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Bob Coppedge and Steve Buchwald talked about Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 at the last Lunchinar.    Did you miss it?  No problem!

It’s no secret sales of Tablet computers are setting new records every month. With that increase in sales more and more employees are bringing their tablets to work and asking to gain access to the corporate network in an effort to increase their productivity. As a result there is a corresponding increase in risk as the security of the enterprise is exposed to devices that weren’t necessarily designed to handle that challenge.

Add to that the fact that some of these devices do better than others in successfully performing work-related tasks. Which leads to the question we as IT consultants hear all the time, “Which Tablet is Best for MY Business?”

To answer that question, Simplex-IT’s staff put together this informal comparison of the four major tablet platforms – iPad, Android, Windows RT and Windows 8 – and offers this presentation for your consideration during our May 2013 Lunchinar. So kick back, put your feet up and listen as Sarah, Brandon, Kevin and Steve give their views on which tablets are best positioned to hope you win at business. Enjoy!


Battle of the Tablets!

We’ve heard of all of them:  iPads, Droids, and now Windows tablets.  But which one is best for your business?  Which has the best features?  Which one is the easiest to support?

How to decide?  Let Simplex-IT be your guide!  We’ll be taking each major tablet line (iPad, Droid, Windows and Windows RT) through the paces.  We’ll show how each tablet can (or can’t) accomplish what today’s business user needs to be able to do.

We’ll also talk about some of the unseen features…security, backups and support options.

Tablets give you lots of choices.  Let Simplex-IT help you make the right one!

As always, there will be plenty of time for questions.

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 Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson
When:                  May 15, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm

Seating is limited! To reserve yours, call 234.380.1277 or email 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.­­­

Windows TabletMicrosoft loves to name things and do it in a way that confuses the heck out of people (how do you shut your computer down?  First click on the button labelled “Start”).

Key Microsoft confusion this month?  Regarding Windows Tablets.  The terms “Surface,” “Pro,” and “RT.”

Here’s the simple explanation:

  • Surface:               A product line of Windows Tablets manufactured by Microsoft.
  • Windows Pro:    An edition of Windows that has full functionality.
  • Windows RT:      An edition of Windows, exclusively on Tablets, that has limited functionality.

So Dell makes Windows Pro Tablets and Windows RT Tablets.  But they can’t make a Windows Surface Tablet.

And Microsoft makes a Windows Surface Pro Tablet and a Windows Surface RT Tablet.

A Windows Tablet has the hardware capacity to be either Pro or RT.  Can’t do both.

Thank you Microsoft.

If you haven’t noticed, the PC marketplace is changing. Desktop PCs with a Windows operating system are no longer king of the hill. Smartphones and tablets are the new ‘talk of the town’ and Ultrabooks are emerging as the sweetheart in the world of laptops.

Add to this mix the recent release of Windows 8 and the new Microsoft tablets, the Surface RT and the Surface Pro, and speculation is rampant on how the computing landscape is changing. The ‘Computer Games of 2013’ are off with a bang!

A February 5, 2013 article on titled “Surface Drumming Up More Demand with Global Mobile Workforce” by Rachel King is painting a bright future for Windows tablets with global information workers. Based on findings from Forrester Research’s second annual “Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey,” the report describes an employee of the mobile workforce as “someone working from multiple locations and using three or more devices for work.” It states that “29 percent of the global workforce now fits this description, up from 23 percent in 2011.” Working anywhere at any time is indeed “the new normal.”

The report goes on to report that 32 percent of respondents replied they would like a Windows tablet for their next work tablet. Applying the numbers, that suggests there is a potential for 200 million Windows tablets to be sold. This should be very good news for Microsoft.

On the other hand, the report is especially optimistic for the iPhone, suggesting 33 percent said it would be their next work phone, up from 16 percent who are using the iOS handheld now.

Let the games begin!

It’s official! Microsoft has announced their Surface Pro tablet will be made available to the public on February 9. As Ed Bott reports in his article on you will be able to purchase the Pro at Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar stores, its online store, Best Buy and Staples in the U.S. The starting price will be $899 w/64GB of memory. Additional options and add-ons are available.

The Surface Pro will be a little thicker and slightly heavier (by a half pound) than its less expensive sibling, the Surface RT, and Office will not be included (though you can add it). But because the Pro will use Intel’s Ivy Bridge i5 processor it will be capable of running just about any Windows desktop application. One possible down side? Battery life will be about half that of the Surface RT. Hey, there’s no free lunch!

What this means, of course, is that we will soon have even more choices when it comes to choosing our next computing platform. For her part, technology writer Mary Jo Foley explains why she WON’T be trading her Surface RT for a Surface Pro. But, as will be evident from the many comments following both of these articles, opinions are certain to be varied.

Which product would be best for you? As is so often true, the answer is: It depends! My advice is to read these articles and get as much information as you can. Then, compare the products’ features with your individual needs and make your choice accordingly.

It’s good to have options!

Once again, as he has done at the beginning of every year, Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge dusted off his magical crystal ball and peered into the future. Nearly 30 attendees of our January Lunchinar listened as he discussed his prognostications of the emerging IT technologies  he believes will have an impact on small-to-medium businesses in the coming year.

We are pleased to report that presentation is now available on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy from the privacy and comfort of your office.  Just click on the thumbnail below, kick up your feet and take a magic carpet ride with Bob. It’ll be just like you were there – except you won’t get to enjoy the free lunch! Enjoy!

Microsoft Store in BeachwoodBack in October, Microsoft opened a store (a kiosk on steroids, really) in Beachwood Place.  At the time it was identified as a temporary seasonal store.

Well, no longer (thanks to Jim Evans who pointed this out on Facebook).  Microsoft announced back on December 26th plans for opening full retail stores in six locations.

And you guessed it (or you figured it out from the title).  One of them is at Beachwood Place, replacing the “pop-up” store currently in place.

Later this month Microsoft is scheduled to be releasing their follow up to the Surface RT tablet.  The new tablet, named the Surface Pro, will feature a full Windows 8 Pro capacity.

Bob Talking Surface!Back on 8 December I had the fun experience of talking about Microsoft’s new Surface tablets at the GCPCUG monthly meeting.  Since the topic of the whole meeting was holiday gift ideas, folks wanted to know how the Surface stacked up as a stocking stuffer (ok, big stocking).

It does seem that whenever I talk about Windows 8, especially tablets, there are a few questions that always seem to come up.  Microsoft (I know this will come as a shock) seems to have a bit of difficulty effectively branding and communicating their product lines to the rest of us out here.

As I expected, these questions were brought up by interested folks:

  1. Is there a difference between a Windows 8 tablet and a Surface Tablet?
  2. Why did Microsoft make the change to the interface for my new laptop?  What did I ever do to them?
  3. When more than 2 people with Microsoft Surface Tablets get together, do they immediately start dancing and swapping their keyboards?

And the answers:

  1. Microsoft decided to make their own line of tablets running Windows 8.  They’re called Surface.  There are two versions, the Surface RT (running Windows RT) and the Surface Pro (running full Windows 8 Pro, not released yet).  But other manufacturers (Dell, Asus to name a couple) make their own tablets running Windows 8.
  2. The main reason is so the interface is the same, no matter what device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, even server) you’re using.  Ok, you got me.  The real reason?  They don’t like you.  They never did.  Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us.
  3. Yes.  And that’s why whenever I see somebody get out a Surface tablet and I’ve got mine, I run away screaming.