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ACT NOW! Microsoft Products near End of Life

Windows 7, Server 2008/R2 and others reach end of support date January 2020.

  • 18 September 2019
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In our September SIMformation, we want everyone to be aware that Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008R2 and Exchange Server 2010 all will reach their "End of Life" date in January, 2020.  Plus, Office 2010 will reach its end of life in October 2020.  This means Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and feature patches, leaving this software vulnerable to malware attacks. SIM2K urges everyone to have a migration plan in place and budget for software updates now as this year ends to be prepared for the January end of support date. We have more details in this issue.  We also discuss how cybercriminals are targeting education now days and what schools need to be aware of to protect student and faculty data.  We recap "Spoofing" and what you can do to identify phishing and other scam attacks.  And, we have a handy list of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word users so you can get around hunting through various "Ribbons" to do simple formatting tweaks.

Google Pitches Enterprise

G Suite tackles Office

  • 29 May 2019
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In our May issue we look at Google's new push with G Suite to make this office productivity software something for the Enterprise user, seeking to topple Microsoft Office.  New AI tools like voice recognition and virtual assistants have been added to G Suite, and we have details.  We also look at Android "Bubbles" – allowing apps to open in small inset windows on a smartphone so users can multitask without closing one app to use the second.  Apple and Qualcomm have settled patent issues, which may pave the way for 5G chips in iPhones, experts say.  Microsoft has released an updated schedule for Windows product updates and confirmed January 14, 2020 as the day Windows 7 will be officially "retired."  And, malware continues to plague the IT industry, as seen by the city of Baltimore being shut down by a ransomware attack, and the "bad guys" are getting more sophisticated in the tools they use.  We have more on their exploits in this issue.

Trends to Watch in 2019

A look at the Tech Crystal Ball

  • 29 January 2019
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We kick off 2019 with a look at some of the top trends in the forecast for technology.  Naturally, security tops the list, along with AI, the Cloud and blockchain. There is speculation that Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, may be going away as Siri and Alexa have shouted her down.  Firefox is adding a data breach notification to its browser when there is the possibility that the user's e-mail and credentials have been obtained by a hacker.  We discuss artificial intelligence as it applies outside the tech world, specifically for "self-driving" cars and what programming choices may mean in the real world.  Finally, we have some tips on add-ins for Microsoft Office that may be a help to you Word, Excel and Outlook users.

Happy Holidays!

Windows Hello, Outlook 2016 and more

  • 20 December 2018
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In our December issue of SIMformation, we discuss how biometrics may replace passwords for IT security.  Facial scans and fingerprints may replace complex passwords and two-factor authentication.  Windows 10 supports Windows Hello, Microsoft's biometric program, and we have details.  We also look at Outlook 2016 with some tips and hints to get the most from this software.  As it is the Christmas season and there are packages under the tree, it may be you will get some wearable technology this year – but is this a security risk to you and your personal information?  Also, the season leads to scams and the Secret Sister/Santa pyramid scheme is no exception.  We tell you what to look out for.  Finally, we start our look at the coming year with a few new features coming from Apple, as we know some of you are dedicated iPhone or Mac users out there.

First Look at Office 2016

  • 8 July 2015
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The first glance at the future of Office for Windows is here, in the form of the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview. It’s the first public look at the “new” Office suite that will be released sometime the second half of this year. The first reviews say that while there are a few interesting user additions, the bigger improvements so far are under the hood and will be of interest to businesses. 
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