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Ok, on first glance this looks like it’s no big deal, right? I can hear you saying “I can already take pictures with my Smart Phone.” Yes, but…

Office Lens doesn’t just take a picture. This new update gives you the ability to convert your pictures directly into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations – that are EDITABLE!

For Word, Office Lens recognizes the text and the document layout. All the text, formatting and layout in the Word document is preserved. Images of typed text become fully editable—just like you authored it at your desk.

For PowerPoint, all the handwritten lines and strokes are transformed into PowerPoint drawing objects that can be recolored, resized, repositioned and edited. That great infographic or sketch from one presentation can now be reused in other presentations.

This is truly impressive. But don’t just take my word for it. Watch this short video and watch the magic happen firsthand!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvvPxwyu3tE&feature=player_embedded

Very cool!

Despite the explosive growth of cloud services in recent years there remain those individuals and companies with deep skepticism around the safety and security of their data when it doesn’t’ reside in their own physical data center. With all the headlines about security breaches at Target, Home Depot and, yes, even the NSA, that mistrust is understandable. And when we talk to clients about cloud services like Microsoft’s Office 365, this is a prime concern that is frequently raised.

Trust is defined by Merriam-Webster as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” and interestingly it ranks as the 77th most searched term on their website (at least it did today when I looked it up!). So it’s no surprise that companies like Microsoft have a significant challenge when it comes to earning and keeping their clients’ trust. But a recent Office Blog goes a long way in showing the steps they take to accomplish exactly that goal.

To view the entire article go to What Does It Mean To Own Your Data In Office 365? How We Aim To Raise The Bar On Visibility And Control Of Your Organization Data With Office 365.

Alternately, you can simply view the five short embedded videos in the article that will explain:

How Microsoft protects your data at rest
Who has access to your data within Office 365
How Office 365 does continuous compliance
Why trust Office 365? and
What does it mean to own your data in Office 365?

Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world. That fact remains. Stuff happens. But I think you’ll agree after viewing these clips that Microsoft has done its homework. And they continue to work hard to earn your trust. If you haven’t already, maybe it’s time to reconsider how Office 365 can benefit your organization.

Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2003 will reach its End-of-Life on July 14, 2015. This has important ramifications for those businesses still employing this technology. It means:

  1. No Updates – In 2013 alone there were 37 Critical Updates released for Server 2003. Imagine, if you can, what impact zero updates will have on the security and operation of your infrastructure.
  2. No Compliance – After support ends, continued use of Server 2003 means you will likely fail to meet most industry-wide compliance standard and regulations. Individuals in the health care, financial and legal fields will be particularly affected by this and should be especially concerned.
  3. No Safe Haven – Even virtualized instances of Server 2003 will be unable to pass a compliance audit. Small Business Server 2003 will be similarly affected.
  4. Higher Costs – Steps needed to isolate and protect your 2003 servers will ultimately end up costing you more in the final analysis. Why expose your company to risk and spend more than you have to?

Migrating away from Windows Server 2003 at this time is nothing less than an investment in your organization’s future. And there’s no better time than now to begin the migration process. Here’s what you should do:

Step #1 – Call Simplex-IT! We’ll help you follow a process that will make the transition from Server 2003 as smooth as possible. Together we’ll:

Discover – all the software and workloads running on the server

Assess – and prioritize your applications and workloads based on type, criticality, complexity and risk

Target – a migration destination for each application and workload. Available options include Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Cloud OS Network and Office 365. Your choices will be driven by speed, ease of migration, cost and desired functionality

Migrate – Several vendors offer do-it-yourself tools while other migration services are available through Microsoft Partners such as Simplex-IT. We’ll help you choose the one that’s right for you!

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s too late. Take the first step and call Simplex-IT today. Doing so will put you on the shortest path to achieving Vision, Confidence and Strategy in your Business IT!

Join Simplex-IT at our next free Lunchinar where we will discuss the benefits of moving your Servers to the Cloud, or what is becoming known as Infrastructure as a Service – IaaS!

The jury is in and there’s no doubt about the verdict. The Cloud is changing how the world does business! Why incur the expense and inefficiency of building and owning your IT infrastructure when you can now pay for the service you need and only when you need it!

During this complimentary Lunchinar, Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge will discuss the Pros and Cons of moving your network servers to the cloud. Can it really save you money? Are you exposing your business to compromised performance or security? You won’t want to miss this entertaining and illuminating presentation!

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. (off Rt. 8 at Steels Corners Road)

As an extra bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft software valued at $500. Free food AND free software. How awesome is that!

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

Do you work with a lot of organizational charts or flowcharts? Maybe you’re using the SmartArt diagrams or shape drawings to create them. But you find they’re not easy to fix when changes are necessary and you struggle trying to add new shapes to the diagram.

If this sounds like you, then check out this complimentary Visio 2013 webinar from Simplex-IT.Maybe you have already been using the program and want to learn some easy tips or you don’t have a clue what it does and would like to learn more.

In this live, streaming webinar, I will show you some quick tips on working with shapes, working with stencils and creating your own, as well as how you can create quick and efficient flowcharts and organizational charts. We’ll review quick formatting techniques using the new 2013 formatting features, as well as some quick formatting of lines and shapes that works in all versions of Visio. We’ll also use the new Change Shape gallery to change existing shapes and take a quick look at the new diagram templates.


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

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

To reserve your spot go to http://visio2013.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!

Simplex-IT Announces New
“Two-hour Targeted Training” Sessions for Office 2013

 Have you been frustrated with the traditional approaches to IT training your company has experienced? Typical complaints include:

  • All-day marathon sessions present too much information in one sitting
  • Too costly
  • Topics can be too basic, too complex or both!
  • Can’t be customized

 If these issues sound familiar, this could be the group training program that finally and affordably turbo-charges your office’s productivity!

