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Windows 10 or not 10?

Being involved in IT, there are a number of questions that come up regularly when talking with customers. This has applied to past versions too, but since we are currently in the ‘Windows 10 era’, I thought I should make some brief and simple notes about this operating system. If you have not yet upgraded or are considering it at this very moment here are a few points to take into account:

  • Check the minimum requirements set out by Microsoft (a quick internet search should take you straight to a suitable page – for example here)
  • If you like the Windows 8 layout and style, you may miss some of it by upgrading to Windows 10, since it re-introduces some of the ‘feel’ of Windows 7
  • Double-check that your graphics card is supported by Windows 10 (check the manufacturer website for drivers and information). There are a number of issues and pitfalls when it comes to display resolution and settings under Windows 10

As a rule of thumb, if you are considering upgrading from Windows 7 to 10, you may be better off sticking with Windows 7 if your system is fairly dated (i.e. more than 5 years old) or is only ‘borderline’ on meeting the minimum requirements. On the other hand, if you have a fairly modern system, you may find Windows 10 to be a breath of fresh air. The operating system introduces more support for touch screen devices among other things.

Now that Microsoft have released many of the initial fixes, most home users should find upgrading far less daunting than when it was initially launched. However, when considering introducing this new operating system on a larger scale, such as an office environment where specific software or hardware are used on a day-to-day basis, system administrators should be more careful, and ensure thorough testing has been carried out ahead of any upgrades.

Email

iT-Go can offer a variety of solutions requiring the use of email. These may include:

  • Hosted email for day-to-day use
  • Basic mail server for website purposes
  • Email-SMS gateway
  • Other email applications

Hosted Email
Whether you are looking for one or hundreds of mailboxes, iT-Go is able to offer help and advice as well as solutions. For ease of use, compatibility and simple set up, iT-Go recommends SimplyMailSolutions’ Hosted Exchange products.
Simply Mail Solutions
Exchange Basic
Hosted Exchange

If you are looking to set up email, please do not hesitate to get in touch using our contact form and we can assist in going through this process. The above links also provide further information regarding the mailboxes and their features.

Website Mail Server
There are a number of situations where the only requirement for emails is to handle outgoing email sent out when a visitor fills out an online web form, or perhaps also incoming emails to the web server to automate a process in some way to change or create online content (a website owner may, for example, have daily pricing displayed which requires frequent adjustment – this could be done by sending an email containing the latest pricing, which would be automatically updated on the website). iT-Go can help in setting up this type of system, or provide it as a service including domain registrations or transfers and DNS configuration. Furthermore, iT-Go can help ensure email authenticity measures are in place (SPF, DKIM) to avoid mail server blacklisting or spam classification.

Email-SMS gateway
Occasionally, SMS communications can be used together with email to provide a specific solution. Typical applications of this type include: user authentication or verification, remote control or automation such as alarm acknowledgements, automated notifications. iT-Go can assist in setting up such a gateway to meet your specific requirements.

Hosted Email

Whether you are looking for one or hundreds of mailboxes, iT-Go is able to offer help and advice as well as solutions. For ease of use, compatibility and simple set up, iT-Go recommends SimplyMailSolutions’ Hosted Exchange products.
Simply Mail Solutions
Exchange Basic
Hosted Exchange

If you are looking to set up email, please do not hesitate to get in touch using our contact form and we can assist in going through this process. The above links also provide further information regarding the mailboxes and their features.

ownCloud Storage

OwnCloud

The ownCloud platform is an Open Source development which allows anyone to deploy their own cloud services – just as the name suggests. iT-Go will be hosting the platform and making storage available to users subscribing to the service. The basic package includes a multi-user ownCloud account with 8GB of cloud storage space.

Want more? No problem. iT-Go is also offering a low-cost synchronised cloud storage system. The package includes a local network storage device, which automatically synchronises your files to the cloud. This means files can be quickly and easily transferred on the local network, while the synchronisation work is taken care of automatically by the network device. Your own systems or devices are not burdened with the task of synchronising files to the cloud server, giving you the best of both worlds: the speed of local network file transfer, access to your files from anywhere using the cloud.