Microsoft is one of the leading software developers today. The company is actively involved in the development of operating systems, applications for various platforms and many other services. However, Microsoft is best known for its Windows operating systems, the most popular and ubiquitously used operating system on computing devices.
Being a popular developer, the company has always stood by its millions of customers in times of their needs. In order to assist its customers to get maximum benefit from their software, the tech giant has initiated Microsoft Software Assurance, a value-added service.
What is Microsoft Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a value added service, which helps users with round the clock Microsoft help & support services, that include technical support, e-learning packages and services, new version rights, home use programs, and various other packages. However, to use this service, users need to purchase it.
How to benefit from Microsoft Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance scheme is the best way to optimize Microsoft help & support schemes. The best part of this program is that you would be able to get additional licenses at extremely discounted rates within the first three years of the first purchase.Read more »
New Xbox One owners have started posting complaints and reports of problems with the CD drives in the game console. The Microsoft problems of Xbox One range from loud grinding noises from the drive to the drive refusing to play the games in the CD. Microsoft has responded to these complaints, stating to IGN that these Microsoft problems affect only a very small portion of the Xbox One customers.
The Microsoft statement said, “We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers.” Apart from sending out replacement consoles, Microsoft also offers free game downloads for the affected users. The affected users have the option to choose from Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Forza 5 or Zoo Tycoon. This is a pretty good move and Microsoft expects to make the gamers who are suffering from this issue happy by this move.
With this statement, Microsoft has acknowledged that a few of the initial Xbox One consoles have issues with the Blu-ray disc drives, making them unable to read game discs. The problem occurs from the head of the drive unit. When the users insert a CD into the disc drive, they only hear a clocking or grinding noise, making it unable for the system to read the disc.
The latest reports of the Microsoft Xbox console hardware bring back the memories of the infamous red ring of death issues that affected a large portion of early Xbox 360 units. This issue led to over $1 billion of loss in warranty extensions for the Microsoft Corporation. There are no good reasons to believe that the Xbox One’s CD drive problems are very widespread.
Sony said the previous week that less than 0.4 percent of shipped units to date had hardware problems. Later, the company amended the statement that only less than 1 percent of the shipped consoles were affected by the drive issues. They say that this is within the expected range for a new product introduction and these issues do not fall directly under the Microsoft problems.
Let us hope that Microsoft will come out with a fix for this issue very soon. In the mean time, the affected gamers can download their favorite games from the Microsoft website.Read more »
Repairing the issues in getting Microsoft updates can be a humongous task for many users. Usually, it requires the assistance of a technician to fix such issues. However, by following these instructions you would be able to dispense with technical help.
Hence, by following these steps you can repair the issues in getting the Microsoft updates. However, you can also check with the Microsoft for manual-update options if you still have issues in getting the automatic updates.Read more »
With the term end for Windows XP technical support approaching near, and Windows 8.1 update furnishing all the requirements of users, many users look forward to the Windows 8 upgrade. Here we will discuss how to install Windows 8 on an empty hard drive.
As Windows 8 only allows upgrade of an old Windows operating system, you will have to download the Windows 8 upgrade files on an upgradeable system, and then create an installation media to install it on an empty drive. Follow the below given steps for the purpose.
Even if it accepts the product key without any hitches, Windows 8 will not be activated. Follow the steps given below to activate the product.
Upon reboot, Windows 8 activation process will initiate automatically. Thus, following the above instructions, you can install Windows 8 on an empty drive without any complications.Read more »
The Federal government seems to be taking a tougher stand in order to rein in the economical situation. In its latest move to bring financial security and stability to the country, it has tightened its financial policies especially when dealing with multinational companies. Latest news reveals that even Microsoft will not be able to escape from these toughening financial policies of the Federal Government.
Reports indicate that the tougher line taken by the government took with Microsoft has to do with evading almost $100 million in IT payments. Experts view this move as a wise stance made by the Rudd government to repair the budget impact from reducing the carbon tax. The government has to implement various policies to offset the impact of economic variations.
Backing the federal government’s stance on Microsoft, the Financial Minister Penny Wong opined that her department had succeeded in making tremendous savings by leveling the price of Microsoft products all throughout Australia. Surprisingly, the federal government’s decision was not protested much. Even the critics view it as a good step. They even say that the government was too late in making such a positive move. They have a good reason for saying this. The Australian government could shave off a total cost of $142 million by taking a tougher line in the case of Microsoft software licenses.
The 12-month deal signed with Microsoft help ensure that the cost would remain unchanged; say at least until the duration of the contract. A reliable source from Microsoft points out that the federal government could shave off a sum of $33 million on a yearly basis in the next few years from its bill for Microsoft software licenses. However, the federal government authorities haven’t made any comment on this so far.
The government was keen on signing the contract with the tech giant for a term of three years covering software licenses, service and maintenance. In fact, the contract is nothing but a source of great discount savings for the government. In short, Microsoft help the federal government in its economical activities, although it was not voluntarily done by the tech giant.
Meanwhile, certain news and online media are gossiping and cooking up different stories in this regard. Microsoft is obviously going through a tough time lately. The cold reception to the Windows 8 in the market is one of its worries. However, recently the company purchased Nokia, one of the biggest mobile manufacturers. So, the tech world is expecting more from Microsoft in the future.Read more »