Windows 10 - More Choices for Updates

 Many clients are in the midst of updating or replacing with PC systems using Windows 10. Microsoft has been improving update messaging so users aren't interrupting important updates. If you're not sure or have questions, we can help. 

Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see fewer interruptions when Windows updates.

Now you have the option to let Windows Update adjust active hours based on you device-specific usage patterns.

We know that sometimes, updates can come at inconvenient times. So, now you’ll be able to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).

And when there’s an update requiring you to restart your device, you’ll see a new notification: a colored dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your taskbar.

Check it out in action:

 

The Latest Microsoft Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft Windows 10 has been available since 2015! Here are a number of new features and updates which have recently become available.

Here’s what you need to know

Microsoft is turning Windows 10 into a SaaS offering, rolling out new features and updates early and often. We’ve seen six major updates to the OS since its initial release in 2015; next up is the May 2019 Update (aka build 18894), which the general public could download beginning at the end of May.
Here’s a highlight reel of the new Windows 10 features you’ll be able to access soon, as well as a few more interesting things Microsoft has coming later this year.

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Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 End of Life

If you or your organization have computers running Microsoft Windows 7 or servers running Windows Server 8 or are still using Exchange 2010, this is for you and it's important. Microsoft support for these products end in January 2020. Now is the time to make plans to get these products updated or replaced.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are popular and well-loved — and they’re completely unsupported after January 2020. Have you prepared to upgrade or replace this products yet?

When Windows 7 reaches end of life and end of support in six months, it will no longer be a secure, compliant operating system. Microsoft will no longer releases updates or security patches. If you continue using it, you will be putting your data at risk. Hackers love to target unsupported applications and take advantage of vulnerabilities in legacy software. You don’t want to be in the cross-hairs.

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Calendar Tricks that will help Productivity

Nearly all of us are connected to electronic calendars these days. Although this article references Microsoft Outlook, these tricks will work with any electronic calendar and will help make you more productive.

What’s the secret to maximizing productivity and efficiency? There’s no single silver bullet, but one sure-fire way to make gains is with calendar tricks that will keep you organized and focused. From scheduling “no meeting” time blocks to integrating mobile so you never miss a meeting—the art of calendar optimization is crucial.

Here are seven simple calendar tricks you can use to bring your productivity to the next level:

  1. Schedule “no meeting” time blocks—Instead of multitasking, set aside time without interruptions. “When people multitask, often they do multiple things badly,” says David Sanbonmatsu, University of Utah professor of Psychology. “A lot of times, the people who multitask the most are the worst at it…it’s individuals who lack impulse control.” (From Forbes.)

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Helping out Remote Employees

 A lot of companies and organizations have remote workers these days. Here are some Microsoft tools to make their jobs easier and days less isolating.

Remote employees have come a long way since the days when trying to work while away from the workplace was like a sentence in solitary confinement. Thanks to the Cloud, they no longer have to use cumbersome methods to access office computer files or receive access codes from special devices just to make a phone call. But, do your remote employees really feel like they are part of the team?

There’s a lot to be said for the sense of community formed by team members who are all in the same physical location. Here are four pitfalls of working remotely and how Microsoft tools can help employees from San Francisco to South Beach collaborate as if they are all sitting around the same table.

Access to files and software

When attending meetings, the people in the office conference room have an advantage over remote employees. As discussions shift from one document to another, remote attendees have to scramble to locate those files and get them on their screens. Too often, the discussion shifts to something else by the time they get a first glance at the previous file.

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