May 19, 2020

Five Tips for Using Windows 8.1

Karen Houghton
3 min
Five Tips for Using Windows 8.1

Since its release, some technology experts have been critical of Windows 8.1. Which has resulted in it gaining a negative reputation and some consumers becoming wary of shifting to Windows from other leading operating systems.

But in reality Microsoft have been successful in creating a hybrid system which is not only very efficient on all platforms – whether on a laptop, tablet, or desktop, but which is also very easy to use.

If you are looking to upgrade to Windows 8.1, here are some tips to help you get the most out of the new version of Windows.

1. Use the new Snipping tool

Windows 8.1 features a snipping tool, which can take snapshots of an open window, rectangular areas, or an entire screen. Snips are then automatically copied to the Clipboard and the mark-up window. From there, snips can be saved or shared, it also allows the user to do basic image editing of the snapshot, with different coloured pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.

Although the Snipping Tool is integrated with Windows 8.1, it can be challenging for new users to locate the program due to the new interface, but it can be found in the ‘Accessories’ group under ‘All programs’. Alternatively just search for Snipping Tool at the Windows 8 Start Screen

2. Organise the Start screen

The start screen in Windows 8.1 is basically the central point for your PC and it’s yours to arrange and organise. Here you can open programs and apps, get to your favourite websites and files and see what your friends are doing. As a result it can begin to look cluttered, as you install new apps, so it’s crucial this page remains organised.

By pinning your favourite apps you can get to them quickly, or if you decide you no longer want an app you can unpin it from your start screen.

You can also resize apps depending on how often you use them, so those you use more frequently can be larger and the apps used less frequently can be small, simply customise your start screen so it works best for you.

3. Embrace the modern style apps

Many feel that the new-style app’ capabilities are somewhat restricted in Windows 8, but in reality , you just have to do a bit of exploring, by simply swiping up to the corner of the screen (or to the bottom), which will allow you to see the apps’ options and functions available, giving you complete use of the app currently opened.

4. Shortcuts do still exist

Contrary to what some users think, shortcuts are still a prominent feature in Windows 8.1. In fact, the only thing that’s different is that it introduces new capabilities which are non-existent in the older versions. New keyboard-shortcut features include the Windows key which functions like Mac’s CMD key. For example, combining it with F lets you open the FIND screen, while Windows + L allows you to return the PC to the lock screen.

5. Use the powerful new Search feature

As with any new system, it will take time to set it up so it works as efficiently as possible for you. One of the most useful features of Windows 8.1 is Bing Smart Search. By swiping from the right-edge of the screen and hitting Search or hitting Windows Key + S you can search for things on your computer, the Web, OneDrive and even some apps.

All search results will then show up in one central search window and can be clicked on to open. We find this feature especially useful for searching the Web right from our desktop – a true time saver!

By Karen Houghton, Aztech IT Solutions

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Jun 16, 2021

NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation

Virgin Mobile MEA
3 min
Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer at NetNumber, discusses how cloud-native architecture is accelerating the transition to 5G for telcos

NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.

NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks. 

“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.

The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.

“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.

“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.

Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.

Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.

“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.

Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:

  • Expertise -  NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
  • Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
  • Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
  • Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
  • Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.


NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA

“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region. 

“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services. 

“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings. 

“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture.  We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”

Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.

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