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Like every year before, 2015 promises to bring continued evolution in the world of information technology. Of course, some segments will gain in popularity while others will diminish or even disappear altogether. Who will be the ultimate winners and losers? How will the inevitable changes impact the decisions you will be called upon to make in your professional role?

Join Simplex-IT for our first free Lunchinar of 2015 as Bob Coppedge peers into his crystal ball to suggest what technologies you should be following in the New Year to help your business prosper. Will it be the Cloud, Social Media, Project Management…or something else? Join us and find out!

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm

 As a bonus, we will be awarding door prizes of Windows 8 and Office 2012 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours,go to https://simplex-lunchinar-0115.eventbrite.com, email Michelle@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Like every year before, 2015 promises to bring continued evolution in the world of information technology. Of course, some segments will gain in popularity while others will diminish or even disappear altogether. Who will be the ultimate winners and losers? How will the inevitable changes impact the decisions you will be called upon to make in your professional role?

 

Join Simplex-IT for our first free Lunchinar of 2015 as Bob Coppedge peers into his crystal ball to suggest what technologies you should be following in the New Year to help your business prosper. Will it be the Cloud, Social Media, Project Management…or something else? Join us and find out!

 

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm

 

As a bonus, we will be awarding door prizes of Windows 8 and Office 2012 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

 

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Microsoft Excel is all about Data. But data without structure is not very useful or meaningful. That’s why you will want to tune in to this free instructional Webinar on using Excel’s Data features found on the Ribbon. In this one-hour, live streaming presentation, Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola, will show you how to use Excel’s features like: 

  • Advanced Sorting and Filtering
  • Subtotals
  • Data Validation
  • Consolidating Data
  • Data Forms
  • Combining and Separating Data
  • Flash fill
  • What If Analysis
  • Importing Data

If you would like to learn how to more effectively tame the data inside Excel to do your bidding, then check out this free Webinar on Using Excel’s Data Ribbon Features!

When: Thursday, January 8 from 11:00am-12:00 noon.
Where: Streaming Live Online

 We hope you can participate in this FREE one hour webinar. RSVP now and block out the time on your calendar.

To reserve your spot go to http://exceldata.eventbrite.com,  email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Everyone who RSVPs will receive an email the morning of the webinar with instructions on how to log in to our webcast using Microsoft Lync (you do NOT have to have Lync installed on your computer!). So watch your Inbox!

Questions? Feel free to contact us by email at John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Don’t miss this informational, free webinar brought to you by Simplex-IT – your Virtual CIO – bringing Vision, Confidence and Strategy to your Business IT!

PowerPoint is an essential tool for anyone who has to make presentations. And it’s pretty easy to use – once you know your way around. This webcast is designed for the beginning or self-taught user who wants to learn more about the program.

In this session we will learn how to create slides, work with slide layouts and placeholders, as well as the different design themes. We’ll look at the autofit feature, add notes, create duplicate slides, move and rearrange slides and work with sections. We will also explore the different views – normal, slide sorter, notes, and presentation view – while learning shortcuts along the way.

Other topics we’ll cover include:
• Using the Slide Master feature to format ALL your slides at once
• Reusing and importing slides from other presentations
• Working with SmartArt, Screenshots, transition and animation features
• Printing your presentation for use as a handout
• And more

When: Thursday, December 11 from 11:00am-12:00pm noon.
Where: Streaming Live Online

We hope you can participate in this FREE one hour webinar. RSVP now and block out the time on your calendar.

To reserve your spot go to http://powerpoint2013.eventbrite.com, email Michelle@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Everyone who RSVPs will receive an email the morning of the webinar with instructions on how to log in to our webcast using Microsoft Lync (you do NOT have to have Lync installed on your computer!). So watch your Inbox!

Don’t miss this informational, free webinar brought to you by Simplex-IT – your Virtual CIO – bringing Vision, Confidence and Strategy to your Business IT!

You’re Invited to the Simplex-IT Free Holiday Networking Lunch and
Geek Charity Raffle Event!

