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Automation Brings Scale to IT

One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!

New Microsoft Edge Group Policies and MDM settings

Windows Insider Build 17718, which will most probably be released later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) will add new Microsoft Edge group policies and MDM settings. These new policies allow IT admins to enable or disable full screen mode in Edge, its printing and favorites bars, just to mention a few new settings. All new

Impending Windows 7 EOL Boosts Windows 10

Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.

AutoPilot IS a Game-Changer!

MS VP Brad Anderson dropped a blog post yesterday, June 7, 2018. It’s entitled “Simplifying IT with the latest updates from Windows Autopilot.” It explains that Microsoft’s goal “is to simplify deployment of new Windows 10 devices by eliminating the cost and complexity associated with creating, maintaining and loading custom images.” Simply put, the Autopilot

Why Support Win10 2-Year Support Cycle

Saw a fascinating story in ComputerWorld a couple of days ago. Entitled “Gartner: Enterprises should demand 2 full years of Windows 10 support,” it explains why MS needs to extend the current 18-month lifespan for Feature Updates to 24 months instead. Let me lay out the logic involved. We’re now on a twice-a-year feature upgrade

Review: CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365

We have used Email Signatures for Office 365 from CodeTwo (https://www.codetwo.com/) for two months now. CodeTwo is a Microsoft Gold Partner that specializes in tools for O365 / Exchange email. Email Signatures for Office 365 is an Azure-based tool. It permits tenant admins to create, edit and manage email signatures centrally for the entire tenant. An

Windows Needs STAR Too!

Based on a design for voting machines where STAR stands for Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable, I say that Windows needs STAR, too! This is a design philosophy everyone can get behind.

Win10 1803 April Update First Impressions

Though there are some gotchas along for the ride on the Windows 10 April Update, Build 1803, by and large this latest release is workable and functional. IT pros will want to start testing it in their labs for eventual deployment, if they’ve not yet worked with this release.

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