Microsoft office 365 – Office in the cloud


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PRODUCTIVITY

Say hello to the next generation of cloud power services. You now have the power to enable your people to work from virtually anywhere, anytime, and on any device with simple, familiar collaboration and communication solutions – all backed by the proven security and guaranteed reliability you expect from Microsoft. Office 365 is the evolution of Microsoft Online Services, which has more than 40 million users in businesses worldwide.

Office 365 is the evolution of Microsoft Online Services, which has more than 40 million users in businesses worldwide. Learn more about how Microsoft Office 365 would work for you.

Cloud powers

Productivity and Collaboration

Office 365 helps connect people in new ways. Users get all the productivity benefits of Microsoft Office along with the power of cloud services. Work together in real time, both inside and outside your organisation. See other users’ availability and make it easier to stay connected and take advantage of social networking capabilities to tap into the knowledge base of your organisation.*

Access Anywhere

With Office 365 your people can more securely reach the information they need – including email, documents, contacts, and calendars – in the office or on the go. That means having a virtual office, virtually anywhere.

PC, Phone, Browser

Office 365 is designed to work with the software, devices, phones, and browsers already in your arsenal. This gives your workers the power to access information and stay productive across all means of access while maintaining security and still keeping your existing business applications.

Works with what you know

With Office 365 there is no need for you or your staff to learn new software and different tools. It’s the same Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office applications you use every day – now powered by and working seamlessly with Microsoft cloud services.*

*Requires subscription to Office 365 for Enterprises.

Cloud concerns

Security & Reliability

We know security is top of mind when it comes to cloud computing. That’s why Office 365 was built from the ground up for reliability, availability, and performance. Our proven service is powered by the same Microsoft email and business collaboration products that businesses have been using for decades.

– Financially-backed, guaranteed 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA)

– Always-up-to-date antivirus and anti-spam solutions to protect email

– Safeguarded data with geo-redundant, enterprise-grade reliability and disaster recovery with multiple datacenters and automatic failovers

– Best-of-breed data centers with SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification

IT Control & Efficiency

You need to get the most from your technology. You also need to ensure the right level of technology is available to all your staff along with the ability to adjust to meet cyclical demands. Office 365 delivers interoperable cloud services to fit your organisation’s unique needs. You have the latest updates to Office Professional Plus, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online, so you deliver the latest productivity tools to your staff without having to buy new hardware and software or pay for maintenance and configurations.

– 24/7 IT-level phone support when you need it*
– Migration tools that help you get your users up and running fast and easy
– No more server patching, updating, or upgrading – Office 365 takes care of it
– Variable pricing options for accurate forecasting of IT expenditures and predictable annual costs

*Requires subscription to Office 365 for Enterprises.

Microsoft advantage

Microsoft knows business productivity. For over 20 years, we’ve been providing customers with solutions that simplify the way people communicate, share expertise, gain business insight and find information. We help make sure your people get the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser for the way they work today—and the way they’ll work in the future.

Here’s how we’re different. Microsoft delivers a holistic business productivity approach to meet your ever-changing business demands. Our infrastructure gives the choice and control you need to respond to evolving business needs. You can choose from on-premise, online services, or hybrid solutions. And, because our solutions are built to work together—not as an isolated set of applications—they’ll help you make the most of your assets and eliminate costly redundancies.

To learn more, go to http://www.microsoft.com/whymicrosoft

Top 10 Free Software To Install On Your New Windows PC


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A new Windows computer needs good software if the user wants to make the most out of his machine. Windows 7 does come bundled with useful tools, but that isn’t enough. The millions of consumer software vendors around the world would have gone out of business if that were the case.
This post will talk about top 10 free software that one must install on his new Windows computer. I’ve tried to limit the article to only those tools which, in my opinion, should be the first 10 tools one should install and use on a new PC. If you have other opinions and suggestions for tools, which I am sure a lot of you would, I urge you to share them in the comments so that all our readers can take a look at them.
So, lets begin with the list.

1. EASEUS Partition Master
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EASEUS partition manager
 is a nifty tool to create and manage disk partitions on Windows systems. Even if you created partitions during the setup process, and know how to use the disk management console to create partitions
, I’d recommend you download and keep this tool. That’s because it offers some amazing features like resize, merge or split partitions, convert FAT to NTFS, convert primary partition to logical and vice versa, and much more.
The personal edition of the tool is free. It has professional and business editions too.

2. PC Decrapifier

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Most of the branded laptops and desktops come bloated with proprietary (and useless) software which you should get rid of if you want your computer to function properly in the long run. Hence the old and trusted PC Decrapifier becomes a must-install software for new Windows computer owners to weed out junk software and make space for better stuff.

Click here for guide

3. Macrium Reflect or Windows Backup and Restore

Download here

We have previously talked about the importance of creating a system image and how to create it using the built-in Windows backup and restore center (you should also create asystem repair disc). Now, this might not be available in all editions of Windows so I’d suggest a worthy, and more powerful alternative called Macrium Reflect.
Use it to create an initial system image, and for other such tasks as you start using the computer.

4. Ninite

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Ninite will cover the “how to install” part when installing new stuff on your PC. This all-in-one installer lets you pick software and install them at one go. And the choices of course are very diverse.

5. Revo Uninstaller

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Revo Uninstaller remains my tool of choice to clean uninstall applications and programs from my Windows PC. It’s far better than the default Add/Remove programs tool. A must-have software for sure. Check out our guide on using Revo Uninstaller to uninstall programs

6. CCleaner

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You didn’t think I’d give a miss to CCleaner in this list, did you? I am yet to find a better tool to perform a routine PC maintenance and get rid of temporary files and data. The tool is as amazing as it ever was. In fact, better, as it continues to be regularly updated.

