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July Power User Tech Tips

Overview

Systech is beginning a series of helpful tech tips and shortcuts that will enable everyone in your organization to be a power user. This will increase your productivity and save you time. We will be showing you how to be the most productive while you are computing. We are going to start with the things everyone should already know before diving into more advanced computing tips and tricks. So, without further adieu here are July’s Power User Tech Tips.

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Stores to Stop Sales of Windows 7 and 8.1 Devices

Microsoft has issued a deadline for manufacturers to sell all devices running windows 7 and 8.1 by October 31st of 2016. After which they will only be able to sell windows 10 devices. If you prefer a windows 7 or 8.1 device, you will only be able to get it from left over stocks vendors haven????????t sold. For example, when October 31st comes around in 2016 you can only get those devices if stores like best buy or microcenter haven????????t sold them all. Windows 7 and 8.1 PC????????s have the same sell by deadline while windows 8 PC????????s have a deadline of June 30th of 2016. Normally windows 7 would have had to be sold sooner than that but since it is one of the most widely used and favorited operating systems they decided to push the deadline back. The longest time between release date and end of sales pre-installed on PC????????s was 9 years with Windows XP. Even though Microsoft is imposing a deadline to sell devices with those operating systems pre-installed they will still be offering support for the next 5 years. Windows 7 will be supported until January 14th of 2020 and windows 8 will be supported until January of 2023. Since Windows 10 is brand new, a date has not been determined for the sale of devices with it pre-installed or support of the product. If you were thinking about getting a brand new device within in the next year, I????????d recommend just going for windows 10. It????????s the best of Windows 7 and 8.1, and then some. Below is the table from Microsoft’s site With the end of support and sales dates for Windows operating systems.

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Skype Meetings

Microsoft recently released a web based version of skype called Skype meetings. The free version allows you to have up to 10 people in the video call for the first 60 days. After the first 60 days you get up to 3 attendees per call. In addition to basic group chatting you can also present a desktop, PowerPoint presentations and IM during the video call.  This is available to anyone in the US with a business email address. Here’s the catch – you cannot already have an Office 365 subscription. After signing up  you can start sending a link for others to join.  Plus, you can invite people that don’t have a Skype account.

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Systech at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2016

Systech was at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2016 held this year in Toronto. We heard from key personnel at Microsoft about the latest and greatest technology. Their Mission, since Satya Nadella took the reins, has been to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Their new offerings like PowerApps and flow for Office 365, machine learning and Azure Predix, Conversations-As-A-Service, Operations Management Suite, and much align to this mission of empowerment. The most notable takeaway for me was that the role of the CIO is changing from a staff function to an operational function by allowing end users to take data streams and expose intelligent actionable items.

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Are Blogs Helpful, Harmful, or Just a Nuisance?

A Business blog can be a channel to increase your reach to new consumers through active discussion and the sharing of content and ideas which brings new prospects to view your blog. According to an article found on i-scoop.eu titled, ???????Dozens of reasons why corporate blogs matter???????, ???????82% of marketers who blog daily report positive ROI for overall inbound efforts.??????? A blog is also a forum to host product promotional activities and to strengthen your brand????????s image and awareness by reminding clients why your company and products are still relevant. These blogging technologies also offer an opportunity to connect with clients and partners to open discussions. In conjunction with this, it also gives an opportunity to establish an industry authority through expertise. When people subscribe to blog updates they also grow your contact list or lead list which can be used for marketing, product updates, and news about your company. There are many tangible benefits to corporations to use blogs. According to an article by Barry Feldman found on Socialmediatoday.com titled, ???????21 Benefits of Business Blogging and 22 Tips???????, ???????57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from their blog. 61% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog. Blogs attract repeat visitors who continue to come back to the website for fresh content. Blogging allows you to team up with people who already have an audience, which is an instantaneous way to attract readers.??????? Blogging can be a nuisance to maintain and update but the benefits surely outweigh the costs.

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Microsoft Is Acquiring LinkedIn

According to a recent article by Microsoft, “Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn????????s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.”

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