Launched in October 2009, Windows 7 is now a decade old. In human terms, not that long, but the life expectancy for an operating system is a much shorter one. Windows 7 reached its official end of life on January 14th 2020. What that means is that Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7.
Surveys conducted in recent years have found that at least a third or more businesses are still using Windows 7. Many users are SMEs, but the NHS also reported in July 2019 that they still had one million users using the operating system. Although current users can choose to continue with Windows 7, there are significant risks that should be considered.
Telephony in the UK is changing, and businesses need to keep up.
Since the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (or Elisha Gray or Antonio Meucci – take your pick) in the 19th century, the technology behind it and the phone network have gone through countless transformations and improvements. Here, in the UK, the phone network has moved from private hands into state ownership, before being privatised again in the 1980s. There have been many advances over the last 140-odd years, but for many decades, the public switched telephone network (PSTN), which accounts for the vast majority of phone lines in Britain, has been based largely on a network of copper wires. That is set to change, however, with a major push towards internet protocol (IP) networks.Read More »
The market for managed IT service providers is very competitive, and you'll obviously want to get the best deal for your business. But that doesn't mean you should pick a provider simply because it's the cheapest. A key thing to keep in mind is that best value isn't the same as lowest price. Let's take a more in-depth look at why.Read More »
When you’ve finally earned your escape to the beach, the last thing that should be on your mind is the threat that everything will fall apart in your absence. Taking a few simple precautions can make the difference between an uninterrupted break and an urgent flight home. Here’s a quick guide to keeping your business secure during the summer shutdownRead More »
Simplification can be helpful, but only if you do it right.
IT is complex – there’s simply no getting away from that. But just how complex it needs to be is another matter entirely. Far too often, businesses have IT solutions that are badly in need of simplification, but because they don’t realise this fact, they struggle on with what they have. So what’s the solution?Read More »
Cloud-based managed IT services are the go-to option for businesses of all sizes. Safe, accessible, and reliable, the cloud has a lot going for it. However, there are some particular benefits for smaller businesses. To find out more about how cloud-based managed IT services can enhance your tech experience, read on!Read More »
The benefits of outsourcing are well attested. Outsourcing ensures that experts are part of the collaborative organisational effort, and when it comes to IT – a niche speciality at the best of times – this can make a real difference. Here are a few of the benefits that outsourcing managed IT services can bring.Read More »
Technological advances continually improve organisational capabilities. Through IT revolutions, companies can become faster, focused, and powerfully connected to their consumers. Working with a managed IT services partner means keeping ahead of the game. Here’s what’s going on in 2019.Read More »