Passed with flying colours! The team here at ABCOM are happy to announce that we have just received today our confirmation that we have achieved the Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency! To earn this competency, Microsoft Partners must demonstrate that they are able to fulfil the ever-changing needs of the dynamic business environments of today; they must provide customer references to exhibit successful implementation and customer satisfaction and show their expertise through examinations. “We’re are very happy to have attained this competency, this demonstrates to our clients and peers we have a firm grasp on today’s technology market especially Microsoft and their products,” said Yann Davies, Managing Director. “The aim is with better knowledge of agile IT systems, we are better enable our customers’ success by serving as both business & technology advisers. The market is increasingly based on consumption of products and services, with our guidance we can help develop a strategy for your business enabling rapid change and direction. We are always looking to expand our knowledge and skills in order to uphold our quality services in this ever-changing market.” What does this mean for customers? It means we know what we are doing! As an existing Microsoft partner, authorised to supply Microsoft cloud solutions including Office 365 and Azure. ABCOM have had to meet a number of milestones set by Microsoft for Cloud software management and deployment in business. Benefits to Our Customers Cloud-based solutions are scalable, cost effective and allow a more flexible approach to working including: • Real-time collaborative working ensures many people can work on...
Is it the end of life for windows 7? Fear not. Windows 7 is well entrenched in business, but interestingly it has just appeared on the list for Microsoft mainstream support. So we thought we should mention that. We will eventually see the product in all its 10 variants slowly edge towards extended support (January 13 2015), then into non supported mode (at the end of 2020). Mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 – which is only 5 months away. While this is not as business-critical as the Windows XP deadline last April, it is likely to get companies starting to plan their next upgrade cycle either around Windows 8.1 or Windows 9. Planning sooner than later helps plan your IT expenditure. Other products included on that list include Windows Server 2008, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Storage Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics. “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported,” Microsoft recently explained in a Forbes article. “Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.” What Windows 7 users must know, however, is that they have to be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for these days to apply. Support for Windows 7 RTM (Released to Manufacturing – the original release software) was stopped back on 9 April 2013 – so if for some reason you aren’t keeping Windows 7 up to date do so immediately. On 13 January 2015 Windows 7’s ‘Mainstream Support’ will...
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