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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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ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released the latest version of iOS. iOS is the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This release brings many new features. A few highlights are:

  • Siri improvements – Siri is now able to answer more questions including searching photos and videos.
  • Proactive assistance – iOS will help prevent you with information relevant to your situation prior to interacting with your phone.
  • Split view and picture in picture support for iPad
  • Allows for longer battery life through optimizations and a low power mode.

Another major feature is this update requires significantly less space to install than iOS 9 required. With this smaller footprint more people will be able to update without having to delete data. The iOS device will also suggest apps to temporarily delete to allow for the installation if requried. Any app deleted will be automatically reinstalled.

iOS 9 is compatible with every device that iOS 8 runs on. The update can be installed directly from the device from the settings menu or connect your device to a computer via a USB cable and install the update through iTunes. The complete text of Apple’s release notes can be found below.

Alternative Network Solutions reguarly evaluates software updates to ensure our customers are able to use these devices to stay connected. For information on how we can help you and your company better use mobile technology contact us today! Continue reading

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.

ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released iOS 8.4.1. This update provides a stability fix for the new Music App as well as the Apple Music service. It is recommended for all users to install this update. It can be installed directly from the device or via iTunes.

Alternative Network Solutions monitors all major operating system releases to ensure our customers are abel to utilize the latest technology effectively in their businesses. For information on how we can help you please contact us today.

The complete text of Apple’s release notes can be found below: Continue reading

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.

ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released iOS 8.4. This version of iOS primarily introduces Apple’s new Apple Music streaming service as well as a updated Music app. In addition to these main features there are several performance updates included. This updated is recommended for all users and can be downloaded from the device itself or via iTunes.

Alternative Network Solutions monitors and evaluates all major mobile operating system releases to ensure our customers are able to integrate the latest technology into their businesses. For information on how we can help you please contact us today.

The complete release notes for iOS 8.4 can be found below. Continue reading

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.