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Lync & Skype for Business

by Nicki Dowsett in Industry News

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Lync has been re-branded to Skype for Business

Lync & Skype for Business

Lync has changed to Skype for Business. As a remote worker for MPR IT Solutions, I can sometimes feel distant from the office without daily communication with my colleagues, whilst it is nice to be in my own space and having the ability to get my tasks done without interruption, I have found that using Lync for Office 365 has given me the tool to communicate easily and simply with my colleagues.  Rather than sending an email to ask to a question of one my team, I can use Lync to send an instant message.  I use it regularly as if I was in the office and going to someone’s desk to ask them something quickly and personally unlike an email can that can get lost in a busy inbox.  Lync tells me if someone is available to chat or if they are away from the office or away from their desk and they can do the same for me.  Lync is so easy to use and its simple lay out means you can get to grips with it without training, very similar to other IM tools.

Last week I logged on to my laptop and went to fire up Lync to see that it had changed to Skype for business, my first thought was uh oh what’s changed it worked perfectly before why the need to change something that isn’t broken.  Imagine how pleased I was to see that nothing has changed.  The functionality is all the same it appears to be a simple re-branding at present.  Though I am sure as with all technology new ideas and functions will be added in time. It looks & feels exactly the same, and basically the same as Skype we have been using for many years on a personal level.

Every week we have a team meeting, my team in the office and myself on teleconference.  With the help of Lync (now Skype) we can have a video call.  I can join the meeting as if I was in the office, however it does mean I must at least look presentable! (One of the advantages of home working, no one knows that you are sat in your onsie drinking tea as long as the work gets done.)  The video and on-line meeting function means that I can see exactly what my team are seeing, so if we are reviewing a spreadsheet on a PC, they can share the screen with me and I can relate to everything.  We can also add notes to the meeting so rather than emailing me the agenda it can be added to the screen and so I can keep fully up to date with everything.  Plus any meeting can be recorded, really helpful if you need to keep for future reference or if you want to create a training session for team members or clients.

In my previous role, I would have regular client meetings for training or to discuss contracts, we used a programme called Go To Meeting, how I wish we had had this tool then, it would have been so much simpler and less hassle to communicate on a more personal level with my clients, many of which were all round the UK.  Skype for business offers a working tool that anyone can use without the need to get software installed on individual PC’’s.  Being in the business of IT we can relate to some companies not liking lots of software being added on to a PC.

Skype for business  is a communication service part of Office 365, connecting people anywhere, any time with instant messaging, video calls and on-line meetings.  Companies that use Skype for business on-line can control the services they offer to users, without the hassle of on-site software issues.  With Skype you can allow your employees to connect with both colleagues and customers easily and simply.  Offering IM, video calling, screen sharing, and on-line meeting notes, Skype is an asset to any business.  Not only can you communicate easily in-house but also with your clients, meaning that you can have on-line meetings from anywhere in the world, at any time.  Reducing your carbon foot print and valuable travel time that could be used more efficiently. As Skype for business is linked to Office 365, I can easily link to my emails and calendar without switching to many screens, as well as being able to view my daily meetings & calendar quickly at a glance.  Not only is it available on your PC or laptop – you can also download the Lync app( this has yet to be re-branded) to your smart phone or tablet along side the other Office 365 apps including email, word & excel or Power Point.  Now you really can work from anywhere in the world any time without being tied to a desk.

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Microsoft Office 365

If you or your business can benefit using Microsoft 365 with Skype for Business contact us to discuss your needs.

Call us on: 0800 030 20 30

Email us: Sales@mpr-it.co.uk

 

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Geerings of Ashford join MPR IT Solutions for IT Support

by MPRAdmin in New customer

A Warm welcome to Geerings of Ashford

MPR IT Solutions are pleased to announce that Geerings of Ashford have joined MPR for a fully inclusive support package for all their IT needs.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish them a warm welcome.

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What are MPR IT Providing

Geerings  have recently looked to MPR IT to help with their IT systems following continued expansion and re-investments within the business.   Following a consultation and review of the business needs, it has been agreed that  MPR will be supporting Geerings by looking at technology such as Sever Visualisation, large SQL implementations, Office 365 migration, Salesforce SAAS, and deployment of large scale Multi-site data and VoIP networks.

About Geerings

Geerings is a local company with a prestigious history of over 100 years within the Ashford and Kent area.  When Walter Geering established the company in 1903, it was founded on timeless principles which remain as important to the business today as they have always been.  Walter Geering was committed to caring about his customers and his staff.  He was honest, paid promptly and had a keen eye for a good deal.  As the business grew he kept up to date and continued to plough the profits back into the business to further its development.  Since then the company has grown through careful acquisition and developed specialist expertise in a variety of separate but related fields.Today Geerings is a modern, multi faceted business serving customers across a variety of sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

Four generations and over 100 years on, the principles of Walter Geering still form the basis on which the company is run. All their activities are united by a common commitment to innovation and service established by their founder and maintained through successive generations of family management.  Geerings has since its inception, been a trusted and reliable supplier of office equipment, now providing printers, copiers as well as flexible printing software solutions.

MPR IT are very extremely proud to be associated with the prestigious Geerings group and look forward to many years of working together building a strong business relationship.

If you would like to discuss the services we can offer your business please do not hesitate to contact us, for a free, no obligation consultation.

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ending on 14th July 2015

by Nicki Dowsett in Industry News

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ending

Microsoft have recently announced that from 14th July 2015 they will no longer be offering support for the Windows Server 2003 server.  This means that if you or your business are still operating on the 2003 if anything goes wrong they will no longer be able to assist you, and you should now be thinking about looking at alternative options to ensure safe and secure running for your systems.

