Integrated IT Solutions News June 2014
 
Apple's New OS X - Yosemite

Last week Apple introduced a new operating system. With OS X Yosemite, Apple appears to have taken inspiration from the best parts of iOS in its new feature set. It is the biggest redesign we have seen in years from Apple. Here are some of the new features.

The new notification center is more customizable, with developers able to design widgets for it. OS X Yosemite can now send and receive phone calls and text messages via a nearby iPhone. Apple is looking to let users do whatever they need to do, from whatever device is in front of them.

Apple has redesigned Spotlight; it's in the middle of the screen rather than the top right of the menubar, and it pulls information from Maps, Wikipedia, suggested websites, and more, in addition to searching the local computer like it used to.

Apple has added a number of new features to Mail, including the ability to draw and annotate images right within the app as well as a new MailDrop feature that allows users to send files as large as 5 GB.

First Look at the Surface 3

Microsoft announced the upcoming June 20th release of it's latest Surface version. They are marketing it as a unified device - a tablet and laptop replacement. The Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two versions, despite having a larger 12-inch display and higher screen resolution. The Surface Pro 3 is now optimized for a digital pen, which is included.

One major difference in the new design is the kickstand, which can be adjusted to nearly any angle between 22 degrees and 150 degrees. The new keyboard is also superior in that it allows you to fold the top edge up against the device itself. The folded part is held by magnets and adds a good angle for typing.

Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 3 has a battery life of up to nine hours, but that is mopst likely for regular work and not video.

Starting prices are $799 and go up depending on size. It is a good device for users who are be on the go and don’t want the trouble of a standard laptop.

Office 365 Hands On Lab

We had a great turn out for our Office 365 Hands-On Lab sessions in May. Thank you to all who attended the workshops!

It was a lot of information and we couldn't possibly get through it all but our CTO, Frank, did a great job! Thanks Frank!

It was such a success that we have another opportunity in the Fall to hold more sessions with the latest Office 365 features as well as all new equipment. Details after the summer!

It's finally Summer: work remotely!

After such a long winter, summer is finally here and it's vacation season. But if you're like us, you probably still want to check in with the office and may even need to do a little work now and then.

It is a good idea to make sure you are prepared before you get to your vacation destination. Does your company have a remote access method? Do you have a laptop or tablet that needs to be configured for remote access? We can help get you setup.

Print out any login instructions you may need beforehand. Make sure you have all of your passwords handy. Bring extra batteries or chargers, just in case. Call or email our helpdesk a few days before you go away so that we can make sure you are good to go!

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

 

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