By now everyone knows that Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching end of life. But each organization needs to assess the impact, both in terms of the risks of not removing Windows Server 2003 from the infrastructure, and the rewards of deploying a current server OS in the data center. In this brief blog post, we will examine each, the risks and the benefits, with the hope that your organization will benefit.
My job requires me to talk with customers, engineers, and peers across the United States. My statements do not reflect that of any employers (past or present).
Today, I’ll share some generalized questions and historical thoughts which we can’t forget. (Like the year I broke my neck. Just can’t erase the thought.)
Indulge me with a trip down memory lane. Let’s go back to 2003. What a great year. Apple introduced iTunes, American Idol debuted on television and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. In addition, Wikipedia was launched, the idea of Myspace (remember that) was born on a whiteboard and Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) entered Harvard – all in 2003.
On April 24, 2003, Microsoft released Windows Server 2003. It has been supported for the last 11 years. However, on July 14, 2015, Microsoft will cease creating updates, service patches, phone support and web support for the venerable operating system.
Today Microsoft held an event in San Francisco announcing the next version of Windows. There were a lot of rumors going into the event regarding the name and pricing. Some of those were answered, some were not, but there were definitely a few surprises.
The event featured Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president of operating systems and Joe Belfiore, Microsoft corporate vice president, operating systems group, giving a peek at an early build of Windows 10 along with offering insight into future direction. The event was open to a small group of industry insiders and was not live streamed. My thoughts in this post are based on my impressions and interpretations of multiple live blogs that took place during the event.
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, Box.com 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.
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.
To be honest, I was completely caught off guard when the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was announced last month. But after touching and feeling the device, I completely understand why Microsoft wanted to improve upon a product that’s already been deemed a success.
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.
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.
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.