Ten things you need to know about Windows 10

1. Launch date is rapidly approaching
Windows 10 will be available on July 29, 2015. If you have a “Windows logo” in the lower right corner you can click on it to get the upgrade as soon as it comes out.

2. Free Upgrades for Windows 7 and 8 for 1 year – This is the full version of Windows 10 for free, not a trial version for qualified Windows 7 and 8 computers and devices. If your system is up ...

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Create your email signature in Outlook 2013

Your email signature can provide helpful information (your name, company, contact details, and sometimes more) to recipients. You can quickly and easily set up multiple automatic email signatures in Outlook 2013!

To create a new email signature

  1. Click the File tab at the top of your email.
  2. Choose Options on the left sidebar.
  3. In the window that appears, choose Mail on the left sidebar.
  4. In the third section, called Create or modify ...
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How the cloud has made SMBs more efficient, adaptable and successful

used with permission from Microsoft for Work
by Chris Chute

As an IT industry analyst, I report on how cloud IT adoption has grown with US small and medium businesses. Historically, the smaller business space has been more conservative when approaching new IT services that are hosted offsite. However, the results of my most recent surveys were startling: 2014 served as a great awakening for SMB IT managers, owners, and CIOs to the benefits of cloud IT.

Our most recent SMB ...

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Planning for Windows Server 2003/R2 End of Support

used with permission from Microsoft

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Organizations that fail to migrate from Windows Server 2003/R2 before this date will be out of compliance with certain existing business standards and possibly expose themselves to vulnerabilities.

Fortunately, migrating to a supported server operating system can help you mitigate these risks and deliver valuable benefits and efficiencies that are not available in Windows Server 2003/R2. To take ...

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Outrageous 1985 tech fantasies from Back to the Future II that are today’s reality

used with permission from Microsoft at Work

October 21, 2015, is the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. He encounters a number of different technologies that were strange to his 1985 brain, but are common to us . . . 30 years later. The movie’s creators made a lot of predictions about the future of technology and they came amazingly close in a number of cases.

In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, ...

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3 tips for using a tablet to be productive everywhere in the office

used with permission from Microsoft at Work

Although many of us have laptops and other mobile devices, or can log in to work from a home desktop, we overwhelmingly spend most of our time in the office. That doesn’t mean, however, that we spend all of our time at our desks. In fact, middle managers and executives spend between 35 percent and 50 percent of their time away from their desks and in meetings. We don’t usually think ...

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Malware 101: What Is Malware?

used with permission from Norton by Symantec, by Nadia Kovacs

Spyware, ransomware, and bots, oh my! A lot of these terms are prevalent on the Internet, but it may seem impossible to know what all these terms mean, and how they actually affect your devices and personal information.

The term, “virus” has been the commonplace word for all malicious software programs for years now; however, a virus is just one type of malicious threat. A virus is ...

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Online Bank Robbery Nets Close to $1 Billion

Gone are the days of masked gun men robbing huge sums of money from banks.  Now it seems that hackers have infiltrated as many as 100 banks though out 30 countries and stole $1 Billion according to Kapersky.  Apparently the criminal gang put malware on the bank employee’s computers that allowed them to control the bank network.  They would even inflate the balance before stealing money so it would take longer to find that anything was wrong.  In one case ...

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CryptoWall Makes a Comeback via Malicious Help Files

A new spam message has a very nasty payload.   The email attachment seems like an innocuous help file (.chm), but instead if you click on it, all of your files can be encrypted.  That means you cannot open or use any of your own documents.  The hackers will put a ransom message on your computer requiring payment to get the key to unlock the files or you have to have a backup.

First there was the cryptolocker virus which used ...

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A Preview of Windows 10

Windows 10 is the next generation of Microsoft’s device OS that adapts to the devices you’re on and what you’re trying to get done, with a consistent, familiar, and compatible experience that enables you to be more productive.

Future Features

Here is a quick introduction to the first highlighted key features of Windows 10 that are included in the released Technical Preview. This is a sneak peak, and not an exhaustive list of final product features. But what might we ...

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