Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty | ZDNet

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, asides, Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Tech

I just read the attached article and got to thinking. I would have to say that over the years MS has lost a lot.  I really like some of it’s products, but like this guy, 2014 has seen me give up most of what I used to do daily in the MS world. I write this on a 27″ iMac (one at the office and at home), my notebook a MacBook Pro, my tablet an iPad, my phone an iPhone 6.  All synced nicely via iCloud.  I do have Parallels and a Win7 image loaded.  But mostly just use the Terminal server from any of my Macs. No, I’m not an Apple fan boy.  I’m a consultant.  I like the technology not the brand.  I will tell you the things I like better on each platform.  But right now on a daily basis I spend most of my time on in the Apple environment.  I use a PC for QuickBooks and vSphere (a utility).  There is a Mac and a Cloud based of QB, but missing features of the PC version. Support wise, this year alone we have had at least 3 clients that MS just gave up on, or rather when MS could not solve the clients issues we chose other (non-MS) solutions that worked for them.  This is a bad practice even for a Giant like MS. Windows 8.x was a really bad move and I have not met another tech that actually likes it.  It seems like MS puts our a crap version to draw in some revenue then a better version.  It’s like watching a trilogy knowing that the really good one won’t be out till next summer.  lol Don’t get me wrong.  I have been a Microsoft partner for about 20 years and will continue to sell and support their products.  I’m just saying that there are many other options where this is concerned.  I am also an Apple Consultants Network Member.  😉 Anyway, the article below  made me think about how far I have moved away from a strictly MS environment over the years.  I wonder what the future will bring.

2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty | ZDNet.

US court SHUTS DOWN scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff • The Register

Written by Randy on . Posted in Antivirus, Internet, Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Security, Support, Tech

Score one for the good guys! US court SHUTS DOWN scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff • The Register.   I’ve dealt with this kind of scam many times.  I even wrote about it here.  Always beware of people calling you or unknown software.  When in doubt, Call us!  Don’t take the chance. R.  

Microsoft Security Essentials goes bonkers just as support ends

Written by Randy on . Posted in Internet, Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Security, Support, Tech, Tech Tip

It’s time to move away from Microsoft Security Essentials.  At least for your office PCs.  We know it’s “Free” and hasn’t been bad in the past, but lately… Microsoft Security Essentials goes bonkers just as support ends. You DID already get rid of all of your XP machines right?  If not contact us.  

Microsoft to patch zero-day IE bug now under attack – Network World

Written by Randy on . Posted in Antivirus, Downloads, Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Support, Tech Tip

There is a Severe security issue with Microsoft Internet Explorer.  The exploit is being used now.  Be sure to apply the upcoming patch that Microsoft is releasing this coming week!! Read more about it here: Microsoft to patch zero-day IE bug now under attack – Network World. As always if you need help contact us.