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windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the November 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched twelve security issues. Four of these issues are rated as critical and eight as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-nov

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the October 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched six security issues. three of these issues are rated as critical and three as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-oct

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

osxyosemiteWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released the next version of OS X, Version 10.11, El Capitan. This version of OS X provides stability enhancements and some end-user facing features. This update has been tested over several months and is very stable. It can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store on any computer that is able to run OS X Yosemite. A few highlighted features are:

  • Redesigned Notes application allowing adding of fonts, images and more formatting.
  • Updated Mail application to provide faster and more efficient email access.
  • Safari 9 provides the ability to pin tabs of frequently accessed sites as well as mute audio coming from a individual tab.
  • Spotlight search now searches both the Internet and your local computer.

Alternative Network Solutions reviews major operating system releases to ensure that our customers are able to utilize the latest technology in their businesses to ensure the greatest productivity. For more information on how we can help you contact us today.

Apple’s press release from yesterday can be found below. Continue reading

 

windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Windows. Office 2016 is available for both Windows and OS X.

Customers who subscribe to Office 365 will be able to obtain the update as part of their subscription over the next few weeks. Office can also be purchased individually in retail packages. This version of Office will function on computers running Windows 7 or higher.

Some key features of Office 2016 are:

  • Increased collaboration including the ability for multiple people to edit a document in real time and Skype integration.
  • Office 2016 has been improved with fast search.
  • Easier access to features via a help menu that places the menu item for that feature below the search bar instead of giving instructions on how to access the feature.

Alternative Network Solutions views Office as a critical productivity tool and evaluates it on all platforms to ensure our customers are able to take advantage of the latest technology. For information on how we can help you contact us today.

The complete text of Microsoft’s press release can be found below.

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windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the September 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched twelve security issues. Five of these issues are rated as critical and seven as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-sep

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the August 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched fifteen security issues. Five of these issues are rated as critical and ten as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-aug

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released Windows 10. Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for the next year to all users running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is a excellent update to Windows that combines the best of Windows 7 and the best of Windows 8.1. In our testing we have found it to be extremely fast and stable.

The Windows 10 update is delivered via Windows Update on computers that qualify. Alternative Network Solutions will begin the process of upgrading our customers where appropriate in the beginning of 2016.

Some key features of Windows 10 that will interest our customers are:

  • Cortnana digital assistant is available to help find information on both your computer and the Internet. This voice controlled assistant is similar to Siri and Google Now.
  • Microsoft Edge web browser is introduced to replace Internet Explorer. This browser is significantly faster and more secure.
  • The Start Menu has returned. The full-screen Start Screen is still available for computers with touch screens however the majority of users will use a more familiar Start Menu. The live tiles are on the right side of the Start Menu.

Alternative Network Solutions constantly reviews major operating system releases to ensure our customers are running the most up-to-date software effectively in their business. For information on how we can help your  business contact us today.

The complete text of Microsoft’s press release can be found below.

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windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the July 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched fifteen security issues. Five of these issues are rated as critical and ten as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-jul

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

windows8logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft has released the June 2015 security bulletin. This details the bug and security fixes released for Microsoft’s products this month. This month Microsoft patched eight security issues. Two of these issues are rated as critical and six as important. The released patches affect all of Microsoft’s currently supported desktop and server operating systems.

The complete security bulletin can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-jun

Alternative Network Solutions evaluates all Microsoft security patches as they are released and carfully tests to ensure compatibility and that they do not have any unexpected side-effects. Once the patches are evaluated they are automatically distributed to all of our managed workstations and servers. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company keep its computers secure, please contact us.

osxyosemiteWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple previewed the next edition of OS X at their World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). This version of OS X focuses on performance enhancements and usability. These performance enhacements are intented to allow the computer to not only perform faster but run more efficiently.

Some noteworthy enhacements include:

  • Window pinning – Similar to the functionality found in Windows, individual windows can be dragged to corners of the screen and they will automatically fill half of the screen.
  • Safari Enhacements – Safari now includes a mute button for individual tabs. Also tabs can be pinned so they will always be open and accessible from Safari windows.
  • Photos – Location data can now be added to photos.

OS X El Capitan will be made available as part of a public beta. The final version will be available as a free update in the Fall. This version of OS X will run on all of the same computers that the current version, 10.10 Yosemite.

For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company manage your network and computers please contact us today. The complete text of Apple’s press release can be found below. Continue reading