Ask CyberGuru: Do I need to upgrade my version of Microsoft Office when Windows 10 comes out?

Ask CyberGuru: Do I need to upgrade my version of Microsoft Office when Windows 10 comes out?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s instalment of Ask CyberGuru, we are asked, “I am currently running Windows 7 and Office 2010 on my home office computer. I am looking to take advantage of the free Windows 10 Upgrade when it comes out. Do I need to upgrade my Office version at the same time?”

It is not necessary to upgrade Microsoft Office at the same time as you upgrade to Windows 10. Whilst an official announcement hasn’t been given, we would recommend that you review the Microsoft Support Lifecycle (link opens in new window) to check if you are running a current version of Office that will continue to be supported by Microsoft. If you are running 2007 or 2010, it may be time to look at upgrading to 2013 or 2016 (or Office 365).

If you are not concerned so much by support than compatibility, my understanding is Office 2010 will continue to operate in the way it does now if you upgraded to Windows 10. However, if you were to subscribe to an Office 365 plan, it will likely include the current and most up-to-date version of Microsoft Office.

If we can assist in any way to upgrading you and or your organisation to Windows 10 or Office 365, please contact us.

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

Are you looking to purchase a new .net.au domain name for your new or existing small business or not-for-profit organisation?

For the next week only, as an end of financial year special you can purchase a .net.au domain name for half the regular price. At just $22 for two years, a .net.au domain name can provide your organisation with the recognition it deserves.

A domain name is your front door to your business and provides customers and visitors with ways to find you online. It can be used for your email address and allow you to brand your business in unique ways.

If you already have an existing website, CyberGuru can provide you with Domain Manager at a small additional monthly cost, which allows you to use additional functions of your domain name even without a website, including forwarding and redirection to another site hosted elsewhere. If you aren’t ready for a website, you may choose to use our Email Hosting plans. Alternatively, you may look for a Website Hosting plan also. We can also assist with website design and maintenance services through our Design solution.

To register your .net.au domain name or find out more on domain names, email hosting or website hosting, please contact us.

Terms and conditions:

Please note that in order to participate in this offer, CyberGuru will register the domain name however you will have ownership of this. To do this, we need your Australian Business Number (ABN) and some additional information. This price applies to new two year registrations for .net.au domain names only. Regular price is $44/two years. Price shown in Australian dollars. Offer ends at midday 25 June 2015 AEST.

Skype for Business has arrived!

Skype for Business has arrived!

Skype for Business

One of the most popular apps today is Skype. Skype is commonly used to communicate with family and friends when overseas, which provides voice and video calling at no charge. Skype for Business extends on the capabilities of Skype to provide a robust platform to provide online conferencing and collaboration features to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes.

Previously known as Lync, Skype for Business is part of Microsoft Office 365. It provides users with the ability to communicate with colleagues, customers and other companies across communities, countries and continents. Skype for Business provides presence, instant messaging, voice and video calls and integrates into the rest of the Microsoft Office products.

Here at CyberGuru, we use to host online meetings with clients to deliver demonstrations and presentations, provide remote training to clients as well as to communicate with others. It has evolved from previous versions over the years, including Communicator and Lync before it, replacing these with much improved and adopted from the friendly features of Skype.

As part of your Office 365 subscription, Skype for Business is now rolling out as part of the April monthly update. If you haven’t already done so, you can apply this update to your computer. Once this update has been performed, you’ll enjoy familiar features of both Lync and Skype.

To help you bring your organisation up to date and use Skype for Business to its full potential, CyberGuru provides training to help your business transition and adopt to the new user interface. We can provide customised sessions in individual or groups to help you make the most of within Skype for Business as well as the rest of the Office 365 subscription.

Please contact us today for more information and for an obligation-free consultation.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 launch on 29 July 2015, starts prompting users to reserve free upgrade

Microsoft announces Windows 10 launch on 29 July 2015, starts prompting users to reserve free upgrade

Windows 10

Microsoft has announced that it will launch Windows 10 on 29 July 2015. It is a limited-time free upgrade for users running eligible editions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. A Get Windows 10 application is now making the rounds to encourage users to upgrade.

Microsoft is keen to get users to move from Windows 7 and Windows 8 by offering the Windows 10. Microsoft Windows 10 offers a range of improvements, including the reintroduction of the Start menu in an expanded form, a new web browser known as Edge, improved multi-tasking and Windows Store.

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CyberGuru invited to join Microsoft Partner Research Panel (MSPRP)

CyberGuru

CyberGuru is excited to announce that Microsoft has invited us to become a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel (MSPRP).

The panel is composed of a limited number of Microsoft Partners who have agreed to offer their thoughts and opinions regarding Microsoft Partner Network offerings. CyberGuru was identified as a good fit for feedback on a targeted study relating to their cloud business models.

We look forward to providing input to this panel and representing our Microsoft Partners and our clients to improve their cloud offerings and associated services.