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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Apple Pay’s First Week in Review

October 30th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

Apple Pay ReviewOne million credit cards in 72 hours. That’s how many cards Apple Inc. Chief Executive, Tim Cook, says were activated during the first 3 days following the launch of Apple Pay. Speaking at the WSJD Live event, hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Cook said that Apple is already the leader in “contactless” payments, and has users that number “more than the total of all the other guys.”

But not everyone is celebrating the new payment offering. Rite Aid and CVS have deactivated the NFC devices at their stores in support of a different mobile payment service set to roll-out next year. Additonally, Panera and Starbucks are critical of the system, noting that in order for them to fully embrace any mobile payment program Read the rest of this entry »

A Closer Look at NFC Technology

October 14th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI NFC TechnologySince the announcement that Apple will be entering the digital wallet arena, many shoppers are taking a second look at the platform. This renewed interest, in turn, raises many additional questions: What is NFC technology? Is it really secure? What else can it do? The truth is, NFC technology has been around for several years, and may even be something that you’re already using. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Microsoft Feels Pressure to Release A Sequel to Windows 8

September 9th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI Windows LogoAs we mentioned last week, the release of Windows 9 is just around the corner. Though the official word from Microsoft is that we can expect to see Windows 9 in early 2015, there are rumors swirling that we might get a technology preview yet this month. That’s just two years after the release of Windows 8 and great news for consumers, many of which found Windows 8 confusing and frustrating. But in addition to wanting to move past the negativity surrounding Windows 8, Microsoft has a few other important reasons to rush the release of Windows 9.

According to the lifecycle fact sheet on Microsoft’s site that lists official policies, October 31, 2014 has been named as the “end of sales” date for Windows 7 machines. Though it will continue to be supported until at least 2020, preinstalls of Windows 7 on new PCs will cease on this date.

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Why Small Businesses Like New Technology, But Don’t Use It

August 5th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

Micro Visions, Inc. New TechnologiesMicrosoft recently commissioned a survey to appraise the adoption of new technology by SMBs (small to midsize businesses). The results are in, and it appears that while smaller businesses feel new technologies are important to their success, they’re still not using them.

The survey was conducted in May of this year by Ipsos, and included 551 small business owners that represented 5000+ adult workers over the age of 18. They were asked to rank the importance of technologies, ranging from traditional items all the way to the latest headline grabbing trends. Which ones fared best? While the new “hot” items such as tablets and payment solutions were judged to be important, they weren’t nearly as important as laptops, desktops, and even landlines. In fact, despite the overwhelming acceptance that it can improve flexibility in the workplace, only 30% of respondents reported their company was currently utilizing cloud computing.

So why the discrepancy? Per the survey, the number one concern for smaller business owners was the cost involved with investing in these new developments. Additionally, respondents felt that their questions and concerns over the security of these new methods had not been sufficiently answered.

We hear you, SMBs! At Micro Visions, we know the security of your enterprise data is of utmost importance. We understand that every single dollar counts when it comes to your bottom line. However, we also believe that developing a technology strategy that aligns with business objectives is vital, and proactive upgrades can be far less expensive than equipment failures and lost productivity resulting from downtime. Here’s an interesting fact for you: Small businesses as a group are the hardest hit by IT system downtime each year, resulting in a loss of about $15 billion!

You can read the entire survey by following this LINK. And if any of the results seem familiar, GIVE US A CALL. Our experienced team can conduct an onsite audit to help determine if your current technology is capable of keeping pace with your business goals. We’ll explain the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies as they relate specifically to your individual business needs, and we’ll help you determine when the best time is going to be for you to invest. After all, even though we love them, we don’t necessarily believe every employee needs one of these quite yet.