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New Developments in Office, Plus More on Windows 8

by James Nagurney | 11.06.14

Ever feel like you don’t have enough Microsoft news in your life? Today’s the day that changes! Learn about the latest usage figures for Windows 8 (is Windows XP finally going into retirement?), how to deploy Office 365 in your environment, and what might be coming down the pike for Office “16.” All this and more in this month’s Microsoft headlines.

Tags:Office 365Windows 8Windows XP

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The Latest and Greatest Microsoft News

Windows 10, End of Windows Server 2003, and All About Azure

by James Nagurney | 11.04.14

Step right up for this month’s Microsoft headlines. Why is Microsoft skipping right past Windows 9 to bring you 10? Are you still running Windows Server 2003? Discover why now is the time to start planning your migration and more.

Tags:MicrosoftMigration

What's the Deal with Windows 10?

Get the Scoop on the Latest from Microsoft

by James Nagurney | 10.23.14

The biggest news coming out of Microsoft this month is the announcement about Windows 10.  We have to be honest that the name is a bit of a surprise. We were expecting Windows 9 or just “Windows” (you know, like “iPad”), but they got us on this one. Apparently, Microsoft is signifying that this will be their final “major” release of their flagship product, with the future bringing on evolutionary, in-place tweaks and modifications. This is probably a smart move as most customers are prone to skipping versions, at least for the last 15+ years or so. Here’s what we know so far:

Tags:ApplicationsiPadLicensingMicrosoftSecurityWindows 8Windows XP

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is new territory for Microsoft. It’s a transformational move at the center of their productivity stack. Tried and true products like Office, Project, and Visio are being transformed into online solutions. Right now that’s a mix of in-the-cloud and on-premises, what some call “software plus services.” But the reach is extending beyond the center: now there’s CRM online, Visual Studio Online, SQL Power BI, Microsoft Azure, Azure Active Directory—and the list keeps growing. We all know how that’s affecting the licensing—shifting from “I own it” to “I’m pretty much renting it, forever and ever.” That by itself is a tough choice for many customers to make, and requires careful and thorough due diligence. And while I won’t detail this today (really), I want to remind you to talk to us about our Microsoft License Optimization (MLO) process if you’re struggling with it—we can help. 

Tags:Active DirectoryAzure Active DirectoryCloudGoogle ChromeMicrosoftMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft License OptimizationOfficeOffice 365ProjectReadiness AssessmentSecuritySharePointUse IT Office 365Visio

OMG 2003! So Much Noise

Let’s breathe and focus on what’s next

by Lane Shelton | 09.29.14

There’s a lot of Windows Server 2003 out there, we get it. We see it first-hand working with customers doing deep-core licensing analysis because we have to know where all the VMs, clusters, and servers are to determine the best ways to pay for it all. We’ve all read the statistics, and our work with customers confirms it – Windows Server 2003 is still a workhorse, even in today’s modern datacenters. The risks are obvious – just read any daily news digest to find another story about a major security breach. Breaches involve data and the data lives in datacenters. So when Microsoft pulls the plug on W2003 Server in July of 2015, some of that data is going to be connected to unsupported server infrastructure.

Tags:CloudDataHybrid CloudLicensingMicrosoftPrivate CloudSecurityServers

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