Newsletter 2013.10

Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for October 2013

MS Dynamics CRM 2013 Released

The latest version of Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Management solution and salesforce.com competitor, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 is now available worldwide in 42 markets including Japan and Hong Kong. Find out more about the top features of this new release in our overview, with free ebooks and a video tour from Microsoft.

The What, Why and How of Datacenters

Doesn’t every organization need a safe, secure and reliable home for its precious data? For true peace-of-mind and optimum performance it is essential to get your business critical IT out of your office and into a facility that is specifically designed to house servers – the datacenter. METHOD IT offers you fully customizable Datacenter Hosting Solutions in a world-class datacenter in the heart of Tokyo, with state-of-the-art cooling, disaster prevention, backup generators and superb security. Learn all the basics you need to know in order to make an informed decision in a great introduction to datacenters before you contact us for a free quote.

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Battle of the Tablets

The past several weeks have seen a rush of new tablet releases for the end-of-year season:

With this much attention, the predictions about tablets outselling PCs next year are looking more and more likely to come true.

Windows 8.1 Arrives

The ‘Start’ button is back! Kind of. Paying careful attention to customer feedback on the first version of Windows 8,Microsoft released the revamped Windows 8.1 on October 17. The upgrade is free to Windows 8 users. User of Windows 7 or earlier should expect to pay around US$120 – 200 for Home and Pro editions respectively.
A quick visual tour shows off some of the new features in Windows 8.1, while this more in-depth review of Windows 8.1 suggests it’s time to give the tile-faced OS a reappraisal.
Considering Windows 8.1 for your company? Check out some of the need-to-know Windows 8.1 info for IT Prosand this guide to preparing your business for Windows 8.1, even if making the leap from Windows XP.

Mac OS X Goes Free

In a surprise move, Apple announced that the latest version of OS X, named ‘Mavericks’ would be made available for free in the Mac App Store. The upgrade can be installed on Mac models dating back as far as 2007 running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later. On the back of the release of Windows 8.1, this new tactic could be having a major influence on the corporate OS market. An interesting article on TechCrunch discusses the long-term implications of IT giants giving away operating systems and other software for free.