It’s a changing world in the IT business and with new Microsoft product cycles hitting all at once there is a lot we have to consider in designing cost-effective and robust Business Information systems for you.
Over the next 3 months much of our everyday Microsoft products have major new releases. Server, Windows 8, Windows 8 mobile and Surface tablets, Office 2013 and Office 365 are all being refreshed.
The new Windows desktop operating system is released today, October 26. We have tested Windows 8 on some trial machines here and while it seems solid I am still cautious about recommending it right away. I f you need a new laptop I would go with Windows 8, especially one that has touch screen but for the desktop I am waiting, at least to hear more feedback.
Windows 8 is about the experience, yes the old Start screen menu is gone so some learning will be needed but over time I believe we will like what the designers have given us instead. Touch capabilities will add a new dimension, the mouse still involves less movement and is faster than the finger but I believe we will see touch screens in many uses.
Fortunately Windows 8 can be installed as an update on Windows 7 machines, if your computer is XP however it will require a clean install of Windows and all your programs.
Those of you who purchased a new PC with Windows 7 since September 15 will have the ability to get an upgrade licenses for $15. If your PC is from Parsec we will assist you with that process even if you do not want to install it right away.
Microsoft Surface Tablet
In case you have not heard, Microsoft is back in the hardware business with their version of the iPad. The “Surface” runs Windows 8 RT operating system, this is not a Windows computer and will not run Windows programs so be clear about that. New tablets are available from laptop manufacturers with full Windows 8 capabilities but they will cost more and be larger than the Surface tablet now on sale. Click the link below to shop now!
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Microsoft Server 2012
Server 2012 was released in September and this brings some major new features that you will never see. But as the people responsible for keeping your applications and data safe and available these new features are very welcome. Touted as “The Cloud O.S.” Microsoft has built-in more scalable virtualization capabilities. A single physical server can host even more Virtual Hosts Servers and these are easier to manage. New “Live Migration” tools allow a virtual server to replicate to backup or another server at a remote location. This all adds up to more speed, more reliability and more disaster recovery capabilities.
Microsoft has altered the versions of Server 2008 dramatically. The Standard Edition allows for up to two virtual servers while the Datacenter edition supports unlimited virtual servers. Gone are the SBS (Small Business Server) editions but somewhat offset with the Server Essentials edition. Limited at 25-users and bundled with 25 user licenses (CAL’s). The SBS servers with Exchange Server are no longer available and Microsoft expects that small business will use their Office 365 Exchange Online services in the cloud in conjunction with an Essentials server locally installed for applications and Active Directory security controls.