Microsoft has announced that the next major version of Windows comes out in a month. In a post on the official Windows blog, General Manager of Windows Marketing Aaron Woodman revealed the initial rollout date for Windows 11 alongside a summary of new features and specific distribution plans. The October 5th date will be both for sales of new computers that are compatible with Windows 11 as well as existing eligible Windows 10 PCs.
Windows 365 is a cloud-based operating system. It’s the latest service offering from Microsoft, released on the 2nd of August, which is being referred to as a ‘Cloud PC’. It ‘combines the power and security of the cloud with the versatility of the PC’, allowing employees to access their desktop virtually rather than relying on one physical device. But will it be attractive to small businesses?
Knowing how to spot potential scams is the best way to protect your business. Making sure your staff are aware of these common pitfalls can help you proactively fight fraud. The UK’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) latest survey is reporting that fraud and cyber-crime costs UK small businesses an average of £800 a year each.
Hot desking is back! Compulsory working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a seismic shift in working arrangements with several global organisations – including Microsoft, Twitter and HSBC to name a few – announcing that remote working is their new normal. Small Businesses are also following suit, having already adopted hybrid working arrangements or ditching the office for good. Plus, in a report leaked last month, the government also appear to be considering legislating to make working from home the “default” option for employees.
Many people think of Microsoft Teams as a platform to host meetings and calls, but there’s so much more to this application than meets the eye. Particularly now when remote and hybrid working have become so prominent in our society, collaborative platforms, and communication “on the fly" have been widely needed and depended on. Microsoft have brought us several new collaboration features over the last a few years; for example, co-authoring of documents, sharing links to files instead of the files themselves and persistent chat.
Windows 365 is your PC in the cloud. Securely stream your personalised Windows experience, including your desktop, apps, settings, and content, at any time to any device. MSPs will be able to offer a fully-managed service, to assign and configure Cloud PCs using familiar tools like Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Each month Microsoft roll out updates to its products services including Teams, Outlook, SharePoint and much more! You could look through all the updates on the Microsoft roadmap. But to make it easier, we’ve put together the top ones to look out for this June.
Most small organisations do not have an IT department, or technical staff responsible for cyber security. And with so much cyber security advice out there, it can be difficult for small organisations to know where to start. This is where the NCSC's new training for small organisations and charities can help. It guides you through all the actions you need to take to reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of the most common cyber attacks.
Remote/Hybrid working has created many positives around recruiting talent. We can widen our recruitment search area, reduce office and infrastructure costs and improve employee engagement, to name but a few. However, the challenge it creates is how you onboard new people when you have never met them face-to-face?
Simply put, shadow IT refers to any IT related projects or programmes including apps, software, services and devices being used within in a business without the knowledge of the management team. With the increase in use of cloud technology so has the use of these unauthorised cloud-based systems, often with the intention of improving productivity and efficiency, however, this also increases the risks to businesses.