Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How To Customize The Font Settings In Outlook Express

Outlook Express is a free email client application offered by Microsoft. The users are free to install this application in their Windows running machines and add their favourite email service account to it. The application can be used for a number of tasks such as emailing, sharing folders, task scheduling and so on. For some Outlook Express users, the most interesting feature of the application is that it allows them to personalize the application. For instance, you can personalize your email compositions in the Outlook Express application by setting a different font or by changing the size of the font. Outlook users can also contact the Outlook Express help for all their concerns regarding the application. In this article, you would find the steps for personalizing the email composition and fonts in Outlook Express.

  • Navigate to the Start button and select All Programs followed by Outlook Express. 
  • Press the tab labelled Tools and choose Options. 
  • Press the tab named Compose, which you would find in the Options menu box. 
  • Following this, go to the Compose Mail pane and press the tab titled Font Settings. 
  • Scroll down the list of fonts till you find an attractive font type and select it. Here, choose the font size also. Choose a number in the drop down menu located close to the font type menu. 
  • Go to the Colour section and press on it to view the dropdown menu with the different colour options. Select the appropriate colour. 
  • Press OK once you have chosen your desired font type, size and colour. 
  • Next, go to the pane titled Compose Mail and press the tab titled News. 
  • Choose the font type, size and colour for the font settings of your newsgroup messages. Press OK to proceed once you are done with customizing the font settings. 
  • Next, press the Apply button to save the changes you have made in the font settings. 
  • All your future emails and newsgroup messages will apply the customized font settings you have just made. 
In addition to customizing the font type, you can personalize the entire Outlook Express application. Find the steps for personalising the Outlook Express application from Outlook Express Help page. Alternatively, you can contact the Outlook Express support personnel for real time assistance. Outlook support consists of a team of experts who could remotely look into your application and suggest the most effective troubleshooting steps.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Official Doomsday For Windows XP Announced

Microsoft has revealed that the long reign of Windows XP operating system will come to an end on April 8, 2014. Along with the all-time favorite Windows OS, technical support for Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems and Microsoft Office 2003 will also be terminated. Microsoft tech support center thereby urges XP and Office 2003 users to move on to latest platforms, as no more security updates and patches will be issued for the said programs after the term end.

Most businesses rely on Windows XP because of its reliability, easy functioning, simple graphical user interface, and widespread compatibility with third party software programs. Thus, business entities are pressurized to quickly move on to another platform that would offer such features, and ensure security of the data in their systems.

As soon as the official tech support for XP ends, hackers will be free to target the outdated system. Speaking on the matter in Lagos, Awawu Olumide-Sojinrin, the acting country manager for Microsoft Nigeria, said Microsoft understands the situation, and thus is notifying the Windows XP user community to migrate to another platform before the cut-off date.

“Migration is taken for granted until it is experienced. It is therefore wise for customers and partners to move with the changing technology trend by migrating to the Windows 8 and Office 2013 platform within the 8-month period,” she said in the conference.

Microsoft tech support suggests users to migrate to Windows 8 operating system, which is optimized for modern business trends. Built on the foundation of Windows 7 platform, the latest member of the Windows family offers the best speed, reliability, and security features that users have ever experienced before.

With features like Direct Access in Windows 8, businesses can gain better productivity and mobility, as it allows users to use the resources provided by the organization when on the go. Director of Solutions & Sales datacenter specialist at Microsoft Nigeria, Oluyomi Alarape said, “There are several re-engineering and attacks that needs to be catered for as a result of the changing technology landscape. Businesses stand to have huge risks if they do not migrate because there will be no security updates to meet security requirements.”

