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Microsoft want you to pay more and get less with the new Office 2013 surprise

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


Microsoft have today pointed out to users and resellers that the new version of office 2013, will only be able to be used on one Computer and not transferred to another machine even if you uninstall it from the first.

Over the past few weeks there has been an outrage with the news that Microsoft have changed the terms of its new office suite. Cast as the new flagship office that integrates with office 365 it will now prevent users from upgrading their machine and using their still using the original office installation.

The paragraph that has caused the most outrage is the following from the terms and conditions:

“You may not transfer the software to another computer or user. You may transfer the software directly to a third party only as installed on the licensed computer, with the Certificate of Authenticity label and this agreement. Before the transfer, that party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software. You may not retain any copies.”

So in basic terms this means that if you wish to give your version of office away, you will have to give them your whole PC with the software installed.  Microsoft expect you to purchase a brand new version for every PC.  On top of this, Office 2013 is on average more expensive than Office 2010 was only a couple of months ago.

Is this Microsoft trying to defeat the license cheats or run a new get rich scheme – who knows?

All that is known is that the Redmond giant has put these terms in place and do not seem to be moving from them.

A Microsoft staffer did state that the “Office 2010 was chosen by a majority of customers worldwide” So who thinks that they read the fine print that stated these same rules with the PKC versions of office 2010 not being transferable.

Office terms and conditions make it very clear with the following:

We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer.

Is this not the same trick that rival computer firm Apple pulled when a popular film star wanted to leave his large iTunes collection to his family when he dies via his will.

At what point will customers start to fight back with open source versions of Office like Libre Office and Open Office.

Facebook, The New Face of Gambling

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Facebook has now released its first ever Online Gambling App in its app centre and not surprisingly to anyone who watches evening TV, it’s a BINGO app.

For the first time UK users will be able to bet real cash to beat the odds and win big. Facebook would not confirm the percentage profits they plan to take from the transactions however standard practice would have them minting 30% of the revenue. Facebook have also confirmed they are hoping to release real money poker in 2013 and we can only assume a host of other Apps as it tries to muzzle in on a gambling market worth in excess of £275 billion a year.

O2 Major Network Outage

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by admin No Comments


O2 has suffered a major network outage affecting millions of customers. Some customers were left without any mobile access for over 24-hours, whilst some people were able to access 2G services (phone calls, texting etc) by yesterday morning.

Whilst everyone knows problems occur it isn’t really good enough that one of the largest mobile operators in the UK can go down like this; businesses and consumers were both affected resulting in loss of business and communication for a vast number of people.

O2 haven’t yet released much information regarding the incident, however it is known that it wasn’t a specific area or range of mobile numbers affected.

We expect more information within the next few days.

Top Level Domain Names – Applications Now Public

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by admin No Comments


ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the organization which manages the global domain name network – in recent months they have announced that businesses will be able to purchase their own gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain). They have now announced the gTLD’s which have been applied for.

A selection of these are:

.bbc
.food
.ford
.game
.google
.guardian
.wales
.cymru

Whilst this may look good, there are a few issues with this:

If two businesses want the same gTLD then it will go to auction, potentially costing a lot of money.

Consumers may find it difficult to understand.

Some companies may purchase lots of these in order to gain a monopoly.

The gTLD’s are set to be released in late 2012 / early 2013.

The Importance of Backing Up

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by admin No Comments


Backing up your IT System is probably something you’ve always planned on doing but have never actually gotten round to doing it.

Tetrabyte Managed IT Remote Off Site Backup

Why Backup?

Imagine one day your company is working on a large project – it’s a huge contract for a lot of money. You and your staff are happily working away looking forward to completing the project and reaping the reward when suddenly, “Connection to the network has been lost.” appears on your computer screen.

You shrug it off and reboot your computer in the hopes you can continue where you left off. 10 minutes later when you’re still unable to work an employee comes to your office – “uhh, boss? I think the servers blown up.” Sure enough, upon investigation it turns out the server has died and all data has been lost. This scenario could mean the end of your business.

Fortunately, if you’d had a nightly backup handy you would have been able to restore back to last night – you may have lost a few hours work, but at least once a new server is in place and the backup restored you will be able to continue from that backup.

So a word of advice, always keep a backup!

Tetrabyte Managed IT is able to fufill all your backup needs – with Tetrabyte Managed Remote Off-Site backup.

Above Expectation: Microsoft quarterly profits rise!

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Microsoft beat expectations in the first quarter of 2012.

Even though Microsoft’s entertainment division which includes the Xbox feel in profits by 16%, Windows Sales rose 4% against a forcast of a 4% reduction making the companies overall profits rise by a total of 6%.

Microsoft stated its business division saw revenues increase by 9% “reflecting the continued strength of Office 2010”.

After-hours trading in New York saw Microsoft shares rise by 3%.

Steve Ballmer Microsoft’s chief executive said “We’re driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,”

“With the upcoming release of new Windows 8 PCs and tablets, the next version of Office, and a wide array of products and services for the enterprise and consumers, we will be delivering exceptional value to all our customers in the year ahead.”

 

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