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Virtualization

Virtualization, is simply creating a virtual version of  something, including but not limited to a virtual hardware platform, storage  device, operating system or network resources. It’s often regarded as a very complex and expensive task that’s absolutely beyond the reach of small business owners which is not true.

There are several benefits small businesses can get from virtualization which includes cost reductions and effective IT systems. There are several options available on the market like the VMware Workstation and Oracle’s VirtualBox – these companies have successfully placed virtualization technologies within the financial capacity of many small business owners. Read more

network security

These days, many small businesses still tend to neglect the IT angles to their businesses because they think protecting and servicing their IT  infrastructures usually requires a very big budget in addition to the manpower needed to run them.

This is why these types of small organizations are usually easy preys – an attraction for hackers and other form of cyber attacks as shown in several surveys carried out in 2013.
There are several security measures and controls within the IT tools you already own that can easily be used to protect your business network if only you know how to use them effectively. Read more

microsoft email services

Microsoft’s e-mail services ( Hotmail, LiveMail, MSN, Outlook.com ) now supports the IMAP protocol .  There are many benefits of using IMAP vs. the old POP method for accessing your mailbox. The biggest benefit to IMAP is the ability to quickly access your email from any device and interact with the same content across all devices and location.

Here’s a 5 minutes video tutorial on how to add your IMAP account to Outlook 2010 and other email programs including Apple Mail.

Here are the Server settings for your reference:

Incoming IMAP

  • Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
  • Server port: 993
  • Encryption: SSL

Outgoing SMTP

  • Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Server port: 587
  • Encryption: TLS

We offer a wide range of IT Services for Small Businesses, check out our IT Services Page for more information. If you need help with your email services you can always contact us.

windows 8

Microsoft Windows is a leading name for IT Services of all shapes and sizes. Windows 8 is no exception. Microsoft released Windows 8, in the fall of 2011, and it was met with mixed reactions, many of them unflattering. Microsoft hopes to change that with an update for Windows 8 called Blue.

The Blue update is hoped to have overcome some of the challenges faced when using Windows 8, such as: the Metro User Interface, which uses tiles, as opposed to the menu based system of Windows 7.

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