Microsoft launches Office 365 for not-for-profit organisations in Australia

Microsoft launches Office 365 for not-for-profit organisations in Australia

Microsoft has recently announced the launch of Office 365 for Nonprofits in Australia, which provides eligible organisations with low priced or discounted licences to Microsoft Office 365. This includes the familiar Office applications as well as cloud-based email, calendar, high-definition video conferencing and more.

Microsoft Office 365 includes the familiar products known in the traditional Microsoft Office family, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook, however Office 365’s offerings also include Lync, SharePoint and Yammer:

  • Lync provides the capabilities for video conferencing, which is similar to Skype.
  • SharePoint is an intranet platform providing a place to store information and can help manage documents.
  • Yammer provides collaboration, discussion and hosting of content similar to a private Facebook page.

We are happy to meet with not-for-profit organisations to assist them with moving to Office 365. In our consultation, we can discuss your requirements, determine your needs, provide advice as well as help implement, train and support your organisation in the new technology.

Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits is available as a donation to qualifying not-for-profit organisations and through discounted plans, depending on your needs.

CyberGuru offers a free initial consultation to not-for-profit organisations to assess your organisation’s needs. To see whether your organisation qualifies, please visit Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship website (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru is proud to work with a number of not-for-profit organisations and appreciates their work in our community. Please contact us today to enquire about how we can help move your not-profit into the cloud.

The NBN and disconnection of existing the landline phone and internet network

The NBN and disconnection of existing the landline phone and internet network

Across Australia, the National Broadband Network (NBN) is progressively being installed. Locally within the north side of Brisbane where many of CyberGuru’s clients live and work, we have seen the switching over the new network. However, as part of this rollout it is important to understand that if you live in an area where NBN fibre is available, existing landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra Cable internet services will be permanently disconnected and replaced by the NBN fibre network so you need to make a switch. The first home phone and internet services are scheduled to be will be switched off and replaced by the NBN fibre network in parts of Aspley from 28 September 2014.

The NBN is an upgrade to Australia’s existing telecommunications network and is replacing the existing landline phone and internet network (ADSL and Telstra cable). What many don’t realise is generally about eighteen months after the rollout of the NBN in a particular area, the copper wire home phone and internet services are switched off and replaced by the NBN fibre network.

To continue using home phone and internet services, affected homes and businesses need to order a service over the NBN before the existing network is disconnected.

We have been provided with information with thanks to Regional Development Australia Brisbane (link opens in new window) providing when parts of Aspley will be switched off. The following map indicates regions and dates as to when the disconnection will start:

The National Broadband Network and disconnection of the existing landline phone and internet network - NBN Rollout disconnection map for Aspley

Download NBN Rollout disconnection map for Aspley (PDF format – 3.14MB)

If you live in the coloured area, the NBN service is now available and your existing home phone and ADSL internet are scheduled to be switched off from the date indicated. Contact your preferred phone or internet service provider as soon as possible to switch to the NBN and they will take care of the rest.

Residents who have special equipment that connects over a landline phone line, such as a monitored security or fire alarm, or medical monitoring device, should contact the supplier of the device or monitoring service for further advice on what needs to be done for it to work over the NBN as soon as possible.

If CyberGuru can be of assistance in supporting you to move to a NBN service or need further advice, please contact us for our Consulting solution. You can also find more information on the National Broadband Network and advise for making the switch on NBN Co’s website (link opens in new window) or you can phone the NBN Co Contact Centre on 1800 687 626.

It is time to upgrade your internet plan?

It is time to upgrade your internet plan?

We recently a new client request that we help set up her new computer and configure the necessary programs. In doing so, we identified that her internet connection was running very much slower than would expected. Our endeavours to download the necessary programs and update install them was severely limited by the fact that a small download expected to take hours rather than minutes. Further investigations identified that the internet performance was similar to that of a 56,000kb modem!

In identifying the cause of the slow internet speeds, I spoke with the client’s internet service provider on their behalf. The internet service provider informed us that they were on a “grandfather plan” (former plan offered by the provider) that provided a limited bandwidth (speed) allocated. This meant that the client could receive only limited speeds they were signed up when it was established, not what would be currently available.

The solution provided by the internet service provider was as this plan had since been superseded by more recent plans, they could increase their bandwidth by signing on to a new contract. By upgrading to a new plan which would entitle them to higher speeds and enabled the client to undertake more things at once! As they were no longer on a contract, they would be able to sign up for a new plan for the commitment to avail themselves of this.

However, my advice to the client was to also consider plans from other internet service providers. We took the opportunity to review some of the plans available to them to evaluate based upon their specific needs and requirements including their budget and product availability. The client is currently evaluating their options before making a decision.

If you on looking for an internet plan, the total price that you pay will be more than monthly fee multiplied by the number of months on a contract. You may also consider need to the additional charges such as the setup costs, as well as a new modem which may not be included. You may be able to negotiate with the internet service provider to waive these.

Another point of consideration is if that you are changing your internet service provider, you may need to have a period of “downtime” whilst the service is transferred. Some internet technologies and internet service providers can support rapid transfer whereas others may take days to do.

New internet access plans are being created regularly by internet service providers, so it does pay to look around before signing up or renewing your existing plan. You may find you get a cheaper price, faster bandwidth or more downloads. To consider what plans may be right for you, please feel free to contact us to enlist our Consulting solution.

Get your new .net.au domain name for $1

Get your new .net.au domain name for $1

Are you looking for a domain name for your business? Whether you are registering a matching .net.au to protect your brand or setting up a new business, now is the time to purchase your domain. CyberGuru is participating in a limited time offer to help businesses purchase their own new .net.au domain names for just $1 for two years.

Normally $40 for two years, CyberGuru are providing this offer as part of a .net.au domain promotion from 11:00am on Thursday 8 May 2014 until 3:00pm on Friday 30 May 2014.

According to AusRegistry (Australia’s wholesale domain name provider), net.au domain names have greater availability and businesses are likely to get the domain name they want and can even supplement it with generic word domain names related to their industry.

Some organisations already using .net.au include iiNet, ABC and Triple J.

To register your domain name, simply use our Domain names page to find the domain name you are after and follow the prompts to purchase through our self-service console (link opens in new window). If you are ready to also order Website hosting, we can help host it for you through our hosting packages which can be purchased at the same time.

If you need help with designing a website for your business, our Design solution can assist with this.

Terms and Conditions:

  • $1 .net.au offer is only applicable to new net.au domain registrations during the offer period.
  • The offer period is from 11am 8th May until 3pm 30th May AEST (GMT +10).
  • $1 (inc GST) is the two year registration price, with a minimum two year registration on all .net.au domain names. All prices are in AUD and include GST.
  • .net.au domain names registered at $1 will renew at the standard retail price current at the time.
  • The offer does not apply to domain transfers or domain renewals. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other domain, discounts, promotions or offers.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions apply, including (but not limited to) no refund or credit available on cancellation of services.