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Planning for disaster recovery

As many as 70 percent of businesses that suffer from a natural disaster will go out of business within a year of the event, and only 6 percent of those businesses are able to survive in the long term, Aberdeen reported in 2013. For companies of all sizes and industries, this unfortunately means that you…

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How Microsoft Is Making the Cloud Even Safer for Business

During the early 2000s, I had to hear from a shocking amount of people about how Apple’s desktop operating system, OSX, was “safer and more secure” than Windows. While my response that one of the biggest reasons nobody tried to hack OSX was because hardly anyone actually used it typically fell on deaf ears, there was nevertheless…

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Securing Your Digital Work Environment

It’s pretty incredible to think about how much sensitive material I keep on my personal devices and home network. In the wrong hands, that information could be used to drain my bank account, learn about my family’s medical history, and countless other problems I’d rather not need to deal with. Of course, all of that…

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Integrating the new Microsoft Surface into your Business Ecosystem

It’s been a great year for technology buffs like myself. Virtual reality and augmented reality devices are beginning to look like they might have actual consumer and even commercial applications. Microsoft launched a much-needed and overall impressive new operating system in Windows 10, and Apple saw some real chinks in its armor with the lukewarm reception of it’s much-hyped Apple Watch.…

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Making the Transition to Windows 10 as Simple as Possible

After a great deal of rumors, speculation, and fanfare, Windows 10 is finally available to the general public. I’ve talked about the significance of this release – not only for Microsoft, but also for the computer market overall – on more than one occasion I think it’s fair to say that the significance is well established.  …

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Using Third Party Cloud Services in Conjunction with Windows

One of the great and longstanding advantages of working within the Windows ecosystem is that developers often make their desktop software first and foremost. While this was particularly true in the pre-iPhone days, it remains true today – at least as far as desktop and laptop operating systems are concerned. While Microsoft is clearly a…

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Microsoft Is Leaving Nothing to Chance With the Windows 10 Rollout

If you’ve been following Microsoft news over the past year or so (this blog included), then you are well aware of the fact that the much-lauded and highly anticipated Windows 10 is only weeks away from launching. A little over a month ago, Windows announced that it would be releasing the official version of Windows…

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Why You Should be Using Azure in Your Business

During the first decade of this millennium, integrating IT infrastructure was a Herculean task. For the most part, smaller companies were forced to operate using fairly simple systems, or deal with compatibility and other issues on a regular basis. For larger companies, the options were better, since they could have fully customized systems built from…

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Microsoft Edge: The new (and secure) way to browse the Internet

Do you remember how exciting it was when Internet Explorer was released back in 1995? I do, and it’s certainly amusing to think how excited we were for the “Microsoft browser.” I also remember when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer became the dominant browser in the late 1990s. Back then, it seemed as though Microsoft’s dominance of the…

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