Archive for June, 2013


First look Windows 8.1

The first look at service pack 1 for Windows 8 (code named Blue) shows a number of upgrades, changes to visual interface, introduction of the Start button into Windows 8, and some hefty changes to the search feature from the tiled interface.

The video shows Jensen Harris from the Windows Team demonstrating the new features and upgrades on a tablet. This would be the main interface for tablet users, but there is no reason why the modern interface cannot be as useful and popular on a desktop and laptop. You can switch between the standard or desktop view and the modern tiled interface easily.

There’s some really neat features for professionals and business users. Miracast (WiFi Display) will allow the image or video playing on an iphone, laptop or tablet to be displayed onto a Miracast enabled monitor or TV without cables or even a wifi connection to the device. Imagine the applications for this seamless technology, though at this time all I can find are LG TV’s and some Lenovo products with this capability built-in.

Tap-to-Pair Printing is another next generation technology using Near Field Communication or NFC tags. I was not able to find many NFC enabled printers or an answer to how near the near field must be to connect successfully from phone to printer for example. Windows 8.1 will also offer compatibility for printers with Wi-Fi Direct capabilities, which bypasses the need for a wifi access point.

Internet Explorer 11 will be rich with HTML 5 and say goodbye to Java’s security issues eventually. 3D images will be displayed natively in IE11.

For those of you awaiting the return of the Windows 8 start button it’s there at around the 2:13 mark, but not spoken about by the presenter. Remember to uninstall StartisBack start button if you have this installed before the service pack upgrade.

For customers in Perth, WA, contact us for a Windows 8 installation, data transfers, email setup with calendar, contacts and mail sync across devices.




Windows XP end of life


In April 2014 Windows XP will retire. It’s been a good and popular OS and for many it will be a case of drag me through the coals to a new Windows operating system. But this is something that has to be done and our long experience with moving customers from Win XP to Windows 7 is that it is painless and beneficial.

If you prefer progressing to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 for your small business you would be advised not to leave it until the last minute to ensure there are still plenty of stocks around for Win7. As usual we do not recommend buying an upgrade disk, but a full system disk.

For Perth, Western Australia customers bring your laptop or PC for our special installation and migration package from XP to Win7 for around the cost of a retail edition of Windows 7. We will transfer all user data to the new installation and the cost includes your copy of Windows 7 on a disk.

Some conditions apply. Call us on 0400 241 756 to book your PC or laptop in. Cost includes an analysis for compatibility issues.