Happy 11th Birthday Windows XP – Not Quite Dead Yet

Today Microsoft is in New York starting its festivities for Windows 8, its latest operating system that promises to merge tablet and PC computing into a brand new environment. However, in the back room Windows XP is quietly celebrating its 11th birthday. October 25th, 2001 was the day Windows XP was unleashed, becoming the most successful operating system in history.

I’m sure Microsoft hopes to have the same success with Windows 8, but its track-record has been hit and miss…history shows the “odd” number releases are usually the good ones. We’ll have to see if Windows 8 breaks that mold.

Windows XP was so successful because it solved a lot of pain-points for PC users at the time. Hardware installation, file limitations, memory management…all of these issues made computers more of a complicated tool rather than the appliance-like device it is seen as today. Windows XP is the product that made that possible. Its so well made that even 11 years after its introduction, XP is still used 41% of the world’s personal computers as of September 2012. Only the much newer Windows 7 has a larger share, and it didn’t surpass Windows XP until August! Read more of this post

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Technology Integration: It’s OK to ask for help

We all know the old joke about men and maps. We always get lost, and we’ll never stop and ask for directions because we like to think we’re always in control and know what we’re doing. This joke isn’t as relevant anymore because of the advent of GPS devices, so the new joke is about the guy that can’t program a GPS to give him directions and won’t call technical support because he likes to think he’s always in control and knows what he’s doing. We’re stubborn on a multi-generational level. Read more of this post

Top 5 Trends for Small and Medium Businesses

Where to go in 2012I was reading some forecast reports by IBM about Small and Medium Business (SMB) trends for 2012, and it’s reassuring to finally see an agreeable roadmap. In fact, here at TOAST.net we’ve been saying a lot of the same things as IBM for a few years now. SMB’s have under-invested in technology over the last 3-4 years, and in doing so have lost a lot of the edge needed to compete. Technology generates efficiency, which in turn lowers costs. Things that were preventing SMBs from expanding their technology base have been expense and the economy — understandable factors. However, 4 years ago nobody could have predicted the huge drop in tech costs due to cloud technology. It’s an exciting time for SMB owners because new advancements are allowing them to outmaneuver larger corporations and bring a competitive edge back to the marketplace. Here’s the top 5 areas SMBs should be focusing on for 2012 to stay ahead of the game: Read more of this post

Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect

 


To the Cloud!

Google has released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which allows users to save and convert their MS Office documents into Google Docs.  A free software plug-in attaches to MS Office apps and allows seamless conversion, sharing, and saving to Google’s Docs storage.  The reason this tool has Microsoft raising its eyebrows is it’s the first serious contender that could convince the corporate world to move away from Microsoft’s cash cow.  Do they have reason to worry? Read more of this post

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