As it is obvious that people nowadays are more inclined towards mobile devices like tablet PCs and smartphones, which offer the same services as a traditional desktop would. Thus, Microsoft officials believe that the ultra-modern Windows 8 operating system, which is capable to serve both the conventional desktops as well as touch screen devices like Tablets, would be a great platform for businesses to move on to.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Get To Know About The Windows 7 Operating System

Microsoft launched Windows 7 as a successor to the Windows Vista operating system. In Windows 7, Microsoft included some of the advanced features and fixed some of the regular issues that the users were experiencing in the earlier versions of the operating system. Windows 7 is also said to be compatible for those devices that work on the modern UI interface i.e. the touch screen computers and smart phones. According to the technicians at the Windows 7 help, with a Windows 7-based network, you can share files and printers, diagnose and troubleshoot problems, and perform more functions.
The Windows 7 operating system is available in six editions. These are:

  • This is the simplified version of Windows 7 that is available only pre-installed on computer systems from manufacturers such as Dell.
Home Basic
  • This one is a special version that is available only in certain geographic markets such as China, India, and Pakistan. The Home Basic version of Window 7 It is not available in Europe or the United States.
Home Premium
  • This is termed as the standard edition for home use. You can use the Home Premium edition to build a simple peer-to-peer network, but not as part of a domain-based network.
  • The Windows 7 Pro is specifically designed for business users with domain networks.
  • This version can be termed as the complete version of Windows 7, which includes all the features of Windows 7 Professional and a few extra advanced features.
  • This one is the retail version of the Enterprise Edition and includes all of the features of Windows 7 Enterprise.
  • Home or small business users can purchase the Windows 7 Ultimate version individually.
According to the technicians at Windows 7 help, some of the networking features provided by Windows 7 are as follows.
  • One of the most advanced features of Windows 7 is the built-in file and printer sharing, which allows you to share files and printers with other network users.
  • Windows 7 also boasts of a Network Setup Wizard, which automatically sets the most common configuration options. This wizard eliminates the need to work through multiple Properties dialog boxes to configure network settings.
  • Another feature of an Internet Connection Sharing service allows a Windows computer to share an Internet connection with other users.
  • Windows 7 also comprises of a built-in support for wireless networking that help to connect to a wireless network easily. The advanced network diagnostics and troubleshooting tools in this operating system, help you find and correct any networking problems.
These are some of the main features of Windows 7 operating system. For more information on the compatibility features of Windows 7, check Microsoft’s official website.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Use Windows To Go, And Transform The Way You Work

Even though Windows 8 is out, many enterprises are still just making the transition to Windows 7. Other companies meanwhile,  are still using Windows XP, released over a decade ago.
However as Windows XP will not get support in a year from now, it is highly advantageous to have a Windows 8 transfer. A solution to this dilemma is migrating to Windows 8 Enterprise, which has the Windows To Go feature. This allows you to have a Windows 8 image, which can be transferred using a USB drive, allowing you to make any compatible PC into your very own personal workstation.


The “bring your own device” is something that has been attributed to smartphones and tablets but many enterprises have employees bringing in their own laptops. Even though this method benefits both company and employee, it does raise important security and software compatibility issues.
Windows To Go is a solution that extends itself far ahead of BYOD. This empowers employees to run on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC without having to bring a computer every time they come to office. Booting up can be done using the thumb drive and instantly your home computer transforms into a work PC. Not to forget that all associated application, programs and policies are integrated. So, you can work at home with a system as powerful as the one in your office.
Windows To Go can also be employed as a replacement for VPN or any cloud based virtualization, for mobile users. Even if you have to work in an unreliable network environment you can boot with Windows To Go, and get your work done without a hassle.

How to set Windows To Go
There are some three prerequisites to set up Windows To Go:
  • Windows 8 Enterprise OS,
  • A USB thumb drive with storage space of at least 32 GB,
  • Windows 8 Enterprise image file that is created using sysrep.
To set up use the following instructions
  • Launch Windows To Go Creator Wizard
  • Choose the drive you wish to use and
  • Choose an appropriate Windows 8 image
The Windows To Go setup process will format the drive, so do make a backup before you begin the process. Preferably encrypt the thumb drive using a BitLocker.
The Windows To Go tool is the perfect tool for managing BYOD, as you get the benefits at both ends - the employer retains control over tools and data, and employee gets privacy and freedom by not having business tools on their personal system. Make use of Windows 8 transfer to enjoy the Windows To Go tool, and change the way you do business.