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Simplex-IT’s March Lunchinar introduces the New Microsoft Office – and its various flavors, 2013 and 365. Now there’s an Office for everybody and Simplex-IT’s own Bob Coppedge is ready to make the introductions. Whether you’re a home user or small, medium or enterprise business there’s an Office Suite to meet your individual budget and productivity needs. More than ever before, Office gives you the Power of Choice!

The New Office works great across many devices – laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones – the modern interface is equally at home with touch, mouse, keyboard or pen. And new subscription services mean you get automatic future updates as well as cloud storage via SkyDrive, allowing you to access your content from virtually anywhere. There’s so much that’s new!

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. Join us!

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson

When:                  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm

As a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft Office 2010 to one lucky attendee. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, register at EventBrite – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5646296224, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

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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 me at the above numbers and I’ll send you the details on how you can connect.

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!

Traditional wisdom suggests “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But it’s not quite that black-and-white when it comes to your IT. Are you compromising productivity, efficiency and security, for example, by continuing to run an operating system that’s over 10 years old? When do the benefits outweigh the costs of upgrading your hardware and software to the latest versions? And how do you know when the time is right?

Get the answer to these compelling questions and more from Simplex-IT’s own Bob Coppedge at our next free Lunchinar. In his typical entertaining style, Bob will discuss how you can objectively determine if you’re ready to upgrade.

Simplex-IT’s monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. Join us!

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson
When:                  Wednesday, November 21, 2012 from 11:30am-1:00pm

As a bonus, we will be awarding door prizes of Windows 7 and Office 2010 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this event LIVE 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 me at the above numbers and I’ll send you the details on how you can connect.

Monica here. Isn’t it great to hear from your customers? We, at Simplex-IT, get those “warm and fuzzy” feelings when a customer takes the time to email us positive feedback.

We started working with a new customer and this is what they had to say after the first day:

“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! We really appreciated all your assistance. It was refreshing to have  “hands-on” IT support vs. the usual “hands-off” approach that we have been met with in the past. This will be a little difficult at first having someone to discuss our issues and actually working with us but we will do our best not to get too silly about it.  Thanks again!” ~Karen from local company

Working with business owners to achieve their IT goals is what we continuously strive to accomplish. Thanks for the recognition and “pat on the back”!

 

I’m at the xChange event in Dallas this week, and Sunday watched the keynote presented by Microsoft.  Now keep in mind that I’ve got a long history of Microsoft presentations. I’ve probably owned over 100 t-shirts from Redmond, and have sat through thousands of PowerPoint slides.  I’ve drank the Kool Aid enough times so that I look like a cross between Microsoft Bob and the Kool Aid guy (nope, not pretty).  So Sunday was just another one.  In too many ways, it seems.

Spoiler alert:  Their products are actually pretty darn good.  That ain’t the problem.

The Microsoft presentation was two-fold.  Actually it was classic Microsoft.  First we’ll get a mid-level exec to get up and talk about what a big year it was (or will be), and how Microsoft’s commitment is to increase/decrease the good/bad thing about the desktop/server environment.  Then we’ll get a technical wonk to get up and demonstrate some aspects about the new stuff that used to get us going “ooh” and “aah.”  Then there’ll be a call to action, wrap up and life is good.  A fine presentation, demonstrating fine features.

Here’s the challenge.  There are two areas that Microsoft desperately wants to compete in.  Cloud services and tablets.  Software/services and hardware/platform.  And although Microsoft has made great strides in the first, there’s still a long way to go.  And let’s not talk about Windows tablets to date, shall we?  They would make the Zune look like…well, an iPad.

So, what’s Microsoft’s answer to these challenges?  A combination of technologies:

  • Windows 8, especially the versions for a full and limited featured table platform
  • Office 2013 (for, um…Office stuff)
  • SkyDrive (cloud storage)

Back to the presentation.  When the wonk demoed the products, he demonstrated primarily the core functionality of the products.  “Look at this new feature in PowerPoint.”  “See how the Outlook keeps the number of open windows to a minimum.”

Seriously?  Yes.  There are some nice new features in Office 2013.  There are nice new features in Windows 8.

But a lot of people, a large, large lot of people don’t care.  These are the people for whom XP and Office 2003 are “good enough.”  The people who got an iPad because “they’re really easy to use.”

People who just want to get their work done.

We’ve all heard end users say “I just use Word for letters and memos.”  So the spinning widget thingie feature that every new version of this stuff includes is really not all that critical.  But:

  • “I want to use Word (for the following examples, Word can be replaced by Excel, PowerPoint, etc) on my tablet.”
  • “I want to use Word on my laptop/desktop.”
  • “I want to access my Word documents that I changed on my tablet from my laptop.”
  • “I want to access my Word documents that I changed on my tablet from a desktop at the library.”
  • “I only want to learn one version of Windows.”
  • “I only want to learn one version of Word.”

You know what the answer is for all these questions and needs?  It’s “Okey-dokey.”  Or as Microsoft would say “The capability exists within the differing layers of application cross-functionality within the diverse and yet tangentially cohesive…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

And we’re not even touching the savings of singular platform from a support standpoint.

This is the cool stuff.  This is the discussion that Microsoft should be having, should be screaming at the public.  “Our tablets can be powerful enough that you won’t need a laptop or desktop.  Or they’ll be more limited, but priced to compete with iPads (and still have a derivative of Word).  And with some licensing (say Office 365), one software license will suffice for several devices.”

And you’ll only have to learn it once.

This is big time stuff.  Standardizing an effective (critical point) tool across several platforms without sacrificing cost, training or productivity.  Incredibly cool.

