Get the best Windows ever

Blog BannerWindows 10 is familiar and easy to use. It includes an improved Start menu and is designed to startup and resume fast. Plus, it’s packed with new innovations including Microsoft Edge – an all-new browser. Your personal files and even pinned apps will be there for you.

The upgraded windows will be easy and compatible with the hardware and software you already use with your docs and files preserved.

Don’t miss out as this free offer won’t last forever.* Reserve your upgrade today.

“Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8? You will love Windows 10!”

Here’s how:

  1. Reserve

You can reserve your free upgrade in the Get Windows 10 app. Once you reserve, Windows 10 will download when available, and you can cancel your reservation at any time.*

  • Click on the small Windows icon found at the right end of the taskbar. If you don’t see it, visit the Microsoft Windows 10 Q&A page for more info. windows
  • Click “Reserve your free upgrade” in the app window.
  • Enter your email if you want a confirmation of this reservation.
  • All set. There’s no obligation and you can cancel your reservation at any time.
  1. Install

You’ll get a notification after July 29, 2015 once Windows 10 is downloaded to your device. Install it right away or pick a time that’s good for you.

  1. Enjoy

After it’s installed, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.

Exclusive Features: Windows 10 Enterprise

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Microsoft has been working hard to get the thoughts of enterprise users as to which operating system they would consider upgrading to. Since the announcement of Windows 10, it was expected that Microsoft will provide some exclusive features to its enterprise users.

Windows 10 Enterprise will have advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It will only be available through volume licensing. This will allow the users to take advantage of the latest innovations and security updates on an ongoing basis. Enterprise users with volume licensing contracts and Software Assurance will also have the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.

Windows 10 Enterprise will also provide upgrade flexibility to IT administrators. With Microsoft’s Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB), IT administrators can delay the deployment of new features and upgrades to protect their mission-critical devices and environment up to 10 years.

Windows 10 Enterprise will also take away the fees from some software add-ons. Enterprise users with Software Assurance will have free access to Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) which is currently a paid add-on for users. Users will also have access to ongoing exclusive Enterprise features.

As for the downgrade rights, Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the option of downgrading to Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

Planning a Cloud Migration

Cloud LockedCloud Migration is the process of moving data, applications, and other business-important files from an on-premises equipment to cloud or from one cloud environment to another. Since the move involves company classified and important data, it should be well planned and executed. Below are some of the things to consider when migrating to cloud.

Time. The timeline for migration planning and execution depends on a number of factors. These include the volume of data to be migrated, the number of servers involved in the move, the maximum network speed, etc.

Resources. IT staff should be able to execute the move, oversee the transition, and make sure that the migration is successful. Resources should be available throughout the entire process should programmatic issues occur.

Plan. A well-strategized plan sure can make a cloud migration swift and smooth. However, a contingency plan should always be around to take care of those unexpected bumps and dents.

Microsoft Office 2016 – New Features

Microsoft recently released the Public Preview for Office 2016. With its rapidly closing availability in Fall 2015, Microsoft has encouraged users to test the Preview Version and provide feedback to improve the final version. From the start of the preview to the time of this writing, a number of new features were added to the suite.

Below are some of the new features that Office 2016 users will experience:

Real Time Presence in Word – This new feature will allow users to collaborate with colleagues on a Word document and will let them see where their teammates are editing. This feature will be rolled out to OneDrive for Business subscribers first and to other users soon.

Simplified file sharing – Office 2016 will simplify the process of sharing files and making them available to others to review, comment, and edit. Just a click on Share on the Ribbon will do the trick.

Smart Applications – Applications in Office 2016 will learn as you work with them. Some of these applications are Tell Me, a new search tool that serves up the commands you need; Clutter, a feature in Outlook that de-clutter Inbox; and Insight, a feature that finds contextual information from the web within the reading experience.

Faster and easier data analysis – Excel 2016 will be geared with new analysis capabilities that will allow users to pull, map, analyze, and virtualize data faster and easier.

Office 2016 will also offer new security, compliance, and deployment features. This will give flexibility in deployment and management to IT, a truly new experience for the IT Department.

Advanced Threat Protection for Email is Now ON

After its announcement in April, c now launched its new email protection to complement Exchange Online Protection (EOP). The new service is called Exchange Online Advance Threat Protection or simply ATP. It is a new email filtering solution that provides additional protection against specific types of advanced threats.

Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection delivers three key benefits to its users. First is the protection against unknown malware and viruses. ATP is equipped with Safe Attachment, a feature that extends EOP’s robust protection against known malware and viruses to the unknown ones. It also provides a zero-day protection to secure the entire messaging system.

The second benefit of ATP is the real time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs. ATP’s Safe Links feature proactively protects its users against malicious hyperlinks. Attackers may hide malicious URLs with seemingly safe ones that are redirected to unsafe sites. No need to worry as Safe Links’ protection remains by dynamically blocking malicious links while users are accessing the good links.

Rich reporting and URL trace capabilities is the third benefit. ATP offers rich reporting that allows users to know who are being targeted in their organization and the category of attacks the company is facing. It also has URL tracing that allows user to track the malicious links that have been clicked.