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  • Why Office 365 Is the Right Choice for Your Business

    Office 365 for business

    Why You Should Consider Opting for Office 365

    Have you made the move to Office 365 yet? Sure, we understand that change is scarier than a Thanksgiving without Turkey, but your trusted experts here at Royal are ready to address all of your qualms. The pricing and plans for Office 365 are really a beautiful value, and once you make the transition, you’ll wonder how you managed to operate your business without it. Here are the top five reasons to jump on board 365:

    Usable on Up to 5 Devices

    1. 365 can be used on up to five devices. That’s right. FIVE devices. Remember when you’d buy a CD and install it on your one computer? Those days are gone. Now, your new Office is downloaded directly from the web and you can use it across all of your devices. That means your phone, your iPad, your work computer and your home PC will all be suited up with the newest version of Office. No CD-ROM necessary.

    Always Up to Date

    2. Office 365 will be up to date for good. That’s because it all comes to you via online download. So again, your days of manual entering key cards are in the past. Let’s say Microsoft updates their software again in a few years. You’ll have guaranteed access without having to buy a copy of the newest edition. How sweet is that?

    Always Available - Anywhere You Go

    3. You can log in from any machine virtually anywhere to access your OneDrive. Your OneDrive will be where all your documents live, so you’ll have anywhere access to all your saved stuff at any point in time. Your OneDrive is equipped with unlimited storage. Know what this means? External hard drives are VERY close to becoming obsolete. It’s all backed up to the cloud, baby, and that means you can bid adieu to that chunky piece of technology.

    Easily Share

    4. The same aforementioned OneDrive gives you the chance to share documents with your coworkers without having to swap versions via email. Your inbox will be so thankful.

    365 For Business Makes Life Easy for IT Managers

    5. 365 for business will help you run your organization in a more timely and efficient manner. Your IT guy should be worried. This is because you now have the power to add and remove employees without having to resell or return used software. Office 365 delivers an unprecedented amount of control to business owners and will save on capital expenditure costs in the long run.

    Still need convincing? Call up one of our friendly specialists (and avid 365 users) for a few more reasons as to why the new Office 365 is the right thing to do. For more information, or to shop our online software store, visit https://www.royaldiscount.com/


  • Work and Play Better with Multiple Monitors

    Dual Monitor Office Productivity
    Sometimes, it seems like you’re spending more time switching between programs as compared to the actual work. Anyone who has attempted to squeeze 2 windows on a single screen or tried to juggle the vertical split screens in Microsoft Word knows how frustrating it is to work on one small screen.

    If you’re looking to improve your computing experience, here’s an idea you might want to consider - set up multiple monitors. This will give you room to spread out and make your computer more comfortable to use.

    Here’s how an extra screen makes your PC better for work or play.

    Advantages of having multiple screens

    Increase in productivity is often touted as the main advantage to running a multi-monitor setup. In fact, studies have shown that dual monitors can increase productivity.

    We live in a multitasking world. Having multiple monitors can be uniquely useful for keeping track of numerous programs simultaneously on your computer. It opens up many possibilities. You can check emails, browse the web and run multiple apps while completing tasks on a second screen.

    With all those screens spread out before you, you’ll suddenly realize that you spend a lot less time flipping through open programs, files, emails, and looking for what you want. Instead of switching between full-screen windows, you have the option to put the second program on the second monitor. Here, you can have one screen dedicated to displaying critical information while the other can be used for your actual work.

    Disadvantages of multiple screens

    A second monitor takes up additional space. So before purchasing additional monitors, consider whether or not they would fit on your desk. While keeping programs open across two or more screens can be advantageous, it can be distracting for some people. For instance, Keeping email, IM or social media window open all the time can be good thing for communication purposes, but it can also be a productivity killer.

    Despite the disadvantages, a multiple-monitor setup offers more advantages in the long run. Weigh the pros and cons and try to look at the big picture so you can make an educated decision for your office. For more office tips, or to browse Office Software, visit us on the web at www.RoyalDiscount.com


  • Microsoft Pushes Emergency Patch for Internet Explorer Vulnerability

    A dangerous flaw in Internet Explorer has prompted Microsoft to issue an emergency out-of-band security update.

    In an advisory posted last Thursday, Microsoft informed the public about a newly detected security vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Here, they warned that the vulnerability affects all versions of Windows – from Windows 7 to Windows 10, including 8.1.

    According to the company, the vulnerability was already exploited and is rated as critical on client operating system and moderate on all server operating system.

    The advisory explains that the CVE-2105-2502 has the potential to hijack control of your computer via Internet Explorer. They also warned users that vulnerable computers can be exploited by simply visiting maliciously-crafted websites.

    Attempts would be made to redirect potential victims to booby-trapped websites by tricking them into opening an unsolicited email attachment or by using spammed out links.

    Once the computer has been compromised, it may grant the attacker administrator-level privileges on the target device. This kind of vulnerability may allow attackers to see personal information. The good news is, they won’t be able to choose what they see.

    If the user has administrative capabilities, the attacker would be able to take complete control of their device and do certain things such as install a program or modify a file. Attackers can do the same thing even if users do not have administrative privileges but may be slightly better off.

    Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, is not listed on the page and is not at risk through the vulnerability. However, since it also ships with a copy of Internet Explorer 11 installed, they included it in the update as well.

    Microsoft urged Windows users to update their machines as soon as possible to protect their devices from security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer.

    For those that have an automatic updating turned on, Microsoft is delivering the update via its automatic Windows Update. For others, these patches are already available via Microsoft’s Download Center.


  • Mozilla Slams Microsoft on Default Browser Choice in Windows 10

    Browser maker Mozilla isn’t happy with Microsoft’s decision about resetting the default browser.

    A week ago, Mozilla CEO, Chris Beard, has taken his exasperation in public. He decided to write an open letter to Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, taking aim at the company’s policy on handling changes that were made to the default applications in Windows 10. He called it “disturbing” and slammed the tech giant for making an aggressive move of designating its Edge as a default browser.

    Beard was referring to the Windows 10 upgrade setup process. Here, users who simply clicked on the “Next” button in the express setup will automatically have Edge as their default browser even if they have previously used Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox.

    This rubbed Beard the wrong way since most users will choose the express settings just because it’s easier. Although users are eventually given the chance to re-assign Firefox of Chrome as their default browser, many of whom will be unlikely to bother. This task would be difficult for majority of users and would just end up abandoning the process.

    Beard said in the letter, “I am writing to you about a very disturbing aspect of Windows 10. Specifically that the upgrade experience appears to have been designed to throw away the choice your customers have made about the Internet experience and they want, and replaced it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have.”

    Beard also said that his company has reached out to Microsoft to address this problem prior to Windows 10 release, but this attempt of opening communication lines has landed on deaf ears; hence this letter.

    To make it easier for users to change their default browser, Mozilla posted a tutorial which includes step-by-step instructions on how to restore Firefox as their default browser. The same instructions can also be used by users who wish to assign Chrome or Opera as their default.


  • Windows 10 Features Business Owners Will Love

    The tech industry has been filled with excitement since Microsoft announced its plan to launch Windows 10 this year. With Windows 10 slated to be released a few days from now, the anticipation is building.

    As we eagerly await the release of Windows 10, we urge business owners to take a look at Window’s latest OS and see how it can benefit your business.

    Here are some of the coolest features you should be looking for in Windows 10.

    Cortana, the digital assistant

    Cortana will help you perform tasks on tasks on the Internet, keep track of your calendar, search for documents and a lot more. You can also ask Cortana to remind you to mail a customer a document when you get back to the office or call someone at a specified time. You can even ask Cortana what the weather is in a certain city. All you need to do is to talk to it.

    Start Menu is back

    The removal of the start menu has been a big issue with the Windows 8. This time around, your employees will be able to see the traditional Windows desktop whenever they load their laptop, PC, tablet or smart phone.

    Built around security

    To ensure that your computer is safe from threats and malware, it is best to have the latest version of Windows and install updates as soon as they’re available. With Windows 10 installed on your computers, you are less likely to get malware. Plus, you’ll get security updates installed automatically.

    In addition to that, Windows will adopt a multi-factor authentication that will provide better defense against hackers and data breaches. Windows 10 will feature fingerprint and face recognition, which is a much safer approach than traditional passwords since most of us tend to forget our passwords.

    Apps across all devices

    Mobile apps play an important role in businesses from different parts of the world, and Windows understands that. Now, you can access these apps from multiple devices – whether it’s your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

    For questions about Microsoft Windows Products, or to get a quote for a bulk purchase, shop our online software store or call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.


  • Powerful Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

    Windows contains a variety of systems that are well-hidden. You might be surprised to know that there are a number of powerful tools that can help you troubleshoot or monitor your system. Some of them are buried deep in the start menu, that it’s almost impossible to launch them unless you their names.

    If you are a serious Windows fan, you’re probably familiar about these hidden gems, but if you’re an ordinary person who happens to be using Windows 7, Windows 8 or an older version of Windows, we bet you haven’t heard of these tools before.

    System information

    System information allows users to view all the relevant information about the computer – startup programs, configured environment valuables, Internet settings, driver and application details, hardware resources etc.

    The system might not be able to provide the slickest information, but it does display all the necessary information without forcing users to install any extra tools.

    Registry editor

    Some of you are probably familiar with the registry editor, but we opt to include it on the list since it is hidden. You can use the registry editor to import or export keys for reference or backup, restore the registry from a backup or to default values or to add and edit registry keys and values.

    To launch the registry editor, you need to type in “regedit” on the Start screen or Start menu. If you see a UAC dialog box, click “Yes” to open the registry editor.

    Performance monitor

    Windows comes with a number of tools for monitoring performances, but when it comes to isolating performance issues, this tool is the king.

    With the help of this tool, you can find out how your system performs over a period of time and what you can do to improve the performances.

    Windows memory diagnostic

    Memory problems are often hard to isolate. But if errors are found, the Windows memory diagnostic will attempt to determine which memory module is causing the problem. This process is done by running a set of tests.


  • The Pros and Cons of Microsoft Office 365

    Microsoft Office has been a productivity mainstay for individuals and businesses for decades. A couple of years ago, Microsoft introduced a huge change to the Office suite of products with Microsoft Office 365. While in many ways, Office 365 is the same as earlier versions of Microsoft, there are a few important differences. Continue reading