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7. Microsoft Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials might go down in history as one of the best free software released by this tech giant. This tool has given a number of antivirus vendors, especially those who provide full-fledged free versions, a run for their money. It can protect your PC from viruses, spyware and malware.

8. Dropbox or Syncback SE
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The thing about data backup is that people tend to procrastinate on it, which ultimately ends up in a crisis situation when they have lost important data, and had no backup whatsoever. Hence an online backup tool like Dropbox
, and an offline sync and backup tool like Syncback SE is included in this list of immediate installations for a new PC. Get either, or both of them. I use both – Dropbox for online backup and Syncback to keep my data synchronized with an external hard drive.

9. Recuva

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Recuva is an excellent (and free) software to recover deleted files. But why do we need it now? That’s because there’s a lot of deleting and uninstalling happening with CCleaner, Revo Uninstaller, PC Decrapifier and all. If you suddenly delete something that you shouldn’t, and then want to recover it, you would have this tool to fall back on.

10. VLC and Chrome / Firefox

Lastly, but by no means the leastly (or least, whatever), we have our usual suspects – VLC media player and Chrome and / or Firefox, which I am clubbing together in the same point. Oh, and you don’t need to install these separately because Ninite will take care of that. Just make sure that you tick their names in Ninite before you start off with the installation. And while you are at it.

If you have any free software suggestions please feel free to post a comment.

HOW TO: Protect Your Company’s Passwords


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It’s almost impossible to understate the importance of having and using strong, secure online passwords. As important as it is for consumers to heed this advice, it can be even more important for businesses to use and secure the passwords of their various accounts. As tools like Firesheep
 have shown, gaining access to an email or Facebook
 account can be alarmingly simple.
Fortunately, there are tools and precautions companies can take that will help simplify the process of keeping passwords safe, Use Unique Generated Passwords for Different Accounts

No matter how often we’ve been warned, the reality is that most of us use the same password or group of passwords for all of our major accounts. At first, this doesn’t seem too bad especially if that password is a unique and long mix of numbers, letters and cases. The problem with using the same password or group of passwords, however, is that if one account is compromised, other accounts can follow.

This is especially true for users that associate an e-mail address with an account. When Gawker Media’s web servers were breached last year
, thousands of commenters had their usernames, passwords and e-mail addresses exposed. As a result, some of these users had their email, Facebook and Twitter
 accounts compromised as well.
For business accounts, using a separate, unique password for each major service and making sure that none of these passwords are the same as those associated with personal accounts is essential.
Good password management applications typically include a password generator, however, websites like Strong Password Generator are great in a pinch. Using more than 7 characters is a good idea, but be sure to check with your application or service for rules associated with the use of special characters.

Password Management Tools Are Your friend

One of the primary reasons individuals reuse the same passwords is because keeping track of 100 different logins is difficult, if not impossible. This is where password management applications become crucial, especially in a business environment.
In the past, I’ve written about password management apps for Mashable and here are a few of my favorites:

1Password

: 1Password is a solution for Mac OS X and Windows that allows users to not only store their passwords safely, but also access those passwords from within their web browser. That means that rather than relying on the built-in password manager, a user can use 1Password to fill in logins instead. These logins are protected by a master password, and Agile Web Solutions also makes an iPhone and Android app for accessing and securely logging into websites while on the go.
1Password starts at $39.95 for a single license and is $59.95 for a 5-user license.

LastPass

: LastPass is a cross-platform password manager that works with all major web browsers to securely store and generate passwords. LastPass also has an Enterprise option for businesses that includes support for applications as well as websites.
LastPass Premium is $12 a year for individuals and starts $24 a year for Enterprise customers.

Passpack

: Passpack is a tool designed for teams and businesses that want to make passwords accessible without making them insecure. What we like about Passpack is that it lets users store their personal and work-related passwords in one place, but then choose who has access to what passwords. Plus, Passpack makes sharing passwords secure and also makes it easy to update or change group passwords in bulk.
Passpack for departments and workgroups is $4 a month.

Use HTTPS Logins

Beyond just using unique, secure passwords and password management tools, it’s also important that businesses use secure logins, especially when accessing web services from outside of a corporate network.
In the last few months, a growing number of websites including Twitter, Facebook
,Gmail,Foursquare and HootSuite have started to implement HTTPS as a login option. Using HTTPS, logins are encrypted over the network. This means that even if the network itself is open, the password and username to your account isn’t visible to those sniffing the network.
Turning on HTTPS as a default login option in the web services that support it is a good idea for all users, but it makes even better sense in a corporate context.
Feel free to share your password protection tips in the comments.

Watch Out – Firefox Malware Puts Passwords at Risk


 

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It is always tempting to say ‘yes’ when a browser asks if you want your password saving, even though this means it can be stolen by a Trojan if your computer becomes infected.

However, malware is now affecting Firefox which forces the browser to save passwords even when the user chooses not to do so. …. more

Microsoft Exposes a New Kind of Browser Attack.


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Microsoft has released a warning about a new kind of browser-based attack.

The attack mimics genuine pages generated by Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome and fools users into installing a fake anti-virus software.

Users that visit a compromised website, are presented with a genuine looking pop-up on their web browser, with an bogus alert that their security defences have failed and they need to install the an anti-virus software to contain the virus.