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Home > Microsoft > Microsoft Monthly Newsletter >  May 2016 Edition

SQL 2005 End Of Life


by PCM Microsoft Team


SQL Server 2005, one of Microsoft's workhorse products, has officially reached the end of its’ extended support lifecycle. As of April 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide updates or any form of support to organizations running SQL Server 2005.

Like other products that reached their end-of-life phase (e.g. Windows Server 2003, Windows XP), SQL Server 2005 will continue to work, but it will not be patched even if an exploit is found. For instance, an attacker can use SQL injections to bypass a web application’s authentication and authorization mechanisms to retrieve the contents of an entire database, thus compromising data integrity.

End-of-support can be a handful for CIOs because it means upgrading –or totally replacing –their current hardware and software. Moving to a newer database management system is more than just a “maintenance task”; it’s a phase that can derive business value and an opportunity to improve current processes.

For those who are still running SQL Server 2005, Microsoft recommends upgrading to SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, or the cloud-hosted Azure SQL Database service.

Microsoft is offering tools and resources to help evaluate, plan, and execute an upgrade for interested organizations. Plus, free trials of SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, and Microsoft Azure are available for download on their website.
Looking for a pain-free migration? Our Microsoft Specialists will make sure your needs are met accordingly. Call 1-800-700-1000 or email us at Microsoft@pcm.com today.

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Office 365 E5


by PCM Microsoft Team


Since its release on December 1, 2015, the Office 365 E5 plan has been warmly received by many organizations. Office 365 E5 promises cloud-based productivity with added capabilities that could create huge opportunities to drive business. The new plan includes Skype for Business (Lync) with Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; security features like eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Data Loss Protection (DLP), and Safe Attachments; and Delve Organizational Analytics.

With all the technical terms involved, the benefits of Office 365 E5 can be a mouthful. For a clearer understanding of its benefits, we can sum them up in three pillars: modern collaboration, people-centric security, and personalized-insight.

Modern Collaboration
Collaboration is critical to the success of an organization. It utilizes every team member’s strength so tasks are assigned accordingly, plans are properly laid out, and goals are met.

In retrospect, nothing represents workplace collaboration better than the whiteboard. It’s fair to say that most office meetings 10 years ago are often guided by one person in front of a whiteboard, recording the participants’ thoughts.

Today, workplace collaboration is in a whole new level. Office 365 E5's collaboration services features a truly real-time, cloud-powered communication platform that enables all forms of meetings, call, and interactive collaboration from anywhere.

SKYPE MEETING BROADCAST
• Reach up to 10K for very large meetings
• Attendees join from virtually any browser and device
PSTN CONFERENCING
• Use a dial-in number to join Skype meetings from any device
• Dial-out to bring participants into the meeting
CLOUD PBX
• Eliminate separate PBX systems and transition to the cloud
• Allows employees to make, receive, and transfer calls anywhere, in the org, at home or on the road, using phone, PC & mobile
PSTN CALLING
• Subscribe to local and/or international calling plans from O365
• Use existing phone numbers or get new ones

Personalized Insights
With the sheer volume of information organizations face, it is important to make sure data is properly utilized. Data must be personalized by intelligent software and tools that understand the context of why people do things. Office 365 E5's Business Intelligence offerings ensure information works can visualize and analyze data with greater speed and efficiency.

POWER BI PRO
• Fast, easy access to the data you need
• One dashboard, a live 360º view of your business
DELVE ORG ANALYTICS
• Real-time work map of team engagement
• Surface trending topics & interaction around those topics

People-Centric Security
Organizations need better control of their IT assets. They should be capable of protecting their data and scale permissions on apps and other things as needed. Office 365 E5 comes with security features that present a significant advantage over others, enabling users can easily keep their data encrypted and defend against unknown security threats.

CUSTOMER LOCKBOX
• Customer explicitly controls all access to data
• Nearly zero Microsoft interaction with customer content
• All access control activities logged and audited
ADVANCED THREAT PROTECTION
• Protection against unknown malware and viruses
• Real time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs
• • Rich reporting and URL trace capabilities with Click Tracing
EQUIVIO ANALYTICS FOR eDISCOVERY
• Email review simplified by detection analytics
• Predictive coding trains system to identify relevance
• Themes and Search help map unstructured data
Are you an existing Office 365 customer? If yes, you are eligible to upgrade to E5 via step-up SKUs. Call us at 1-800-700-1000 or email Microsoft@pcm.com for more information.

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   Windows XP Funeral

   Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud

Microsoft Band


by PCM Microsoft Team


Microsoft Band was built to help people live healthier and achieve more. You can use it to track your heart rate, calories burned, and sleep quality, while keeping you connected and productive with email, text, and calendar alerts. It is arguably the most technologically advanced fitness tracker available today.

Building on that promise, the new Microsoft Band is now available –and it’s more comfortable and attractive than before.

The new Microsoft Band comes with a Gorilla Glass display and a metal body which do not easily get smashed or scratched even if used daily. The rest of the band is made of tough yet flexible rubber with a metal clasp, ensuring it fits perfectly on the wrist. It’s also important to note that while the new Microsoft Band isn’t waterproof, it is certainly sweat-proof.

Aside from the elegant look and feel, the new Microsoft Band comes with 10 different sensors and a microphone. Plus, it features a built-in GPS that stores data right on your wrist, giving you the option to leave your mobile device at home while you’re on the road. You can then sync it with the Microsoft Health mobile app to view your stats and get insights on your performance.

Best of all, Microsoft Band is compatible across all platforms, meaning you can use it with your Windows 10 device, iPhone ®, or Android™ device.
Are you looking forward to try the new Microsoft Band for yourself? Call us at 1-800-700-1000 now to start living healthier and achieving more.

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    Enterprise Agreement Update

    Introducing Skype for Business

Windows Server 2003 EOL
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   Windows XP Funeral

   Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud

Building a more accessible web platform


by PCM Microsoft Team


Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer’s more modern successor, is constantly improving. On behalf of Microsoft, we’re excited to announce that Windows 10 users would be experiencing those improvements –specifically in accessibility and design -starting this month.

Over the last year, Microsoft reimagined their whole approach and designed an accessibility system which supports modern web standards including HTML5 and CSS3.

As features are being finalized on the road to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft is considering the following additional areas they could work on:

  • Improving the UIA TextPattern reading experience based on user feedback
  • Enabling the web platform to take into account the “Text size” slider, available in Ease of access > More options on Windows 10 Mobile
  • Improvements to input controls and scrollbars in high contrast mode
  • Improvements to the text contrast ratios of controls
  • Improvements to touch and keyboard experience with Narrator on the web for desktop and mobile
  • Tweaks to the focus outlines to make finding and tracking elements in the browser easier
Looking for a pain-free migration? Our Microsoft Specialists will make sure your needs are met accordingly. Call 1-800-700-1000 or email us at Microsoft@pcm.com today.

    Introducing Microsoft Surface Hub

    How to Upgrade to Windows 10

    Enterprise Agreement Update

    Introducing Skype for Business

Windows Server 2003 EOL
Support for Windows Server 2003 has ended. Have you taken any steps?

   Windows XP Funeral

   Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud