Newsletter 2014.09


Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for September 2014

iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Resources

Now iOS 8 is here, should you upgrade your iPhone or iPad? What are the new features? Does it play nice with the enterprise? Thinking about getting an iPhone 6? Check our round up of the best resources from around the Web first.

Windows 9 Preview

What new features can we expect to see in Windows 9? A few sneak peeks and video leaks are already out there in advance of its September 30th unveiling.

Tips & Tricks

Cloud 101 Primer

Use this simple introduction to help explain the cloud to your end users.
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Keeping IT Projects on Track

5 useful ideas from a 20-year veteran to stop your IT projects from going off the rails.
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Top 5 Browsers Compared

Find out how the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari stack up in terms of speed and ease-of-use.
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How CIOs Can Become Better Presenters

Get better results from your tech projects with better presentation skills. A great infographic on how to memorize a speech that has something for everybody.
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News from the Web

Delve: Think Flipboard for Office 365

Microsoft just announced the Delve service for Office 365 for business users, now rolling out into early 2015. Delve uses complex machine learning to pinpoint and pull together all the need-to-know information from your Office 365 projects and display it in an attractive, card-based interface, like a cross between popular news aggregation app Flipboard and the Facebook timeline.

Major Dynamics CRM Update Coming Soon

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and updates to Dynamics CRM Online and Dynamics Marketing are set for release in the last quarter of this year. Many new features are in the pipeline for both cloud and on-premises versions, promoting greater collaboration between sales, marketing and service departments.

Android Phones for Developing World Launched

Google recently launched its Android One initiative to provide low-cost smartphones to developing nations featuring stock Android and Google software updates. A initial wave of releases is taking place across Asia for the rest of the year. India is first up with handsets starting at around US$105 with downloadable YouTube videos sweetening the deal.

Microsoft to Acquire Minecraft Creators

US$2.5 billion is the price Microsoft are paying for Mojang, Swedish creators of the massively popular sandbox game Minecraft. Microsoft has pledged to keep the game multi-platform.

Alibaba Who?

Following its recent New York Stock Exchange IPO, Chinese Internet giant Alibaba has been all over the news, but few outside China know exactly what it does. The BBC has put together an excellent primer on the company to bring you up to speed.

The Hamster Wheel Workstation You Always Wanted

In a natural progression of the standing desk, Robb Godshaw and Will Doenlen have created the human hamster wheel workstation. Full instructions are available online so you can build some for your office – just need to hook them up to generators next!