Windows 7 Support and Choosing a PMS

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Welcome to our March 2015 Newsletter

We aim to provide you with a brief digest of IT information that you will find useful and informative.

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NLDC was formed by Neil Davies in 2002 to provide independent IT advice to businesses in the North West. We provide the services of an in-house IT Director, but only when you need it.
We pride ourselves on our integrity, competence, value for money and flexibility. To learn more about the kind of things we do, why not take a look at our website or give us a call on 0161 654 4155, we'll be more than happy to discuss any IT or Telecommunications related queries you may have.

Windows 7 to Windows 10

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended 31st January 2015. But don’t panic, Microsoft will keep issuing security updates for another 5 years, this means that Windows 7 is still a perfectly viable option for your business until 14th January 2020. The demise of Windows XP in April 2015 was as a result of Microsoft stopping security updates for XP.

Given that figures for February 2015 show that Windows 7 accounts for 56% of all desktops, you are not alone in using Windows 7. Interestingly Windows XP still accounts for almost 19%, whilst Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 account for less than 14% combined.

Microsoft’s next version of the Windows operating system will be Windows 10. Preview reports suggest that Microsoft have done a better job of combining touch devices and desktop devices in a single operating system. Given that they skipped the name Windows 9, it seems that Microsoft are trying to distance the new version from Windows 8.

It has been reported that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade from Windows 8 and possibly even from Windows 7. However, this was stated as “free for the first year”. Does this mean that Microsoft are allowing a free upgrade to anyone within 12 months of the launch, or are they moving to an annual subscription model for Windows 10 where the first 12 months are free. The fact that Microsoft have just (Feb 2015) trademarked the term “Windows 365” would suggest that they are paving the way for Windows to be delivered via a subscription model. It would make sense for their revenue, but it is unlikely to be welcomed by users. We will have to wait and see. Whilst Microsoft have not confirmed any dates, various reports suggest that Windows 10 could be released as early as June 2015.

Recommendations and Endorsements for your PMS

The recent news that the Law Society has endorsed Eclipse Proclaim as “the supplier best suited to our members’ needs” is an interesting take on the selection of a Practice Management System (PMS) for your business. There are over 20 suppliers of PMS’s with a significant presence in the UK. Some are designed for firms with less than 25 people, others are designed for large multi-national firms. So how one PMS can be suitable for all practices is difficult to understand.

The implementation of a new PMS is a major decision, both financially and strategically. Get the right system/supplier and your business will flourish, whilst with the wrong system/supplier, the opposite is likely. When NLDC is involved in the PMS selection process we look to undertake a requirements analysis and then match this up to the strengths and weaknesses of a selection of PMS providers. We then assist the client to make an informed choice. Recommendations and references from existing users of the systems also play an important part in the process.

Whilst Eclipse Proclaim is a very able and popular PMS, endorsements like this are at best unhelpful. They significantly over-simplify what is one of the most important challenges for any law firm – getting the right technology for your business. If you want impartial advice when selecting a new PMS or any other technology for your business, contact us for a free, no obligation meeting. Please see our website for more details.

And finally...

Do you struggle to give your phone and charger any quality time together? Is your phone always separated from its charger when its battery is going flat? Well this could be for you…

Ikea are to start selling wireless charging furniture in April 2015. Wireless charging pads are being built into certain items of furniture, such as bedside tables and lamp bases, to allow a mobile device to charge without wires. The idea is that you simply place a device on the integrated charging pad and its battery begins charging. These charging pads use the Qi standard which is compatible with a wide range of devices, for example Samsung, Nokia, Lexus, LG. If this is for you, you can check whether your device is compatible here.

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