Mac OS 10.9 to be Released Soon

October 14, 2013

Apple Computer will be releasing a new version of the Mac OS X operating system soon. Some of the biggest additions to this version is a much tighter integration with the mobile platform iOS. Code named Mavericks, Mac OS 10.9 also has much better functionality for working with multiple monitors.

There will undoubtedly be some software that is incompatible with Mac OS 10.9 when it comes out. Software & hardware vendors are already making updates to their systems to work with this latest release of OS X. If you’re not sure whether your hardware or software is compatible, contact Emerson Technologies and we will evaluate it for you!

Microsoft Products with Quickly Approaching End-of-Life

October 14, 2013

This is a reminder that in April 2014 Microsoft will no longer be providing support for a number of products, including the following:

  • Microsoft Windows XP – Released 12 years ago in August of 2001
  • Microsoft Office 2003 – Released 10 years ago in August of 2003
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 – Released 10 years ago in October of 2003

If you are using any of these products, we strongly urge you to upgrade them prior to that end-of-life date. While end-of-life doesn’t mean they will stop working right away, they will not receive any support or upgrades from Microsoft. Already lots of software does not support the older Operating Systems and this will increase more and more in the weeks to come.

Contact Emerson Technologies and we will be happy to help you develop a plan to migrate your computers to an updated environment. Not sure if this applies to you? We can help with that too!

Do NOT use Microsoft Security Essentials

October 14, 2013

When Microsoft Security Essentials first came out, it was a solid, well rated anti-virus software package, best used in a home computing environment. However Microsoft has chosen not to keep this program up to high standards and has now gotten to the point that Microsoft itself now recommends that this software not be used to secure computers in any environment.

If you are using Microsoft Security Essentials, we strongly recommend you replace it with a robust anti-virus package. While there are several free anti-virus software packages available, our recommendation is to not use these. In current independent evaluations, they do not catch as many viruses and often have very annoying features to try and get you to purchase full versions. In our experience, it’s not worth the risk.

Not sure what you should use? Contact Emerson Technologies and based on your computing environment, we will recommend the best package for your situation.