All posts in 'Microsoft'

28 Jul

Should You Windows 10?

Windows 10 Comes Out Tomorrow…

…and we are being asked by our customers and friends, “Should I upgrade?” I wish there was a blanket answer that we could provide, but there are a few points to consider when making your decision:

  • Can my system handle it?
    To install Windows 10, your system must have either Windows 7 with SP1 or Windows 8.1, a 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM and 20GB of hard drive space free. If you don’t know what version of the Windows operating system you are running, you can check with this link.
  • Will all my programs work the same way?
    If your programs work in Windows 7 and Windows 8, the answer to this question is yes BUT there are exceptions. Depending on the industry you work in, you may be running specialized software that may not work correctly under Windows 10. Check with your software vendor to insure that the move to Windows 10 is one that you can make safely.
  • What is the learning curve in using Windows 10?
    Honestly, there’s not a very big one. PCSDesk has been evaluating Windows 10 for five months now and the best way that we’ve come up with to describe it is that it’s 80% Windows 7 and 20% Windows 8.1 with increased usability and performance. If you are a Windows 7 user now, Windows 10 will operate the way you’re used to. If you are a Windows 8.1 user, Windows 10 will provide you with an evolved interface that isn’t as jarring.

So should you upgrade? If you’re the adventurous type and you primarily use your system for emailing, social networking and web browsing then have at it! If your system is key to getting work done day-to-day, delaying the installation for a week or two would be recommended.

We at PCSDesk will be sure to keep you updated on the successes and failures of the impending Windows 10 update. Stay tuned!

31 Mar

E-Mail Client Outgoing SMTP Authentication Settings

PCSDesk is implementing changes to the security of it’s hosted mail servers in order to insure that spam is kept to a minimum and your information is kept secure.  Before you are able to send out email through our servers, it is necessary to enable outgoing SMTP authentication on your email client, PC, Mac or mobile device.

Below is a listing of common PC e-mail client programs and the instructions needed to secure this feature. If you have any problems with your configuration, please contact us and we’ll be back in touch quickly.

Microsoft Outlook® Express (PC)

  1. From the Tools menu, choose “Accounts.”
  2. Select the “Mail” tab.
  3. Double-click your company mail account (e.g. mail.example.com)
  4. Select the “Servers” tab.
  5. Check the box next to “My Server Requires Authentication.”
  6. Click “OK”

Windows® Mail (PC)

  1. From the Tools menu, select “Accounts”
  2. Under Mail highlight your company account and click “Properties”.
  3. Click the Servers tab and make sure that “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” is checked.

Microsoft Outlook® 2010 (PC)

  1. From the File menu, select “Info” and choose “Account Settings”
  2. Select your company email account and click the “Change” button above.Click the “More Settings…” button in the bottom-right corner of the E-Mail Accounts window.In the Internet Email Settings window, click the “Outgoing Server” tab.
  3. Ensure that the box next to “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” is checked and “use same settings as my incoming mail server” is selected.

Microsoft Outlook® 2007 (PC)

  1. From the Tools menu, select “Account Settings”
  2. Select your company email account and click the “Change” button above..
  3. Click the “More Settings” button in the bottom-right corner of the E-Mail Accounts window.
  4. In the Internet Email Settings window, click the “Outgoing Server” tab. Ensure that the box next to “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” is checked and “use same settings as my incoming mail server” is selected.

Microsoft Outlook® 2003 and 2002/XP (PC)

  1. From the Tools menu, select “Email Accounts.”
  2. Select “View or change existing email accounts” and click “Next.”
  3. Select your company email account and click the “Change” button on the right.
  4. Click the “More Settings” button in the bottom-right corner of the E-Mail Accounts window.
  5. In the Internet Email Settings window, click the “Outgoing Server” tab.
  6. Ensure that the box next to “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” is checked.

Outlook® 2000 and Outlook® 98 (PC)

  1. From the Tools menu, choose “Accounts.”
  2. Select click the company email account (e.g. mail.example.com) and click “Properties.”
  3. Select the “Servers” tab.
  4. Check the box next to “My Server Requires Authentication.”
  5. Click “OK.”

Mail for OS X (Mac)

  1. Open the Mail program
  2. From the MAIL menu, choose PREFERENCES
  3. Click the “Accounts” icon.
  4. Click on the appropriate account, and then click the “Edit” button.
  5. Click “Options”
  6. Select “Password” from the “Authentication” setting.
  7. Enter your email address as the username.
17 Jul

Office 365 Customer Preview

Last night Microsoft unveiled it’s next generation productivity suite, Office 365 (or Office 2013 if you’re a purist).  Along with this announcement Microsoft has released a Customer Preview that is available for download.  Please keep in mind that this new release does not support WindowsXP and Windows Vista operating systems.

On full release of Office 365, three versions will be available to choose from…

  • Office 365 Home Premium – designed for families and consumers.  This service also includes an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium – designed for small businesses.  This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD web conferencing.
  • Office 365 ProPlus – designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

While pricing remains a mystery, Microsoft said Windows RT tablets on ARM (including its own Surface device) will include the Office 2013 suite for free, giving users access to new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote applications.