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14 November Nov 2018

Some Retailers are Avoiding AWS™

2018-11-15T10:53:17+00:00Nov 2018|

I have often spoken and written about advantages and disadvantages of the major cloud service providers. There are technical and business considerations when evaluating the major providers, but we have seen increasing instances in which retailers choose Microsoft® or Google™ [...]

25 October Oct 2018

Extending Support for Windows Server™ 2008

2018-10-25T13:40:04+00:00Oct 2018|

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the end of support for Windows Server™ 2008. In that blog, I addressed the pressure Microsoft® will impose upon customers upgrading to Windows Server 2016 or 2019, as MS attempts to [...]

15 October Oct 2018

Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2019

2018-10-17T13:55:19+00:00Oct 2018|

Microsoft® has announced that Windows Server™ 2019 will be available this month (October 2018). Perhaps the most notable feature of the latest version is the improved support for hybrid environments which utilize both on-prem datacenters and public cloud services. This [...]

2 September Sep 2018

Perpetual License Price Increases

2018-09-02T13:51:03+00:00Sep 2018|

It’s no secret that Microsoft® wants to move their customer base from perpetual licenses to subscriptions. We often see them offer attractive pricing and terms to motivate customers to embrace cloud-based products such as Office 365™ while refusing to offer [...]

5 August Aug 2018

Windows Server™ 2008 End of Support

2018-08-09T13:36:00+00:00Aug 2018|

Few products are as mission critical to most organizations IT as Windows Server™. Many, if not most, are currently running the 2016 edition, but there are still a significant number using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. According [...]

22 July Jul 2018

Microsoft® Teams for Free!

2018-07-23T08:53:29+00:00Jul 2018|

Microsoft® is no longer the dominant player in the computing space for many, but as they have done in the past, they continue to find ways to remain relevant and competitive. Ironically, the company that once managed to dictate terms [...]

3 July Jul 2018

Changes to the Office 365™ User Experience

2018-07-10T07:57:00+00:00Jul 2018|

Software vendors are always trying to improve their products, from both functional and performance perspectives. Microsoft® recently announced changes that will soon be available in Office 365™ apps, and eventually to those who upgrade their perpetual licenses.   The collection [...]

30 May May 2018

Windows™ 10 Forced Updates

2018-05-30T10:16:38+00:00May 2018|

I have occasionally applauded Microsoft® during recent years for their apparent softening of some of their traditional customer bullying. I have even referred to them as “a kinder, gentler Microsoft”, and credited them with listening to their customers and even [...]

24 May May 2018

Azure™ vs. AWS

2018-05-29T13:24:36+00:00May 2018|

With all the press and speculation about who is the biggest cloud service provider, why does it really matter? Most would agree that the market leaders are AWS and Microsoft® Azure™, but what is really at stake besides bragging rights? [...]