Yes, as usual, this month’s lunch is free of charge, with lots of networking for business owners, executives and IT professionals. But instead of our usual business presentation, we’ll be having fun raffling off numerous valuable Geek Gifts (like Windows 8 Professional, Office Professional 2013 and other goodies you’ll want to own).

And for every dollar in raffle tickets sold, Simplex-IT will match the amount (up to $500), and the entire proceeds will be donated to the Hattie Larlham Foundation (http://www.hattielarlham.org/) – a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities and improving the lives of more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive, off Route 8 at Steels Corners Road

Please join us in the holiday spirit of giving for this relaxed, free networking event. So that we can properly prepare (seats are limited), please RSVP to:

Happy Holidays!

 

In late September Microsoft announced the Technical Preview of its latest operating system, Windows 10. As usual, Simplex-IT was first in line to obtain our copy and we’ve been putting it through its paces on our test bench since then. We think you’re going to be impressed with what we have to report.

The emphasis in this release is on Enterprise users. Responding to feedback, Microsoft has taken great pains to integrate the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and early indications are they have succeeded. In addition, Windows 10 has been designed from the ground up to run across a broad array of form factors – desktops, laptops, tablets, phablets and smartphones. According to Microsoft, “There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.”

And there’s more. You’ll even learn the question everyone has been asking – Whatever happened to Windows 9!?

So be the first in your neighborhood to get a peek at the new Windows 10. Join Simplex-IT for our free November Lunchinar.

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours go to https://windows10preview.eventbrite.com, email John@Simplex-IT.com, or call 234.380.1277.  Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the Lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

Do you work with Excel but have limited knowledge?  Maybe you work with a spreadsheet that someone else created and just need to be comfortable building your own.  Or maybe you are self-taught and just want to pick up a few tricks using Excel 2013.

If this sounds like you, then check out this free instructional Webinar on Excel Basics and Beyond! In this one-hour, live streaming presentation, Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola, will show you how to:

  • build a spreadsheet from scratch
  • easily enter information,
  • use advanced copy and paste techniques
  • employ quick selecting techniques
  • create basic formula functions
  • use various formatting techniques, such as
    • sizing rows and columns
    • working with Wrap Text and
    • Merge and Center.

Michele will also show how to set up the spreadsheet for printing by adding headers/footers, getting your document to fit to the page and having the gridlines print.

When: Thursday, November 13 from 11:00am-12:00pm noon.
Where: Streaming Live Online

We hope you can participate in this FREE one hour webinar. RSVP now and block out the time on your calendar.

To reserve your spot go to https://excel2013basics.eventbrite.com, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Everyone who RSVPs will receive an email the morning of the webinar with instructions on how to log in to our webcast using Microsoft Lync (you do NOT have to have Lync installed on your computer!). So watch your Inbox!

Questions? Feel free to contact us by email at John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Don’t miss this informational, free webinar brought to you by Simplex-IT – your Virtual CIO – bringing Vision, Confidence and Strategy to your Business IT.

A short time ago we ran a little survey to determine what interest might exist for a sneak preview of the upcoming Windows 9 Operating System Technical Preview.  As an inducement to participate, we said we would enter each person in a drawing for a Simplex-IT “Glitter Rocket!”

The response was strong and the competition stiff. But today we’re happy to announce the lucky winner is Phillip Dipane of the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA). Congratulations to Phil and thanks to all those who participated.

But, you may be wondering, what about the results of the survey?

Perhaps not surprisingly folks showed significant interest in what new features may appear in the upcoming release. In fact , some of those features have already been confirmed while others remain only as speculation.

According to Redmond Channel Partner, “based on leaked screenshots that appeared late last week, the upcoming Windows release is being referred to as the “Windows Technical Preview.” It’s expected to bring back the Start Menu and permit Windows Store Apps to run in their own windows on the Desktop side of the operating system, which has all been confirmed by Microsoft officials.”