This point was brought up at the end of the discussion almost as an afterthought.  And it seems that’s the placement of this particular message from Microsoft.

And I just don’t get it.  For years Microsoft has been looking around for the killer app to get back to the top of their game.  And it’s staring them right in the face.

Also, while we’re at it, why did you get everybody used to the concept of “Windows Metro” and decide 2 months before release that it should be called “Windows UI?”  I assume someone high up at Redmond said “Whoa, Metro sounds too much like a branding normal people would understand…let’s throw in a geeky acronym…hey, it worked for Windows NT, right?”

Oy.

Outlook 2013Lazy Bob here.  I am all about letting someone else figure out the ins and outs of new software.  So I was glad to see that the HowTo-Outlook site written by Robert Sparnaaij now includes a fantastic article “29 Short questions and tips for Outlook 2013.”  I immediately discovered several things about Outlook 2013, like how the default search configuration is to search the entire mailbox (it was driving me nuts).

A great article and a great site.  Check it out!

Project OnlineBob here.  For those of us who love and adore Project Management tools (and who doesn’t love managing 21st century multi-layered projects involving resources spread around the world in completely different organization with tools and metaphors designed nearly a century ago so assembly lines could make bombs faster?), I’ve got great news!

As many of you know (especially if you pay attention to our Blog), Microsoft recently released their first Beta (whoops, customer Preview) of Office 2013.  Now, it stands to reason that part of the Office 2013 upgrade will involve integrating it with Office 365.

Well, it goes deeper than that.  Microsoft recently announced that Office 365 will now include a version of Project.  Project Online.

Of course, it’s not as simple as “oh, there’s the new version, let’s play!”  This is Microsoft we’re talking about.  Several additional versions of Project that directly or indirectly work through the web are part of this packaging, in addition to the standard version of Project that we know so well (Project, Project Server, Project Professional).

For more information about Microsoft’s Project strategy, see Mary Jo Foley’s article here.

For information about Project Online, including how to sign up for it now, click here.

Simplex-IT FoosballAlways trying to be “cutting edge”, we’ve opted into Eventbrite as a way for you to RSVP to our ever popular Community picnic. In case you’ve forgotten:

When: August 15, 2012

Time: 4PM-8PM

Where: Simplex-IT  5225 Darrow Rd, Hudson, OH 44236

We’ll bring:Hot dogs, Hamburgers, refreshments

You bring: Your appetite, Co-Workers, Friends, and a lawn chair

Please RSVP here:http://simplex-it_5thannualpicnic-efbevent.eventbrite.com

Additional questions call John Harrow 234.380.1277 or email John@Simplex.com

Hope to see you on August 15th!

 

 

Simplex-IT’s July 2012 Lunchinar is now available for viewing on our YouTube channel. For your convenience, by clicking the thumbnail below you can view it directly in this blog entry.

This was an open panel discussion featuring our own Bob Coppedge, Heather Taylor from the Greater Akron Chamber and Mike Sheehan, Life Insurance professional and Social Media advocate.

Always a hot topic, “Social Media: What Now?” not only drew a large crowd (we almost exceeded the legal limit for our meeting room at Hattie’s Café) it also elicited strong participation from the attendees. Looking beyond the basics of should I or shouldn’t I be involved in Social Media the discussion assumed people and businesses in attendance were already involved, at least to some degree. The question instead was, quite simply, what do we do now?

Topics that were discussed including reviewing your Social Media goals, focusing on your prospect and not on you, finding the value in Social Media, measuring your results and lastly, the new Social Media options. These included Google+, Pinterest, FourSquare, and others.

During the presentation mention was made of a local group, Akron Bloggers Community that meets the last Thursday of the month from 9:30AM to 11:00AM at Mocha Joe’s in Stow. It’s an open group and anyone can attend. Check them out! You can access their LinkedIn page by clicking here.

Enjoy the presentation!

Office 2013 LogoBob here.  The next version of Microsoft Office is here.  Mostly.  Sort of.

The first openly available version of the new Office, now officially called Office 2013, made its debut earlier this week.  Some of the key pieces of information about the new version:

  • You can have both worlds.  You can install the Office 2013 Consumer Preview (which is Latin for “Beta”) without removing your Office 2010.
  • A lot of the control/user interface changes are aimed at tablet users (not surprisingly).  Working with your fingers (thumbs specifically) through what’s called “touch mode” is aimed at the tablet folks.
  • You need to have Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 8 Release Preview (the latest “Beta” version).  XP or Vista?  Ah, no.
  • A majority of interface changes are for tablet users.
  • Word and Excel can both be used for presentations.  You’ll be able to share a document with another user, even if that person doesn’t have Word or Excel.
  • Images from the web can be put into documents without downloading and saving them.
  • Office will be tightly integrated with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage offering.  For example, a document stored in SkyDrive can be opened by the same user on another workstation and will be bookmarked where the user left off.
  • Right now only Lync and OneNote are actually Metro-based applications.  Everything else still runs under Desktop Mode.
  • Release date?  Um, it’s called Office 2013, so that’s probably a first hint.
  • Thinking of buying Office 2013 when it comes out?  Get ready to download it.  Even stores won’t be carrying discs with the Office software.  You’ll buy a software license key, and then you’ll need to download it.

After using it for a couple of days on my Windows 8 tablet, I can say that it’s pretty stable, but the touch interface is a little…touchy.  More on that as I get more used to it.

Additional information:

Want to see more?  We’ll be demoing it at our annual picnic, Wednesday August 15th.  Plus our next monthly Lunchinar on Wednesday September 19th will feature Office 2013.  For more information on either event, contact John Harrow via email or call at 234.380.1277.