiles and files in an XP machine to a machine that supports either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Microsoft believes the tool would allow XP users to make a smooth migration to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 without losing any of their files or personalised settings unlike in the case of a clean installation of Windows 8.1. Microsoft also claims that users could move their programs in XP to the new OS using PCMoverExpress. However, the free tool offered by Laplink will not help the move of programs. Users are required to purchase a licensed version of the tool, which will cost $23.95 for moving programs.

Compatibility Centre Page

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Microsoft recommends that XP users, who plan to move programs, must check the compatibility of the programs that they need to move to the new operating system. A newly launched web page called Compatibility Centre Page would allow users to check the compatibility of XP programs in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Despite Microsoft’s decision to stop the support services for XP, many XP users would indeed consider upgrading to Windows 8 and use this free tool for Windows 8 transfer of their XP files and settings.

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