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Back in April I posted a blog article warning about the end of support for Windows XP coming up in April 2014. As the old saying goes, “a word to the wise should be sufficient.” Or so one would think.

Imagine my surprise then when I recently read the post by Tim Rains on the Microsoft Security Blog site titled “The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014.” Tim reports that he has talked to some customers who won’t have completely migrated or, worse yet, “won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails.”

What!!??!!

To this I can only say it brings to mind another old saying, “penny wise and pound foolish!”

What’s at stake here is nothing less than the security of your organization’s network and the data it holds. Those businesses who are willing to roll the dice on upgrading their operating systems are basically saying they’re willing to risk their security rather than pay to bring their IT up to current standards. Remember, Windows XP is 10 years old! A lot has changed in 10 years.

The chart below was taken from the above article and shows the infection rate by operating system and service pack in the fourth quarter of 2012. Take a careful look. Imagine what this chart will look like after support for XP ends. Then imagine Dirty Harry asking, “Do you feel lucky?”

If the answer is no, may I suggest you contact Simplex-IT? We can help guide your decision and achieve the best bang for your buck.

4th Quarter security attacks by OS

On April 8, 2014, official support for Microsoft’s highly successful XP operating system will end. As business and IT professionals, I’m going to suggest you spend a little time thinking about what this is going to mean for your organization – if you haven’t done so already.

In May, 2012, IDC (International Data Corporation) authored a White Paper with the above title, strongly suggesting that moving to a modern operating system like Windows 7, or even Windows 8, would be a smart idea from several perspectives, not the least of which is financial. As the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, it’s fair to say they bring a lot of expertise to the table.

You can download the IDC White Paper here. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to watch a 15-minute video presentation by the paper’s author, Al Hillen, by clicking http://bit.ly/XPrisk.

To research how staying with Windows XP might financially impact YOUR organization, you can create and share your own free custom analysis here: http://bit.ly/XPreport. In less than 2 minutes you can generate a free custom report tailored to your organization’s unique requirements.

Of course, when you’re ready to set your upgrade plans into motion, give Simplex-IT a call. We can help walk you through all the licensing options that are available and make the whole process much smoother.

That’s why we’re here!

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.

 

Bob here.  Mike Halsey is a Microsoft MVP, which are a set of initials that I don’t have after my name (okay, okay I’m jealous I admit it). Mike is the author of a new e-book which is free, entitled “Windows 7 Power Users Guide.” It contains over 170 pages of information and is not a bad piece of work.Cover imag you why you and that is e for "Windows 7 Power Users Guide"

To get the book, click here. To actually download the e-book you need to make sure you’re clicking on the right link. Unfortunately these days it’s not unusual for download links to be overpowered by links that look like you might be getting what you want, but are actually ads for other items. As you can see in the graphics accompanying this blog entry, the good link is almost hidden behind the other links.

I want to be clear. I’m not suggesting that the other links are malware, evil, or will take you to bad places. Not at all, I’m just saying it’s not what a majority of people are going to the site for.

Here's the actual link for the downloads
Good links
 
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“Other” links

Don’t let that take away from what Mike’s done. He’s written a decent book and made it available to everybody!

 Now, I’ve just got to get back to writing *my* book…”Procrastinators and their…” (still working on the title<g>).

On Wednesday, June 2nd from 8am-3pm, Microsoft (along with COSE) is presenting “Microsoft Smart & Simple Technology Strategies.”  According to the post on COSE’s site (click here), you’ll “get tips, advice, and secrets from experts, all designed to help you utilize technology to increase productivity and your bottom line, protect your valuable data, improve your marketing efforts and work better on the go. “  You can see Microsoft’s take on it by clicking here.

Ok, that might be enough to send you there.  But you’ll also get to talk to me during lunch.  Specifically about BPOS, Microsoft’s online suite that includes Exchange, LiveMeeting, SharePoint and Office Communications Online.  I was asked by Microsoft (fools that they be!) to attend the luncheon, and talk to folks interested in learning more about BPOS.

We’ve been working with several companies recently, migrating their email from existing Exchange setups as well as hosted Pop3 services.  It’s actually a pretty cool service!

The event actually looks pretty decent too.  And, unlike most Cose events, this one is absolutely free!

Bob presents to Hudson Chamber

On May 25, over 50 members of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a relaxed and informative presentation at their monthly luncheon meeting by Bob Coppedge, President of Simplex-IT, on some of the latest and greatest developments in the world of Information Technology.

The range of topics was broad, as you can well imagine, and included the latest Microsoft offerings, Windows 7 and Office 2010 (Simplex-IT is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and Partner).

Cloud-based services, like Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite), were covered as they continue to generate great response from the marketplace. It seems like everyone likes the idea of eliminating the expense and hassles of keeping hardware, software and administration all onsite when instead they can offload those issues to a reputable business partner for a low, fixed monthly fee. What a great concept!

Also of significant interest among the attendees were the many different kinds of Social Media that many companies are rushing to use to stay in touch with their customers – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs being the big ones many people are familiar with.

And, as it just so happens, Social Media is the topic for our next Simplex-IT Lunchinar that will be held at Hattie’s Café in Hudson on Wednesday, June 16 from 11:30am-1:00pm. If you’d like to join us you can reserve your seat by calling 234.380.1277, or emailing mailto:John@Simplex-IT.com. We’d love to have you join us!

As you can probably tell, Bob really loves to talk about technology and how, when properly managed, it can help companies lower costs, increase productivity and grow the bottom line. If you would like him to make a presentation to your group or organization, contact him and he will be more than willing to make that happen!