Windows 10 set
for July 29 release
It’s finally here - the long-awaited
release of the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft has been
confirmed for July 29. The tech giant is skipping number 9, making this the
latest release since Windows 8 failed to live up to expectations. That
means Microsoft has gone back to the drawing board, and emerged with
countless impressive features. If you’re ready to get started with Windows
10 this summer, here’s what you need to know.
You can get it for free
They say the best things in life are free,
and that might just be the case with Windows 10. Microsoft has kept its
word about making its newest operating system free to access - at least if
you’re currently running an authentic version of Windows 7 or 8.1, its two
most recent releases. You’ll enjoy a free lifetime upgrade to Windows 10
provided you make the move within the next year and, better still, it’s an
automatic upgrade directly from your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 interface.
If you’re running an older version of Windows, you’ll need to make a fresh
install and you’ll also need to pay - the various available versions of Windows
10 are expected to retail starting at $119.
It’s being launched in phases
Although the official release date is July
29, in reality Microsoft is expected to undertake a phased launch. This
means that you might not end up using the brand new Windows 10 on July 29
itself - instead, Microsoft is likely to make the new operating system
available to desktop and laptop users first, and only later to mobile and
other devices. What’s more, the firm already has its next move in the
pipeline. Upgrade and update plans for Windows 10 are anticipated to be on
the way in two phases, in June and October 2016. But we are expecting these
changes, codenamed Redstone, to come in the form of more minor tweaks to
the Windows 10 infrastructure rather than a full overhaul.
It’s the last you’ll see of Windows
Microsoft has made no secret of the fact
that it sees Windows 10 as the operating system’s final release. But that’s
not quite as ultimate as it sounds - this is not really the end of Windows.
Instead, what we’re seeing is the transition of Windows from a product to a
service. Microsoft envisions a future where, instead of major new versions
of Windows emerging every few years, there are regular improvements and
updates - far beyond the Windows Updates that we know at the moment.
It’s likely that version numbers will come
to play far less of a role in system updates in the future - in much the
same way as mobile apps operate, we’ll instead settle into enjoying a
frequently updated service that incorporates the latest features Microsoft
has developed. And while some have expressed fears that this could lead to
home and business users being tied into a subscription model in order to
stay up to date, Microsoft appears committed to ensuring that ongoing
upgrades are free.
Ready to make the leap to Windows 10? Want
to find out how best to make the transition with minimal disruption to your
business? Give us a call and let us walk you through it.
4 ways to
backup your data
Data backup is one of the most important aspects of your
company's infrastructure. Without data availability, your business will
come to a standstill. So it's bizarre that most business owners fail to
have a proper data backup strategy in place - and when disasters strike, it
will be too late to act. You really do need to take a proactive approach to
backing up your data and keeping your business functioning normally at all
times. There are several methods and devices you can use for backing up
data - here are some to consider.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to
data backups. You’ll want to consider the pros and cons of each of the
backup devices below before making a purchase.
How to stay
productive when working remotely
such as cloud computing are freeing employees from their desks and lighting
the fuse to the remote working revolution. For employees who lack
discipline or a strong work ethic, a remote worksite is a breeding ground
for a lack of focus and unproductivity. What can you do to help them out?
Here are some ideas you can provide your staff (or take advantage of
yourself) to develop the proper habits for successful remote working.
Don’t change your routine
Would you go to the office
without brushing your teeth or combing your hair? Probably not. Believe it
or not, it’s not a good idea when you’re working remotely either. Sometimes
the simple act of preparing for your workday - jumping in the shower,
shaving and so on - can put you in the right frame of mind to work. If you
or your staff are finding it difficult to be productive at home, try
sticking to a pre-work routine and see if it makes a difference.
5 mistakes to
avoid when investing in IT
As a small or medium sized business owner, you likely
have your hands full. Between managing your staff, looking for growth
opportunities and keeping clients happy, you probably have little time to
dedicate to new technology purchases. Being so busy, it can be easy to make
a mistake when choosing an IT solution. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of
common IT investment missteps that every business owner needs to avoid.
Investing in the newest technology instead of the best
It’s the job of every marketer to make you believe the
newest technology on the market will resolve all your problems. And while
the latest cloud or virtualization offering is likely to make things better
for many individuals and organizations, it isn’t going to work for
Don’t let the flash and hype of a new product deceive
you. Take the time to think about the results you’re trying to achieve with
technology. Make a list of them, and when you’re done match those criteria
with the product that fits. Any good IT provider will be happy to serve as
your consultant to ensure you make the best choice.
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