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Office 365 makes sense at any budget. Starting at $6/mo/user any organization can afford to have Microsoft’s top communications platform. Work together using Microsoft’s familiar products no matter where you are. Collaborate and communicate effortlessly on email, calendars, documents and web conferences. You are protected by enterprises-class datacenters and backed by Microsoft’s 99.99% uptime SLA. Streamline IT and retire old hardware and software.

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Announcement: Transition from Microsoft Office Live Small Business To Office 365

As an Office Live Small Business customer, how am I impacted by Microsoft Office 365?

Office 365 will replace Office Live Small Business as the comprehensive Microsoft productivity service for small businesses. The Office Live Small Business service will continue to run as it does today through at least October 2011. As a valued Office Live Small Business customer, you will be offered 3 months free of the Office 365 service should you choose to transition your account to Office 365.

For now, nothing will change for Office Live Small Business customers. Please continue to use Office Live Small Business, and we will notify you based on your decision to continue usage of our service when your account is ready to be transitioned, most likely in late 2011 or early 2012.

How can I try the new Office 365 service?

If you would like to test drive the new Office 365 experience, we encourage you to sign-up for the Beta.

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Announcement: Special Offer – Free Setup with Office 365

For a limited time free Microsoft Office 365 setup “Email, Domain, Exchange services” with purchase. Contact us for your free 30 Day Trial and offer details at info@office365cloudsupport.com. offer expires Oct 15, 2011

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Announcement: Need Sales Associate for MS Office and Cloud Solutions

Job Description
Sell Microsoft Office 365 Software subscription to small business. Students get Free Microsoft Office 363 collaboration suite which include MS Office 2010 Pro Plus. Also commision on additional MS software and tools that business purchase. 2 Supervisor Positions available 98 Sales Associate Positions available
Requirements
No prior experience needed. Need persons who will contact associates, family and business owner who may want to use a cost efficient software from Microsoft.
Hours
Your own schedule, there will be limited required meeting to setup accounts and training.
Salary
You get paid for every business that you sign up and for every month they use Office 365/Online cloud service. You receive 15% of the monthly fee for the business’s first month and 8% of each following month. That means 8% for every new sale over their first year and 4% residual income thereafter.
Benefits
Students get Free Microsoft Office 365 collaboration suite which include MS Office 2010 Pro Plus. We teach you how to use the iCloud to run your own business, MS office, email, web apps, IM, sharepoint and more. Need 2 Sales supervisors to oversee Students and Staff limited hours 4-8 hrs weekly $8.00 per hour with sales commission for all their sales. These are part-time jobs. (2 Supervisor Positions $8.00 plus Commision. Sales Associates Commission only)
Instructions to Apply
Please send resume via email to info@office365cloudsupport.com and willing to work on Commission basis, and will use the software that we provide for personal and business use.
Contact Information
Peter Kelleher
Chief Sales Officer
197 Bryant Ave
Floral Park, NY 11001
Phone: (516) 874-6516, Ext.
E-Mail: support@office365cloudsupport.com

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Announcement: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P)

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Email, calendar, contacts, personal archive, and 25 GB mailbox storage with 35 MB attachments with Exchange Online

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Online document viewing and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps

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Easily access and view files from your mobile device with Office Web Apps

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Consistent file formatting from desktop Office versions to web versions with Office Web Apps

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Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online

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Easily design and maintain a professional-looking public website with SharePoint Online

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Instant messaging, presence, online meetings, and PC-to-PC audio/video calls with Lync Online

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Share your desktop with colleagues and partners with Lync Online

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Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

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Warning – Buy your iPhone charger straight from Apple

Warning, Buy your iPhone charger straight from Apple, warns…

my iPhone charger plug is soo hot after charging iphone  overnight I am surprised it has not started a fire in someone else’s home.  Not sure if too much amps/voltage almost can get a burn removing plug from the wall socket… keeping it safe Peter Coach

Buy your iPhone charger straight from Apple, warns a new safety study

Six weeks after Apple launched a lawsuit in connection with fake chargers and other “Apple” items being sold online, tests carried out by global independent safety body UL on such devices have shown 99 percent of them to be unsafe.

Commissioned by the U.K.’s Trading Standards organization, UL officials tested 400 fake chargers – sold as made by Apple but found to be fake – and discovered that all but three fell short of basic safety standards, the BBC reported Thursday.

Illinois-based UL found that nearly all of the devices lacked sufficient insulating material to protect against electric shocks. The chargers used in the tests were bought online from eight countries, among them the U.S., China, and Australia.

