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Modernizing your Infrastructure: The FREE Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

Welcome to another in our new series of “Modernize your Infrastructure” articles.  Today I’m pleased to share with you the details of yet another free and easy-to-use assessment tool from Microsoft.  The purpose of this tool is to help you answer the following important question: “Are my servers and services able to be migrated to… Read more

A Useful List of Windows 8 or 8.1 Resources for IT Pros

Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for tweeting about this.  Mary Hutson is maintaining a very useful list of “top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1.”  She updates the list every quarter; the most recent being just two days ago (Aug 11, 2014). … Read more

Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news (//Build) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “Windows 8.1 for Business”.  For this final article of the series, I’m going to… Read more

Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

Logically, it makes sense.  Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware.  In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true.  Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions not to fit today’s hardware, but what hardware… Read more

Can I use Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen?

Even if you’ve never tried Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you may have seen the advertisements showing off the lovely colorful “touch-first” interface (previously known as the “Metro” UI).  Even some people using a traditional old non-touch laptop will reach out and touch the screen when they first encounter the start screen.  (And by “some… Read more

Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

Well, you can.  In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” blog series.  She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the… Read more

Do you really need a start menu?

One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu.  In today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and provides some… Read more

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows… Read more

Help Shape Microsoft’s Cloud Technologies: Join the IT Pro User Panel

IT Professionals: Have you ever been deep in the guts of a gnarly infrastructure deployment, automation, configuration, trouble-shooting or similar task, and thought to yourself something like this: “Why didn’t that darn product team at Microsoft make this tool work better, more like what I need it to do?” If you see yourself in this… Read more

SWMOAITP Charitable Downloads Terms and Conditions

About For each member of the SouthwestMissouri Chapter of the AITP (SWMOAITP) who downloads Window Server 2012 R2 orHyper-V 2012 R2 from the below links between 11/4/13 and 11/30/13, MicrosoftCorporation (“Microsoft”) will donate USD $2 to the Council of Churches of theOzarks (a 501c3 organization; see http://www.ccozarks.org).   Description When SWMOAITP members download WindowsServer, we’ll… Read more