Browsing Posts tagged Microsoft

Ask Microsoft to describe their OneNote application and they’ll respond by saying it’s revolutionizing “the way people capture, annotate and recall all the ideas, thoughts, snippets and plans in their life.” Among those who have taken the time to become familiar with it, I’ve heard some describe it as the most powerful program they use. Now Microsoft is poised to make this multi-faceted application even more compelling. How? They’re making OneNote available on the Mac AND they’re making it available to everyone for FREE!

For the first time, OneNote is available on all the platforms you care about: PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and phones, iPad, iPhone Android and the Web! And all your devices are always in sync!

But that’s not the best part: Microsoft has announced they are making OneNote available for free! (Spoiler alert: Premium features are found only in the paid version)

As an added bonus, the OneNote service now provides a Cloud API, enabling any application to connect to it. This means you can capture ideas, information and inspiration from more applications and more places straight into OneNote, including:

  • OneNote Clipper – for saving web pages to OneNote
  • for emailing notes to OneNote
  • Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows phone
  • Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
  • Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson and Neat
  • Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
  • Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
  • Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks

For more information on compatible apps and devices, click here:

To get on the bandwagon and download your own free copy of OneNote, go to:

Want to learn more about OneNote? Join Simplex-IT’s next free webinar on Thursday, April 10 from 11:00am-12:00 noon – “Everything You Need to Know about OneNote.” Email for more info.

Get on the Microsoft OneNote bandwagon – it’s getting better all the time!

Office OnlineYour favorite Office applications have been available online for quite some time, but now you’re going to find your Office Online experience easier to find, share and collaborate with others.

To start, they’re getting a name change. Yes! Apparently people were getting confused about the moniker Office Web Apps. Is it something I install? Do I have to go to an App Store to get them? No, all you need to use these familiar programs is a web browser. It’s like Office, only Online. Get it? Office Online! Of course, it makes perfect sense!

And now, they’re even easier to find. All you have to do is go to to start using Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. All you need is a (free) Microsoft Account – available with any email address – and you can log in and use these free online versions of the Office applications you know and trust. And your files will be automatically saved to OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) so you can share them with others and work together in real-time.

What’s not to like. Free Office Online applications, free online storage with OneDrive and an easy to get to web site.! I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t sign up today!

XP Reaches End of Support – April 2014!

Here at Simplex-IT, we’ve been talking about the impending date of April 8, 2014 for some time now. That’s when Microsoft will officially end its support for Windows XP AND Office 2003. It was even a central topic of discussion in our most recent Lunchinar – “How Do You Know When Your I.T. is Obsolete?” (Watch the Simplex-IT blog site to be notified when the Lunchinar is published on our YouTube channel for your viewing convenience!)  And we’ve been encouraging businesses and individuals alike to become knowledgeable and start making their plans for this change in the computing landscape.

But what does it all really mean? Will it really be the end of life as we know it? Or is it much ado about nothing?

For an interesting perspective on the answer to this question I highly recommend this article – “What the Windows XPocalypse Means For You!” – found on one of my favorite websites, It reviews the major issues around the End of Support and should provide extra food for thought for those of you who may be still sitting on the fence on this issue.

No matter what course of action you decide to take, our central goal is to make sure you have all the information you need prior to making your decision. Of course, if questions remain and you need additional clarification, we are always happy to provide counsel. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Microsoft and Best Buy announced on June 13 they will be jointly launching dedicated Windows stores inside Best Buys across the US  and Canada. The rollout is  expected to be completed by September 2013.

Said to range in size between 1,500 to 2,200 square feet they will feature all things Windows: PCs, tablets, phones, Office, Xbox and more. In essence, Best Buy has agreed to make its entire computing department in participating stores into Windows Stores. Where some Best Buy stores already have Apple, Samsung and Google stores, these will be located off to the side of the more prominent Windows Store.

Not all Best Buy stores will be getting this new makeover, but those that aren’t will incorporate “elements’ of the new marketing scheme to improve the Windows buying experience.

To read more on this development see Mary Jo Foley’s article on

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.

Spring is upon us!  And that means…stay indoors, avoid the sun, and read up on technical stuff!

And of course Microsoft is there to make sure you don’t catch any of those pesky UV rays.

How so?  Why, by making a ton of technical eBooks on all aspects Microsoft available and free for the download.

