It’s time to bring your technology into the 21st century

March 29th, 2019 by Julie Lough

Microsoft to end support of Windows 7

Grand Rapids, Mich. – If your computer is beige and your network server is old enough to drink, it’s time to take a look at what 21st-century technology has to offer. Micro Visions Inc., a local leading IT managed services provider (MSP) started in 1989 – the same year the World Wide Web was invented – knows how to make business technology as efficient, secure and productive as current technology allows.

Helping Grand Rapids businesses run their companies more effectively with state-of-the-art technology for the past 30 years, Micro Visions offers advice and service excellence enhanced by research, lab testing, certifications and regular training to stay abreast of ever-evolving technology trends, tools and practices.

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Microsoft Cloud App Security Helps Security Teams Combat Shadow IT

May 4th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

MVI Cloud App Security“I’m heading to my appointment/home/golf game/kid’s music program/you name it. Let me know when you’ve finished that proposal and I’ll take a look before the meeting.”

Ever heard something like that around the office? Each day the demand for more flexible work technology increases. Employees on the go want access to their corporate emails and the ability to share and edit documents from home and across wifi connections wherever they may be.

In addition, technology can be expensive — especially when outfitting an entire team. This means business owners and IT departments often have a hard time keeping up with the lightweight ultrabooks and latest smartphone models their employees purchase for themselves; technology that is often newer and more advanced than the equipment provided by the office, and therefore overwhelmingly preferred. Let’s face it: You’re not going to pull up that proposal on your work-issued Galaxy S4 when your new Surface Book is sitting right there on the couch!

But while great for collaboration and productivity, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has the ability to threaten a company’s IT security and put sensitive business systems at risk Read the rest of this entry »


Updating Your Windows 10 Privacy Settings

February 24th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Windows 10 Privacy Settings MVIWe recently posted some information for those considering upgrading to Windows 10. At the end of that blog, I made mention to the fact that Windows 10 is pretty aggressive when it comes to collecting your personal data by default.

If you’ve chosen to upgrade to Windows 10 using the Express Install, you might want to take a few moments and review the default privacy settings and make a few adjustments.

Simply hit the Notifications icon in the lower right of your screen, Updating Your Windows 10 Privacy Settingsthen click All Settings, then Privacy.

From here you can choose to update a myriad of settings and features, most of them pretty self-explanatory. For those with questions, however, here is a bit more information and a few suggestions for tweaks in some of those tabs: Read the rest of this entry »


Considerations for Upgrading to Windows 10

February 1st, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Upgrading to Windows 10Have you downloaded your free version of Windows 10 yet? If Microsoft did anything right with this version of Windows, it was getting the word out that anyone with Windows 7 or 8.1 would be able to upgrade to the new operating system (OS) for FREE for a limited time. There was great speculation as to the motives behind the move, but regardless, 14 million people switched to the new OS within the first 24 hours of its release on July 29, 2015.

I was not one of those people. If history has taught us anything, it is that the first few months following the release of a new OS are typically plagued by bugs, glitches, and errors. In general, it’s best to wait at least a few months to allow these issues to be addressed and remedied. Windows 10 was no exception. However, now that it’s been six months since the release, it’s worth taking a look at whether or not now is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10. Read the rest of this entry »


Last Patch Released for Internet Explorer 8,9,10

January 11th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 Support EndingIt’s the end of the road for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. The very last patch has been released, and Microsoft will end support tomorrow, January 12, 2016. The announcement was initially made in August of 2014 when Microsoft hinted that they would be moving away from the IE brand in favor of the new Microsoft Edge built for Windows 10.

As of the end of 2015, it was estimated that there were still hundreds of millions of users who hadn’t upgraded to either IE 11 or Edge. That’s a real problem because when Microsoft stops support tomorrow, no more security updates will be pushed out. 8,9 and 10 users will then be vulnerable to hackers and security flaws. Read the rest of this entry »


Outlook Web App Changing to “Outlook on the web.” Exciting Enhancements Announced.

August 19th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

Micro Visions Updates to OWAMicrosoft’s Outlook on the web, formerly called Outlook Web Application or OWA for short, is sporting a new set of sails these days. New features include an improved user interface, new tools for sorting emails, design capabilities to create more engaging emails, improvements to Calendar, mobile browsing enhancements, and a Feedback icon to foster communication and provide a more direct line of communication with the Outlook team.

Members of the First Release program have already received many of the updates, while the rest are scheduled to receive them in September.

For a more comprehensive look at what’s on the way, continue reading or Click Here to be taken to the full article at Office.com which will open in a new window.          Micro Visions, Inc.

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Internet Explorer Walks the Plank

June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

Internet Explorer Walks The Plank - Micro Visions, Inc.Despite years of cruising around the cyber seas, Internet Explorer is going the way of a romanticized, mutinous pirate—off the plank. Its glory days (hello, late ‘90s) came to a rather unfortunate end with the five year tenure of IE6, and there was no saving its reputation. With the majority of the market share before the advent of Firefox and Chrome, by the time people began defecting to new browsers, there was nowhere to go but down.

IE6, disaster that it was, became infamous for its security flaws and incompatibilities, and the versions that followed it were less than spectacular solutions. Read the rest of this entry »


ATA Boy, Microsoft: Advanced Threat Analytics Tool Released

May 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

network-security MVIAt the beginning of May 2015 Microsoft released a preview of its Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), a new security tool designed to detect and eliminate attacks based on behavior analysis. The system monitors user activity and system traffic to create behavior profiles. If (or when, since security measures require some degree of pessimism) anomalies occur, the system creates an “attack timeline” of events organized by recency and analyzed in context to prevent unnecessary alerts.

ATA is equipped to detect malicious attacks, including Pass-the-Hash, Golden Ticket, and Skeleton Key Malware, among others. These are most often marked by password monkey business, particularly Pass-the-Hash, a hacking technique that uses the underlying authentication protocols of a password to access protected data. A primary function of ATA is detecting high numbers of password attempts, which Read the rest of this entry »


Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Previews Now Available for Android Phones

May 21st, 2015 by Pamela Michael

MVI Office for AndroidWhen Microsoft delivered it’s Office suite of productivity apps to Android tablets earlier this year, they promised apps for phones were on their way.

This week, the software giant made good on it’s promise, releasing preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to beta testers in the Microsoft Office for Android community.

 

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Microsoft Replaces Lync with Skype for Business

April 22nd, 2015 by Pamela Michael

MVI Skype LogoMove over Lync. Skype for Business has arrived and is ready to take your place.

Office 365 users accustomed to using Lync for video and Web conferencing have begun seeing the new Skype for Business user interface, with a projected completion date for the rollout by the end of May. The change, which was announced back in November, was included in the April 14th Office 2013 and Office 365 updates pushed out to users worldwide. The transition is automatic, meaning as soon as your update is installed your Lync will be seamlessly replaced. You will then be able to immediately start using Skype for Business to connect with anyone in the Skype network, inside or outside your organization. Read the rest of this entry »