The benefits of moving to Windows 8.1 Pro for Business today

The benefits of moving to Windows 8.1 Pro for business today

According to Forrester Research, 80 percent of workers do at least some work outside the office. This is confirmed by a study from AMI Partners, which found that 55% of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) now support a mobile workforce, a number that continues to grow as they play catch up on this growing trend to perform work functions in more than one location. Employees may use a desktop at headquarters, a laptop at home, and a tablet or smartphone while on the move.

And that’s what Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro is all about. It has the power to transform any business by unleashing its full mobility potential. This business-class operating system operates on a range of devices to fit any need, desire or budget. This includes 2-in-1s, all-in-ones, tablets, laptops and PCs. No matter what devices the business already has in-house, and what devices employees use remotely, Windows 8.1 Pro will be able to run on virtually all of them.

So why is now a good time to upgrade? Read on and find out.

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Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Touch Devices

Everything you need to know about Windows 8 Touch Devices

IT departments have enough on their minds with the end of Windows XP, getting a hold of the number of SaaS applications within their environment, introducing their organization to a BYOD or CYOD model, or just having to fix that printer in the finance department. Again. For the third time this month.

The fact you have any time to stay on top of IT trends and news is not something we take lightly. Rest easy. Softchoice is here to help.

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Why Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 is the ideal business PC

Why Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 is the ideal business PC

The transformation has started, and Microsoft is on the way to becoming a “Devices and Services” company. It’s doubling down with this fall refresh of the Surface device ecosystem. Cutting ties with the desktop, and adopting the flexibility with the Surface, Microsoft is starting to make some serious plays in the hardware world.

With Surface Pro 2 it took the feedback, critique and lessons from the past year and applied them to their offerings on the Surface platform. The Power Cover, the Dock, Wireless Adapter, backlit keyboards for both Touch and Type Covers, they all have improvements over the original that exceeds expectations. Being able to keep your Cover connected and still utilize the Surface Pro 2 as a full-on desktop was made easy. You no longer have to fiddle with numerous connections, and adapters as you line them up and plug them all in, Microsoft made it simple.

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4 Things to Do Once You’ve Migrated Away from Windows XP

4 Things to Do Once You've Migrated Away from Windows XP

You’ve completed your migration away from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 — now what? One thing we know for sure: the industry has evolved and it isn’t reasonable to expect we will stay on this version of the OS for the next ten years. It was a good run. Let’s move on.

You’ll know an IT project is complete when another one is starting
A new model of OS updates calls for regular and consistent updates. No more waiting for service packs. No more waiting for R2. The updates will be regular and rich. We will want them. Our users will demand them. A new system of devices from tablets, to the Microsoft Surface, to our trusty iOS devices to stuff that hasn’t even been thought up yet will capture the imagination of our users and deliver heartburn to the IT manager. Deep breaths. The features available to our new spectrum of devices are changing…frequently…and our users will no longer tolerate a decade of treading water. We need to supply a better desktop experience.

The emergence of the consumerization of IT and BYOD philosophies has led to a proliferation of devices, and these enable capabilities that simply weren’t possible with XP. This means new ideas are required to keep some control and sanity. That is, however, unless you are have been awarded a gigantic budget increase and a ton of extra head count to help you manage the new stuff that is rolling our week after week.

If you have a huge budget increase and a slew of new people to hire in IT to help you, stop reading. Good job. You are in great shape. SneakerNet will serve you, and your ridiculously growing budget will serve you well for the foreseeable future. Nice work. Well played.

For the rest of us, with slashed budgets and shrinking staff counts, let’s see what we can do.

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Why An Easy Migration From Windows XP Includes SCCM

migration

The software delivery model is fundamentally changing. We’re not seeing big-splash releases anymore. Instead, we’re seeing a continuous deployment stream of updates, upgrades and patches.

With the death of Windows XP it doesn’t really matter if you’re moving to Windows 7 or 8 — just as long as you’re moving forward. Which OS you choose depends on which version best fits your needs. Factors that should be top of mind include which OS will be less of a shock to your users, and which version your app vendors will be able to support.

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Why the death of Windows XP is a blessing in disguise

XP End of Life

The death of Windows XP has been a long time coming. If you’re in denial or you’ve been prolonging the pain of migrating to the next version of Windows, it’s time to face the music: XP has reached its end of life.

This means more than a standard desktop OS upgrade (possibly one you’ve been putting off for the past five years). It’s going to touch almost every aspect of your IT infrastructure.

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