The long anticipated release of Windows 8 happened, and the launch was done in true Microsoft style on 26th October in New York City, and is quoted by Mr. Ballmer as being “the best Windows release ever”. It takes Windows to the next level in regards to user experiences as it is a brand new interface to the Windows platform. For Windows Phone users, the ’tiles’ are now extended to the Windows OS, and have received a colour palette uplift – the earlier versions of the Windows Mobile OS was primarily blue.
Users who prefer to go back to the classic Windows OS mode can certainly chose to do so. Not too sure what classic Windows means; for me classic means Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 look ‘n ‘feel, but that would likely be considered ancient by most.
One of the key questions repeatedly asked is, what will Windows 8 offer organisations and what is the upgrade path?
On Thursday 11 October, Microsoft announced the RTM of Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and Project + Visio 2013. But, what does that mean for customers and what other dates are important?
If you are lucky enough to attend the Microsoft SharePoint in Las Vegas, 12-15 November 2012, then you’ll get all the details. In the meantime, here are a few key items to put into your calendar:
- Mid-November – Volume licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center.
- Mid-November – IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions.
- December – Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on 1 December
- First quarter 2013. General availability of Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 is planned for the early 2013
Customers who are already using Office 365 should start seeing updates from November onwards, featuring some the newly released capabilities.
By Microsoft previous release standard, this is probably the largest ranging and most ambitious release to date. The amount of products covered in this release covers most of the Office, server and cloud families. Every one of these components has received an overhaul and focuses much more on the user experience than ever before. It also incorporates the touch friendly design that will be available on Windows 8 – and opens new doors for portables for socializing, reading, note-taking, meetings, etc.
Are you planning on upgrading to these new families?
Are you looking at deploying Windows 8 within your organization?
HiberniaEvros will be able to discuss all these technologies in much more detail with you, and perhaps assist you planning your technology roadmap and activities.
Using cloud services can help small to medium businesses save money by reducing the amount of infrastructure required such as computer hardware, software licenses, support resources and the constant battle of keeping all these up-to-date.
As you have read already, or perhaps even witnessed if you attended our recent Office 365 session, deploying cloud applications is no longer something overly complex or expensive, and it allows your business to focus on what it is good at – looking after it’s customers and making money.
Cloud computing has come a long way and all the major players are now offering some level of cloud productivity, granting users access from anywhere in the World.
The beauty of deploying the Microsoft Office 365 solution gives you additional benefits, compared to the competition. You and your users are already, I hope, using Microsoft product suites, so the learning curve and migration is limited. User experience is fairly straight forward too, as the tools / applications offered have almost same capabilities as the standard product suite.
All that said, there are a few other services that some users find very appealing. These have some benefits, but they all require you (and your users) to register or buy additional services. However, they do provide you with the capability of working in the cloud.
Here are a few of these online tools. There are plenty of other tools out there, but these are some of the better tools.