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FREE updates to Windows 10

For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on Windows 10 (either because you HATE 8.1 or you just want something new!), the newest version of Windows will be available

on July 29.

If you already have a legal version of Windows 7 or 8.1, you can update to Windows 10 free – some of you may already be seeing a prompt from Microsoft to “Reserve your copy”.

The exception to this free update are those of you running Windows Enterprise versions.

If you are building a new system, Windows 10 Home will set you back $119, while Windows 10 Pro will be $199.

For a list of some features that WON’T be in Windows 10, check this out:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2485170,00.asp

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When Jeff Bezos unveils the widely anticipated Amazon smartphone on Wednesday, it is expected to not only have “razzle-dazzle features such as motion sensors and a 3-D interface,” writes the Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley, but also could entice users with “cheap or free service to buyers who also subscribe to its Prime shipping and media-services bundle.” GoTo http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/228047/amazon-smartphone-may-be-its-missing-link.html

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Mike

WHICH MOBILE SOLUTION IS BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

We frequently get calls from customers who are REALLY frustrated trying to use their iPads for remote access to an office PC.  There are several remote programs out there which CLAIM to make this easy – but let’s be real.  Those applications are trying to take a WINDOWS desktop (big screens, TWO mouse buttons) and cram it all onto a device with a 10” screen and ONE button.

Does this solution work?  Sure – if you OCCASIONALLY want to access your home or office computer from the pool or the beach.  For a long time, something like this was the only answer.

The good news?  TIMES HAVE CHANGED.

One of the big reasons people like the iPad is its small form factor and light weight – plus the price isn’t all that bad for a work “tablet” solution.  If your “principal” software – the app that you’re in all day long, day in and day out – has a native iPad app, then this is very likely the way to go.

For the rest of you who don’t have the luxury of a native app, the Windows 8 tablets are the answer.

While they’ve received a great deal of harsh criticism, the truth of the matter is that one of these tablet can TRULY be a real, no kidding remote or portable computing solution for your business.

Since December of last year, I’ve been using the Dell XPS 12 – a “convertible” Ultrabook.  Not the lightest or cheapest solution, this device is an ACTUAL LAPTOP with a screen that flips over and lies flat to become a tablet.  It has 8GB of RAM, an Intel I7 processor and a full version of Windows 8.  I dare say this thing could run circles around most of the computers in a typical office.

This and the many similar devices on the market are meant for the folks who sometimes need a laptop but often want a tablet.  Few moving parts and very fast, quiet operation mean there really are no compromises here.

On the other end, companies like Dell also make 10” tablets which run FULL versions of Windows 8.  With a price, size and weight very similar to the iPad, these devices offer a true tablet solution to companies which want the tablet form-factor but MUST run Windows to support their applications.

On the lower end, if you’re not looking to run older Windows programs but need more than what an iPad can do, the Windows 8 RT solutions (like Microsoft Surface and other similar tablets) can be a great answer.  They typically run a special version of Microsoft Office and are much “simpler” to deal with than an actual computer.  These devices can bridge the gap for those college students who need “more than an iPad but less than a full sized laptop” – and they’re cool.  At least that’s what the Microsoft commercial shows us!

So is the iPad the right answer? Sometimes.  But before taking a bite from the “apple”, give us a call and let us recommend the BEST solution for your company’s tablet needs.

Call us today at (859) 294-LINK or email Mike@MissingLinkLEX.com

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