The chief executive of the U.K.’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute told the BBC that consumers should think seriously about how they buy such items for their smartphones and other gadgets.

“It might cost [a little] more, but counterfeit and second-hand goods are an unknown entity that could cost you your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one,” Leon Livermore said.

With seemingly so many stories in recent months of faulty batteries causing sudden fires and meltdowns, device owners are being warned to take simple steps to stay safe, including never to cover their gadgets when they’re charging and never to use a charger that’s obviously damaged, such as one with a visibly damaged cable.

Apple lawsuit

Apple’s October lawsuit, which targeted Amazon seller Mobile Star, is an attempt by the tech company to stamp out the trade in fake Apple goods.

To support its claim against Mobile Star, the Cupertino company tested more than 100 “Apple” chargers and other products bought from a number of Amazon sellers, and found 90 percent of the devices to be fake.

Apple noted in its lawsuit that “unlike genuine Apple products, they are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design and inadequate electrical insulation.”

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Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.

Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

A failed attempt to hijack consumer routers is being blamed for a series of network outages that left hundreds of thousands of people in Germany without internet service this weekend.

Around 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers of the German telecommunications giant’s 20 million customers were affected by the outages, which began Sunday and lingered into Monday, the company said in a statement. The attack was designed to quietly recruit the devices for a wider offensive, the second such large-scale attack on internet-connected devices in little more than a month, the company said.

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“The attack attempted to infect routers with a malware but failed, which caused crashes or restrictions for 4 [percent] to 5 percent of all routers,” the company said in a statement. “This led to a restricted use of Deutsche Telekom services for affected customers.”

The company said it is rolling out a software update to fix the issue. It also recommended that customers temporarily disconnect their routers from their power source to reboot them free of the malware.

A similar attack occurred in late October, when hackers used what’s known as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) — conscripting hordes of internet-connected devices like computers, routers and security cameras into a botnet that left dozens of popular websites inaccessible for several hours.

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

On a Friday this month in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an earful.

“It’s difficult to move around and look for other options,” Munaf Tinwala, a 42-year-old chemical engineer from Long Island, told me.

“It’s just a hassle,” 22-year-old Macarena Dawson, of Queens, said.

The most striking aspect: This was the exact thing I heard from consumers last year. Despite the tech industry racing to build self-driving cars and colonize Mars, it continues to fail at the far simpler task of making it easy to purchase toilet paper on your phone.

As phones become the next big platform for retail, nailing the shopping experience on these small screens is critical for consumers, merchants and payment companies. Better mobile browsing and purchasing could change buying habits, speeding up the shift of spending from physical stores to digital.

Adobe predicts phones will be the leading electronic device for purchasing in the US by early 2018; it’s the PC, by far, today. When that switch happens, it could allow you to buy just about anything in a flash during a moment of downtime on the phone. But it may mean you’re likely to spend even more time with Amazon or eBay, ignoring more traditional retailers that haven’t invested in mobile.

“I think over time, what you will definitely see is the mobile phone and mobile platforms will be the predominant way to pay,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in an interview earlier this month.

Mobile shopping still stinks

For now, though, buying stuff on a phone is often terrible, so at least for this Cyber Monday you’re likely still buying stuff on a laptop, with its big screen and full physical keyboard.

While people are buying on mobile websites and apps a lot more — up 65 percent from last year — consumers are three times more likely to complete a purchase on a PC than a phone, according to an Adobe mobile retail report released last month. That’s resulted in PCs bringing in 75 percent of retailers’ online sales this year, versus just 16 percent from phones, the report said. (Overall, e-commerce still accounts for less than 10 percent of US retail sales.)

To consumers, phone screens are too small, pinch-to-zoom features aren’t available in mobile apps, it’s hard to find things easily, and checkout using that tiny touchscreen keyboard is a pain. When people do buy on mobile, they make smaller purchases than on desktops, Adobe found.

“You’re not shopping, you’re buying,” said Tamara Gaffney, an analyst at Adobe Digital Insights. “That’s a really big problem.”

Retailers stand to lose billions of dollars in sales if they don’t get their act together, Adobe said. And consumers will continue to be frustrated when trying to buy.

Just wait another year. OK, maybe longer

You can look ahead to a better shopping experience, even if it takes a few years.

“There’s still a lot of work that’s left to be done,” said Matt Barr, Mastercard’s senior vice president for digital payments. “But there’s clearly a light at the end of the tunnel.”

eBay said it’s adding more organization, personalization and comparison shopping tools to its catalogue of over 1 billion ever-changing listings. That should help the e-retailer fill mobile screens with more relevant information for each shopper.

