July 2011

In this issue. . .

~ Office 365 Released
~ Hackers Targeting Droids
~ IE 9 Ready to Deploy

Internet Explorer 9

Our technology department has successfully tested and deployed the latest Internet Explorer in its lab environment and we are ready to roll it out to our customers.

IE 9 highlights: Improved security, new privacy features, streamlined browsing, simplified personalization and seamless integration with Windows 7 (including pinned sites, jump lists and preview controls).

There are still some website incompatibilities so we recommend working closely with us if you plan to install IE 9 on your workstations. Please contact your sales rep to start the process!

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Office 365: Ready for Work Whenever You Are

To continue with our newsletter series on Cloud Services, we'd like to bring your attention to Microsoft's business application cloud offering. Released on June 28th, Office 365 combines the power of Office desktop apps with enterprise-grade e-mail, shared documents, instant messaging and video/web conferencing (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online) in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Further, Office 365 bring access to the Office Web Apps, which enable you to view, share and edit your Microsoft Office documents on the web with virtually any device connected to the internet. These services combine to provide you with the most comprehensive productivity solution for your business needs.

Office 365 offers plans tailored to meet your business’s needs, whether you are a new business, an established organization, a small office or a multinational enterprise. Microsoft Office 365 for small businesses is a $6 per user/per month subscription service that lets you access your email, important documents, contacts, and calendar from virtually anywhere on almost any device. Midsize and Enterprise plans start at $10 per user/per month.

Regarding every business' most important application: Microsoft provides each user with a 25-gigabyte mailbox and lets them send email messages up to 25 megabytes. Connect with Microsoft Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007 and use all of the rich Outlook functionality you already know and use, whether you are connected to the Internet at home or in the office or you are working offline.

To get the full Office 365 experience, Microsoft has some minimum system requirements. Integrated IT Solutions offers Cloud Assessments which will help you easily determine if your business is cloud ready. Please call or email your sales rep to request an assessment!

Droid Smartphones are Newest Hacker Target

36 percent of the country's smartphones are running Google's Android software. Because of the operating system's open design, it is far more suceptible to hacker attacks than other smartphones. The open source lets anyone easily distribute apps containing malicious software. Criminals can steal credit card numbers and other personal data off of your phone if you download their application.

Google’s Android Market does not test its software inventory to ensure apps are free of malware. Instead, Google relies on built-in security features of Android to set limits on what an app can do. Google also relies on customer feedback; if an app causes problems for users, it expects them to post complaints, thus warning others not to download it. Apps that generate enough complaints will be removed from the Android Market.

What can you do? Be very careful when you download anything from your phone, especially from a non-Google site. Read the reviews from other users before you download anything, to make sure it's a legitimate and safe app.

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