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Windows 8.1 Is Running Out of Time. Here’s What You Need to Know

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With the release of Windows 11 on the horizon, it is important that businesses looking to implement it start to consider not only their hardware, but their strategy to upgrade away from their current operating system. But that’s a topic for another day—we’re focused today on the folks who don’t even have Windows 10 yet and are still stuck in the days of Windows 8.1, an OS expiring in 2023. Don’t get caught unawares without a plan to upgrade.

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Do You Need to Extend Your Wireless Network?

Do You Need to Extend Your Wireless Network?

A wireless network is one of the most useful technologies you have in your home or office. Oftentimes, however, it is set up quickly and will have a hard time broadcasting a signal to the corners of your office. Today, we will discuss ways to ensure that your business (or your home) has the coverage you need it to have, and how to get it if it doesn’t.

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These Are the Last Days of Windows 7

These Are the Last Days of Windows 7

Microsoft is just days away from retiring not just one, but two of its most popular operating systems. The software giant has made a point to run a major campaign warning people who are still using Windows 7 that they are going to lose support after the January 14, 2020 deadline; but, as of this writing, there are still over a quarter of desktop users running the software. With the deadline looming, we thought we’d look at what this means for users and go through some of the options they have.

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This Is the End for Windows 7

This Is the End for Windows 7

In days, Microsoft is pulling the plug on both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If your business still has to move away from this software, you need to act today. The consequences for not moving away from these titles can be absolutely dire for your business. Let’s take a look at your options.

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Your Computer May be Older than You

Your Computer May be Older than You

Think about how much office technology has changed over just the last 10 years. Remember those bulky, 60-pound CRT monitors? Remember thinking a 32” screen was a TV, not a computer monitor? While you more than likely have replaced those old computer monitors, what is the status of your computer hardware? If you purchased your computer at the same time as that monitor, your hardware is also extremely outdated. How do you know exactly how old your computer is, and when it’s nearing retirement?

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Popular Windows OS is Facing End of Support

Popular Windows OS is Facing End of Support

Whenever a Windows operating system reaches its End of Support or End of Life, there is always a period of chaos where companies are scrambling to react in time. Is your business one of them? If you fail to take proactive measures by implementing new software solutions before the end of support date, you could be exposing your business to unprecedented danger--especially considering how popular Windows 7 is with the user base.

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Tip of the Week: Determining the Return on Your IT Investment

Tip of the Week: Determining the Return on Your IT Investment

As time passes, your business will need to be able to grow and develop its use of technology through thoughtful investments and improvements. To do so, it helps to calculate the returns you can anticipate seeing from these investments. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over how to do so.

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Time Is Up for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Time Is Up for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

An older version of Microsoft’s popular database software SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 is losing support on July 9. If you haven’t updated away from the software, your organization’s IT is staring down a few very drastic problems. Today, we’ll go into your options with so little time left before the software’s support ends.

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Have You Figured Out Your Next Technology Implementation?

Have You Figured Out Your Next Technology Implementation?

The capabilities of business technology are truly incredible, and they’re only becoming more impressive. This means that the solutions you have in place now will certainly need to be upgraded to other options at some point.

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Tip of the Week: Follow These Steps Before You Upgrade

Tip of the Week: Follow These Steps Before You Upgrade

Why do manufacturers and developers constantly issue updates and upgrades to their software and hardware solutions? A business’s IT solutions might seem like something you want to set up and not think about ever again, but this is simply not how the cookie crumbles. This week’s tip is dedicated to why your organization needs to have a strategy in place to approach your upgrades.

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Alert: 27 Major Vulnerabilities Fixed By Microsoft. Is Your System Protected?

Alert: 27 Major Vulnerabilities Fixed By Microsoft. Is Your System Protected?

Microsoft’s latest round of security patches includes 27 software vulnerabilities, many of which are critical in nature. Affected are widely-used titles such as Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and the new Edge browser. It’s important for users to take action and install the Microsoft-provided patches, and soon.

