Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

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Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby drdirt » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:59 pm

[color="red"]I'm new to this forum but I simply cannot use the Kindle Fire without glasses anymore. I have a couple nice big (17.3") laptops that I would prefer to use Gospel Library on. Where might I find such a download for a windows based laptop?
Thank you in advance.[/color]

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Postby jdlessley » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:10 pm

This was discussed in the Gospel Library app for Desktop PC thread. In post #7 a user recommends using Bluestacks to run Android Apps on a desktop. In post #8 Gospel Library for Android was reported as running fine under Bluestacks.
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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby vmandrew » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:30 pm

Hello Brethren and Sisters. One major flaw with the upgrade to Gospel Library is that it now requires Windows 8.1 to download. It will not download onto XP or Windows 7 machines, which many of our members still use. Is there a link to the earlier version that is available to download?
Would it be possible to email me that program in a return email to tech@tel2020.org ?? Thank you, Vanora Andrew.

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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby russellhltn » Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:33 am

vmandrew wrote:Hello Brethren and Sisters. One major flaw with the upgrade to Gospel Library is that it now requires Windows 8.1 to download. It will not download onto XP or Windows 7 machines, which many of our members still use. Is there a link to the earlier version that is available to download?

There was no earlier version that supported those operating systems. The purpose was to support Windows Tablets and Phones. But because tablets run the same OS as the desktop, desktops running 8.1 can use it.
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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby ToManyLetters » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:33 am

As russelhltn has said, there is no earlier version of the app for users of Windows 7 and lower to use. Even users of Windows 8 need to upgrade to the current version of Windows (Windows 8.1) to use the app. It simply requires features of Windows 8.1 that previous versions of Windows do not offer. That Windows desktop users have access to the app is, indeed, a happy side effect of the work being done for Windows tablet and phone users. There is no version of the app prior to Windows 8--and no version of the current app prior to 8.1. It simply doesn't exist.

In addition, Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows XP ended in April of 2009--even its 'extended' security-only updates ended April of last year. Remaining on XP is an enormous security risk--one might as well sleep on a mattress full of used hospital needles.

Windows Vista saw its end to mainstream support in April of 2012, and Windows 7 saw its end in January of this year. Further, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 for free to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 when it releases this summer.

The recommendation I have for you is to help as many people as you can upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes. This will give them access to a modern, secure operating system and also get them access to the Windows Store--and, as such, apps like Gospel Library and LDS Tools on Windows.

Edit: Also, mods, would it not make sense for this entire thread to be moved into the Windows 8 Gospel Library subforum, instead of Windows Phone's?
Have a bug to report for Gospel Library for Windows v4? Check the Known Issues to see if it's been reported. (https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Gospel_Library_for_Windows_Preview_Issues)
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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby russellhltn » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:04 am

ToManyLetters wrote:Windows Vista saw its end to mainstream support in April of 2012, and Windows 7 saw its end in January of this year. Further, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 for free to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 when it releases this summer.

The end of mainstream support is of little consequence for most consumers. It simply terminates feature development. The end of Extended Support, which terminates security patches, is of far greater concern.

End of Extended Support:
  • WinXP SP3 - April 8, 2014
  • Vista SP2 - April 11, 2017
  • Win7 SP1 - January 14, 2020
  • Win8.1 - January 10, 2023
I will agree that WinXP users need to upgrade. Other users need to be on the current service pack (free), but they have time.
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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby ToManyLetters » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:09 pm

My point is that they are now getting security-only updates. These are no longer the crowned kings of Microsoft's support realm. It's not fair to expect new features on these operating systems that newer programs will need to use to operate. Yes, these older operating systems still have security updates--I never claimed they didn't. But users should be aware that mainstream support has ended. It's a good signal to them that it's time to start thinking about and saving for either a new system or an upgrade for the system they already own. And now, with Windows 10 being offered for free, there is no reason to not upgrade your OS this summer (if you're on 7 or 8.1). The benefits of running the most up-to-date version of your operating system are manifold.
Have a bug to report for Gospel Library for Windows v4? Check the Known Issues to see if it's been reported. (https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Gospel_Library_for_Windows_Preview_Issues)
Also visit the FAQ. (tech.lds.org/wiki/Gospel_Library_for_Windows_8_FAQ)

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Re: Gospel Library for Windows Laptop

Postby russellhltn » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:44 pm

ToManyLetters wrote:And now, with Windows 10 being offered for free, there is no reason to not upgrade your OS this summer (if you're on 7 or 8.1).

I prefer to wait a bit to see how it's doing. Perhaps for the first service pack.

As an IT person, I've never seen an advantage to being on the latest. I can appreciate that to a programmer, the developing features can mean a lot, but I can't say it's ever meant a whole lot to end users. The primary motivators are security patches and minimum system requirements of new software. (Which brings us back to Gospel Library.) And far too many don't even worry about the security patches.
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