License audit emails from Microsoft

One of the biggest IT expenses for many small businesses is software. Some companies require thousands of dollars of software, which can quickly compound when you hire new employees. Businesses who have purchased Microsoft software may soon be receiving a letter from the tech giant asking for a systems audit. Here is a quick overview…

Windows Server bug discovered

Earlier this year, the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) bug Heartbleed caused quite a stir when it was discovered. While the majority of systems affected by this bug have been patched, and are now secure from it, news has recently broke of a similar bug affecting Microsoft Windows Servers. If you use Microsoft Servers in your…

Windows skips 9 and goes straight to 10!

At the end of September, Microsoft held their now annual Windows event, where they announced the next big version of Windows – Windows 10. While it seems a little odd that they are skipping 9 completely, from what we can see, 10 is shaping up to be the best version of Windows to date. Here…

Reducing desktop clutter

Have you ever gone to talk with a colleague and gotten a look at their computer’s desktop only to notice that they have files, apps, and folders strewn about in a seemingly random fashion? Or maybe you are guilty of a cluttered desktop. Many people tend to have somewhat unorganized desktops, especially if they have…

Windows 8/8.1 hibernate mode

Microsoft’s operating systems (OS) have seen additions of several highly useful features throughout the evolution cycle of the OS. The hibernation feature, first introduced with Windows XP, is a solid example of one of the most useful power features. Ironically, with Windows 8 the hibernation feature is not readily visible but it is still a…

Free up space with Disk Cleanup tool

One of the first things you should do if your Windows desktop is running slow is to clean up the hard drive, and free up some disk space. One of the best ways to do this is through the Disk Cleanup tool which was created and designed as a convenient way to weed out old…

Upgrading from XP – your options

In April, Microsoft took somewhat of a great leap forward and officially ended support for one of the most popular operating systems (OS) ever – Windows XP. If you use Windows XP, or have been reading tech blogs, you likely know about this and may even be considering upgrading. The problem is it can be…

Windows 8.1 update: Now available!

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system supports the traditional desktop but was designed to mainly improve the experience of tablet users. It was released in 2012 and received mixed reviews, especially as its new interface was so different from the look of the previous operating systems. The most noticeable change is the Start screen, which displays…

Windows – creating keyboard shortcuts

Windows is the most popular operating system in use today, with many businesses relying on it as their main system. Windows, along with the apps and programs used with it can sometimes be time consuming to navigate or even find, especially if you have a large number of icons on your desktop. In an effort…

Hosted Exchange – what is it?

Servers are an important tool to many businesses, largely because they support the important technology systems required to do business. While servers can host nearly every type of software solution, one of the most common is email and office support, of which Microsoft Exchange is widely considered to be the best. If you are looking…