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Windows 10 Free Offer Set to Expire on July 29th

Windows 10 Free Offer Set to Expire on July 29th

It has been quite a year for Microsoft, at least as far as Windows 10 is concerned. Since the release of Windows 10, over 300 million devices worldwide utilize the operating system. If you have considered upgrading, it is strongly recommended you do so as soon as possible.

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Is Keeping Employees Away From the Windows Store Worth the Cost of Windows 10 Enterprise?

Is Keeping Employees Away From the Windows Store Worth the Cost of Windows 10 Enterprise?

As a business owner, there are naturally a few things you would prefer your employees not to be able to do on your workstations - least of all cost you a pretty penny in charges as well as in memory space. Taking this into consideration, it is no wonder that an employer would prefer to have access to the Windows Store removed from employee workstations.

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66% of Businesses Wait Until the Last Minute to Upgrade Their Operating Systems

b2ap3_thumbnail_upgrade_your_operating_system_400.jpgUpgrading to a new operating system is a challenge that many businesses face, especially in light of several prominent older systems reaching their end-of-support date in recent times. For example, Windows XP reached its end of support date just a few years ago, and this past January, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows 8. While unsupported software is certainly a problem, why does a business ultimately choose to upgrade away from their current OS?

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Upgrade at Just the Right Time to Get the Most Efficient IT System Possible

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_upgrade_400.jpgEventually, you’re going to have to upgrade your company’s technology. Sure, you could attempt to save money by holding out for as long as possible. In the end, this strategy may actually cost you money since you'll be stuck using outdated, inefficient equipment and software. How do you know, for sure, when it’s the ideal time to upgrade your business' technology?

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2 Strategies to Consider Next Time You Upgrade Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_networking_best_practices_400.jpgTechnology is always shifting to meet the demands and needs of its consumers, and as such, this often leads business owners to reconsider their solutions after setting up what appears to be the perfect network infrastructure. When new technology is introduced, it can dramatically affect your current solutions, so it’s a best practice to closely analyze new trends that appear with the latest technology.


Here are two of the most important trends in today’s networking environment that will, more likely than not, lead to you making some changes to your own IT infrastructure.

BYOD and Mobility
More workers are using their personal mobile devices to enhance their productivity while out of the office, and companies are forced to adapt to this trend. In response, businesses are starting to provide their employees with company-owned mobile devices that allow them to work efficiently. Employees who take advantage of BYOD will use their own devices to access corporate data in ways which may violate the designated security protocol. In fact, in a recent IT survey by Forrester Research, “65 percent of respondents said they plan to expand their enterprise mobility services to meet their business priorities.”

Therefore, your business should also take action to ensure that your network isn’t overwhelmed by mobile devices, whether they’re secure or insecure. A primary challenge presented by BYOD is that your network must be able to accommodate the increased traffic of mobile devices. This means increasing the number of access points, as well as increasing your bandwidth if necessary. Your network should be prepared to deal with double the traffic; otherwise, you could run into some major lag or downtime, which could cost your company precious budget dollars.

Digital Communication Systems
In the good old days, meetings had to be performed either in person or over the telephone. Now, however, you might be receiving more requests for video conference calls than ever before. This is a major shift in the way that businesses handle meetings and communication in general. NetworkComputing explains:

Communications and collaboration solutions now allow businesses to assemble the best people to do a job, regardless of their location. Information sharing between companies – in organizational settings; between suppliers, vendors and clients; or for special projects – has also become the norm.

If your business doesn’t take advantage of these tools, there is a potential for lost sales and increased revenue that could have a significant effect on your bottom line. You need to equip your network with the technology required to facilitate video conferencing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and other communication technologies, all without crippling the network from the enhanced workload.

These are only two of the IT trends that are rocking the industry, but considering how your network will respond to these trends will put you one step ahead of your competition. Contact PCSOFT at 02 98730080 for more information about how you can adapt to trends for mobile and BYOD, as well as prepare your network for video communications, mobile devices, and more.

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