Office 2013 and Server 2012 Retirement

In accordance with Microsoft’s product lifecycle, both Office 2013 and Server 2012 officially go “end of life” with Microsoft in 2023.

Businesses using these applications or operating systems should plan to upgrade or replace them with supported, up-to-date versions.

This blog is designed to help businesses plan the best way to stay safe and secure, stay in support with Microsoft, and therefore remain CyberEssentials compliant…

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Published 28 Apr 2022 1:47 PM
  • IT Strategy
10 Reasons Your Business Needs A Leased Line

10 reasons why your business should consider a leased line.

If your business relies on the internet to operate effectively, you need to consider a leased line.

Consider what you use the internet for. You may need it to communicate with staff and customers, process customer transactions, or gain access to your applications and services in the cloud.  Even more, if you have a VOIP phone system you absolutely must have internet access for your telephones to function.

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Published 19 Apr 2022 1:06 PM
  • Connectivity
Pro-Networks - An Employee-Owned Business

Putting our employees at the heart of our business.

Today marks the start of an exciting new phase for our company, with our transformation into an entirely employee-owned business. This follows the retirement of our founder and former MD, Paul Crudge, who has handed over the business he built up over 20 years to all our employees, within a trust.

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Published 02 Mar 2022 2:05 PM
  • Pro-Networks
What Can We Look Forward To In Microsoft Teams In 2022

It is fair to say that for a vast number of businesses, Microsoft Teams has been a real gamechanger in 2021 and given that hybrid working is here to stay, what will Teams look like in 2022 and beyond?

Microsoft has recently given an insight into this and in the blog below we have summarised the key takeaways.

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Published 06 Dec 2021 11:45 AM
  • Office 365
What is the Metaverse?

The term “metaverse” feels quite new and seems to be mentioned more frequently each passing day.  I asked a few friends, colleagues and customers and didn’t get a definitive answer and so I thought we should dive into “what is the metaverse”

As a Microsoft house, lets start with Microsofts definition...

Microsoft says a “metaverse is a digital space inhabited by a digital representation of people, places and things.

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Published 03 Dec 2021 12:24 PM
  • IT Strategy
The Great British Analogue Switch Off

In 2023 the sales of analogue (PSTN and ISDN) will stop and by 2025 they will be switched off altogether.

This means that within the next four years your business will need to switch to a new method of voice communication if you haven’t already done so.  You will no longer be able to rely on your traditional telephone line for making and receiving telephone calls.

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Published 12 Nov 2021 1:41 PM
  • Connectivity
Say Hello To Ian, Elliot, Leanne, Jahswill & Simon

Over the past few months, Pro-Networks has welcomed five new colleagues to the team.

From left to right we are delighted to introduce Ian Street, Elliot Broomhall, Leanne Tutill, Jahswill Ezeugwu and Simon Gainey.

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Published 22 Oct 2021 10:11 AM
  • Pro-Networks
Remembering Harry

It is with the deepest sadness that we advise that our colleague, Harry Robinson passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th September.

Harry joined us in July 2015 and when he started with his illness in October 2020 none of us expected that this would be the last time many of us would see him.

Harry was a very private person but we don’t think he would mind us sharing a few thoughts about him.

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Published 23 Sep 2021 3:10 PM
  • Pro-Networks
Windows 11 to be launched on 5th October 2021

Windows 11 is coming.

Microsoft has confirmed this week that the latest version of its flagship operating system, Windows 11, will be released on 5th October 2021.

The new operating system will be available as a free of charge upgrade for compatible Windows 10 PCs and will be shipped with new PCs supplied after this date.

Microsoft aims to phase the rollout of Windows 11 from 5th October and mid-2022 with priority being given to new devices before in-market machines.

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Published 01 Sep 2021 2:27 PM
  • Windows
New pricing for Microsoft 365

Microsoft has announced price increases for its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions, effective globally on 01/03/22

Since launching Microsoft 365 a significant number of applications have been added to the platform including Microsoft Teams, Powe Apps, Power BI, Stream, Planner, Visio, OneDrive, Yammer and Whiteboard.

The price increases do not currently apply to education and consumer products at this time and Microsoft claim this to be the first substantive pricing update since Office 365 launched over a decade ago.

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Published 24 Aug 2021 2:09 PM
  • Office 365