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Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The “Notelet” that’s Bigger, Brighter and Bolder

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As promised in a previous blog post, I’ve done some road testing (planes, trains and automobiles) with Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3. The only way for me to do this right was to use the device as my main computing device. So I finally got my Surface on the company network, installed Symantec Endpoint Protection, Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and I was up and running in no time.

Actually, I probably spent more time downloading software, syncing docs and installing Windows and Office updates than actually doing any setup/customization work. But that was expected since it was a brand new machine.

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Top 9 Reasons to Use Microsoft Office 365

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What are the top nine reasons to employ Office 365 in your business? First, what is Office 365? 
Office 365 is a subscription-based online suite of software products that improve business productivity.  The most popular components under the Office 365 brand are Exchange Online (email) and Office 365 ProPlus, the familiar desktop application products used daily (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, OneNote and the Lync and Outlook clients).  SharePoint Online (cloud-based file sharing and storage) and Lync Online (instant messaging, presence and web conferencing) finish out the top four components.  Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest selling product with revenues growing over 100 percent quarterly.


Another Week, Another Major Vulnerability Discovered

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Even before everyone was able to fully digest the impact of the massive Heartbleed virus, another large-scale vulnerability was announced. On April 26, Microsoft announced a major vulnerability in their Internet Explorer web browser affecting versions 6-11. This vulnerability could allow the remote execution of code due to the way IE accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or not properly allocated.


Should I Trust Office 365 With My Data?

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As a Solution Architect for CDW Microsoft Services I am often asked “How reliable is Office 365?” I have also heard concerns of downtime, data not being secure and more. What we rarely hear is how a large number of customers are satisfied with Office 365. In this article I look to discredit some rumors and hopefully instill confidence in Microsoft Office 365 and to help understand why Microsoft is the leader is Software Services for productivity, communications and collaboration.


Yes, There is Now Microsoft Office for the iPad

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Recently, Microsoft announced the availability of Office for iPad. This is exciting news for iPad users who want the ability to view, create, and edit Office documents on their iPad with touch-friendly apps. Before organizations can address this news with their iPad users, it’s important for them to understand how this announcement may impact their investment in Microsoft licensing.


Microsoft Surface 2 – My New Travel Companion

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How productive can you really be with a tablet instead of a full laptop? Can you get real work done? Or will the tablet limit you to second rate or less productive work? I decided to put those questions to the test during a recent day trip to Chicago.


SharePoint Responsive Web Design: One Design to Rule Them All!

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The hot trend in web design these days is Responsive Web Design (RWD). What is RWD? In short, it allows you to create a single design that scales up or down to fit a resolution on a device. Take Rockford Public School’s new responsive SharePoint 2013 site for example. The layout will change depending on which device you’re using to browse the site. From a huge desktop monitor with a resolution of 2560×1440, to a small smartphone of 320×480, this site will adapt and fit to your screen.

This CDW blog also uses RWD. Check out this post on your laptop, tablet, and mobile phone to see the differences.

XP End of Support: Why Should I Care?

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April 8th, 2014 will bring a landmark change to the IT landscape with the end of support for one of the most successful operating systems in history: Windows XP. Most Microsoft products live on a 10-year support lifecycle, with five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support. XP has been supported a bit longer than the usual 10 years due to its success as a platform and the high number of organizations, just under 35 percent, that still maintain XP OS’s within their organizations. The end of XP support has significant ramifications to those with XP instances still in production, and organizations need to begin the process of planning to migrate off of the XP platform if they haven’t already.