Browsing Posts in Windows 8

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:

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

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

Free Webinar from Simplex-IT! Managing Your Email in Outlook 2013:

Make your cloud safer: How to enable two-factor authentication for the most popular cloud services:

Ok, so a tiny robot learns to fly a real plane. But can it do it to a Kenny Loggins soundtrack?

First chapter of Groups in #Office365:

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

Threat from within: Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says:

Best Practices for Windows #Server2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 3:

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

Office Lens: Free #WindowsPhone App Lets You Capture Notes, Paper Documents, save them in #OneNote:

Home, yes…Kansas, no: #Microsoft Introduces the New #Office365 Home Page:

New Record!! Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses:

Microsoft Dumping ‘Office on Demand’ for #Office365 . Is #Azure Remote App coming soon?:

Free Simplex-IT Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?”

The Art of #SQL Performance Tuning:

#Microsoft To Unveil #Windows9 ‘Technical Preview’ 30 September:

#Apple adds two-step verification for #iCloud (sorta), effective immediately:

#Office365 news round-up:

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: Part 2:

Thar’s Gold in them thar old servers! Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach:

Jeff Buskirk, Simplex-IT tech, featured in National College’s news:

I run Windows…just…Windows: Report: Microsoft Dumping ‘Windows Phone’ and ‘Nokia’ Branding:

Microsoft Boosts OneDrive with 10GB File Uploads, Folder Link Sharing:

Brandon King returns to Simplex-IT after a 3 month hiatus as a Google apprentice:

Seriously, Tim Cook says #Apple *does* care about #iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]:

This is your brain. This is your brain on social media. Any questions?:

How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]:

Best Practices for Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Migration: 

Grasp the Business Value of a Complete SQL Server Health Check:

Free deployment of #Office365 by #Microsoft for new customers with over 150 seats:

#Microsoft is finally beating itself!! Yea!! Windows 8 Use Overtakes #XP Worldwide:

Free training, Windows 9, lunchinars, webinars and ice water.  Simplex-IT’s September eNewsletter is now online:

Faster Cat videos!! Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts:

Game of drones: Google readies Project Wing against Amazon’s Prime Air:

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

15 minute webinar: Busting myths about #Office365 and your small business:

Kim Kardashian Mobile Video Game making $. Suddenly cat videos look like a good use of the internet:

One hoax press release, one $300 million hole in mining company:

Finally! A Motorcycle Helmet to make Iron Man Jealous:

Wanna go get a #WindowsRT tablet? Ah…no you don’t. Not until you read this:

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

I was annoyed when MS marketed #Surface tablets through just dancing. Now this (safe for work, not sanity):

Still using Windows XP? You’re not alone (neither were other passengers on the Titanic):

Elop on Layoffs: #Microsoft’s Focus Is on Windows Phone:

Wanna migrate to #Office365 but leery of the migration cost (and you have >150 seats)? Wait a couple of months:

Apple and Google told to stop misleading consumers about ‘free’ apps:

Sophos: It’s all about trust! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]:

Simplex-IT’s 7th Annual Community Appreciation Picnic is Coming! And You’re Invited!

Want to burn a password into your brain (in a good way)?:

The more I read from this guy the more I like him. #Microsoft CEO Nadella to employees: ‘Bold ambition and our core’

Don’t miss our free webinar tomorrow “Charting with #Excel 2013:”

Google’s Android security chief: “Don’t bother with anti-virus.” Quit locking our cars while we’re at it?:

Largest collection of FREE #Microsoft eBooks:

Is #Microsoft getting into the wearable market 4th quarter? The tech isn’t interesting, but the platforms are:

Free Webinar from Simplex-IT Wednesday: “All about #Excel Charts”:


First notes on Microsoft’s Windows 9 or “#Threshold”:


MS announces price hike for #Office365…sorta…for some. Clear as mud:

Simplex-IT Announces 2nd Half 2014 Webinar Schedule:


Some hints on Document collaboration using #Office365:

“Enhancing PowerPoint 2013 Presentations” webinar now online:



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

OK, so maybe you’re using an earlier version of Microsoft’s venerable suite of Office applications and thinking about upgrading (special note: Office 2003 reaches its official “End of Support” soon, in April 2014). And you’re wondering what new features the latest version of Office 2013 offers that will make your life easier and more productive. Or maybe you have the latest version of Office and you want to find an easy way to explore its new features. Either way, I think I have what you’re looking for.

