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Microsoft finally made it official.  They like to play with our brains when they announce products.

Remember the Metro interface of Windows 8, which became “Windows UI” just before release?  Or Windows SkyDrive which became OneDrive earlier this year?

Well, they’re doing it again.  The next version of Windows, which coming after 8 and 8.1 was rumored to be called Windows 9.  The code name for it?  “Threshold.”

Well, today Microsoft announced that it will be known as Windows 10.  Why?  I got nothing.

But you can take a look starting today (1 October).  Because the Technical Preview (sounds better than Beta, right?  Yeah, I prefer Beta too) will be available to the public.

When will the full OS be released?  Most folks seem to think it’ll be before Microsoft’s end of year, which is June 30th.

What will be different?  Well check out the posts below for more specific information.  But there are two obvious goals that are out of the box.

First is to bring the traditional mouse/keyboard and touch interfaces together.  From the screen shots in the articles linked below it looks like they’ve accomplished that, bringing the Start menu back under the desktop screen.

The second is to create an environment that will scale in terms of the display, from small (think phone) to big (think wall unit).

Now, as you know, we here at Simplex-IT like to get an early start to this sort of thing.  We were one of the first companies in NorthEast Ohio to give public demonstrations of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Office 2013, Google Glass, Office 365…need we go on?

So we’re quick to announce that our Lunchinar on November 19th will be about Windows 10.  We think this one’s going to be popular, so reserve your seat now by clicking here!

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Did you miss the Lunchinar in September?  If so, never fear, now it’s online!  Bob (with help from Steve) can help guide you through what benefits are available for small to medium businesses looking to place some or all of their servers “in the cloud,” using Microsoft Azure as an example.  Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS), anybody?

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.

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!

July’s Lunchinar “Virtualization for the SMB: How to Make Your IT Do More for Less!” is now online!

Check it out (mostly because it’s Kevin Dutkiewicz, not Coppedge…so there’s a chance it’ll make more sense than usual):

http://www.simplex-it.com/   Today’s servers typically run at only 10-15 percent of their capacity, resulting in wasted resources, unnecessary hardware investments and data center sprawl. Virtualization, once available only to the largest of enterprises, helps you consolidate your applications on far fewer physical servers, thereby optimizing resource utilization and delivering up to 50 percent efficiency savings.

There are other compelling reasons why your business might want to look at using virtualization in your IT infrastructure. But, like almost everything in life, there could be drawbacks. We’ll discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of virtualization for the SMB.  Find out if this approach to IT can benefit your bottom line!

Office 365 is well known as Microsoft’s offering for cloud-based email, but there’s a lot more under the hood than you may realize. Bob Coppedge explains how organizations are using Office 365 for enhanced collaboration, video conferencing, mobile file access and so much more! Recorded at Simplex-IT’s June Lunchinar.

http://www.simplex-it.com/  Learn what small businesses should know and do for security with computers, software and devices from Bob Coppedge of Simplex-IT.  Our May Lunchinar is now online!

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!

 

Office 365Office 365 is well known as Microsoft’s offering for cloud-based email, but there’s a lot more under the hood than you may realize. Join Simplex-IT for our free June Lunchinar and we’ll show you how organizations just like yours are using Office 365 for enhanced collaboration, video conferencing, mobile file access and so much more! Plus we’ll review some of the latest Microsoft offerings for mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

Note: this will be a BUSINESS discussion and not a technical deep dive, a real world overview about how businesses are increasing productivity and security without a huge up-front investment!

This is an important discussion you won’t want to miss!

When: Wednesday, June 18, 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 a Microsoft Xbox gaming system. Free food AND a free Xbox. How awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, go to http://bit.ly/1tWyTnE, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Didn’t make the April Lunchinar where Bob Coppedge discussed the ways that SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) can make smart decisions about employees using their own IT devices for work? No problem. You can catch it courtesy of YouTube!