Windows 10: What it means to you right now

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Microsoft recently announced the impending arrival of the next generation of Windows operating systems, Windows 10.  Apparently it’s so great it needed to jump version 9.  (Sorry, that’s bad.)  Anyway, Windows 10 promises to fulfill some of the promises of Windows 8, while preserving what you love in Windows 7.  But currently the release date is “late 2015.” So what …

Windows 8: What’s next?

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I have the wonderful job at Network People of sitting down with our clients to discuss what their future technology may look like and what they need to be thinking of in the future. I love to help our clients in this way, but I have to admit that Windows 8 has been a challenge. Don’t misunderstand—I really like Windows …

Close of an era: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft for LA Clippers

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For those who watch tech companies, the departure of Steve Ballmer from the Microsoft board marks the close of a chapter in the life of Microsoft.  Steve Ballmer, for those not in the know, was the ‘heir’ to Bill Gates’ CEO position, as Gates slowly loosened control over the company before departing in 2008. Ballmer has been with Microsoft since …

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Note this: MS ramps up OneNote for Mac

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Mac users will like Microsoft OneNote, finally.  Microsoft has just announced that there are a slew of new features heading for the Mac (both OSX and iOS versions) of OneNote.  This includes the ability to import files from emails and from OneDrive for Business storage. All of the new improvements are part of the ongoing efforts that Microsoft CEO Satya …

Microsoft to pull the plug again

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Seems like yesterday we saw Microsoft bring an end to Windows XP (R.I.P., buddy!), leaving a bunch of people scrambling to get new systems in place. The dust has settled, and now Microsoft is again pulling the plug on their support to an older software. If you’re currently running Windows Server 2003, your days are numbered. On July 14, 2015, …

Update: Microsoft Internet Explorer Bug

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Update:  Microsoft just released a patch while we were posting this article. The patch will be made available to ALL Internet Explorer users—including Windows XP users. (This is a onetime patch; other support for XP is still terminated.) We suggest patching your computer as soon as possible by turning on Automatic Updates. If you have the Red N, you should …

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Bye Bye Windows XP! Hello Windows 7, 8, 8.1???

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The end is upon us!  For Windows XP, that is.  And there are many of you out there who have yet to upgrade your systems. You do know you’re running out of time, right?  It’s 9 days and counting.  Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.  Don’t be a sitting duck and put your …

Warning: Hacking / Social Engineering* Attempt in Tampa Bay Area

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Please watch out for a very slippery hacking / social engineering attempt via phone. An alarming phone call can play on a person’s fears or ignorance about technology. The malicious caller tries to persuade you to allow access to your computer to solve a “problem.” *We call this kind of manipulation “social engineering.” We had a client today get a …

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Why Rent When You Can Own? Right?

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So you’ve read my previous blog, “Who Ya Gonna Call?”, and you’ve decided it’s time to update your software!  I knew I had the power of persuasion!  You’ve heard lots of chatter about Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based, premium version.   But is the online information hard to slosh through? Here’s your choice:  Do you rent or do you buy?  Maybe …

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The XP Apocalypse

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It’s the end of the XP world as we know it! That’s right.  Microsoft is ending support for the beloved Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. After almost 13 years of domination of the operating system world, we must say good-bye to this old friend. “WHY???”  I hear the cries of the masses.  I sympathize with your pain …