One of my favorite websites, MakeUseOf ( regularly amazes me with postings of all kinds of helpful information. A recent one I discovered is their “Office 2013 Guide and Review,” a collection of new features that are being introduced in all the Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, SkyDrive, etc. Even if you already have Office 2013 on your computer, I’m willing to bet you can find some bits and pieces in this downloadable guide that you weren’t even aware existed!

Go to for a downloadable guide you can save for reference in the days and weeks ahead.

And if you haven’t yet been exposed to the newest Microsoft Windows operating system, there’s a really good “Getting Started Guide to Windows 8” that should help you out. Just go to


Hey folks! Brandon here, just wanted to give you all an update on some of my experiences with Web Browsing on Windows 8.1. 

With Windows 8.1 Microsoft brings Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), which contains a lot of performance and security enhancements, but changes mean that your sites need to work well with it. I have already encountered multiple instances of websites that I rely on for work that are not compatible with IE11.

When a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox gets updated, there are always new things that might not work with websites that haven’t updated everything for each browser. Something that every business should be paying attention to is whether the websites they hold dear to their heart actually work on updated versions. This is one of the key reasons updating software gets delayed in a business environment.

The first thing we try when something isn’t compatible, is a feature called Compatibility View, which works by letting a list of websites you create run as if you were using an older version of IE, just for that website though. Unfortunately, the typical settings for this don’t seem to work as well as one would hope in IE11. The process quite the annoyance now and is rather inconsistent. Next I tried downgrading to IE10, but that process isn’t so simple either (They really want you on IE11).

I jumped into Windows 8.1 without doing my research into whether or not the sites I rely on for business will be compatible. Now I can’t use IE for work until the websites update on their end. This can be a tough situation to be in as a business. You need to get your work done, but should also be on the best and most secure experience possible. Sometimes we need to make a trade-off.

That being said, if you rely on web-applications for your business I would check with the people who run the site to see if it is compatible with IE11 and probably wait a little bit for them to get updates going.


Preview Windows Server 2012 R2

Two Microsoft products are scheduled for significant upgrades – Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2– and Simplex-IT will be detailing both at our next free Lunchinar. You won’t want to miss it!

Packed with enhanced security features and usability improvements, both of these new releases are sure to please both end users and IT geeks equally. No matter where your interest lies, there is certain to be something for everyone to get excited about. Be the first on your block to be ‘in the know’ by attending this free event.

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:                  October 16, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm

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

I’m old.  Yup, a lot of people do what they can to hide that fact.  Not me.  I’m old, and I remember when software updated with the frequency of a Browns winning streak.  WordPerfect 5.1 was WordPerfect 5.1 for years.  And we liked it.  So you kids get off my lawn!  (Sorry, I got a little carried away there…)

Fast forward to now.  Between security needs, feature adds and the ease of deployment (think cloud, boys and girls), everybody has switched to a much greater frequency.  And it ain’t just Microsoft, folks.

But let’s talk about Microsoft.  In keeping with their strategy that was really introduced about 5 years ago, they’re keeping up with their 4 year cycle on major products.  Major upgrade (think Windows Server 2008), Major Release upgrade in two years later (Server 2008 R2 in 2010), followed by next Major Release (Server 2012 in…wait for it…2012).

Same thing for Windows desktop, but it went by the name of Vista followed by Windows 7, and then Windows 8.

So now we’ve got Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Desktop 8.1, both of which are scheduled for general release on October 18.

So far I’ve been using 8.1 on my tablet, and it’s pretty evolutionary.  Steve Buchwald has been playing with the Server 12 R2, and he has a maniacal look in his eye (nothing unusual there).

We’ll be showing off both of those products at our Lunchinar on October 16th.  But in the meantime, here are some resource that Microsoft has made available (thanks to Keith Mayer, Senior Tech Evangelist over at Microsoft):


There are actually a lot more resources available.  Drop me a line if you’d like more info.  Also check out Keith’s blog here.


Bob here.  I asked Hasan (an intern here) to take a look at Windows 8.1, code-named “Blue.”  I thought his thoughts made for a great blog article.  Enjoy!

My name is Hasan Mutlu and I’m a senior at Hudson high school. Using technology and becoming part of that world is exciting and as I intern at Simplex-IT for the summer, I gain experience with technology. Bob had me play around with a Windows 8.1 device and I’m writing to tell you my opinion on it and whether or not I believe it’s worth downloading.

I have played around with Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue and there are a few things I’ve noticed that I would like to tell you about. The device I used Windows 8.1 on was a touchscreen tablet that was running on an i5 processor along with 4 gigs of RAM. It was my first time using Windows 8 in a touchscreen environment as I had always used it on a non-touchscreen laptop. There are some good, and some bad changes made to Windows 8.

