Find UK Hotspots with Facebook

Facebook have finally rolled out their ‘Find WiFi’ tool to all users recently. The tool, which has been in testing for a while, uses your mobile’s location services to find local WiFi spots and helps you to save on data charges (and presumably spend more time on Facebook).

The new feature is also a very clever move by Facebook as they’ll be collecting the data from all the users, something Facebook are very good at doing. Want to find out more – click here

The New Sonos ONE

There was much excitement in the office this week as SONOS released a brand-new speaker with a difference. Many of our team have SONOS speakers set up around their home and we also have one in the office, too!

But this new addition from SONOS has a special relationship with Amazon, and more importantly Alexa

Find out more here

Ultra-fast broadband fund launched by UK government

Some good news was announced this month, as the government pledged to spend £400M to boost the UK networking and get it ‘up-to-speed’ with other parts of Europe. In Spain, full fibre is now available in 80% of homes, whereas here in the UK it’s closer to 2%. In some spots speeds are a mere 2Mbps, leaving the home or business owners unable to stream video at all.

Read the full article here

 

Happy Anniversary Windows 10

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Happy Anniversary Windows 10

 

With the first anniversary of its release to the public drawing closer, there are a few important things to know about Windows 10:

Microsoft are releasing an ‘Anniversary Update’

To coincide with the anniversary of Windows 10, Microsoft are releasing the second major update to the operating system, which will include many new features and enhancements. To find out about the upcoming changes, take a look here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upcoming-features

Free Upgrade Offer is ending soon

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The Tiny Desktop From Dell

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After dragging five and a half years out of my desktop (yes it can be done) my Windows 7 desktop was not only slow but it was causing me productivity issues. It was time for something new!

It’s a decision you can’t take lightly, upgrading your PC, so it caused me many sleepless lunchtimes working out where I’d go next.

We’ve been working with Windows 10 at Somerbys IT since its launch and many of our clients seem to like it. The team here are very complimentary of it too. That was enough evidence for me to make the move from Windows 7 to 10 and the first part of the hard decision was made.

It was time to get a new PC and run with it.

But then came the big question: Read more

Windows 10 Devices Launch Event Throws down the Gauntlet to Apple and co.

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Windows 10 Devices Launch Event Throws down the Gauntlet to Apple and co.

Microsoft have been playing second fiddle to their main rivals Apple for a while now, but following their Windows 10 Devices Event on the 6th October, Microsoft have well and truly come back fighting, and have thrown down the gauntlet to their competitors in a manner that screams “What ya got?”

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Office 2016 has arrived

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Office 2016 has arrived

Microsoft have bounced back from the poor reception that met Windows 8 with the excellent Windows 10, and now that Office 2016 has hit the shelves (as of September 22), the software giant is back and firing on all cylinders.

The evolution of Office has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of web-enabled technology and software, and what used to be a productivity suite comprising on five core products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook) is now engineered towards the mobile-and-cloud world that we find ourselves living in.

The apps of Office 2016 are built-in to the new Office 365, which in Microsoft’s words allows you to “work anywhere, anytime, on any device”. Whether it is for business, personal or student usage, the new Office is built around our need to be able to work or play on every device we own – at home, at our work desk or on the move – and have access to everything we’re working on at any given moment.

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Tech News – September 2015

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Tech News and Thoughts from the Somerbys IT Team

Every month we’ll be bringing you news and insights from the IT and tech world. We’ll only share really useful content that we find throughout the month and we really hope you’ll like it. If you’d rather not get this email then simply click the link at the bottom and we’ll do our best not to cry into our biscuits.

Summer was busy in the Somerbys IT office

Windows 10 arrived at last and it’s been the talk of the office and our Twitter ever since. First thoughts? Yes, we like it, and it’s much faster than Windows 8. Our MD Allan installed Windows 10 on his wife’s new laptop and it was fairly seamless once the old software was taken off.  Like all new software, it’s not without its issues, and we hope to update you on our findings very soon.

Some shock news this month – Computers don’t like pickled onions! If you were planning on feeding pickled onions to your laptop then stop it right now. It’s not a great idea. How do we know? Read more

Windows Server 2003 support is ending

Time is running out – but your options aren’t. After July 14 this year, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you will need to take steps now to plan and execute a professional migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. Somerbys IT can help.

We are now rapidly approaching Windows Server 2003 end of life. After July 14 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you will need to take steps now to plan and execute a professional migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business. What does end of support mean for you? The team at Somerbys IT pride themselves in providing outstanding customer service to all of its clients, and can offer you the best solutions for your business.

If you would like to find out more then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
TWEET @SomerbysIT
Or EMAIL info@somerbysit.co.uk

Windows 10 is coming to a desktop near you!

Following on from the end of support by Microsoft for Windows XP in April 2014, the team at Somerbys IT are excited for the launch of Windows 10 scheduled for later this year. We will obviously keep you up to date with the latest announcements from Microsoft to ensure you hear the latest developments first.

The Windows you know, only better. Windows 10 is due to be launched in the Autumn this year. As you expect, there are some great improvements and developments planned. Windows 10 will feel familiar so you can get more done from the off. The Start menu is due to be back with space to pin your favourite apps (something that many Windows users will be pleased to welcome back!). Simple navigation means you won’t need to spend much time learning anything new. You won’t have to wonder if you have the latest features or security updates as Windows will automatically deliver updates, when they’re ready, directly to your device.

Are you ready to enter the next era with Microsoft Windows 10 too? If you would like to find out more then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
TWEET @SomerbysIT
Or EMAIL info@somerbysit.co.uk

You can also find out more information (including a sign up for a free upgrade) via the Microsoft Windows website