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Windows 7 End Of Life January 2020 – Act Now

Since its launch on 22nd July 2009 Windows 7 has been the operating system of choice of many businesses, with a visual refresh and a host of new features it soon became favoured, and loved, by many.

Holding a number of records, including the highest grossing pre order in Amazon’s history, surpassing the previous record holder of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Two weeks after its release it surpassed the market share of Apples Snow Leopard and by July 2012 it had sold over 630 million licenses.

Sadly, as with all things support for Windows 7 is coming to an end. Microsoft will be ending support for this popular operating system on the 14th January 2020.

For your business this means that any device running Windows 7 will stop receiving security patches and updates, computers running Windows 7 will also be deemed non compliant by   security audits and be unsupported by software vendors.

It is likely that hackers will take this opportunity to write     malware and viruses to take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in the unsupported operating system and wreak havoc.

It is time to migrate to Windows 10.

The transition to Windows 10 requires analysis of your existing devices, some will be capable of being upgraded, others will need to be replaced.

The deployment of Windows 10 may be an opportunity to leverage the cloud benefits of Azure Active Directory and InTune to provide a suite of tools for complete device management.

The key steps to deployment are:

1) Planning.

2) Inventory your existing devices.

3) Audit your applications and check compatibility.

4) Build a cost case for upgrade or replacement.

5) Inform and train staff on the changes they will see.

6) Monitor performance as you migrate.

7) Identify and resolve problems.

8) Review and project closedown.

With a successful migration to Windows 10 you will maintain high levels of security and compliance. You will also be able to leverage new tools and features in the new operating system and in the cloud.

Act now, call Focus on 01209 613660 to plan your migration.

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Server Hosting

Why not let Focus Technology Europe Ltd take care of your website hosting – we can host your website for less than £15 a month. Hosted on our own servers – maintained and look after by us. No outsourcing.

Talk to our Tech Team for more information, or just to have a chat.

Avaya phone systems

Michael Passes Avaya Exam

Well done to Michael Doney for recently passing his Avaya Small & Midmarket Communications Test.

Focus Technology Europe Ltd is proud to be the only official Avaya partner in Cornwall. Why not talk to us about Avaya’s Unified Communications and Collaboration – conferencing, infrastructure solutions, real-time engagement and much more. Avaya solutions helps your workforce become better connected, increasing productivity – and as you grow, Avaya has the scalability and flexibility to grow with you, and support you along the way.

Contact the Focus Communication Team to find out how we could help you and your business.

 

Team Focus

Team Focus Raises Money For St Petroc’s!

Everyone at Focus Technology would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Just Giving page – many of you will know that last Thursday we took part in the Eden Project’s Big Charity Sleep Out, we made our own bread, was entertained by the Kernow King – before settling down on a piece of cardboard and ultimately succumbing to the cold, and it was cold….and damp! It was not very nice, but that is what homeless individuals throughout Cornwall face day in, day out – many of them are homeless by no fault of their own. The St Petroc’s Society provide vital services to homeless people throughout Cornwall, and we are pleased to say that we have raised over £350 so far, and are expected to receive more donations yet! Our Just Giving page is still up and active – if you would like to help Focus and St Petroc’s, you can do so by visiting Focus Charity Sleep Out

Eden Project news

Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

Focus’s MD Andrew Davenport recently took part in the Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation. The event which was organised by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership took place at the iconic Eden Project, and saw 40 students – all from various schools within Cornwall, come together to share what they thought a successful Cornwall might look like in the future, and what they believe a better Cornwall could look like – i.e. expansion on career sectors, better wages and diversity of jobs available in Cornwall.

7 different businesses (including Focus Technology Europe Ltd) took to the mic to speak to the students about what was great about being a local business – and also what challenges they face.

Andrew Davenport had this to say following the event – “it was really refreshing to see so many young people care so passionately about the Cornish economy and their future careers, their presentations were fantastic – we have many, many talented young people here in Cornwall who can, and will make a difference”.

You can watch a recap on the day’s events here Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

Eden Project Big Sleep Out

Focus is taking part in the Eden Project’s Big Sleep Out 2016

Focus MD Andrew Davenport – plus several other members of the team will be taking part in the Eden Project‘s Big Sleep Out 2016 to help raise money for the St Petroc’s Society, a chairty which helps provide a range of services to the homeless individuals living in Cornwall. Last year Andy took part alongside Pirate FM‘s Tina, and many others supporting this worthy cause. 
We managed to raise over £300 last year, and would love to try and do the same again – perhaps raising even more this year. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation, or perhaps would like to take part – can do so by visiting our Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1092933020791146/

A contact lens that records everything you see?

Other smart contact lenses are focused on improving vision or providing an augmented reality HUD, but Sony wants to look outwards rather than in. A new patent, awarded to the company in April, describes a contact lens that can be controlled by the user’s deliberate blinks, recording video on request.

Sensors embedded in the lens are able to detect the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks. The image capture and storage technology would all be embedded in the lens around the iris, and piezoelectric sensors would convert the movements of the eye into energy to power the lens.

Of course, at this point, this technology isn’t small enough to be comfortably embedded in a contact lens, so it’s only theoretical. However, with Google seemingly pursuing a contact lens camera after Glass failed so spectacularly, it’s not surprising that other tech giants are getting on board.

Time is ticking for free Windows 10 upgrade

Can you believe that it has been almost a year since Windows started rolling out Windows 10 as a phased release?

Windows 10 has currently been available as a free upgrade to anyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 (consumer addition) – but should you not upgrade by July the 29th you will have to fork out £100 +

If you are yet to upgrade, but are still unsure as to whether Windows 10 is for you, why not get in touch with our tech team? We can answer any questions you may have, and give you free, honest advice.

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