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MicrosoftDeals on various Microsoft products expire on June 30th!

Microsoft’s fiscal year ends on June 30th.  Because of this, Microsoft always has promotions and deals for their licensing that expires on June 30th.  This year is no exception.

Offers on:

  • Office 365
  • Project Online
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Licensing
  • Migration Costs
  • Open Value Subscription
  • Software Assurance

These offers differ from product line to product line, but they usually end up somewhere between 10-30% off what you would pay throughout the rest of the year.  And many of these offers are limited to only if you purchase the product through a Microsoft Partner (that would be someone like us).

Also, Microsoft has quietly announced that some products will actually see a price increase after June 30th.

So…act now, save money.  Wait until after, price increase.

Interested?

Click us at Sales@Simplex-IT.com, or call us at 234.380.1277.  And you know we don’t do the whole high-pressure approach.  We’ll help you determine the product and licensing plan that’s best for you and your organization (even if it’s not with us).

For June’s Lunchinar we’re going to do a business level introduction to Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure.

Although we’ll go into the technical details (to a point), the key focus is going to be how Azure can be used by Small to Medium Businesses (SMB’s).  We’ll discuss Azure in terms as an alternative to traditional Information Technology (IT) solutions (like servers).  But we’ll also discuss how Azure can be used to extend how SMB’s extend their IT resources to vendors, customers and external employees.  And Azure does this at a fraction of the cost of in-house solutions (usually).

But what is it?  Actually, it’s changing weekly.  Microsoft has created a remote environment that can be configured as servers (so it’s kind of like you having a server, but “out there”), or services (so you don’t have the server, just what you use the server for).  You can use Azure for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery/Off Site Backups.  You can use it for distributed databases, remote connectivity and more.  You can create a Single Sign On environment based on your Active Directory (network) credentials.  And a lot more.

And you pay only for what you eat.  Increasing or decreasing the amount of resources you need is relatively easy.  So if you’re a seasonal company you can arrange to have beefier (more $) resources available during the busy season, and smaller (less $) resources during the rest of the year.

But there are tradeoffs.  Connectivity speed, full server level access become potential issues.  Security requirements need to be taken into account (well, they should be already, but you lose the luxury of being Pollyannaish about it).

Join us at this upcoming Lunchinar.  We’ll be both in person as well as online.  And we’ll discuss (and demonstrate) this environment, talk both features, functions, benefits, drawbacks and costs.  And one lucky attendee will pick up a copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2013, courtesy of Microsoft.

  • When:  Wednesday, June 17th from 11:30-1pm (eastern)
  • Where:  Hampton Inn in Stow (plus Online)
  • Click here to RSVP

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At Simplex-IT, we specialize in sharing our knowledge with several free webinar and Lunchinar events each month on topics such as Microsoft Office, Project Management and Data Practices.  Contact us at Info@Simplex-IT.com, Twitter (Simplex_IT), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/simplex-it) or FaceBook: (http://www.facebook.com/simplex.it).  You can also check out our YouTube channel with over 100 videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/SimplexITBob

 

If you don’t follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, you missed all of these items we thought were interesting.

Crotchety Olde Geek #6: Why mobile apps are free; you’re probably no more careful with your data than Target is: http://bit.ly/1nFW0UD

Wait up, #Google! Now thanks to #Atlas, #Facebook advertisers can follow you everywhere, too. Oh, goody!: http://bit.ly/Zk4lCo

Adorable robot cheerleaders have a ball. Until their eyes are replaced with lasers and they turn on us: http://bit.ly/Zk4PIU

Free Webinar from Simplex-IT! Managing Your Email in Outlook 2013: http://bit.ly/Zk55aC

Make your cloud safer: How to enable two-factor authentication for the most popular cloud services: http://zd.net/1mxNLct

Ok, so a tiny robot learns to fly a real plane. But can it do it to a Kenny Loggins soundtrack? http://bit.ly/1x7ar6Q

First chapter of Groups in #Office365: http://bit.ly/1mxKklP

Simplex-IT’s Sept Lunchinar: Servers in the Cloud – Buying Service vs. Buying Boxes now online: http://youtu.be/qLy7f5JMAik

Threat from within: Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says: http://bit.ly/1mxNAhe

Best Practices for Windows #Server2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 3: http://bit.ly/1mxJTbc

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice? http://bit.ly/1x7fKDx

Office Lens: Free #WindowsPhone App Lets You Capture Notes, Paper Documents, save them in #OneNote: http://bit.ly/1paXa5m

Home, yes…Kansas, no: #Microsoft Introduces the New #Office365 Home Page: http://bit.ly/1paX3qh

New Record!! Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses: http://bit.ly/1paWYmv

Microsoft Dumping ‘Office on Demand’ for #Office365 . Is #Azure Remote App coming soon?: http://bit.ly/1x7cYy1

Free Simplex-IT Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?” http://bit.ly/1paWQUj

The Art of #SQL Performance Tuning: http://bit.ly/1C18AAs

#Microsoft To Unveil #Windows9 ‘Technical Preview’ 30 September: http://bit.ly/1r12prj

#Apple adds two-step verification for #iCloud (sorta), effective immediately: http://bit.ly/1r1287Z

#Office365 news round-up: http://bit.ly/1uDVgja

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 2: http://bit.ly/1t9aYSQ

Thar’s Gold in them thar old servers! Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach: http://bit.ly/1uDUxOY

Jeff Buskirk, Simplex-IT tech, featured in National College’s news: http://bit.ly/1wxcxNc

I run Windows…just…Windows: Report: Microsoft Dumping ‘Windows Phone’ and ‘Nokia’ Branding: http://bit.ly/1tW1bh0

Microsoft Boosts OneDrive with 10GB File Uploads, Folder Link Sharing: http://bit.ly/1tW0HYe

Brandon King returns to Simplex-IT after a 3 month hiatus as a Google apprentice: http://bit.ly/1qQIP2a

Seriously, Tim Cook says #Apple *does* care about #iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]: http://bit.ly/1s4YM57

This is your brain. This is your brain on social media. Any questions?: http://bit.ly/1s4Rsq9

How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]: http://bit.ly/WzTn9A

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: http://bit.ly/1s2ii2c 

Grasp the Business Value of a Complete SQL Server Health Check: http://bit.ly/WzRVnC

Free deployment of #Office365 by #Microsoft for new customers with over 150 seats: http://bit.ly/1s2h7zJ

#Microsoft is finally beating itself!! Yea!! Windows 8 Use Overtakes #XP Worldwide: http://bit.ly/1xlQOch

Free training, Windows 9, lunchinars, webinars and ice water.  Simplex-IT’s September eNewsletter is now online: http://conta.cc/1s239hw

Faster Cat videos!! Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts: http://bit.ly/1xlRjmO

Game of drones: Google readies Project Wing against Amazon’s Prime Air: http://zd.net/1u4gRB4

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?