“The leaked screenshots show other features that may or may not get included into the final OS build. Examples of possible features that may be included in Threshold or Windows 9 include the elimination of the Charms Bar, Cortana integration, an Update button, a Notification Center showing alerts from apps or from the system, as well as a feature called “Virtual Desktops.” This supposedly lets users compose different screen views, which can be used to pull apps together.”

As you can see from the above chart, Simplex-IT Lunchinars, Webinars and YouTube recordings all placed strongly as preferred methods in which our respondents choose to be updated. For the FIRST word on any developments, however, check out this space. This is where we will breaking all the latest news. Stay Tuned!!

Microsoft  Outlook is the most widely used email client in the business world. Yet surprisingly there are a host of features designed to enhance your productivity of which many people are unaware. We hope to change that with this webinar!

Are you overwhelmed with the emails in your Inbox? We can help! In this free, streaming Webinar Simplex-IT’s Michele Bobola will show you how to:

  • Use the Quick Steps function to perform multiple actions with one click

  • Create and Edit Rules to manage emails

  • Use the Filter Email feature to weed out all the unnecessary stuff when you need to focus onsomething in particular

  • Use the many Views available in Outlook to your advantage – Conversations, Groups and Message Previews

You will also learn how to:

  • Share your email folders with others

  • Work with the many panes – Reading, People, Folder and To Do Bar

  • Use the Advanced Find and Search feature

  • Color-code emails with the Conditional Formatting feature

  • Use Categories for added flexibility

  • Manage meeting invitations

During this rapid-fire 60-minute presentation, Michele will have you feeling as though you can leap over tall buildings with a single bound! Time permitting, she may even touch on the other powerful components of Outlook: the Calendar, Contacts,
Tasks, To-Do Lists and Notes!

Join Simplex-IT and Michele Bobola on Thursday, October 9, from 11:00am-12:00noon for this free Webinar. To register, go to http://10-09-outlook.eventbrite.com, call 234.380.1277 or email John@Simplex-IT.com. On the morning of the event you will receive an email with details on how to log in with Microsoft Lync (it’s a free download!). We look forward to having you join us!

State of the Art…in 1908!

The Windows XP computer you bought in late 2001 still seems to work fine. Sure, it takes 15 minutes to fully boot up in the morning, but that’s ok. It gives you time to get a cup of coffee! And your Office 2003 programs are still functional even though they lack the advanced features of more current versions. Why think about upgrading?

If these performance issues aren’t enough to give you pause, consider this. It’s true that, unlike the vehicle sitting in your driveway right now, your IT assets are not going to eventually rust out and fall apart. However, continuing advancements in computer technology will, at some point in time, transform your hardware and software from an asset to a liability, especially in the area of security. And when it comes to keeping your data and your network safe, you don’t really want to be penny wise and pound foolish.

Do you?

Staying current with technology is an ongoing challenge all of us face. More importantly, absent these very clear indicators that upgrades are in order, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? That’s the question we will attempt to answer at Simplex-IT’s next free Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?” Whether you’re a business owner or IT pro, you will want to be part of this conversation.

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. And, as a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of valuable software (courtesy of our partner, Microsoft). Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive, off Route 8 at Steels Corners Road
When: Wednesday, October 15,, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours email John@Simplex-IT.com, call 234.380.1277 or go to http://www.oldit.eventbrite.com. Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

Microsoft has announced it is launching a new home page experience in Office 365. Initially, it will be rolling out to current Exchange or SharePoint customers. You access the new home page from the web experience of Office 365, which you get to by signing into the Office 365 portal. Once you’re there, you just click the Office 365 logo at the top-left of the page. New customers will automatically land on the home page when they first sign into Office 365. It looks like this:

New Office 365 Home Page

The New Office 365 Home Page

In the future, new services will be introduced via the home page, so you should know how to access it.

To accommodate a variety of start preferences, you can determine your own default landing page when you sign in to Office 365 via portal.office.com. They’ve made it super easy!

For the full story of the new Home Page, click here.