Microsoft announces cessation of Windows XP support – are you prepared?

Does your company use Microsoft's Windows operating system? Chances are high that the answer is yes. So the question we really should be asking is which version do you use? Many personal users and most businesses will answer Windows 7 or 8, however, there are still businesses out there using what many deem to be the best version of Windows: XP.

Did you know that, according to a report by Net Market Share, almost 40% of computers are still running Windows XP? The reasons why users stick with this now three-generation-old OS are varied, but most answers boil down to the fact that it just works, so why change it?' The problem with this viewpoint is that Microsoft has actually announced that they will be terminating support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does the cessation of support mean for my business?
When Microsoft pulls support for one of its products this usually means three things:

You will stop receiving OS security updates.

Start Screen 101: Finding your apps

windows_Dec18_CLove it, or hate it, the Windows 8 and 8.1 Start Screen is here to stay. While many business users have selected to boot directly into Desktop mode with Windows 8.1, the Start Screen still has some great features to offer. For those who do decide to use it, actually finding your installed apps can be a bit tricky at first.

Tweaking Window's taskbar

Windows_Sep22_CWhile there are many great features included in Windows 8 and 8.1, one of the more useful, but hardly ever thought about, is the taskbar, which displays all of your useful apps and open apps. Any Windows user is familiar with the bar at the bottom of the screen, but did you know that you can change specific properties about it?

1. Add or remove programs from your taskbar

By default, there are usually two icons on your taskbar: Internet Explorer and File Explorer.

How to find file size on Windows 8

Windows_March14_CThe operating system (OS) is an integral part of modern computers, phones and a good deal of other technology. The most popular OS is Microsoft’s Windows, which has become the mainstay of businesses around the world. Last year, Windows 8 was released and with it came a drastic change to the ‘Windows’ system.

Windows 8 makes BYOD easier

Technology is always changing, improving or adapting and companies, especially small businesses, have a hard time keeping up with the changes which can be quite costly. One solution to this is to allow employees the option of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to help with their job.