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Day: September 25, 2018

  • September 25, 2018

    Microsoft Ignite

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  • Still great pals with Citrix, but users will find the Windows 7 offer enticing Ignite With Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is offering corporate Window 7 users yet another migration path to Windows 10; this time via Azure. Microsoft 365 is about to gain what Redmond is modestly calling “the best virtualized Windows and Office experience delivered on Azure.” Virtualization slingers Citrix and VMware might beg to differ. Amazon, of course, has its own WorkSpaces product running on AWS. Virtualization of a Windows desktop is nothing new and provides a way of keeping tight control over corporate desktops without having the deal with an army of disparate hardware. However, it can also be prohibitively expensive from a licencing perspective and often complex to set up. Due to make an appearance in preview form by the end of the year, access to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is free for Microsoft 365, E3, E5 or F1 customers or Windows E3 or E5 customers, although you’ll obviously still have pay for Azure virtual machines on which to run the thing. The Register The way I see it doing the math if you want to stay on Windows 7 past Microsoft EOL date its going to cost some major money every month.
  • Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams upgrade: We recently announced that the roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Microsoft Teams is now complete. Teams is now ready to meet your customers’ messaging, meeting, and calling needs. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft together with our partners to upgrade Skype for Business Online with Microsoft Teams as the primary communications client in Office 365. This transition represents an opportunity for you to help your customers realize the benefits of intelligent communications.   Upcoming Key Dates:  Starting Oct. 1st, new Office 365 customers with 500 seats or less will be onboarded to Microsoft Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business Online. Tenants that are already using Skype for Business online will be able to continue doing so (including provisioning new users) until they complete their transition to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has begun offering automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams for Microsoft direct customers. Starting November 1st, we will begin offering partner associated customers automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams.  Tenant Administrators will be given advance notification via email and through the Office 365 Message Center. Next steps: Remove references to Skype for Business Online in marketing materials for your Office 365 and Microsoft 365 offers by Oct 1st. Review below partner and customer materials to help defining our strategy to support and upgrade customers from Skype for Business to Teams. Select pilot customers to begin testing your upgrade process. Upgrade your own organization from Skype for Business to Teams and experience this exciting communication Microsoft Microsoft is really pushing teams hard and now starting to slowly cut the small businesses user off from Skype For Business. Microsoft did announce at Ignite that Teams is one of the fastest growing apps in the companies history.
  • September 25, 2018

    Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Review

    As many of you know I have had issues in the past with hard drives and being a Mac user at times I was always upset that spin rite was not supported on a Mac without jumping through hoops. I recently found Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery online and have tested and used it and it’s actually a great product I would recommend if you are a Mac user like myself. The first thing I like about Stellar Phoenix is a simple interface. You pick what you want to recover Then what drive you want to recover Then you get a preview of your data and can decide where you want to put the recovered data. One thing really nice about Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery is you can recover data off of encrypted hard drives, boot camp partitions and time machine backups with is more than Spin Rite could ever do for me. The fact that you can recover data off a machine after deletion, formatting or corruption really shows this software has their act together. The one thing is a well put together piece of software does not come without a good price tag $79 dollars for the basic since system license with all the recovery tools. The Premium is $99 dollars which give you everything included in professional plus Video and JPEG repair tools. The Technician version gives you everything in Premium plus a 3 system license. If you don’t have a mac and still want this great product Stellar Phoenix makes a data Data Recovery Windows and for iPhone that is available at about the same price point as the Mac version. I have looked for data recovery solutions for macs for a long time and believe me when I say there are a lot of...