6 business uses for touch devices and why touch is here to stay

Microsoft touch devices
My boys were about 3.5 years old when we went into an IKEA store one day. Both boys immediately ran up to the display TV in a staged living room and started touching the screen. They figured it should work the same as the touch screen computer in our kitchen. In fact, it wasn’t until they went to school that they learned about a mouse and keyboard. To them, touch is both instinctive and intuitive  …>> more
BY JOE ADDISON, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Bring the Best of Both Worlds to the Classroom – Hybrid PC

Touch devices in education industry
Hybrid PCs with touch and stylus capabilities are changing the classroom and the way students are prepared for the world of business. Children love spending time on touch devices. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, they are early adopters and are hard-pressed to set them aside while in the classroom. And that’s why schools should embrace tablets and interweave them into their curriculum. Does it matter which type of device? It does. While all devices  …>> more
BY JOE ADDISON, APRIL 8, 2014
SECURITY

5 things to do if you’re still running Windows XP

If all goes according to plan, today will be the last Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003. And while rumours still abound that Microsoft will back down and offer a low cost support option, I’m not holding my breath. However, there are still some legitimate reasons why you may still have Windows XP running in your environment. There may be a critical application that won’t run on anything other than XP and the  …>> more

The evolution of the datacentre

Change is nothing new in IT. First there were main frames, then personal computers and client server computing. Servers then got virtualized and then came cloud computing. Through these changes, software has been centralized, decentralized and now distributed. Consumption of IT services has moved from centralized, to shared and now it’s all about self-service. Change is nothing new. Neither is it always easy. There are 3 things IT managers and decision makers need to consider  …>> more

Dispelling misconceptions about Office 365

Did you know that… The annual savings of users who move their apps to the cloud is 21% (business insider) Cloud computing is up to 40x more cost-effective for small and mid-sized companies compared to running their own IT systems (Microsoft) CIOs will spend 59% more on cloud computing in 2014 (CIO Insight) Cloud software solutions are a big deal for businesses who are looking to their technology investments to help them be more effective, efficient and productive while keeping costs  …>> more
BY JOE ADDISON, JUNE 12, 2013
MOBILE WORKING

Windows 8.1: Ready for the Enterprise

I’ve been talking a lot about moving to Windows 7 lately and the end of life for Windows XP but I haven’t said much about Windows 8, a fact which one of my friends and a former colleague at Microsoft called out on Twitter: It’s true. Most of our customers, especially those who are just now grappling with the daunting task of moving from Windows XP, haven’t shown much interest in Windows 8. Why? Well,  …>> more