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Home > Microsoft > Microsoft Monthly Newsletter >  November 2015 Edition

Meet the New Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book


by PCM Microsoft Team


Microsoft unveiled two new members of the Surface family —along with other Windows 10 devices —the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

The Surface Pro 4, the new tablet that can replace your laptop, builds upon the success of its predecessor and comes with substantial improvements. While it may not look different to Surface Pro 3 on the outside, it is —without doubt— faster, brighter, cooler, and more powerful to help you get things done.

Surface Book, on the other hand, is a laptop that moonlights as a tablet. Unlike traditional laptops, you can remove the screen of Surface Book, turning it into a shockingly light 1.6-pound tablet.

Surface Pro 4: Your New Laptop Replacement


Surface Pro 4 is a lot like Surface Pro 3 in design, appearance, and functionality. It takes a really good pair of eyes to distinguish any difference between the two. The Pro 4, however, is lighter at 1.6lbs and has a slightly wider display with 12.3 inches. In terms of power, Surface Pro 4 comes with 6th gen Intel Core processors that allow you to run a wide range of programs including Microsoft Office.

The thing about Surface Pro 4's display is it's just not slightly bigger, but also sharper with a 2736 x 1824 resolution. It packs in even more pixels than a certain 13-inch laptop you've come to know.

Perhaps the biggest improvement in Surface Pro 4 lies in the Type Cover. Microsoft has completely redesigned the keys and trackpad, which is now 40 percent larger than before, so you can have a smooth laptop-like typing experience.

Speaking of smooth experiences, the Surface Pen combines 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity with low latency, which gives that pen on paper feeling.




Surface Book: Meet the Ultimate Laptop


Surface Book is perhaps Microsoft's biggest surprise this year so far. The first laptop in the Surface family of devices, at first glance, is a traditional 13-inch notebook. What separates it from the others, though, is its detachable screen that turns it into a shockingly light 1.6-pound tablet —one that happens to have an Intel Core processor which can rival notebooks.

While some may have qualms about Surface Book's screen-detaching mechanism, we would like to mention that it uses software-based controls to make sure the display is removed safely. For instance, if you're running a program in laptop mode, the Surface Book will prompt you to close out that app or you won't be able to go on tablet mode. Reattaching the screen shouldn't be a problem as well: just place the tablet over a few guides on the keyboard dock.

Speaking of screen, Surface Book's amazing 13.5-inch display boasts of 3000 x 2000 resolution. The display is as gorgeous as it can get, whether you're using it as a laptop or tablet.

Surface Book is best-in-class when it comes to battery life. Tests reveal it can last up to 12 hours, meaning you can do a lot of amazing things with it in one work day.


In conclusion, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book is Microsoft's answer to anyone who needs a powerful but portable productivity device. If you're interested in trying Surface in your organization, you can call us at 1-800-700-1000 or send us an email at MSSurface@pcm.com.

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Office 2016 Apps are Now Available on Office 365


by PCM Microsoft Team


Good news to the 1.2 billion users of Microsoft Office: Office 2016 is here. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite that helps people do their best work together whenever, wherever.

Office 2016 delivers the new versions of the Office desktops apps for Windows -Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio, and Access.

With Office 2016, you will have access to your docs in the cloud whenever you need them. And it’s easy to get the team on the same page. Share, present and work together on projects with built in collaboration tools across the suite.


Modern desktop productivity. Do great work with smart tools that help you stay on task

Do great work, anywhere, anytime. Experience the power of desktop applications with easy access to files in the cloud so you can create, edit and view your work from anywhere

Made for teamwork. Get your team on the same page using built-in collaboration tools to share and co-author documents, spreadsheets, presentations and notes

What's New in Office 2016?

Feature Applicable Apps
Co-Authoring
Work with others simultaneously on a document regardless of the device you're using.
Simplified Sharing
Just click the Share button in the Ribbon for easy sharing right from your Office documents. View has access to a given document and who is currently working on it, and change individual authoring permissions for any document you own.
 
Improved Version History
Refer back to previous snapshots and earlier drafts of documents during the editing process as you collaborate with others..
 
 
Smart Lookup
Fact-check or explore terms in your documents with Bing-powered Smart Lookup. Simply highlight terms in your document and use this feature to bring in search results from the web right into your reading or authoring environment..
 


For those without an Office 365 subscription or who need Office for only one device, we recommend the new Office 2016 suites.

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    The Office 2016 for Mac Preview

    Introducing Skype for Business

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Save up to $200 on Surface Pro 3 and Black TypeCover


by PCM Microsoft Team


Surface Pro 3, The most productive device for business, offers a premium desktop and laptop experience, improves security, and will save your business money. Introducing the Surface Bundle, you can save up to $200 when you purchase a Surface Pro 3 + TypeCover until November 30, 2015. Please refer to the list below.



Bundle Configuration Savings
Intel® Core™ i7/512 GB storage/8 GB memory $200
Intel® Core™ i7/256 GB storage/8 GB memory $150
Intel® Core™ i5/256 GB storage/8 GB memory $100
Intel® Core™ i5/128 GB storage/4 GB memory $50



Why is Surface Pro 3 best for business?


Power through your day
Surface Pro 3 has all you need: Intel® Core™ processors for stunning visuals and smooth graphics, power to run modern and desktop apps including Microsoft Office, and an all-day battery to keep you going.

Take it anywhere with ease
For a device that works like a laptop, Surface Pro 3 is shockingly thin and light. It’s just .36 inches thin and weighs only 1.76 lbs. In addition, the built-in Kickstand and optional TypeCover enables you to work comfortable from whenever.

Keep your data safe and secure
People and data are your most valuable assets. Surface Pro 3 comes with Windows Defender, TPM, BitLocker, Secure Boot and UEFI to keep your data and devices secure. Besides ports, you also get OneDrive for Business to make syncing and file backups easy.

If you're looking for more power in your Surface, we recommend taking a look at Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. You can also call us at 1-800-700-1000 if you're interested in getting 50% off of Surface Pro 4 demo SKUs.

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    The Office 2016 for Mac Preview

    Introducing Skype for Business

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Upgrading from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014


by PCM Microsoft Team


Support for SQL Server 2005 will end on April 12, 2016. If you are still running the decade-old system after that date, you will no longer receive security updates, patches, and hot fixes from Microsoft. Unfortunately, "better late than never" doesn't apply to software; outdated systems could put your business in serious trouble.

While there are many options to choose from and upgrade to, we strongly recommend upgrading to SQL Server 2014. SQL Server 2014 comes with plenty of competlling new features which promise big performance improvements and high rewards.



The Benefits of Upgrading to SQL Server 2014

There are three chief benefits to upgrading from earlier versions of SQL Server to SQL Server 2014:

Achieving Mission Critical Performance
SQL Server has been benchmarked to be 13 times faster than SQL Server 2005, 5.5 times faster than SQL Server 2008, and slightly above traditional OLTP —that's BEFORE the incredible performance gains available with in-memory technology. In-memory OLTP enables up to 30x faster transaction process while in-memory columnstore can improve query performance by up to 100x.

Maintain Security and Compliance
SQL Server, according to an independent study, is said to have the least days of unpatched vulnerabilities of any major database for six straight years.

Optimize Data Infrastructure
SQL Server 2014 lets you take advantage of the latest in Windows Server and Hyper-V to virtualize your database. You can also migrate web applications to Azure SQL Database to reduce administrative needs and lower TCO.

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    The Office 2016 for Mac Preview

    Introducing Skype for Business

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   Windows XP Funeral

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