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Bob here.  We’ve said it before, but we want to say it again:

Microsoft has programs through the end of the year that can save you over 15% of your software cost.  As we’ve said many times, Nov-Dec and May-June are the best times of the year to be purchasing Microsoft software.

But you need to act now to take advantage of it!  And we can help you determine the best program for you and your organization.

Whether you’re looking to:

  • Migrate your email to the cloud (Office 365)
  • Implement video conferencing through Lync (Office 365)
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  • Upgrade your workstations to Office 2010 (get ready for Office 2013!)
  • Upgrade your workstations to Windows 7 (get ready for Windows 8!)
  • SharePoint 2013
  • SQL 2012

Between the Big Easy and other promotions, Microsoft has specials that can save you a chunk of change.  Think Microsoft licensing is tough?  Well, so do we<g>.  But we’ll help you through it.  Contact John here or call at 234.380.1277.

Bob here.  Just a note that I’ll be one of the many presenters on Saturday, December 8th’s meeting of the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group and Cleveland Digital Publishing Group.  We’ll be talking about Holiday Tech Gadgets V.

The meeting will include a raffle that will benefit the Salvation Army and a ton of raffle prizes.  The meeting is free and open to the public!

When:  08 Dec 2012  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:  CSU Student Center, Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

For more information click here

There’s no question that tablets are the rage these days – and, so far, Apple appears to be hanging on to its lead, despite the flood of competing new devices by multiple vendors. But Microsoft’s new tablet(s) appear poised to shake things up, perhaps more than a little.

As you can read in this blog article by Curt Hall, Microsoft is not only going to be competing in the same price arena as the iPad, in early 2013 it will be introducing a Surfact tablet that is fully ready for the Enterprise. And this is where Microsoft has, of course, held a commanding position in the marketplace.

The author makes the point that, despite its popularity, the iPad is, in essence, a consumer oriented device.

“… the current dominant tablet vendors — Apple and a slew of providers selling Google-Android-based products — can hardly be considered enterprise players. Rather, they offer consumer products that have infiltrated the corporate world.”

“Don’t get me wrong: the consumerization of IT is definitely real. But in practice, putting consumer technologies to use in the enterprise requires addressing a number of important issues. This is certainly true when it comes to utilizing tablets in corporate environments once you start moving beyond their use for anything besides simple, straightforward applications like email and calendar programs. Such issues include multiplatform support, strict security considerations for accessing corporate applications, the ability to protect sensitive data, and the requirement to be able to work with existing applications and legacy software systems.”

Even the currently available Surface RT, primarily aimed at the consumer market, will include Office(!), a staple of business users across the globe. It’s notable that Microsoft has not made a version of Office available (to date) for the iPad or Android-based tablets. And the more powerful Surface coming in January will greatly expand its appeal by being able to run the same software you currently have on your enterprise desktop!

It’s going to be an interesting race. Let the games begin!

Microsoft Store in Beachwood

Can you spot the Logo?

Bob here.  Ok, the Microsoft store is now open.  And by open, I mean waaaaay open.  As in open in the middle of the floor of the mall open.

My wife and I visited the new Microsoft store in Beachwood Mall last weekend, just after it opened.  And it was packed, both with Microsoft folks and people interested in the new Surface RT tablet.  At least a dozen Surface RT tablets were available for test drives.

Yup, they had them in stock (I bought one), and the staff was pretty knowledgeable and not pushy.  Definitely more interested in me trying one out than in me buying one.

And right now, the focus is 100% on the Surface RT tablet.  No Xbox.  No regular laptops or desktops.  And the Surface Pro tablet isn’t due out for another month or two.

As we’ve mentioned, the store is slated as temporary for the holidays.  More permanent stores are planned by Microsoft, but the only one planned for Ohio is in Cincinnati.