Groove Music and OneDrive: FAQ online

Groove Music OneDrive is the music streaming service which Microsoft put live to compete with Google Music, Spotify, Deezer and similar platforms, by taking advantage of the multimedia software Groove and personal and business cloud OneDrive. Unfortunately, the Groove Music and OneDrive platform will be retired in 2019, so it will not be longer available for new subscriptions. 

Such retirement of the service has produced some concerns and doubts respecting the actual users, who do not know if the service will be completely removed along with songs and online files store in OneDrive. In order to clear doubts respecting this matter, the Groove Music OneDrive FAQ is available to answer different questions users may have.

Doubts about Groove Music OneDrive streaming service 

Specifically, the music streaming service offered by Microsoft will be retired in March 31st, 2019, so to stream music using the Groove and OneDrive platforms will not be possible after this date. Since the service obviously had users, there are certain doubts that Microsoft wants to answer through the corresponding frequent asked questions website or FAQ. 

Streaming music using this service was possible saving music files on OneDrive, which were reproduced directly from the cloud to the user. So, one common question about the users was if such music files were going to be deleted from their OneDrive accounts. The answer is no, music files will remain safe in OneDrive and can be downloaded to any device local or mobile. 

However, any data stored in the program like playlists, preferences and other synchronization will be removed in the date previously mentioned, and the platform will no longer be available. Because of this, Microsoft is recommending the users to download the music files from the OneDrive accounts to personal computer and devices, in case they want to listen to them performing any activity.  

Complete guide to Narrator

Complete guide to Narrator

Windows as operating system is a platform that carried out by Microsoft is designed to provide the best experience to users, for those who want to take advantage of the OS but unfortunately have a disability, being blind of the most critical ones due to the lack of sight in a software that is very visual and works under GUI.  

For this reason, with Windows 10 as the latest version of the operating system Microsoft decided to include the ultimate tool to help blind users and others with disabilities to take the most out of the OS, with the help of Narrator. 

In the next paragraph there is a complete guide to Narrator, explaining what it is and how can be used by blind people or others that can be more comfortable with audible-assisted experience, along the whole general software and also respecting internet browsers, web sites, settings, file explorer, text and more. 

What is and how to enable Narrator in Windows 10? 

Narrator is a built-in app in Windows 10 that acts a text reader that works in any app, internet browser, file manager, web pages and more, being perfect for those who suffer disabilities like blindness. The greatest advantage respecting Narrator is that is completely integrated in the system and does not require any additional download or third-party software. 

Microsoft offers a complete guide to learn to use Narrator in Windows 10 online, through the URL address https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22798/windows-10-complete-guide-to-narrator, where users can learn how to use the platform following easy steps. Such guide can also be downloaded in .DOCX and .PDF files for best convenience, even being available in braille. 

Enabling Narrator is very easy. The user just have to press the Windows key in the keyboard, at the same time that the letter “Ctrl” and “Enter”, and in this way Narrator will be automatically enabled and ready to use. 

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Support is near of its end

Windows Server 2008 R2 is an operating system for servers released by Microsoft in 2008, which is based in the Windows NT 6.0 core and share some of the architecture with Windows 7 as home and office OS. With almost 10 years of the first released respecting Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 support is near and for those using this server OS such news should not be ignored.

End of support for Windows Server 2008 R2, but what does it mean? 

In details, Microsoft is ending the support for Windows Server 2008 R2 after almost 10 years of being live, specifically on January 14th, 2020. This is no news to ignore for those who are still using this OS for their servers, meaning in great risk due to the upcoming updated state this edition of Windows Server will have. 

Since 2020 the operating system will lose support and every security update will be finished for good, along with other updates and general technical support. This means that Windows Server will not provide the needed security for servers and data saved on them, due to the longevity of the platform. Customer service and online technical support will also be no longer available permanently. 

Fortunately, Microsoft is offering different options for those remaining users of the operating system before the support loss date arrives. For example, there is available for download the migration guide to migrate to current higher versions of Windows Server, in order to enjoy of more security updates and other features. 

Also, users with valid and updated Windows Server 2002 R2 versions will enjoy 3 more years of critical security updates if they migrate to Azure, completely for free. The expiration date for Windows Server 2008 R2 support includes every version of the OS, such as Data Center, Enterprise, Standard, Standard with Hyper-V and for systems based on Itanium.