Newsletter 2014.10

Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for October 2014

Boost Your Back Office Systems

Making the Most of SharePoint

So your organization has SharePoint, the world’s number one intranet solution. Now what? Unlock the value of your investment and discover the latest features of SharePoint Server 2013.

Email, Calendars, Contacts

Still looking for the right private, secure and reliable solution for your organization’s email, calendar and contacts? Find out why you should be moving to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

Customer Relations

Nurture customer relationships with Microsoft Dynamics CRM – helping marketing, sales and account management professionals engage more effectively with current and prospective clients. Find out about the latest features available in Dynamics CRM 2013.

Back Office Hosting

Choose from any of the above solutions to build your own tailor-made Private Cloud in our datacenter or subscribe to reduced-feature online versions in the Microsoft cloud with Office 365. We also offer hybrid deployments (on-site + cloud) for Exchange Server 2013.

Why Choose METHOD IT?

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Tips & Tricks

What's Hot in Enterprise IT

Get up to speed on the ten biggest trends transforming enterprise IT today.
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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1

A collection of handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 power users that are also good for the upcoming Windows 10.
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Best Mobile Apps for Business Travelers

15 must-have iOS and Android apps for business trips and working on the road.
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News from the Web

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Shellshock Bug Hits Web Servers

An old, but newly exploited security vulnerability dubbed ‘Shellshock’ could allow hackers to control Unix, Linux and Mac OS X machines. Countless web and email servers around the world are at risk and have been under attack in recent weeks. Patches for all major Linux distributions and OS X are available now.

Microsoft Q1 - Surface and Office 365 Thriving

The Microsoft earnings report for the first quarter of 2015 shows Office 365 booming with over 7 million subscribers, Surface Pro 3 revenue hitting $908 million and sales of 9.3 million Lumia smartphones.

Windows 10 Preview

On September 30th Microsoft unveiled the first Technical Preview of Windows 10. Noteworthy features include a new Start Menu, universal apps for use on all Windows devices, multiple virtual desktops, a notification center, a redesigned desktop interface, better BYOD support with work and personal data in separate ‘containers’, andimproved enterprise security. The official release is due late 2015 with rumors circulating of a free upgrade for Windows 8 users.

New Apple Devices, OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1 Released

iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, an iMac with a 5K display, and a new Mac Mini were all unveiled at an Apple event on October 16th. The same week also saw the official release of OS X Yosemite, the latest free OS upgrade for the Mac, and the launch of iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, an NFC-based mobile payment system for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Android 5 Arrives

Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop was officially announced along with a new family of Nexus devices on October 15th. Lollipop’s new Material Design guidelines aim to bring some coherence and control to the fragmented Android world, while default encryption and other security improvements hope to woo the enterprise.

Office 16, New Office for Mac Coming Next Year

Microsoft Office 16 for Windows is slated for release in thesecond half of 2015 and is likely to be made up of touch-first universal apps. A first look at a pre-release build of Word shows off a black theme, the help assistant ‘Tell Me’ (already available in Office web apps), and other new features.
Meanwhile the Mac hasn’t seen a release of Office since 2011, but recent rumors point to an all-new Office for Mac arriving mid-2015, with leaked screenshots of a Yosemite-like Outlook for Mac looking very promising.

Google Employs Camel in UAE

How to capture Street View images of the Abu Dhabi desert? Simple – mount the camera on the humps of a Google camel!