There are three options to consider with Windows Server 2003 support ending, each of which has its own benefits –

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Windows Server 2003 Support ending – migrate to Office 365

Office 365 

Allowing access anywhere anyhow.  Office 365 means you can have a cloud based system that can be accessed on your desk top, laptop, tablet or smart phone anywhere in the world, with all the familiarity of Microsoft programmes such as mail, calendar, word, excel and power-point.  Accessing your files and email could not be simpler.   Emails can be branded to your business no more google or Hotmail email address for the small business allowing marketing for your business to be more efficient. With 1TB of storage per user there is plenty of storage for each user, files can easily be shared for your team to be able to access data simply and effectively.  No more emailing files back and forward as required.  They can be shared not just within your company but also your clients if needed.

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ending – migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

With Windows Server 2003 support ending, small businesses can benefit with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, a cloud based solution designed specifically for small businesses.  Simplifying the integration of optional cloud-based application such as Office 365 and Azure, this option can help minimise the time and effort you spend on IT. Essential is a flexible and affordable server solution specifically priced for small business with up to 25 users and 50 devices.  Your data is protected with backups using a wizard or you can use cloud storage for a greater protection.  Backups can be run daily on individual PC’s and is easily protected with file history.  Access remotely is provided in a secure for users and admins to files, client computers and servers, My server app for Windows 8 is a touch friendly way to access all your data and perform light tasks from desktops, laptops, and tablet devices.  Integrating Office 365 you can create your own accounts in Server 2012 and associated mailbox will be created at the same time, all password protected with access from either local or cloud based.  Providing server virtualisation, SME’s can now focus on the business and not worry about IT infrastructure.

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ending – Migrate to Windows Azure

Microsoft Azure

Azure is a cloud platform with a collection of integrated services, storage, data, networking and app, all of which help you to move faster, be more efficient and save.  It is the only major platform ranked by Gartner an industry leader for both Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).  Its combination of managed and unmanaged services allow you to build, deploy and manage applications any way you like.  Some cloud solutions ask you to choose between your data centre and public data, however not Azure, its hybrid solution gives you the best of both worlds. Storage, backup and recovery are more efficient and cost effective.  Applications can be on premises and cloud based.  Sharing the same tested platforms as Skype, Office 365, Bing  and Xbox, this offers 99.95% availability and round the clock support on Azure.   This platform can be easily and quickly scaled up or down to meet your needs and you pay only for what you use with per minute billing and a price match to competitors you will get best value for money.

What does this mean to you?

With Windows Server 2003 Support Ending, you and your business are at risk.  With no more support offered if anything goes wrong, you could lose valuable data and ultimately time and money not to mention  a whole lot of stress.  It is important you start to review your options sooner rather than later.  If you are still on Windows Server 2003 or not and would like to investigate any of these option, please contact us at MPR IT Solutions to discuss the best option for you and your business.  We can support you through the migration from start to finish and also continue to support you for the long term.  Contact us:

Telephone: 0800 030 20 30

Email: sales@mpr-it.co.uk

Web: www.mpr-it.co.uk

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Microsoft Office 365 Trials

by MPRAdmin in Office 365

Office 365 Small Business

Click here to get started with the trial

£3.30  user/month

Hosted email: 50 GB Storage,

File Sharing: 25 GB of personal Storage access from anywhere and file Sharing

Public Website: using your own Domain no hosting Fees & intranet Site

Spam  and malware protection: premium anti-malware & anti-spam filtering

IT-level web support: 24/7 phone support for critical issues

99.9% uptime peace of mind knowing your services are available

Office Web Apps: Create Word, Excel,PowerPoint & OneNote via a web browser

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Office 365 Small business Premium

Click here to get started with this trial

£8.40 user/month

Hosted email: 50 GB Storage,

File Sharing: 25 GB of personal Storage access from anywhere and file Sharing

Public Website: using your own Domain no hosting Fees & intranet Site

Spam  and malware protection: premium anti-malware & anti-spam filtering

IT-level web support: 24/7 phone support for critical issues

99.9% uptime peace of mind knowing your services are available

Office Web Apps: Create Word, Excel,PowerPoint & OneNote via a web browser

Desktop versions of:
Word Excel PowerPoint Outlook
OneNote2 Access2 Publisher2 Lync

Site Mailboxes:  Store and share email and documents in project-specific folders allowing easier team collaboration

Office Mobile: for iPhone & Android Phones Access, edit, and view word, excel, and PowerPoint documents on iPhone  & Android Phones

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Click here to get started with this trial 

£9.80 user/month

Hosted email: 50 GB Storage,

File Sharing: 25 GB of personal Storage access from anywhere and file sharing

Public Website: using your own Domain no hosting Fees & intranet

SiteSpam  and malware protection: premium anti-malware & anti-spam filtering

IT-level web support: 24/7 phone support for critical issues

99.9% uptime peace of mind knowing your services are available

Office Web Apps: Create Word, Excel,PowerPoint & OneNote via a web browser

Desktop versions of:
Word Excel PowerPoint Outlook
OneNote2 Access2 Publisher2 Lync InfoPath2

Site Mailboxes:  Store and share email and documents in project-specific folders allowing easier team collaboration

Office Mobile for iPhone & Android Phones: Access, edit, and view word, excel, and PowerPoint documents on iPhone  & Android Phones

Active Directory intergration: Manage user credentials and permissions. Single sign-on and syncronization with Active Directory

If you are not sure which one please call us and we will talk you through it

t: 08000302030

e: info@mpr-it.co.uk

 

 

 

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