Amazon is also decluttering its app to make the experience as simple and “glance-able” as possible, said Amazon spokeswoman Angie Newman. Both e-commerce heavyweights are pushing mobile notifications to encourage customers to keep opening their apps.

Buying even more from Amazon

Since most retailers don’t have popular apps with your saved personal information or big teams of mobile software developers, big e-retailers like Amazon and eBay could have a huge leg up on the competition as mobile grows in importance. Amazon already has a massive lead on desktop.

There are several efforts involving checkout that might help all those mobile dollars spread around to more merchants. Apple Pay and PayPal are quickly expanding their mobile-payments services to more apps and mobile sites, making it easier to complete purchases. Google’s Android Pay, Mastercard’s Masterpass and Visa Checkout offer similar services, though all these options need to grow to get broad mobile appeal.

This work is starting to pay off, with this Black Friday marking the first day in US retail history to hit over $1 billion in sales from phones and tablets.

“We think the momentum is fantastic and we believe it will continue,” Bailey, of Apple Pay, said.

Other features coming from eBay and Amazon, like personalization or voice shopping, will be harder for traditional retailers to replicate. Still, some smaller sellers are getting better at the mobile game, offering attractive apps that use big pictures, app-exclusive items and easy browsing to entice customers.

Back on the street in Manhattan, Robert Broadbent, a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, clicked through the JackThreads men’s clothing app, which he said was fun to shop even if he wasn’t looking to buy anything.

“The mobile apps have to offer something better than a desktop,” he said. “Give me a reason to go on there.”

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Microsoft Intune Provide mobile device management

Microsoft Intune Provide mobile device management

Enterprise mobility challenges
 Employees expect to be productive across a variety of device types with
consistent access to the applications that they need.
 IT departments want to empower employee productivity by providing
this flexibility, but also need a scalable way to keep corporate
information secure across both personal and corporate-owned devices.
Simplify management of apps & devices with Microsoft Intune
Microsoft Intune helps organizations provide their employees with access to
corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost
any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.
Benefits
 Device choice: Provide employees with the ability to register, enroll,
and manage their devices as well as install corporate applications from
the self-service Company Portal – all from the devices of their choice.
 Unparalleled management of Office mobile apps: Maximize
productivity by enabling your employees to access corporate resources
with the Office mobile apps they know and love while applying policies
that can help prevent leakage of company data.
 Data protection: Secure corporate data, including Exchange email,
Outlook email, and OneDrive for Business documents, based on device
enrollment and compliance policies set by the administrator.
 No infrastructure required: Eliminate the need to plan, purchase, and
maintain hardware and infrastructure by managing mobile devices
from the cloud with Intune.
 Enterprise integration: Extend your existing System Center
Configuration Manager infrastructure through integration with Intune
to provide a consistent management experience across devices onpremises and in the cloud.
 Flexible licensing: Spend less time counting devices with per-user
licensing for Intune. Intune is also included as part of the Enterprise
Mobility Suite, the most cost-effective way to acquire Intune, Azure
Active Directory Premium, and Azure Rights Management.
 Global presence with 24/7 support: Get answers to your questions
with Microsoft support available online and by phone worldwide –
included with every Intune subscription.
Microsoft Intune
Provide mobile device management,
mobile application management, and
PC management capabilities from the cloud.
Mobile device management (MDM)
Microsoft Intune helps minimize complexity by offering mobile device
management through the cloud with integrated data protection and
compliance capabilities. Intune helps provide secure management of personal
and corporate-owned devices across the most popular platforms, including
Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. You can provide users with the
ability to enroll their own devices for management as well as install corporate
applications from the self-service Company Portal. In the case of large scale
device deployments, you can simplify enrollment using Apple Configurator or
an Intune service account. With Intune’s resource access policies, you can
restrict users from accessing corporate resources on an unenrolled or noncompliant device. You can also apply device settings that can enable remote
actions such as passcode reset, device lock, data encryption, or full wipe of a
lost or stolen device.
Mobile application management (MAM)
With Microsoft Intune, manageability and data protection is built directly into
the Office mobile apps your employees are most familiar with, helping
prevent leakage of company data by restricting actions such as copy, cut,
paste, and save as between Intune-managed apps and personal apps. Intune
provides the flexibility to extend these capabilities to your existing line-ofbusiness apps with the Intune App Wrapping Tool and offers secure content
viewing using the Intune Managed Browser, PDF Viewer, AV Player, and
Image Viewer apps. You also have the ability to deny specific applications or
URL addresses from being accessed on a mobile device and can push required
apps automatically during enrollment. To further protect corporate
information, you can selectively wipe managed apps and related data on
devices that are unenrolled, no longer compliant, lost, stolen, or retired from
use.
PC management
Microsoft Intune provides a comprehensive solution for managing across a
variety of devices, including PCs and laptops. Through integration with
System Center Configuration Manager, you can further enhance your ability
to manage PCs, Macs, and UNIX/Linux servers, as well as mobile devices, all
from a single management console. You can also protect against malware
threats on managed computers, collect information about hardware
configurations and software installed on managed computers, and simplify
administration by deploying software and configuring Windows Firewall
settings on computers.
Flexible licensing with the Enterprise Mobility Suite
Microsoft Intune subscriptions are licensed on a per-user basis so that you
don’t have to predict the number of devices per user. Intune is also a
component of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), a comprehensive
cloud solution to address your enterprise mobility challenges. EMS is the most
cost-effective way to acquire all of the included cloud services:
 Microsoft Intune
 Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium
 Microsoft Azure Rights Management
You can learn more about Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite at
aka.ms/EnterpriseMobilitySuite
See what our customers are saying
“Our outside sales representatives are
our revenue source; they are
constantly meeting with our
customers and taking orders. With
Microsoft Intune watching over their
computers, we can keep orders and
money flowing into the company.”
Callaway Golf
Bill Connaghan
Global Desktop Systems Administrator
“By using the hybrid model of
Microsoft Intune and Configuration
Manager, we can remotely manage a
total of 15,000 corporate and mobile
devices with only a small team.”
Mitchells & Butlers
Andy Turner
Technical Lead, Infrastructure
“To represent the company in a
manner befitting our luxury brand,
remote employees need their laptops,
mobile devices, and smartphones to
work 100 percent of the time. That’s
why we use Microsoft Intune.”
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Daniel Roach-Rooke
IT Infrastructure Manager

