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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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 »


Confirmed: Windows 10 Will Be A Free Upgrade For Current Windows Users

February 4th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

Heads up, Windows 7 and 8 users! Microsoft has announced that it will allow free upgrades to their new Windows 10 for one year after the operating system launches. This is great news for the multitudes of Windows 8 users who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the operating system, or those still using Windows 7 which has already begun to be phased out by Microsoft.

Little is known about how Microsoft intends to roll out the free upgrade, but their head of operating systems and engineering group, Terry Myerson, promised the company would be “sharing more information and additional offer terms in the coming months.”

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Microsoft Skips 9 and Goes Straight to Windows 10

September 30th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

As we mentioned earlier this month, it was rumored that today Microsoft would reveal a technology preview of Windows 9. Well, the wait is over and perhaps the most surprising thing about the new version is the name. Not Windows 9, or Threshold, but rather Windows 10. At a press conference today in San Francisco, Microsoft heavily targeted enterprise users as it touted a system that is “familiar, compatible, and productive.”

Follow This Link to The Verge for a more in-depth look at the functionality of the new OS by Tom Warren, or continue reading below.

 

MVI The VergeA closer look at Windows 10

By Tom Warren

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft’s event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS. While Microsoft pushed hard with touch on Windows 8, Windows 10 is the complete opposite. If you mouse into the corners to find the tricky Charms Bar they no longer trigger and frustrate. Instead, you’re greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu from the moment you use Windows 10. It’s Windows 7 right now and very early in its development, but it has some interesting improvements waiting inside. 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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Technology Preview of Windows 9 Could Be Coming Yet This Month

September 2nd, 2014 by Pamela Michael

logo-concept-windows-9If the rumors are true, we could get our first official glimpse of Windows 9 sooner than expected. CNET reported last month that sources close to Microsoft say a “technology preview” is likely to come during a special press event scheduled for September 30.

Read on to learn more, or CLICK to view the original article by Lance Whitney.

 

Windows 8 might soon be replaced by Threshold

Lance Whitney/CNET

Microsoft’s Windows 9, the successor to the widely panned Windows 8, could be shown off at the end of next month, according to a new report.

Microsoft is planning to hold a special press event on September 30 to show off Windows 9, The Verge is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. The date is currently “tentative,” according to the report.

It’s not yet clear whether Windows 9 will actually be known as Windows 9. The operating system is currently code-named Windows Threshold, though it’s highly likely that Microsoft will keep its numbering scheme with the next platform.

Last week, CNET sister site ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to launch a “technology preview” of Threshold at the end of September or early October. The report from Mary Jo Foley indicated that users would be able to try out the operating system, but would need to have software updates automatically downloaded to the platform each month.

Whenever Threshold makes an appearance, it’s expected to come with a wide range of improvements, including a “mini” Smart Menu, separate windows for Metro-style applications running on the desktop, and support for virtual desktops.

According to The Verge’s sources, Microsoft will be showcasing some of those improvements and new features at the event on September 30. The operating system should launch as a beta preview soon thereafter.

In a statement to CNET, Microsoft was succinct in its response to the news, saying only that it has “nothing to share” at this point.


Tips for Windows 8/8.1: Save Time and Energy with Hibernation

July 29th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

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Throughout its evolution, Microsoft has continually added features to the Windows operating system to help users save time and money. One of the most useful features, designed primarily for laptops, is the Hibernation Feature. Hibernation started with Windows XP, and allows the user to power down while leaving programs open.

Once activated, Hibernation puts all current work on your hard disk before turning the computer off. This is incredibly convenient, because when ready, you can start back to work almost immediately. There is no need to boot up your machine or re-open programs. Additionally, because your computer uses no energy while in hibernation, you’ll be extending your battery life.

The hibernation feature is available on every Windows OS, and can usually be set in your power settings. Many versions also have it set to automatically activate when the battery is low.

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 8/8.1, you may have noticed that the Hibernate option isn’t readily available in the Power Menu. To easily add it, follow these steps:

1.  On your Start page, begin a search for “power.”

2.  Select SETTINGS on the right side.

3.  Click on CHOOSE WHAT THE POWER BUTTONS DO.

4.  A new window will open, in which you’ll want to select CHANGE SETTINGS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. (It should be in blue text at the top.)

5.  Scroll down to the bottom and locate SHUTDOWN SETTINGS. Check the box next to HIBERNATE and then SAVE CHANGES.

You’ll now have the option to save time and money each time you log off. Remember, however, that it is a good idea to power down completely from time to time. Temporary files, disk caches, pages files, etc. tend to accumulate over time and, if not refreshed, can slow your machine.

Interested in learning more about Windows 8/8.1 and its features? Give us a call at 616.776.0400 or CONTACT US  for a consultation.