First off, I’d like to state the new addition or change that was made, then secondly, my opinion on it.

  • Lock Screen Slideshow feature: It’s pretty self-explanatory. You can now have a slideshow of pictures shuffling in the lock screen. The settings to this are easily accessible, and allow you to choose which folder of pictures you want the lock screen to filter through. It allows you to choose settings according to whether or not it is plugged in or running solely on the battery
  • Start Screen:
    • The start screen (see pic below) allows you to change the colors and backgrounds. You can choose from the many presets or to make it the same as your desktop background. You also have the option to choose a color theme and an accent color
    • Additionally, different tile sizes were added, mainly giving you the option of two new sizes, which are a big block, considered “large” and an even smaller size called “small”. The standard size of a tile is either “wide” or “medium”. Large is roughly twice the size of a “wide” block and four times the size of a “medium” block. I probably wouldn’t make any blocks “large” simply because it would be taking up more space than it would need. It is nice to have the option to do so though
    • The button to see all your apps on one page was replaced with a motion. You swipe up from the bottom and you’re taken to a screen with all your apps. Here you can sort them by name, most used, date installed or by category
    • 50-50 split: This allows you to actively view and interact with two apps at once. Although this is a nice addition, the option to have the original 80-20 split is now not available. This means that if you had wanted to listen to music and have a small snippet of what you were listening to open on the side, you can’t do that anymore. You would need to allow the music app half of a page although you aren’t actively using it
    • App Switcher: Although no changes were made to the app switcher, I’ve noticed that to close all the apps, you need to slide and close them individually, one by one. This is the same on both versions of Windows 8, but a button to close all the active apps would be convenient
    • Aggregated Search: My most favorite feature, aggregated search, makes it easier to search the internet for something. From the search bar that comes up in the charm menu, you can search anything and it will show you results from your device and from the internet. This makes it easier to find things because of the beautiful layout that is presented. If you would like, you can also limit where you want to search, such as files on the device, etc.
    • 3D printing: Although I have very little knowledge about 3D printing, I have learned that Windows 8.1 now supports it

Example of new Windows ScreensAs I have said beforehand, this is my first time using a touch screen Windows 8 device and these are only my opinions on the new changes that Windows 8.1 brings. Overall, the tie breaker for me comes in the 50-50 or 80-20 app split. If Blue doesn’t bring this in the released version, then I may consider keeping my current version. Lastly, another change I would’ve like seeing would be able to use apps on both screens when an extended screen is connected. Microsoft should’ve put more work into Windows blue.

We’ve been hearing a lot about Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, since its introduction last fall. And you’re going to be hearing a lot more about it, too, now that Microsoft has announced its plans for Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue. Scheduled for release sometime before the end of this year (read before Christmas), Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade to current Windows 8 owners.

The radical overhaul of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system has clearly “befuddled as many people as it has impressed,” according to a report by Michael Lledtke of the Associated Press. Many of the changes and updates in Windows 8.1 are designed to address those challenges.

Complaints notwithstanding, however, Brad Chacos states in a recent article in CIO magazine that there are at least 12 ways Windows 8 dominates the OS competition. He cites:
1) A vast software library
2) Backward compatibility
3) Games
4) Stellar syncing
5) IE, the native web browser
6) Browser security
7) Widespread peripheral compatibility
8) Multiple monitor support
9) System search
10) Multitasking
11) And my favorite, the new-car smell!

Ok, I know, that’s only 11. Did I miss one somewhere? I don’t think so. Check out the article yourself and see. But to keep the title accurate I’m going to add my own #12 item…Windows is still the dominant OS in the world, especially in the world of business. And that’s not likely to change any time soon.

As the world changes to a more mobile computing environment with tablets, laptops and mobile devices, the new Windows has been designed to be equally accessible across all of them. In the long run, Microsoft is betting that’s the approach that will pay off.

Only time will tell.

By now, you’ve heard at least something about the newest Microsoft operating system, Windows 8. This post is aimed at those who would like to know more!

First, I’ve discovered a great one-page resource that provides nearly a hundred informational links that cover such topics as:

  • What’s New in Windows 8 and why should I care?
  • Will Windows 8 work in my environment? How do I prepare?
  • How can I make deployment faster and easier?
  • How do I manage risk and maintain control?
  • Where can I find help and support?

Oh, and it’s free! To get your own Resource Guide for Windows 8, click here.

And if you’d like to get a 90-day trial of Windows 8 to test drive, click here.

Additional questions? That’s easy – call Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277! We’re always happy to help.