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Lane Shelton is Vice President of Software Business Development at PC Connection with over 18 years of experience in the areas of Microsoft technology and licensing, software asset management, cloud computing, and software investment management. In addition, he is an SIIA-certified software asset management professional. When he has free time, Lane enjoys old-school PC gaming.

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Perspectives on the Windows 10 Support Changes

They May Cause Growing Pains, But the Benefits Are Clear

by Lane Shelton | 01.22.16

Last Friday, Microsoft made a major announcement regarding how they will support the Windows Operating System moving forward. In case you didn’t see it, Microsoft will only be supporting Windows 10 as the OS on all 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and later systems. 6th Gen refers primarily to the new Intel Skylake CPU. The change went into effect last Friday, but Microsoft has built in a grace period that will continue Windows 7 and 8.1 support on certain Skylake systems (full list to be forthcoming) until July 2017. At that point, Windows 10 will be the only supported OS on all 6th Gen and later systems.

Tags:Current BranchCurrent Branch for BusinessITLong-Term Service BranchMicrosoftPC ConnectionSaaSSkylakeWindows 10Windows 7

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA)

There's a Big Change Coming to the Microsoft EA Program

What This Means for Your Essential Software Licenses

by Lane Shelton | 01.13.16

Microsoft announced that they are making a strategic change to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) program beginning on July 1, 2016. They will raise the minimum commitment for commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments and Enterprise Subscription Enrollments from 250 to 500 users/devices. Existing customers approaching renewal with fewer than 500 users/devices will be able to extend their current Enrollments for 36 months, in keeping with current program rules. This is the most significant customer-program change from Microsoft since they created the direct EA in 2001. What does this change mean for you? Read on, and I’ll break it down for you.

Tags:Enterprise AgreementMicrosoftMicrosoft License OptimizationMicrosoft Products and Services AgreementSoftware

Microsoft Outlook

Max Out Outlook

Exchange Server Upgrades will Maximize Outlook 2016

by Lane Shelton | 01.11.16

You don’t hear too many complaints about Outlook, but Microsoft has managed to improve upon all the functionality and tools organizations have become accustomed to. Outlook 2016 offers new features for managing your email, calendar, contacts, and tasks so users can communicate more efficiently. To get the full benefits though you’ll have to ensure your Exchange Server is up to date. Read on and you’ll quickly see why it makes sense to ensure you can max out your Outlook. 

Tags:Active DirectoryEmailExchangeMicrosoftMicrosoft AzureOutlookSharePoint

Office 365

Make the Most of Your Move to Office 365

Avoid These Gotchas for a Better Migration Experience

by Lane Shelton | 12.23.15

While Microsoft Office 365, the cloud version of Microsoft Office has a long way to go before it catches up to its on-premise sibling—1.2 billion users—it is quickly gathering momentum, having added 6 million new customers in the last 6 months for a grand total of 18.2 million users. Adding a million customers a month is not too shabby. If you're considering making the move to Office 365, here are a few of the obstacles you need to avoid to ensure a successful migration.

Tags:CloudMicrosoftMicrosoft CloudMicrosoft Office 365OfficeOffice 365Office Pro Plus

Make Your Move to Windows Server 2012

3 Steps that Turn Mandatory into Meritorious

by Lane Shelton | 12.15.15

Almost everything is at risk now that updates and support for Windows Server 2003 has ceased. All existing instances are vulnerable. Making the move to Windows Server 2012 is not just a necessity; it’s well worth the investment in time and finances. But make certain you take these three steps first to ensure you end up with positive results. 

Tags:MicrosoftPC ConnectionSecurityVirtualizationWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2012

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