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Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29
used with permission from Microsoft
by Terry Myerson

Today, I'm excited to share the availability date for Windows 10. In fact, I thought I'd let Cortana, the world's most personal digital assistant, share the news. You can ask Cortana for the answer! Or if you don't have a Windows phone or a PC running the Windows 10 Insider Preview handy — you can hear it for yourself here.

Through the feedback and testing of over four million Windows Insiders, we've made great progress on Windows 10 and we're nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers*. Watch the video about Windows 10 Feature Highlights here.

Do Great Things with Windows 10

We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.

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A cloud primer: 3 easy-to-understand ways for SMBs to use cloud technology
used with permission from Microsoft for Work
by Gene Marks, President of The Marks Group


Even after all of these years of hearing about the "cloud," it's understandable if you're still not entirely sure what it means for your business. Lots of tech people will give you various definitions of what the cloud means, but it's not really as difficult—or as confusing—as they may make it seem. To me, the cloud is just the Internet. And because access to the Internet has become so much easier and faster over the years, we're able to store our data just about anywhere and access our data from just about any device.

When you can store and access data nearly anywhere on any device, that's using the cloud. In 2015, the cloud is everywhere and when it comes to your business you have a big decision to make: it's not if you should take advantage of the cloud, it's how you should. When making this decision, you have three options.

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Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad & New $1,999 iMac with Retina 5K Display
used with permission from Apple

CUPERTINO, California — May 19, 2015 — Apple® today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also today introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac® with Retina 5K display featuring a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299.

"The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we've ever made."

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Could your business be exposed? If you're running Windows Server 2003, listen up!
used with permission from Microsoft

You built your business with your own hands. Running, and growing, your business often means long days and late nights.

Wouldn't you do anything to protect it?

Microsoft has announced that on July 14, 2015 support is ending for Windows Server 2003. If your business is running on this legacy server after July 14, 2015, you could be at risk.

Your business and your employees could be affected. If your business-critical applications—such as payroll, accounting, HR, inventory, email and CRM—are running on Windows Server 2003, your business is at risk.

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June Newsletter
In this issue
Windows 10 Available on July 29
A cloud primer: 3 easy-to-understand ways for SMBs to use cloud technology
Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro
Could your business be exposed?
Phishing: Still a concern
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote

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Phishing: Still a concern
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Businesses often don't realize how vulnerable their confidential data is until it's exposed by a hack. By now, many are aware of external threats to data security and (hopefully) prepare accordingly, but breaches can still occur—despite taking the necessary security precautions. And with phishing, threats don't need to sneak in the back door; sometimes they walk right through the front.

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Business Continuity Tip

Importance of Having a Plan B

Most disasters come with little to no warning. And even more unpredictable is knowing how a disaster will specifically test your organization's recovery plan.

Say you've planned and prepared for a power outage by purchasing a generator. However, on the day disaster strikes, your generator malfunctions, taking you back to square one.

Having a plan B prepared ahead of time (and sometimes even a backup to your backup) could be the determining factor between your organization surviving a disaster and giving into one. A recent conversation between an Indiana Duck Farmer and Agility's VP of Member Services drove this point home perfectly. Click here to read their story and learn more.

 
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