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End of Support for Internet Explorer: What You Need to Know

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Microsoft will officially end support for older versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser on January 12th, 2016. This includes Internet Explorer version 10 and earlier. This means that anyone still using older versions of IE after the end-of-life date on the 12th will be susceptible to security holes, as Microsoft will no longer provide patches or updates for the antiquated browser versions. 

Read on for more information about End of Support for older versions of Internet Explorer, and actions you should take to ensure security.

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Which Windows Server is Best for Your SMB? WS 2012 vs. 2008 vs. Azure

Brian Norton

Posted by Brian Norton
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

After a 15-month extension, support for Windows Server 2003 officially ended in July 2015, leaving many SMBs wondering what to replace it with.

Nearly 10 million WS 2003 servers will have to be shut down, have their data and apps removed and be re-deployed on new servers. This server migration will be challenging enough for large enterprises with dedicated IT departments.

For small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) with fewer resources, the task of a server upgrade may seem overwhelming. An assessment by a trusted managed services provider (MSP) — one who understands your company’s core mission — is a good place for an SMB to start the process.

Your MSP needs to understand both how your business operates, and its culture. Matching the right server with an SMB entails many factors such as the size of the enterprise and the number of users, budget constraints, and license fee costs.

The entire migration takes time and planning, but here is an overview of each of these three server options available to replace Windows Server 2003:

  1. Windows Server 2012 Standard and R2
  2. Windows Server 2008
  3. Microsoft Azure
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4 Key Issues DC Businesses Face When Migrating to MS Office 365

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online represent more than a decade of innovations over older on-premises versions of server software solutions. The migration presents some short-term challenges and long-term benefits. The migration won't be simple, and it may take some time depending on the enterprise.

An Osterman Research White Paper, Best Practices for Migrating to Office 365, identified four key issues that organizations should keep in mind when considering a migration to Office 365:

  1. Migrating to Office 365 is a major undertaking, with significant IT, security, and compliance issues.

  2. Know why your organization wants Office 365 and what business drivers are motivating the change.

  3. Top decision makers will need to plan the migration, and understand its impact on the whole enterprise.

  4. Those same top-level executives should manage the migration process.

Read on for details about each of these four key issues, as well as recommendations for overcoming challenges and minimizing risks related to migrating to Office 365.

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Is Windows 10 Right for Your Small- to Mid-Sized Business?

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, May 26, 2015

When Windows 8 was introduced in 2012, it was a radical departure from its predecessor Windows 7. The familiar Start Menu on Windows 7 — a fixture on the Windows operating system for over 20 years — was replaced with a Live Tile user interface called Metro UI. Many users either didn’t want to learn the new Windows interface or, more commonly, didn't have touch screen devices to make the most of it.

Although touch screens dominate among smart phones and tablets, the majority of desktop computers still have keyboards and mice. And — according to analytics specialist Net Applications — 53 percent of desktops employ Windows 7, while only 12 percent use Windows 8 or 8.1. That wasn't what Microsoft had in mind when it launched Windows 8 just three years after it introduced Windows 7 in 2009.

Now comes the announced debut of Windows 10 (there is, and will be, no Windows 9) sometime this summer between late July and mid-September. Although it has many new features, Windows 10 is in some ways a hybrid of Windows 7 and 8, in that is has both a Start Menu feature and Live Tiles. This feature makes it easier to launch apps, find and manage settings, and reduces training time and costs for businesses.

So what does the Windows 10 launch mean for your small- to mid-sized business? Keep reading to learn about the important factors to consider, including: 
  1. Transition costs and usability
  2. Hardware requirements
  3. Continuity
  4. Security
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