Looking for additional FLEXIBILITY and SAVINGS? It might be time for Office 365.

June 5th, 2014 by MVI Team

Micro Visions, Inc. Office 365 Email Certainly you’ve heard of Microsoft Office. In fact, you’re probably a user of the 2010 or 2013 version of the software. But are you familiar with Office 365?

Office 365 is a version of the Microsoft Office Suite that runs in the cloud. Meaning, it runs on a host of servers out on the internet. Though still a relatively new way to use software, cloud computing is quickly gaining traction in a variety of business environments, mostly due to the many advantages that being in the cloud offers.

First and foremost, Office 365 does not use local Exchange servers for email; it is all hosted in the cloud. What this means is that instead of your single local Exchange server, there are a cluster of Exchange 365 servers handled by Microsoft. This eliminates your company’s need to host and maintain an Exchange server. Not only does this save on energy costs, but backups and fail-overs are all done on Microsoft’s end; you don’t have to do a thing. This allows you to keep focused on the task at hand, and leaves the day-to-day maintenance to Microsoft.

The rest of Office 365 Suite functions much like its locally-installed counterpart, with virtually no differences in daily operation. Additionally, from an ownership standpoint, Office 365 brings with it one significant benefit; the ability to recover and recycle users. To explain, let’s use a hypothetical scenario: Tom has been working at your company for several years and is getting ready to retire next month. Tom is an Office 365 user, and has the software installed on both his laptop and desktop. Tom’s replacement, Nancy, is starting the week after Tom departs. You want to make sure Tom no longer has access to his account once he leaves, while also guaranteeing that Nancy can easily log in. With Office 365, the only thing you would need to do is remove Tom’s old account from your Office 365 licenses and replace it with Nancy. No additional purchases are required, no bothersome disc management, and no change in your monthly costs. You are merely swapping out Tom for Nancy.

Wondering if Office 365 might be a good fit for your company? Call us for a free consultation.

Micro Visions can walk you through the decision process, answer any additional questions you may have, and help develop a plan for a seamless migration.


Computerworld Article – Microsoft: We’re serious this time; XP’s dead to us

May 14th, 2014 by MVI Team

Screen shot 2014-05-14 at 1.10.55 PM“That rush fix last week? Just forget it ever happened”

In Computerworld’s article about the obsolescing of Windows XP by , Microsoft reminds users that it’s really really finished supporting XP… read on and follow the link for the full story (which will open in a new tab or window), or CALL US at 616.776.0400 for help upgrading and securing your office.

Computerworld Microsoft today reminded customers still running Windows XP that they would not receive security updates from the Patch Tuesday slate shipped to newer operating systems, or for that matter, future fixes of any kind.

“With today’s Update Tuesday, if you are still on Windows XP you will not receive any security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update,” said Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc on a company blog. “Because support has ended for Windows XP, we are no longer releasing updates to the general public for Windows XP going forward.”

LeBlanc’s missive was little more than a reminder that Microsoft has absolutely, positively, no-ifs-ands-or-buts retired Windows XP. The firm has been pounding the XP-is-dead drum for years at varying beats.

Microsoft served XP with its last Patch Tuesday collection on April 8, making today’s set the first sans security updates for the 13-year-old operating system.


Micro Visions Inc. Nominated for Epic Award by Grand Rapids Chamber

May 14th, 2014 by MVI Team

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Micro Visions Inc. is honored to have been nominated for a Grand Rapids Chamber EPIC award under the category of Women-Owned Business of the year.

The EPIC Awards celebrates those businesses and people who are doing great things in the business community by being Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative.

Six categories of awards recognize businesses and individuals supporting the community, demonstrating growth, finding ways to innovate, and are working with others as mentors and collaborators.

For more information about the event, please visit the Epic Awards Event listing.