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The XP Era Draws to a Close

used with permission by HP Technology at Work

At one time or another, we've all have had that worn out, but oh-so-comfortable pair of shoes. That over-stuffed chair with the protruding springs. That rusted-out car that no longer runs like a charm, but carries so many great memories.

However attached we become to these and other personal items, there comes a time when they really must be replaced. The same goes for software. If you don't regularly upgrade your business software, you'll inevitably pay a steep price in the form of escalating maintenance and support costs, slow performance, lowered productivity, and dangerous virus- and other security-related issues. And let's face it -- reminiscing about old software programs twenty or so years from now won't bring about nearly half as many warm memories as that car of your youth.

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Time to upgrade to Windows Server 2012?

used with permission by HP Technology at Work

Do you feel like you spend as much time evaluating new technologies as you do performing your job responsibilities? An over-exaggeration for sure, but carefully choosing network and computing technology obviously helps to determine whether your business operates as efficiently, productively or competitively as possible. That said, what's the deal with Microsoft Windows Server 2012?

Introduced last September in Datacenter, Standard, Essentials and Foundation editions -- the latter two specifically targeted at small businesses with a maximum of 15 and 25 users, respectively -- Windows Server's sixth release has received mostly favorable reviews for its installation options, user interface, task manager, IP address management and active directory. It's also received high marks for its inclusion of Microsoft's newest Hyper-V, resilient file system (ReFS) and Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.0, as well as its overall scalability.

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Get Off of My Cloud: Why CIOs Must Accept and Integrate Personal Clouds into the Enterprise

used with permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com
by Kristi Essick

Many consumers today use personal cloud services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Evernote, and iCloud. The lure of these services is clear: they allow users to store files such as documents, notes, and photos on a central server - automatically syncing these files to all of their devices - and to share files with others with the click of a button.

In a recent survey, 75% of US consumers said they planned to use a personal cloud service in the near future, and 72% said they planned to use it to store both work and personal documents.

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6 ways to work more effectively on a virtual team

used with permission from Microsoft at Work

Working on a virtual team can be a challenge. Communications on global teams, with team members in different time zones, can be difficult. Managing remote teams and keeping track of where people store critical information can be tiresome. Here are some suggestions to help with virtual team management and to help your team work more effectively.

1. Use Instant Messaging for quick impromptu meetings

Use instant messaging (IM) to get quick answers or opinions from your teammates. IM programs, such as Skype, are free. At a glance, you can check your coworkers' status to see whether they're available to chat online. Use IM in the way that suits the occasion:

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June 2013

              In this issue:

The XP Era Draws to a Close

Time to upgrade to Windows Server 2012?

Get Off of My Cloud: Why CIOs Must Accept and Integrate Personal Clouds into the Enterprise

6 Ways to Work More Effectively on a Virtual Team

Featured Customer Testimonial

Dan McCormack, CEO of Intermed,
discusses working with Winxnet
as their outsourced IT partner.
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Quote of the Month

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." 

- Mahatma Ghandi

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