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Article originally published on the Malwarebytes website

It’s that time again, a new operating system emerges from the Microsoft incubator! While many of you might not get to experience Windows 10 just yet or even in the foreseeable future, we want you to know that when you decide to use it, Malwarebytes has got your back.

The latest versions of our Malwarebytes products supports Windows 10! And that includes:

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Business
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit for Business
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Remediation Tool

So one of the first things you should do after setting up your new operating system is to download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Trust me, the cyber criminals won’t wait until everyone is comfortable with Windows 10 to start targeting folks using it.

To download the latest Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your new Win 10 system, click here.

Find out more about Malwarebytes at www.bluesolutions.co.uk/malwarebytes/. Call our sales team today on 0118 9898 222 for a free trial or demo.

Need some urgent help?

In only 28 days, your current version of Windows Server 2003 will expire, meaning you will no longer receive regular system updates, security patches, or hot fixes from Microsoft; which could leave your IT infrastructure exposed to serious security threats and compliance failures. If you would like to learn more, get in touch through emailing our friendly SMB team.

It's time to say goodbye to Windows Server 2003.

Call the Blue Solutions team on 0118 9898 222 for advice and help with upgrading your systems.

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Missing out version 9, Microsoft is likely to release Windows 10 during 2015. The new operating system introduces new features to integrate desktop and mobile devices, improve web browsing and increase productivity.

The Start menu returns

The Start menu, a familiar feature of Windows, was dropped in Windows 8 but then reintroduced after customer feedback. The Start menu is also a key part of Windows 10.

Free upgrade

Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year.

Web browsing

Internet Explorer will be replaced by a new, stripped down web browser named Spartan. Internet Explorer has developed over many years and carries a large amount of old code even in the most recent versions. Leaving that behind allows Microsoft to develop a faster, more secure browser for Windows 10.

Cortana digital assistant

Cortana is a voice activated digital assistant first seen in Windows Phone. Bringing Cortana to the desktop could make your time with Windows 10 more productive as the app can recognise your voice and then search Microsoft’s search engine Bing to provide answers. Cortana can also take notes, set reminders and launch apps.

Hololens

Hololens is a major new feature that uses a virtual reality headset to show computer generated images over your physical surroundings. Hololens will enable new applications from gaming and communication to 3D design and education.

Time to upgrade

With mainstream support now ended for Windows XP and Windows 7 an upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 10 is required to keep your data and network secure.

Call the Blue Solutions team on 0118 9898 222 for advice and help with upgrading your systems.

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Chances are, they may not be – according to estimates, there are still millions of servers running Windows Server 2003. It was the workhorse of choice for many years, but the time has come for customers to migrate to a newer, fully supported platform. That’s where you come in. It’s a great opportunity for you to ramp up your business and support your customers through a major technology change. They’ll appreciate the help, and you’ll appreciate the way your business will grow.

Find tools to help. 

Access our extensive set of resources to learn more about:

  • Talking with your customers about the importance of migration.
  • Ways to assess a customer’s current environment by categorising applications and workloads.
  • Migration options, either in the datacenter or in the cloud.
  • How to develop a migration plan.

Visit the Windows Server 2003 end of support partner page

You’ll also find customisable ModernBiz marketing materials that highlight Windows Server 2012 R2, including partner readiness materials, pitch decks, email templates, brochures, and copy blocks. Use these to show your customers the importance of migrating from Windows Server 2003, and the migration paths that are available.

Helpful tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit which makes it easy to conduct a migration assessment for a customer's current IT infrastructure, are also available. Get started migrating your customers

Call our Sales Team today on 0118 9898 222 to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows 8.1

On March 1, 2014 Microsoft began offering the Windows Enterprise Upgrade in Volume Licensing.

The following are changes related to this offering:

  • Windows Pro Upgrade: The Windows Pro Upgrade remains available for purchase without SA.
  • Windows Enterprise Upgrade: The Windows Enterprise Upgrade is offered as of March 1, 2014 and allows customers with a qualifying OS to upgrade to Windows Enterprise.
    • Downgrade Rights:  Windows Enterprise edition has downgrade rights to previous versions of Windows Enterprise in addition to the same downgrade rights as Windows Pro.
    • Open Value: Customers may be eligible for an Up to Date Discount based on existing Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Professional licenses.
    • Software Assurance:  Except as stated below, SA may only be purchased for Windows Enterprise Upgrade license.
      • Select Plus, Open Value, and Open License Programs: customers may continue to acquire SA for new devices licensed for Windows 8.1 or 8 Pro or Windows 7 Professional OEM or FPP within 90 days of purchase until July 1, 2014.
      • Renewals: Customers who bought SA for Windows Pro may renew SA on their covered devices without the need to buy a Windows Enterprise Upgrade license.
      • Purchasing Windows Upgrade + SA: Any customer in a volume licensing program which requires SA and who previously purchased Windows Pro Upgrade + SA may continue to purchase Pro Upgrade + SA until the end of their enrollment or agreement.  Upon entering a new enrollment or agreement the customer will purchase Enterprise Upgrade + SA.

Got any questions about this Windows 8.1 upgrade? Contact our product specialists on 0118 9898 222 for help.

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Microsoft has started to warn users about the upcoming end of support for a number of its popular products, including Windows 7.

What does end of support really mean? When Microsoft say this, they mean there will be no more fixes or patches (paid or free, security or non-security) for specific products. So the end, really does mean the end.

Which products will be affected?

Mainstream support will end for Windows 7 (Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate and Starter editions) on 13 January 2015. Extended support for Windows 7 will last until 14 January 2020, so users will continue to receive free security updates but not feature updates.  Some industry experts are saying that Microsoft might continue with Windows 7 support, in the same way that it did with Windows XP. On that point we’ll have to wait and see…

Mainstream support will also end for the following:

  • Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and editions of Windows Storage Server 2008 –  ends 13 January 2015
  • Dynamics C5 2010, Nav 2009, NAV 2009 R2 – ends 13 January 2015
  • Windows Server 2003  - ends 14 July 2015
  • Office 2010 –Service Pack 1 – ends 14 October 2014
  • SharePoint 2010 with SP1 – ends 14 October 2014

What’s the Microsoft advice for customers?
Microsoft are advising “Customers should migrate to the next available Service Pack to continue receiving security updates and be eligible for other support options”.

Need more information? Visit the Microsoft support page for all of the end of support dates.