Windows 7 support is ending in ONE year (on 14 January 2020)

Microsoft is discontinuing extended support for Windows 7 on the 13th January 2020. Windows 10 overtook 7 as the most popular operating system a few months back.

Microsoft has been making some interesting decisions of late – embracing Linux on Windows and introducing various new features to the operating system to enable it to communicate better with Linux Servers, Including WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to permit you to run native Linux commands as well as Ubuntu as an ISO image to easily install via Hyper-V (you need the Pro or better version of Windows 10)

Linux is not going to replace Windows on the desktop any time soon (only 2% of desktops in the world use Linux), but many large corporates use Linux for servers and it is very, very prevalent with most Internet Service Providers. In addition, Android is essentially a version of Linux and in addition to Apple IOS, Android is platform for many of Microsoft’s cloud services such as Office 365 online, OneDrive, Skype, OneNote, etc.

In South Africa and Internationally, however, most Small Medium Enterprises still use the Microsoft Server Platform. The predominant desktop and mobile app development and support still remains Windows, Android, IOS and MacOSX. Windows and MacOS still remains the Personal Computer choice for “getting things done”. Apple is going to start taking huge knocks in market share soon, however, as Amazon, Google and Microsoft dominate the cloud and cloud service space and increased reliability and utility of existing phones, lack of any innovation in new phones are expected to cause over 20% less phone sales world-wide this year.

In the pipe-line is Microsoft 365 for consumers and enterprise – a new subscription model that will not only include Office 365, but Windows 10 as a value added service as well.

Interesting times ahead as the industry embraces cloud infrastructures and Bring Your Own Device computing. Apple appears to have been resting on its laurels putting most of their eggs in the iPhone basket.

~Craven Coetzee

Kondura Technologies CC (founder)

SECURITY ALERT: hidden rule sending your mail to scammer

References used: Associated Enterprises / Microsoft Outlook Exploit

“A difficult to detect phishing attack is catching Outlook users off guard, as it uses the built in Rules feature to forward emails to an attackers third party mailbox. In most cases the rules are configured to detect keywords related to finance, such as “Payment”, “Invoice” or “Bank”.

The malicious Outlook rules are created using traditional email phishing methods.  The target will receive and email apparently from an existing contact or organisation known to them. A link in the phishing email takes the user to a fake Office 365 login page and requests the user’s credentials. When they have been entered the log-in fails, but the attackers can the install an Email Forwarding rule in to the target’s Outlook rules.”

HOW TO set up an out of office reply for Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010

It’s that time of year again! You need to set an “out of office” or auto-responder. It is one of the most requested things we get asked to do by customers. If you don’t have this facility with your e-mail, it’s time to upgrade your mail to Office 365 Exchange Online – maybe even upgrade your IT support company for not telling you to do this in 2013 already! Outlook is so much more now than “just e-mail” – Office 365 Exchange Online allows sharing of diaries/calendars, shared To Do lists, contacts, synchronized mail and more!

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Applies to Microsoft Outlook connected to a corporate-class e-mail service – either an On-Site dedicated, local Microsoft Exchange Server or to a cloud-connected Office 365 Exchange Online Plan account.

USEFUL APP: Microsoft Office Lens

We demonstrate a FREE Microsoft app for IOS or Android that we use in our business to straighten, store images into our document managing system.

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Craven Coetzee: “This is a very useful app I use almost everyday to cut out only the text and align it neatly from my photos. It is highly underrated for what it does. Microsoft Office Lens – available from Google Play store.”