September 2013

In this issue. . .

~ Office 365 News
~ Microsoft Release Date Oct 18
~ iPhone Trade-In
~ Software Tax Update

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Microsoft Doubles O365 Mailbox Size

Now the email storage of Office 365 (and Exchange Online) mailboxes is getting a significant bump, doubling from 25GB to 50GB at no extra cost. Kiosk mailboxes are also doubling, from 1GB to 2GB of storage.

Shared mailboxes and Resources mailboxes are both increasing to 10 GB (more than doubling), so you'll have plenty of room to store everything you need for your projects and collaborations. The size of Site mailboxes remains unchanged. Also, Microsoft has increased SkyDrive Pro storage from 7GB to 25GB.

New Microsoft Releases Set for Oct. 18th

Windows 8.1, the free update for both Windows 8 and Windows RT, will be available via the Windows Start Screen through the Windows store on existing devices. It will be available on new devices starting on this date as well. On the same day, we will be able to download Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 from the download center.

Just a reminder that Windows XP is being retired on April 8th, 2014. After this date, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates to anyone with an XP system.

Apple Store iPhone Trade-in Program

Apple has an event on September 10th where a new iPhone is expected to be announced. They have already announced a new trade-in-program, which is officially called the “iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program” and it is available in Apple Stores across the United States. A customer can bring in an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5, and receive a gift card to be applied to a new iPhone purchase.

The iPhone trade-in values will fluctuate based on supply and demand, but you can expect an average of about a $250 value for a 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition. An 8GB iPhone 4 will be worth between $120 and $140.

MA Tech Community Protests Software Tax

Members of the Massachusetts tech sector protested against the recently passed software services tax. They are trying to pressure lawmakers to reverse the 6.25 percent sales tax on such common computing services as modifying software, updating business programs, and many other technology consulting practices.

Governor Patrick plans to meet with legislative leaders and members of the technology sector this week to discuss the impact of the tax. Legislators could begin considering a bill to repeal the tax later this month. We'll keep you posted on the efforts.

Welcome the Newest Addition to the IITS Family

On Sept. 3rd, Geo Riggio and his wife Ann were blessed with the birth of their first child, Gabriella. Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them good luck, good fortune and great health for their new baby girl!