ENTERPRISE MOBILITY
 Learn more about Microsoft’s
enterprise mobility strategy
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MOBILE DEVICE &
APPLICATION MANAGEMENT
 Learn more about MDM & MAM
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MICROSOFT INTUNE
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SYSTEM CENTER
CONFIGURATION MANAGER
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Fix Windows 10 Start Button Does Nothing with START Menu Repair Tool

This “user profile corruption” issue shows a number of different symptoms. One of them is the “Start Menu doesn’t work” symptom along with the “Modern apps” don’t work. In fact, the Start Menu and the Notification Panel (right side of screen) are implemented as modern apps, which explains why these all don’t work as part of the same syndrome. If you create a new user profile, that new user profile will work just fine.

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Microsoft Planner Now Available to Office 365 Cloud Users

Microsoft Planner Now Available to Office 365

The Microsoft Planner service has gone live and is being rolled out gradually to Office 365 business and education subscribers worldwide, starting as early as today.

Microsoft Planner was previously available at the preview stage, where it went by the “Office 365 Planner” product name. It’s now being delivered to organizations with “Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans,” with availability expected in “the next several weeks,” according to Microsoft’s announcement.

This application is designed to let organizations set up collaboration plans for getting projects done with other people. The Microsoft Planner interface has so-called “Cards,” which are used to show assigned tasks within the overall project’s “Board.” There’s also a “Hub” or “Charts” view that graphically shows a plan’s progress, including who’s behind schedule in a color-coded scheme (see screenshot).


[Click on image for larger view.] Overall view of a plan using Microsoft Planner. Source: Office blog post.

A user creates a plan, assigns tasks with dates, sorts the tasks and then assigns people to the tasks, according to Microsoft’s quick-start guide.

Microsoft Planner uses the Office 365 Groups capability. It will automatically create a Group, which shows information about resources and people in an organization. In addition, every Office 365 Group automatically will have Microsoft Planner capabilities.

Microsoft Planner will just arrive by default for Office 365 subscribers, without intervention by IT pros, which might be something for them to consider. The only end users that won’t automatically get this application will be Office 365 Government plan users and organizations subscribing to Office 365 through China’s 21Vianet Group, according to a Microsoft support document for IT pros.

If IT pros want to control the arrival of Microsoft Planner, then they will have to use the Office 365 Admin Center or Office 365 PowerShell to remove access to users, which means revoking the Microsoft Planner license. Exercising control over who can create Groups is done through Azure Active Directory PowerShell cmdlets.

Perfect tool to keep organized…

Get organized quickly

Easy to use

Launch Planner from the Office 365 app launcher with a single click. You can then create a new plan, build a team, assign tasks, and update status—in a few easy steps.

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