SharePoint?  Check.  SQL?  Got it.  Azure?  Even so.  And it’s a combination of the latest versions (Windows Server 2012) as well as the more popular versions (Server 2008 R2).

Did I mention they’re free?

Click here, and thank Microsoft for helping you keep that tan-free body of yours as pasty as possible!

In case you weren’t able to attend Simplex-IT’s March Lunchinar on Microsoft’s New Office 2013 and Office 365 offerings, all is not lost. The presentation is now available for viewing at your convenience on our YouTube channel. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the thumbnail below, click, kick your feet up and enjoy!

In this presentation Bob Coppedge guides you through the new and varied assortment of plans in which Microsoft’s New Office is being made available. Focusing on a new approach for the software giant are the subscription offerings which bring several advantages to the consumer – affordable pricing as low as $99.95/year, always updated software, generous cloud storage, and integration between devices, just to name a few.

I recently posted a blog article citing a change in licensing for the retail versions of Office 2013 (see “Microsoft’s New Office Licensing – Changes in Response to a Changing World” on this blog site). These new terms stated that once installed on a computer, Office 2013 could not be transferred to another computer. Ever. Ok, there was one exception – whatever. Apparently this stirred some strong protests and, as a result, Microsoft has now changed their position.

According to the article by Ed Bott on as well as a blog post on their own website, Microsoft is “changing the terms of its licensing agreement for the three retail ‘perpetual license’ versions of Office 2013, restoring the terms that had been present in the corresponding agreement for Office 2010.”

Office 2013 CAN now be transferred to another computer but not more frequently than every 90 days.

It is worth noting, Mr. Bott points out, that if you wish to install Office on more than one device you should consider one of the Office 365 subscription editions, which include the rights to install the software on up to five PCs or Macs, with no pesky 90-day limit.

“Technically, in fact, the new terms for Office 2013 are looser than those that applied to Office 2010, because the new Office will be available to retail buyers only via Product Key Cards (PKCs). In Office 2010, the PKC license contained a no-transfer clause.”

It’s nice to know someone in Redmond is listening!

Effective immediately and running through May 31, 2013, Microsoft has announced their new Cloud Easy promotion designed to assist Small to Mid-Size Organizations in migrating their businesses to Office 365.

With the recent introductions of Office 365 Small Business Premium and Midsize Business (see the announcement on our New Office Lunchinar on March 20) there are even more plans to fit every budget and company size. And now with savings of 15% on the first year’s costs it’s easier than ever to enjoy the anywhere access and heightened productivity Microsoft’s Office Suite and Cloud Services provide.

For more information on how this promotion and Office 365 can benefit your organization, contact Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277 or email

Hey everyone, Brandon here! There have been some recent issues regarding iOS and Exchange lately and I just wanted to take a minute and clarify some things.

So in late January Apple began pushing out a small update to the iOS 6.1. This went to devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Including some bug fixes, it also created a few (slightly larger) problems.

It turns out that the update doesn’t work well with Exchange 2010, which also happens to be what Office 365 is running on while they deploy Exchange 2013 (they are in the process of doing this).

What is happening, is when an iOS device connects to an Exchange 2010 server, the server CPU use and memory spikes, affecting performance for all users. This has been bringing servers to a crawl that have a lot of iOS users.

This means even cloud based services such as Office 365, which hosts more mail than I can count, are slightly impacted every time someone uses an updated iOS device with an Office 365 email. Now take into consideration everyone they host mail for with an iOS device connecting daily. That is on a huge service. Imagine how the problem will be amplified for places that host their own mail on their own, much smaller, Exchange 2010 server.

So what are they doing about it?

From the article linked below, a Microsoft spokesperson says, “Apple and Microsoft are investigating this issue. We will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.”

So while the two tech giants work to get this resolved as quickly as possible, what can you do? For the time being they are recommending that if you (or your network administrator) are noticing a problem, to have iOS users disable Calendar sync and restart their device until a fix is put out. Note that this will only help if your company has their own Exchange 2010 server. For cloud based services such as Office 365, there isn’t much you can do at the moment if you are experiencing slower speeds since those servers are shared with everyone else on the service.

If you want some more details and the nitty gritty of it, there is an article on PC World’s website that will get any updates from Microsoft on the situation. The article can be found here: