Winsock is a commonly used technical term that denotes the liaison between the Windows Network Services and the Windows Operating System as a whole. While many users are very much aware of this term, they’re probably not aware of the fact that this is actually a shortened version of Windows Socket API. Basically, the Winsock quotient of your operating system determines its networking capability, and the overall smoothness with which internet browsers are able to function. Take for instance, you decide you are in the mood to read up a few karaoke machine reviews. Now to do this you open up a browser and punch in a search term in the browser’s command line. This then initiates a connection with the world wide web, during which time there are several protocols followed, handshakes completed and packets exchanged. Winsock basically helps with all of these processes ensuring that the browser can use networking capabilities of windows to complete its task.

It also determines how well all the add-on services and plug-ins of the browser bundle are able to be operated as well. Many a times, there are configurations required, downloads asked for and permissions sought. In the age of mobile browsing technology, it becomes all the more important to understand such facets in order to ensure a safe and sound mobile browsing experience. Hence, prior to downloading Internet Explorer 8 optimized for Bing and MSN, it would be worthwhile to analyze the Winsock component of your operating system and see if what you’re trying to set up would actually be beneficial for you in the long run, or would it end up hampering your system productivity.

Bing Rewards

If you haven’t heard about Bing Rewards yet, it is at best high time that you should now. Especially since these are freebies that are almost solely unique to this operating system, and do not feature anywhere otherwise. Be it free gift cards for online shopping, or electronic products in the form of free giveaways, or even charitable donations made on your behalf, there is a lot that you earn when you use the Bing Bar frequently. While these bonus points were earlier known as Bing Rewards, these are now referred to as Microsoft Rewards. The best part about using the Bing Bar to access Internet Explorer is that the same is easily configurable with all operating systems, irrespective of how obsolete or advanced these are. So if you’ve been shunting away the thought of shifting from Google Chrome or Firefox to Bing, you have all the more reasons now!