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.

What’s New in SharePoint 2013: Social Collaboration for the Mobile Workforce

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With the release of SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online became an attractive collaboration platform for many organizations. Not only does the option of a hosted solution minimize infrastructure planning to simplify the deployment process, the latest SharePoint Platform also introduces a myriad of additional benefits that lead to increased user adoption and productivity whether deployed On Premise, Online, or in Hybrid.

Using CRM for Centralization

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Multiple windows are huge productivity killer for many users. Having to move from one application to another can cause confusion and inaccurate data entry, which leads to inaccurate forecasting and a decrease in revenue.

With Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you have a very “flat” user interface that displays all related information in one screen. This allows the user to update data on multiple layers, such as adding activities to an account without having to open a separate window.

Networking with Hyper-V Clustering

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In the days of physical servers, if one server were to suffer a loss of network connectivity, then that one particular service would of course be down for the organization. But chances are that it might not cause really wide-spread interruption to the business. It is just one server out of possibly dozens or hundreds.


WPC 2013 Impressions

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It was hot and humid in Houston Texas as it normally is in July. I didn’t much notice since I spent the majority of my time the week of July 8th indoors, in a nice, climate controlled, conference center attending Microsoft’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference.


Hyper-V: Is It Right For Me?

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from customers asking about the capabilities of Microsoft’s latest version of Hyper-V. They are wondering if Hyper-V is finally a truly valid contender to run in their enterprise. The short answer – Yes.