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Hosted ExchangeThe clever boffins over at Free Virtual Server head quarters have managed to land a fantastic deal for people just like you! New to the FVS portfolio is hosted Microsoft Exchange mailboxes! FVS have teamed up with a well known company in their field  MessageStream to bring you a 50GB mailbox which offers 24/7 accessibility on any platform. Served from the ‘cloud’ the service is fully resilient, which almost guarantees absolutely no time spent without your mail, contacts and calendar items..

A hosted exchange account is much more powerful then an IMAP or POP3 mailbox solution, which most hosting companies offer by default. Exchange mailboxes sync across a myriad of devices using Microsoft standards.

The FVS solution offers you:

  • Reduced IT infrastructure costs
  • Exchange 2013
  • Instant deployment
  • Massive 50GB per mailbox
  • Enhanced security
  • Mobile email ‘push’ technology
  • No upgrades or repairs
  • Shared calendars and contacts
  • Easy mailbox control
  • Public folders and subfolders
  • Instant scalability
  • Multiple UK Based Data Centres

All that starting from just £4.99 a month… You’d be crazy not to really! Whats more for only an extra £1 a month you bag yourself a licensed copy of Microsoft Outlook, which is by far the best application for keeping your mail and calendars organised.

If you’d to find out more check out the FVS website

FVS have been my (MikeSel.info) hosting provider since day of inception 8+ years ago.. They are always on hand to help out, knowledgeable, friendly and genuine guys.. I can’t go far enough in my recommendation of them. Worlds apart from other hosts in my opinion!



Windows 10 LogoFor all of you who you are excited about the up and coming release of Windows 10, which should land on the 29th of July, you may be pleased to know there’s a way you can bag yourself a free – fully activated copy, without even owning Windows 7 or 8 first!

Microsoft have released news stating that all early adopters, i.e. those who sign up for the Windows technical BETA program, will be eligible for a free activation upon release. The technical BETA program (dubbed insider) gives you access to pre-release software, and is aimed at software developers. However, it’s freely available to anyone and very easy to join.

There’s one caveat in Microsoft’s recent announcement.. That is, in order to keep your copy of Windows 10 updated and activated you must be willing to stay subscribed to the ‘insider’ program. Thus meaning you will see early and be ‘forced’ to test early releases of future OS updates as and when they come along. Now, for some, who love living life on the bleeding edge, may think that that’s a fair deal.. Where as others, may want to steer clear of it for now. It’s fair to say the technical BETA release of Windows 10 has not been without it’s far share of BETA issues!

If you understand the above and would like to bag your copy anyway, all you have to do is head over to insider.windows.com and sign up for an account, if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve signed in, select the relevant ISO for your language preferences and the download should commence. You will also need to make note of your activation key, which can be located just above the list of ISO’s.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the technical BETA, you will need to make sure you sign into Windows with the same account you used to download it from the insider site. This will make sure you will get access to the full release of Windows 10 on the 29th. Whats more, you will be given the chance of a completely fresh install at the time – so you can mess around with your Technical BETA as much as you like!

Going forward, you will then be presented with future BETA releases using the normal Windows Update technologies!



Move over Siri, competition is on its way…. Apple fan boys the world over scoff at the Cortana commercials, standing by their trust Siri personal assistant… Perhaps not for much longer?

Roumer has it Cortana is making its way to iOS and Android devices! Albeit in somewhat a restricted incarnation.. For obvious reasons, the hands free “Hey Cortana” activation will not work on iOS devices. Also launching applications on either Android or iOS via voice commands will not be supported!

However, Cortana on all OS’s will use and in fact sync Cortana’s notebook. Meaning all your Cortana interactions should be seamless regardless of OS.

Cortana should have hit the respective app stores by the end of June this year.

It would be interesting to see what the take up is like on both OS’s – or, if the owners decide to stay true to the grandfather of assistance.

You can read more about this over at Microsoft’s Blog



Description

Lync Custom Status (LCS) is a ‘power user’ add-on to Microsoft Lync, built on the back of the need of expanding Lync’s already powerful tool set. LCS uses built-in Microsoft API’s to make judgement calls on Lync event as and when they happen.

Unlike other applications, which simply provide an easy to use interface to modify your client status, LCS uses powerful logic to redirect calls or to allow calls and IM’s from your chosen contacts. Using LCS you can take complete control over your DND settings, allowing calls from project managers or families through – whilst preventing general call traffic.

LCS also gives you the ability to send ‘canned responses’ to IM’s you receive whilst in your custom states.

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SecretA Brazilian Judge from Victoria Paulo Cesar de Carvelho, has called for the social networking application named Secret to be completely removed from the AppStore and all devices it’s currently installed on.

The app has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, BBC, The Guardian and more. It’s essentially an anonymous social network. We’re friends can post and reply without the world knowing who’s doing the posting.

The whole concept of the app opens up the potential for cyber bullying, as previous seen with the popular site Ask.fm

It’s currently unclear as to whether the demand for removal of the app is focused solely on Brazilian based devices or if the action would include devices owned by visitors to Brazil.

In potentially a first of it’s kind action Apple would also have to add the app to the AppStore blacklist, which iOS devices periodically poll. This would mean that any device trying to run the app would fail to launch it, rendering the app useless.

This court ruling was heard on Tuesday, with a note that should Apple not remove the app they will face fines of approximately $8,860 per day that the application is still in service.

The application is also available on Windows and Android devices, so both Microsoft and Google have also been told to remove the application from their stores.




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