Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • Office 2007 End of Life Is Here - What You Can Do & Stay Protected

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    Planning for Microsoft Office 2007 “End of Life”

    Perhaps one of the things that gives life so much meaning is that from the day we are born, we never quite know how much time we will have on Earth. Born just ten years ago, Microsoft Office 2007 once experienced a similar sense of wonder, but now with its “end of life” date looming on the horizon, it has become clear that this once highly-applauded piece of software is just as mortal as we are.

    As we approach the end of our lives, we might find ourselves asking a number of different questions. Could I have done more? What is the meaning of all this? How could an infinitely powerful and benevolent company like Microsoft allow its innocent products to die so young?

    While some of these questions remain beyond our mortal ability to answer, this guide is here to help you prepare:

    When is the scheduled end of life date for Microsoft Office 2007?

    For some of Office’s lesser used features—such as Exchange Server, Accounting 2007, and Interconnect 2007—the end of life date has already occurred on April 11th of this year.

    For the remainder of Microsoft Office 2007’s applications, the end of life date will occur on October 10th (2017). These applications include, but are not limited to:

    • Microsoft Excel 2007
    • Microsoft Outlook 2007 (including Business Contact Manager)
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (both home and student versions)
    • Microsoft Word 2007
    • Microsoft Project 2007
    • Microsoft Visio 2007 (both professional and standard versions)
    • …essentially all Microsoft Office products from the year 2007

    If you currently have any files that have been created using Microsoft Office 2007, it is a very good idea to backup, save, and store them before the end of life date.

    What exactly does the “end of life” date mean?

    The end of life date does not mean that all of your files are going to be deleted. It is does, however, mean that these files are now much more at risk of being permanently lost than before.

    Essentially, the “end of life” date really just means the end of Microsoft’s support cycle. According to the company website, this means the end of both security and non-security updates, both free and paid assisted support options, and online technical content updates.

    If you do not use Microsoft support services very often or at all, you might not be immediately affected by this rather grimly named point in time. However, if you need support in the future due to the technical difficulties that will inevitably emerge from using a product that is now an entire decade old, you will be completely out of luck.

    Will I continue to be able to use Microsoft Office 2007?

    Even after the end of the support lifecycle, you will still be able to use Microsoft Office 2007, you will just be doing so at your own risk. This is not the first time Microsoft has ended the support lifecycle for its software products, and since the software itself is rather well-made, many people have been able to continue using it for even years on end without support. However, as time goes on, the bigger the risk of using unsupported software becomes.

    Really, the biggest risk you face will be from the lack of future security updates. Though these updates can often be annoying at times, they are still very important in a world with increasing sources of cybersecurity threats. When deciding whether or not to migrate to a newer version of Microsoft Office, you ought to begin by asking yourself, is it worth the risk of losing security?

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    What are my current options for purchasing Microsoft Office?

    Essentially, Microsoft recommends one of two migration options. You could either subscribe to the newest version of Microsoft Office which is known as Office 365, or you could purchase a different version of Office that is currently supported, such as Office 2016. Migrating to both of these platforms will allow you to benefit from the latest (and at times, quite helpful) product developments and also continue receiving the essential product upgrades you need.

    If you are looking to make a seamless migration away from Microsoft Office 2007, consider contacting the Experts at Royal. Royal Discount is an officially licensed Microsoft partner specializing in business and personal software licensing. Here, you will be able to receive personalized service and advice from our help desk. Give us a call and let us help you with your migration away from 2007, affordably - 1-877-292-7712


  • SQL Server 2012 vs 2014 Comparison

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    What's the Difference Between SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014?

    Microsoft’s SQL Server is providing its services as a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and now has become a compelling choice for the Enterprise RDBMS deployment. Several subsequent versions of SQL Servers have been released by Microsoft. Below is our guide to help you properly and safely license SQL Server.

    SQL Server 2012 Licensing Models

    There are two licensing models in SQL Server 2012:

    1. Core-Based Licensing
    2. Server and Client Access License (CAL) Licensing
    • For Enterprise Edition, you need Core-Based Licensing
    • For Business Intelligence Edition, you are required to have Server and CAL based Licensing.
    • For Standard Edition, you can choose between Core-Based Licensing and Server and CAL based licensing.

    Core-Based Licensing:   

    This mode of licensing is used when the number of users or clients are uncountable. The license is sold for two cores and a minimum of 4 cores licenses are sold for a server. Each process on each machine is required to have a minimum of 4 cores licensed otherwise it is not sold.

    Server and Client Access License Licensing:

    This mode of licensing is used when the number of users or the clients is pre-determined and when you know that the number is never going to grow. In this scheme, each machine that is a client needs a CAL and a server needs a separate license.

    Pricing:

     

    SQL Server 2014 Licensing Models

    There are two licensing models in SQL Server 2014:

    1. Core-Based Licensing
    2. Server and Client Access License (CAL) Licensing
    • For Enterprise Edition, Core Licensing is a requirement.
    • For Business Intelligence Edition, you are required to have Server and CAL based Licensing.
    • For Standard Edition, you can choose between Core-Based Licensing and Server and CAL based licensing.

    Core-Based Licensing:  

    This mode of licensing is used when the number of users or clients are uncountable. The license is sold for a pack of two cores and a minimum of 4 cores licenses are sold for a server. Each process on each machine is required to have a minimum of 4 cores licensed otherwise it is not sold.

    Server and Client Access License Licensing:

    This mode of licensing is used when the number of users or the clients is pre-determined and when you know that the number is never going to grow. In this scheme, each machine that is a client needs a CAL and a server needs a separate license.

    Pricing:

    $875 per Server

    $205 per CAL

    $3399 For the 2-Core

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