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Windows 10 April 2018 update now available

The next version of Windows 10 is now available via Windows Update and direct download from Microsoft. As usual this is provided free of charge if you are already running any other version.

We’ve seen Windows Update already automatically downloading it and installing on some machines – however if you’d prefer to take control of the update yourself visit the link below and just click the “Update Now” button, easy.

There are a few new features in the update – although nothing especially worth writing home about for the average user. As with previous updates it’s really more of an evolution than a revolution these days, which is no bad thing.

One thing we are promised is that you’ll be out out action for less time than with previous version updates (ie. watching the whirling circle of dots and a percentage slowly ticking up) as the update prepares more in the background, while your machine in still usable, than before.

As always we’d recommend diving right in and giving it a go…

Download Windows 10

To get started, you will first need to have a licence to install Windows 10. You can then download and run the media creation tool. For more information on how to use the tool, see the instructions below.

 

We Love Office 365

We use and recommend the Office 365 programme from Microsoft. Often there’s confusion about exactly what it is – which is understandable because it isn’t a single offering. The main options within the programme are as follows:

  • The traditional “Office” suite of apps such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc, on a subscription basis. Benefits include installation of the apps to more than one device (subject to the type of subscription), the ability to move the subscription to new equipment, plus you also get new versions of the apps automatically.
  • Cloud storage, via OneDrive for Business
  • Online versions of the usual Office apps – accessible from any computer or tablet – and when combined with OneDrive offers fantastic collaboration features.
  • A complete email/mailbox system called Exchange Online. Traditionally this type of email service would have required an on-site physical server and all the expense and maintenance that go along with that. Now you can have exactly the same features, maintained and updated by Microsoft, with 50GB mailboxes as standard, mailbox and diary sharing options, out-of-office, spam protection and a host of other features.

It’s a fantastic programme, with a bewildering number of subscription options! Let us help you specify and configure exactly what you need. ZigZak Computers Ltd is a Microsoft Partner and we support our clients every day with Office 365.

Finally, there’s even better news if your organisation is a registered charity – you get a discount on Office 365 subscriptions, including completely free mailbox options!

GDPR, You Need To Know This

Hopefully by this stage you’ve heard of GDPR. General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) has implications for businesses of all sizes, and will lead to a newer version of the Data Protection Act in order to include the required changes in UK law. Although the UK is leaving the EU the data protection changes will still be implemented in full.

GDPR is very wide ranging, in essence it’s about giving the individual more control over what personal information you may hold on them, why you hold the information, how long you keep it, and the ‘the right to be forgotten’ (The right to request information is erased). There are also requirements for how information is handled, stored, and processed most notably, from an IT perspective, care has to be taken to ensure data isn’t lost or stolen.

ZigZak Computers can help with your data security procedures in practical ways such as data encryption, end point protection, and backup. Get in touch if you’d like a chat.

For further reading we would recommend starting with the Information Commissioner’s Office own website at the link below.

Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The Guide to the GDPR explains the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements. It is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.