Phishing scam: Microsoft VLSC welcome email

Phishing scam that looks like Microsoft VLSC welcome email

A new phishing scam is affecting Microsoft clients across North America.

The email looks legitimate, and appears to be a welcome email from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). The scam email includes links taking you to an authentic-looking Microsoft website, designed to steal your username and password associated with your Microsoft account.

We’re asking our clients to be vigilant, and await further instruction directly from Microsoft.

If there is any doubt in your mind, do not click on any links.

This is what the email looks like (by way of a Microsoft VLSC Phishing E-Mail thread at Spiceworks).

The VLSC phishing scam

Credit: Spiceworks discussion thread

We’ll update this post as soon as our team has new information to share.

Find Better Project Management Tools in the Cloud with Microsoft Project Online

Find Better Project Management Tools in the Cloud with Microsoft Project Online

In today’s hectic business world, time is your most valuable commodity. That’s why every meeting must be a stepping stone that moves you closer towards your business goals.

However, you may find that many of your meetings are not productive – especially if you spend too much time talking about other meetings and not enough time planning ways to beat the competition. ‘Meetings about meetings’ are signs that you must improve your project management.

Luckily, Microsoft Project Online has some great new features that will make your organization more productive and improve your collaboration. [Read more…]

Microsoft TechEd 2013: 3 important things you need to know

TechEd 2013

TechEd 2013– Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals – was held earlier this month. For those who were not able to attend this year, presentations from the conference are available online at the TechEd page.

Our Microsoft team attended the event and wanted to share key announcements with you we feel are relevant. [Read more…]

The 8 Most Important Reasons To Consider Windows 8

8 reasons to switch to windows 8

It’s been 11 years since Windows XP launched, and the headlines from the day describe a totally different technology landscape. The casual office worker had no tablet and no smartphone. Social networking was largely done via IM (remember this sound?). And back then, the “cloud” was not a part of our regular vocabulary – it was just called the Internet. The notion of using these type of technologies for “real work” was a pipe dream.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that Microsoft has put together a “real work” solution fit for our times. Launched in January 2013, Windows 8 gives businesses of all sizes a modern technology toolkit that delivers the best possible productivity solution.

To help you sift through all the product benefits and features updates, I’ve put together a list of the features I feel will make the most difference to your organization. [Read more…]

How Microsoft’s New Qualified Device Definition Affects Your Agreement

Line in the sand

Microsoft is making some licensing changes to address an evolving IT landscape. There are now more devices and means for workers to get their job done than ever – from using iPads on the road, to carrying a desktop in your pocket  – and it’s making the complicated world of Microsoft licensing even more complicated.

Which is why Microsoft has drawn a line in the sand with a recent update to the  definition of what devices you need to pay for in your volume licensing agreement. Until now, it’s never been crystal clear how to handle the machines that had become a daily part of their IT environment, such as tablets and smartphones, from home or the office.

With the update, Microsoft is now giving us a solid answer – and it may have significant impacts on your licensing costs.

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Office 2013: Upcoming Licensing, Pricing & Feature Changes [Updated 11/9/12]

Important changes to Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft has just revealed pricing changes for Office 2013. We wanted to get a couple of those top changes specifically around pricing, licensing and features, communicated to you as soon as possible.

The pricing changes are set to go live starting December 1st, 2012. To help with our communication plan, Softchoice will be hosting a webinar (same content, three different times) on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November, 2012. You can register here.

Below is just a brief outline of the changes we will be covering in the webinars as well as additional post here at Microsoft Navigator. We’ll be updating this post regularly as information gets released by Microsoft, and our team has had a chance to pull out the relevant bits for you.

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