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Windows 8 Released

Windows 8 was officially released on October 26th.  Windows 8 RT is a scaled down version designed for tablets, and will not run all Windows software. It does run Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but no Outlook. Instead there is a new mail app.

The full Windows 8 (non-RT) is largely backward compatible with Windows 7 software.  Drivers may need to be upgraded, and some hardware will not work. The biggest change is the touch oriented interface, using squares on the screen.

Upgrades from any version of Windows will be $40.  People who bought Windows 7 PCs since June 2 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $15. It is not available standalone unless purchased with hardware.  Versions will be similar – Home, Professional and Enterprise. If you have questions about what the different versions visit the Windows 8 Versions wiki. A 90 day trial version is available for download on MSDN at the bottom of the page.

Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10.  A “Preview” will be available in November for Windows 7. This version is supposed to fix many of the issues with Internet Explorer 9.

Here are some good reviews of Windows 8 from Ars Technica and Tech Radar.

Here is a good hands on review form The Verge of Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 RT.

HTC unveiled its first new Windows Phones 8 devices: the 8X and 8S.

Extended support for Windows XP has been pushed back to April 2014. You have another year to get all your XP machines retired. After that there will be no more security updates.

Office 2013 will be offered as a subscription:
Microsoft just announced how it’s going to sell the next version of Office, called Office 2013.  Office online users will see the new version starting in November. It will be available for sale around the end of January.

$8.33 a month or $99.95 a year… for Office 365 Home Premium,  …Office 365 Small Business Premium, priced slightly higher at $12.50 per month or $149.99 a year. The license is for up to 5 devices.

Office will be available as a traditional one-time purchase ($219.99 for Home and Business edition, $399.99 for Professional edition). Microsoft is also offering an upgrade package to anyone buying Office 2010.

For purchases of Office 2010 or 2011 between October 19 2012 to April 30 2013, you may be eligible for the next version of Office 2013 or a free subscription to Office 365. View the offer here.

Apple News

iPad mini will be released Nov 2nd. and is up for order on Apple's store. Here is a thorough review on The Verge.

iPhone 5 is out (in case you were away in Siberia). Here a thorough review from Tech Radar.

Apple iOS 6 released. Here is a through review from Computer World. There have been some issues with the Apple maps on iOS 6. We have not had any real majors issues in the Visalia area with the maps app. There has also been some issues with meeting attendee's with Exchange intergration on iOS 6.

Other News

Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2013 R3 update for the U.S. version of QuickBooks 2013 R1 has significant problems. Either wait in your older version for now, or jump to R3.
HootSuite had acquired Seesmic. HootSuite is offering a FREE credit applicable to any HootSuite product or service. This is exclusive to Seesmic users.

Amazon can remotely wipe any Kindle, at any time, for effectively any reason.

Google is shutting down Postini email security service and telling you to migrate to Google Apps.

Google is busy integrating their online services. Your Google login works across most of the Google apps, and there is now a dashboard to manage all of your Google services in one place.

Google Drive is now integrated with Google Docs, as well as other online services.

Skitch is a free screen capture tool offered by evernote.com.

Walt Disney Co. has purchased Lucas Films Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

A number of Windows updates were re-released this month due to an error in the security certificates in some July and August updates. Just install again.
Microsoft anticipates attacks within 30 days, so install the appropriate patch in MS12-064 as soon as possible.

Google chrome has been having problems with crashes due to the Flash add-in. Disabling Flash resolves the issue for now.
Hurricane Sandy impacts data centers.

Creating a Blog

12 - 1 PM | Thursday, Nov. 15th
Fresno Pacific University Visalia Center
  • Set up your Blog site – hands on workshop
  • How a blog fits into your online marketing
  • Integrating your Blog into your Web and social media
  • How to come up with content for your Blog
  • Resources and tools for Blogging
  • Why you need a blog even if no one reads it
Workshop will be held at the Fresno Pacific Visalia Center
Free Visalia Chamber Lunch Bytes Thursday November 15th, 12-1PM Bring Lunch if you wish. RSVP with the Chamber at 734-5876 or call our office at 733-1940 to reserve a seat.


Tim Torian
Torian, Group, Inc.
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