Moving to the Cloud- FollowUp Q&A

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Jun 3, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Cloud_storage_3.jpgRiver Run recently presented 3 Lunch & Learn seminars, sponsored by Microsoft, discussing “Where and When it makes sense to move to the Cloud.” Attendees learned about different cloud models, penetration and growth statistics, how to plan for a successful migration, and brief introductions to Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and the many cloud enhancements incorporated into Windows 10. 

In a lively exchange, participants discussed their hesitations, fears, hopes, and preconceptions about the Cloud. Security and loss of control of their data were two concerns, among others, that were raised at every event. It might be beneficial to share some of the answers and discussions that followed. 

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Topics: cloud computing, Microsoft

Free Lunch and Learn Presentation

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 20, 2016 12:39:38 PM

River Run Computers, in partnership with Microsoft, is hosting a free lunch and learn lunchnlearn.jpgpresentation to provide a practical orientation and introduction to the fastest growing segment of IT spending—“The Cloud”. Why should I care about it? What’s the difference between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS? Who are the movers and shakers? When should I consider moving services to the cloud? What are the pros and cons to using cloud services? How and where do I begin? These and many more of your questions will be answered.

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Topics: River Run Events, Microsoft

Efficiency Matters – The Hidden Power of Microsoft Office

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Mar 22, 2016 1:00:00 PM

workflow_image.jpg“Our employees already know how to use Outlook, Word and Excel…”

The easiest way to save time and money is to work better with the tools you already have.  Most businesses vastly underestimate how much a little inefficiency here and there actually costs; and routinely refuse even an hour or two of training that could recoup thousands of dollars in lost productivity.

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

“Getting Things Done” in OneNote

Posted by Blog Tipster

Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Work_smarter.jpgDavid Allen’s “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”  was first published in 2001, and updated in 2015, and has remained a best-selling business “basic” for all of that time.  Applications, products and whole communities of users have sprung up around it, making Getting Things Done (GTD) one of the most popular organizational systems around.

The system was designed when paper was king…but its principles are simple and technology has made them even easier and more powerful.  If you’re a GTD user, or think you want to give it a try, OneNote is a fantastic tool – especially for
Microsoft Office and Office 365 users.

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Topics: Microsoft, OneNote

Microsoft’s “Built In Actions”

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

built in actions“Built in Actions” are a powerful feature hidden in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. They take a little setup, but they’ll save you hours – and make you the office hero if you pass them along!

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Topics: Microsoft, Workflow, Microsoft Word, Outlook

Microsoft OneNote:  Get Organized!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 29, 2015 11:01:32 AM

Microsoft OneNoteHave you heard about Microsoft OneNote?

If not, get ready to get organized! Microsoft OneNote is the electronic version of a three-ring binder (or a Day Planner – the one with all the all the tabs and pages).  It mimics the concept quite well:  You create a notebook on any topic you wish, create tabs to separate various types info, and then add pages to the tabs, just as you would in physical paper.  You can have more than one notebook, and as many ‘tabs' as you need in each of them.  They even LOOK like tabs and pages.

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Topics: Microsoft, Cloud-based, Apps, Office 365

What is Microsoft Office 365?

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Sep 8, 2015 4:47:59 PM

So What is This “Microsoft Office 365?”

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It can be just about anything you want it to be.  All of the Microsoft Office 365 plans are per-user subscriptions, at a price any small to mid-size business can afford. Even for much larger business, it’s an attractive hassle-free experience that can be well-worth the cost in many situations.

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365, Microsoft Word

Goodbye Windows Server 2003

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Jul 15, 2015 3:00:00 PM

End of Life-Windows Server 2003

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As of yesterday, July 14, 2015 Microsoft will no longer support this server. Is your business still using Windows Server 2003? The risk of not upgrading and no longer having the support for this product puts your data at risk. 

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Topics: server upgrade, Microsoft, Computer Maintenance

Genius Smartphone Apps

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

A Genius in Your Pocket

The number of Smartphone users keeps increasing each year. But are you aware of all the things it can do for you? There’s more computing power in that device than existed ten years ago, and some of the things it can do are nothing less than magic.  Here are just a few:

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For those times when you need to make a copy of something or scan and email a document,  or even fax back a reply, there’s Genius Scan+.  Genius Scan, by The Grizzly Labs (http://thegrizzlylabs.com/) is available on Android and iOS, and even Windows.  There’s a free version and a $6.99 “Plus” version that is worth every penny. Just use your camera to snap a photo of the document. Genius scan overlays it with a grid to make sure it knows what you intended to scan, use your finger to adjust the grid if necessary, confirm the shape of your document, and it automatically adjusts the perspective to straighten out the text, enhances the document to make it easier to read, and in just a second or two, you have a perfect copy.  With the “Plus” version, email your document or save it to your favorite cloud service automatically. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Smartphone, Android, Office 365, Workflow, applications

Microsoft Edge Is Coming!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 1, 2015 9:20:00 AM

Are you ready for the Edge?

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Microsoft has announced the name of its newest web browser Microsoft Edge to replace Internet Explorer.

The new Edge will be available with the Windows 10 release this summer and will feature quite a few new upgrades. Cortana, the voice activated digital assistant, will be included in the new release.  

The Edge will include a new tab style display and perform more like an app. You will now be able to highlight important information using a Page Annotation tool! So will you be switching your default browser to the Edge?

For more information regarding the new Microsoft Edge, click here

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Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Tech News, Browsers

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