With their latest Office 365 suite, Microsoft has certainly made a bold statement when it comes to the future of home and business computing, while also throwing down a challenge to competitor products.
Their innovative office suite differs greatly from previous versions of Microsoft Office – from how you use it, what you can do with it and even how you pay for it.
And though change for change’s sake isn’t always a good thing, it certainly seems like this latest software has real potential.
But before you decide to install the suite to your own machines, here’s a look at just what Office 365 can offer you and your business, as well as how we at The PC Support Group might be able to support you in this process – we call this infographic Office 365: What it means for your business.
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Fans of the Forza Motorsport 5 Fans rejoice. The Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One is now available for download.
Tuesday 12 August 2014, Goodwood
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the epitome of luxury, today makes its video game debut. Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, is available today, exclusively in Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One.
Available to all owners of Forza Motorsport 5 as a free download, Rolls-Royce Wraith allows players to drive, explore and experience the super-luxury vehicle in unprecedented visual realism. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 5 features an all-new graphics engine, created exclusively for Xbox One, delivering physically based material rendering that re-creates the real-life characteristics of thousands of unique materials. Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous contemporary interior complete with expanses of wood and leather detailing, looking real enough to touch.
The marque’s sweeping fastback design appears complete with a Bespoke Starlight Headliner consisting of over 1,340 fibre optic lamps, creating a star-studded interior, allowing players to drive in the ultimate style.
624 BHP derived from the car’s 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine is delivered effortlessly courtesy of Satellite Aided Transmission, a cutting-edge technology that marries the car’s gearbox to GPS data to ensure Wraith is always in the correct gear, therefore poised to deliver its abundant power.
Marc Mielau, General Manager Marketing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commented, ““We are delighted to mark a first in video game history by introducing Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made, into Forza Motorsport 5. The game will provide players with a new level of excitement by exploring the iconic features of Wraith. We are proud to present this compelling combination of refined luxury and poised dynamism in such a new and immersive way.”
Wraith will be offered in 12 colour combinations, with Rolls-Royce signature two tone options available.
Most organizations are aware that they need to secure corporate data and minimize risks if mobile devices are lost or stolen. Many of those same organizations are adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives to enable employees to use personally owned devices (smartphones) to access corporate information and services. Just as desktop and laptop devices require ongoing management and support, smartphones require the same or an even higher level of management, and smartphones are often at greater risk because they are easy to lose and commonly used in public places.
A Mobile Device Management (MDM) system can reduce the support costs and security risks of such situations while improving individual user productivity. In fact, most MDM systems can help you manage devices and apps running on mobile devices regardless of whether they connect directly to your company’s intranet, public Wi-Fi hotspots, or over cellular data services.
Originally, MDM systems were designed as self-service, portal-focused solutions. Today, those systems are more IT and admin-centric solutions, with MDM system deployment models possible solely on premises, solely in the cloud, or a hybrid of both.
Windows Intune is a cloud-based MDM system that organizations can use to manage devices on or off premises. Similarly, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is an on-premises MDM system that can also manage devices on or off premises. You can use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune together to create a comprehensive management solution for mobile and stationary devices and services.
Check out the full Windows-Phone-8-1-MDM-Overview
In April, we released a bigger, more comprehensive package of improvements to Windows 8.1 called the Windows 8.1 Update. We did the same for Server too, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update. As we said at the time, our goal is to continue to deliver improvements to Windows through regular updates in order to respond more quickly to customer and partner feedback. After all, we already have a regular monthly update process that includes security and non-security updates.
With the above in mind, rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we’ll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday.” So despite rumors and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 “Update 2.”
We’ll continue to use our normal channels such as Windows Update (WU), Microsoft Update (MU), and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deliver updates to Windows. These updates will include security updates to help keep you protected, as well as non-security updates that can bring a range of improvements to your PC or tablet running Windows. Examples of some of these non-security updates are the Windows Store Refresh in May and the June update to OneDrive to improve your control of sync. Some of these improvements might be more visible or even new features, while others might be more “behind-the-scenes” that improve things like the performance and reliability of your device. With these monthly updates, we continue to refine and improve Windows 8.1 in a more nimble way, creating a richer experience for all Windows customers.
Following are some of the new features and improvements included in the August 12th Update Tuesday:
- Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag.
- Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.
- Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.
This update will be delivered automatically via WU and optional through WSUS. Enterprises can take the update anytime. Further details on the update will be included here on August 12th.
For current Windows 8.1 consumers who have elected automatic updates, the rollout will be gradual to ensure all customers receive the update in a timely manner. Those who wish to install the update ahead of automatic updates may do so beginning August 12th manually via Windows Update.
As you might expect, we’re taking the same approach to deliver improvements to Windows Server 2012 R2 as well – go here for additional information.
Reblogged from blogs.windows.com
Surface Pro 3 – Power
A tablet that can replace your laptop? Take the Surface Pro 3. It’s lighter and thinner than the MacBook Air, yet it has the same intel Core i5 processor. And it also has a USB port, touchscreen and converts into a tablet.
Surface Pro 3. The tablet can replace your laptop.
Surface Pro 3 – Head to Head
Sometimes the facts speak for themselves. Just compare the Surface Pro 3 to a MacBook Air. Both have the same storage and processing power. But only the Surface Pro 3 has a touchscreen, a pen and converts to a tablet. Surface Pro 3. The tablet that can replace your laptop.
Surface Pro 3 – Crowded
Tablet or laptop? With the Surface Pro3, you get the best of both. The Surface Pro 3 has the power to run full Adobe Photoshop, Office and Windows. But unlike the Mac Book Air, it has a touchscreen, a pen and converts to a tablet. Don’t try that with the Mac.
Surface Pro 3. The tablet that can replace your laptop.