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Why A Microsoft Surface Is More Practical In The Workplace

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By now you have probably seen how mobile devices have dramatically changed the workplace. Smartphones and Tablets are becoming much more commonplace in offices across the world. However not every device works the same, and this is especially true for tablets. When Apple released the iPad at the start of this current decade, many people rushed to purchase them and found out the hard way that the practicality of these new devices still weren’t enough to replace erstwhile desktop computers.

In that void, Microsoft created the Microsoft Surface to answer the everyday needs of the modern office environment. Currently, in it’s third generation, the Microsoft Surface has become the tablet most office managers were hoping to get in the first place. With most offices using Microsoft products and software, the transition to the Surface was seamless compared to the iPad and its regular Operating System updates continues to optimise performance based on what is needed more than the bells and whistles that make a device trendy. Depending on the field you are in the Surface can really make life easier, and the three examples below illustrate how.

Microsoft Surface in Education

When it comes to education, the Surface has been a hit with teachers and students alike. It is considered a smart investment in the education field due to its plug and play nature that allows people to keep all their files in one place so well enough that it can replace bulk laptops that are becoming devices of the past. It’s Surface Pen allows users to quickly take notes and draw objects, and it’s light weight(just 1516 grams!) allows for easy portability around school or in transit. The built-in kickstand allows the Surface to rest securely on small desks and its detachable multi-position keyboard comes in customised colours that allow for personalization not seen on unimaginative iPads. OneNote Class Notebook also allows educators an easy way to schedule classes and collaborate with colleagues or file student feedback.

Microsoft Surface in Legal Services

In the legal field, the Surface has allowed lawyers to take notes on the go with it’s ergonomic keyboard and meet with clients from around the world with its rear and front-facing HD cameras. It has been a constant in the legal field that individuals in the legal field are always in need of printing reams of paper to mark-up documents, but with the Surface Pen, documents can be now be marked digitally in bright colors which saves time, paper, and energy since it’s much clearer than in pen. The battery life also allows up to 12 hours of video playback, so you can rest assured that your Surface can last most of the work day in a single charge.

Microsoft Surface in Small Businesses

One of the best benefits a Surface has for businesses is it’s two 3.0 USB ports which are still not available on iPads. Anyone that has had to give a presentation on the go knows that the ability to plug flash drives and connect with projectors from BuyDLP.com is an absolute must and thankfully its features like this that make the Surface the most productive tablet on the planet.

Chances are most businesses are already using standard Microsoft software suites like Outlook, Word, and Excel, and the great news about that Surface is that these programs are already designed to work with it unlike the iPad which uses their own Apple versions of these apps for use. You won’t have to download them for the Surface since they are already there. Business owners aren’t concerned with popular products; their priority is making sure their business has the tools it needs to succeed, and this is a major reason why companies across the world are trading in their iPads for more practical Surfaces.

If you would like to learn more about how a Microsoft Surface can help your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Microsoft EOS

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support (EOS) is almost here!

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Has it been a decade since the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2003?

The time for a server upgrade to improve efficiency, availability, and scale-ability has come!

As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003.

What does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean to your organisation?

  • No updates – which includes critical updates which totaled 37 in 2013. With out valuable security updates your servers and data are at risk.
  • No compliance – lack of compliance with various standards and regulations.
  • No application support – support is ceased for many applications once the operating system is unsupported.

All installations will be required to migrate to Microsoft’s latest server operating system Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 to maintain access to security updates and support from Microsoft and to continue to benefit from Microsoft’s continual advancements in security and performance.

We are in the closing mouths for organisations running legacy WS2003 to implement an upgrade plan, this is a exciting opportunity for us to help our customers increase efficiency, availability, and scale-ability of their infrastructure by migrating there legacy servers to newer platforms such as Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure and or Office 365.

In the coming week we will be reaching out to our clients with known installations of Server 2003 to finalise strategies on how to manage the pending EOS.