KNS Initial review of Windows 10

There are a few new (and old) things that you will find with Windows 10. The most noticeable one is the start bar.  The start bar for Windows 10 has combined the start bar from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, so it has live tiles as well as the ability to search like on the Windows 7 start bar. You can customize the start bar to have more or less live tiles; you can put the more important ones on top, and get rid of the ones you do not want or need. There is also Cortana on the start bar. She is a personal assistant, similar to Siri on IPhones or Echo on Amazon. She learns the more you ask her and if she doesn’t know an answer to something she is asked, she will direct you to a Bing page.

Bill gates meme.JPGEdge is the new search engine on Windows 10. It is very direct; you just search either words or an actual website into the search bar. Some people do not like that there isn’t a URL search bar, but I personally find it very efficient, it just takes some time to get used to. A handy tip to optimize productivity is to use the split screen; you can use half of your screen for one program and the other for another, you can also split your screen into four sections. There is a task view which is also very nice, it allows you to toggle in-between all of your programs currently in use and choose which one you want to use.

Most people’s main concern is that their current programs will not transfer over to Windows 10, or that is will be completely different like Windows 8, but that is not the case. If Windows 7 or 8 was supported any of the old programs, it will support them on Windows 10. A lot of people are also concerned that it costs money to switch over to Windows 10, but it does not; it is free to upgrade to for the first year, but after that is when they will start to charge you to upgrade. When you boot up or restart your computer there is the option to use the previous platform or to use the new Windows 10 platform.

Windows 10 has made itself a lot more clean and efficient with this new upgrade. It has taken all of the problems that people had with Windows 8 and solved them completely. It takes a little while to get used to but I HIGHLY recommend that people download it while you have the free upgrade. Let us know what you think and feel free to visit our Facebook page or website if you have any questions!

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Why should your company outsource IT needs?

In a recent study, smaller companies (those with less than 300 employees) are leading the way with outsourcing their IT processes. Some say that estimates of cost savings are as high as 40%. But how do you know if your company should make the switch?

For starters, outsourcing can make costs more predictable; for example, if you sign up for Managed Service Provider (MSP) it would be a set amount, each month that would guarantee that all of your software was up to date. If you back up your data as well, you know that in the event of a crypto wall virus attack on your computer, you already have all of your data safely stored away that you can access with a phone call to us.

Many companies start out outsourcing basic support services (work stations, etc.) and eventually begin to include more advanced operations (security management, for example) in the outsourcing contract. IT outsourcing companies also provide services like virus protection, data backup and recovery, wireless support, purchase consulting, and network architecture.

Some people could argue that it is an unnecessary cost, and that they could “update the programs themselves”, but in the event that a virus were to infiltrate your company, you would need to call in an IT specialist to come in and help save the rest of your data, in the end, it could cost you thousands in lost work and for the specialists time.

The biggest reason to outsource for your IT needs is purely the peace of mind. All of your information is safe, up to date, and you know that if something were to happen, everything would be taken care of. If you don’t have to worry about updating all of your programs and running backups, you will have more time to focus on your company.

Please contact Kitsap Networking Services if you would like any more information on pricing or if you had any further questions about outsourcing your IT needs. Or, check out the Kitsap Networking Service website or Facebook page!