Introducing Simplex-IT’s New Customizable
“Two-hour Targeted Training” Program for Office 2013

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose the individuals (limit 20) who will receive the training
  • Pick the application(s) from the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite – Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, and Publisher – and the topic(s) on which you’d like to focus – for example, Mail Merge, Charts, Slide Animations, etc.
  • Have your attendees work with us to set the agenda – they get to choose what topics will comprise the focus of the training!
  • Topics chosen will be presented in a two-hour live, interactive webinar. No questions will be left unanswered!
  • Training is presented through the web. No time-wasting travel is required!

 

Training will be arranged to fit your schedule and presented by Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola. All that is required of the attendees is that they have a modern browser, internet access, speakers and a microphone.

 The cost for each two-hour session is just $200.

Bonus! Be one of the first three clients to sign up, receive a $50 Early Bird discount!

Need more information or want to schedule a session? Contact Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277 or email John@Simplex-IT.com. Remember, Knowledge is Power!

Have you ever wanted to give your Word documents the punchier look of a multi-column layout? Would you like to know how to insert, edit and align graphics? Or use watermarks in the background of your pages? If so, now is your chance as Simplex-IT presents our complimentary August Webinar on Word: Columns, Graphics and Watermarks.

Plan now to spend an hour with our own Michele Bobola who will step you through some Word wizardry that you’ve always wanted to know about but were afraid to ask.

When: August 14 from 11:00am-12:00pm noon.

Where: Streaming Live Online

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

RSVP here:  http://bit.ly/more-word-2013

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!

 

 

Simplex-IT picnic 2013

Simplex-IT’s 6th Annual Community Appreciation Picnic

Mark your calendars for August 13 from 4:00-8:00pm and join Simplex-IT as we welcome friends and neighbors, clients, local business owners and fellow Chamber of Commerce members from Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron and Fairlawn.

Once a year in August we forego our regular monthly business-oriented Lunchinar presentation in favor of an open-invitation picnic celebration in the back yard of our Worldwide International Headquarters (5225 Darrow Road, Hudson). This year will be no exception.

Simplex-IT will be providing the beverages, hamburgers and hot dogs; you will be providing the essential “special ingredient” and camaraderie for which this annual event is becoming known. In addition to the abundant opportunities to network with your peers we will have assorted back yard games to test your skills. Of course, there will be a veritable plethora of prizes! And for those who may be interested, we will also have available demonstrations of many of the information technologies Simplex-IT offers the business community throughout the year (including Microsoft’s Windows 8, Office 365 and Office 2013).

What should you bring? Your appetite, of course, a general sense of abandon and a lawn chair. That’s it! Plan on arriving early, staying late and having a good time!!

We do have one request. To ensure we have enough food and drink for everyone, we ask that you RSVP on EventBrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/simplex-its-7th-annual-picnic-tickets-11821387087, by email to John@Simplex-IT.comor phone us at 234.380.1277.

Don’t miss it! 

Starting this past January on the second Thursday of every month, Simplex-IT has been presenting free training Webinars, typically on commonly used business applications, and we’re happy to report our audience for these has been steadily growing. The presentation time for these streaming Webinars is 11:00am – 12:00 noon.

To reaffirm our commitment to freely sharing information and celebrate the growing popularity of the Webinars themselves, we are announcing our schedule for the full six months remaining in 2014! So get out your calendars and mark these red letter dates. You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you!

Webinars:

July 10:                 Excel 2013 Charts

August 14:           Word: Columns, Graphics, Watermarks

September 11:  Introduction to Visio

October 9:           Intro to Outlook

November 13:   Intro to Excel

December 11:    Intro to PowerPoint

January 8:            2015 – Using Data in Excel

We’d like to emphasize these free instructional Webinars are not limited exclusively to Simplex-IT clients and their employees. This information is being freely presented for anyone who would like to participate.

You may ask, why the magnanimity? Simple. When you think of a company you can turn to for knowledgeable IT advice and service, we hope you’ll think of Simplex-IT – the company that brings you Vision, Confidence and Strategy for Business IT!

So mark your calendars today and join us!

Sneak Peek at Windows 8Simplex-IT has been hosting free informational Lunchinars now for a number of years. Every third Wednesday of every month we extend an open invitation to join us for a free meal and presentation on a topic we hope will be of interest to Small-Medium Business owners.

But this blog post marks a first! This is the first time we have announced our schedule for a full six months in advance! So get out your calendars and mark these red letter dates. You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you!

Typically these events are held at the Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. (off Rt. 8 at Steels Corners Road) from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Some events may vary, however, so we encourage you to check back to this blog for updated announcements each month. Our August event, the Annual Simplex-IT Picnic, for example is held at our Worldwide International Headquarters in Hudson from 4-8 pm.

Here’s the schedule:

Lunchinars:

July 16:                 Virtualization for the SMB

August 13:           7th Annual Simplex-IT Picnic

September 17:  Servers in the Cloud

October 15:        When is IT Obsolete?

November 13:   Security Strategies for the SMB

December 17:    4th Annual Holiday Geek Raffle

January 21:         IT Trends for 2015

As you can probably tell from the above topics, these presentations are not sales pitches for products we sell or companies we partner with. On the contrary. At Simplex-IT we have a passion for what we do and believe if we freely share that passion and knowledge that it will produce more knowledgeable consumers of IT services. And ultimately that will bring more clients our way.

At least, that’s the plan, and we’re sticking to it!

We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us!