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The Softchoice Blog: Client Computing

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Client Computing | July 22, 2019 by Susana Byun
Here are your top 5 must-read announcements from Microsoft this month:
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Client Computing | June 13, 2019 by Susana Byun
Here are our 9 must-read topics from Microsoft on June 2019:
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Client Computing | May 15, 2019 by Susana Byun
Here are our 9 must-read topics from Microsoft on May 2019:
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Client Computing | November 29, 2018 by Joseph Byer
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last-ever “version” of the OS. Learn about the benefits around Microsoft’s new approach towards Windows.
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Client Computing | August 23, 2018 by Joseph Byer
Many businesses are still running Windows 7. They may not realize that continuing to add Windows 7 devices will complicate the transition to Windows 10.
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Client Computing | July 20, 2018
During a frustrating workday, some of us might wish that our laptop was engulfed in flames, or dropped on a concrete floor. But for people who work in harsh environments like firefighters or police, that’s just a normal part of being on the job. Their devices endure extreme thermal shocks, precipitation, and other hazards. They […]
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Client Computing | July 18, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here. Kicking off Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2018, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, hosted a keynote and shared […]
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Client Computing | July 17, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas, attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Microsoft’s biggest partner conference – and I’m excited to bring you the latest news and announcements. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote presentation about digital transformation and the way people now experience life through technology. As Microsoft […]
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Technology has made the traditional “office job” outdated. Today, employees have a wealth of technology options – and expectations – in the workplace. They see poor technology and inflexible work arrangements as a sign you’re behind the times.
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When a refresh comes around, cost and manageability are your key concerns. But while a “one-size-fits-all” may work for IT, it may also frustrate your users. If your device selection doesn’t match expectations, you risk losing out on the 66% of workers who say technology affects their choice of employer.
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Client Computing | January 15, 2018
A device failure in a mission-critical situation will deal a large blow to your team’s progress. It will compromise their safety in hazardous environments. It will also impact team morale and efficiency. In this article, we explain why you cannot afford to equip your mobile teams with common laptops and tablets.
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Client Computing | December 7, 2017 by Emily A. Davidson
Replacing hardware every three years is an expensive solution. Here are 3 reasons NOT to replace laptops or workstations that are out of warranty.
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Client Computing | September 29, 2017 by Angela Cope
Many organizations with labor-intensive jobs have strict health and safety regulations in place. For good reason. Safety rules protect employees and reduce costs and risks of workplace accidents. However, health risks aren’t just associated with labor-intensive jobs. Injuries associated with long-term computer usage are on the rise. These injuries are referred to as Repetitive Strain Injuries […]
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Client Computing | September 13, 2017 by Angela Cope
Enable Mobility With The Right Technology. Mobility in the workplace is not as simple as turning on a light. Introducing the new Dell Latitude 7380
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Client Computing | September 8, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan
Aligning your hardware refresh with your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) can help you reduce costs and save time.
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Client Computing | June 29, 2017 by Joseph Byer
You want to allow users to be their most productive. So, you introduce manageability measures to easily deploy tools and enforce security standards that prevent threats without disrupting the flow of productivity. Nonetheless, your users will always  take some steps to improve their own productivity (via apps and cloud services)  that also hampers manageability and […]
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Download the Infographic here Whether it is that time in the refresh cycle or your organization’s hardware has slowed to a crawl, upgrading to new devices powered by seventh-generation Intel Core processors and Windows 10 Pro can save time, money, and countless headaches. Here is why. 1. That old laptop isn’t what it used to […]
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Client Computing | April 17, 2017 by Liz Teodorini
With so many great devices on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is best to supply to your workforce. Given the productivity and efficiency gains possible from equipping employees with the right device, this isn’t a buying decision to take lightly. To help solve this purchasing dilemma, we posed the most […]
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How App Virtualization Makes This Possible Two years ago, Wired Magazine predicted the smartphone could replace the PC as your only computing device. Could this prediction now be coming true, even in a work context?
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Client Computing | April 3, 2017 by Liz Teodorini
Updated April 3, 2017 Case When Microsoft entered the hardware industry and introduced specs for the initial Microsoft Surface Pro, some were skeptical about whether it could compete in the marketplace. Now that the latest generation of Microsoft Surface devices has been adopted by thousands of companies worldwide, success is undeniable. Many users have switched […]
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Client Computing | December 22, 2016 by Arun Kirupananthan
Unlocked phones from OEMs like Samsung has changed the game – Being able to swap SIM cards means more control along with key cost and flexibility benefits.
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Client Computing | September 6, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
If you’re unsure about whether to update your operating system (OS) to Windows 10 or just buy a new computer, you are in good company. For months our Softchoice team has been fielding questions like “Is my hardware capable of making the leap to Windows 10?” and “Am I better off just investing in new hardware now?” Sound familiar? Here are three reasons you should buy new.
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Many changes have added a lot of complexity to the job of IT asset management (ITAM). The result: higher-than-ever risk exposure, possible fines, and wastage. Add to this, expectations from management that IT be a proactive decision maker, driving efficiencies while delivering ever-growing ROI. Not to mention pressure from accounting for accurate records and revenue conservation.
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Client Computing | July 21, 2016
We cover AutoCAD 2017 licensing changes, new features, tips & tricks, and scroll for a contest to win a trip for 2 to Autodesk University in Las Vegas! Click here to learn more.
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Client Computing | June 20, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
While a few manufacturers announced production of curved monitors back in January, Dell recently released its first entry—the U3415W UltraSharp 34-inch Curved Monitor. The device puts performance ahead of the curve with one of the world’s first 34-inch, 21:9 curved monitors, which presents a panoramic view. It also offers WQHD 3440×1440 resolution, with more than […]
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Client Computing | June 8, 2016
In December 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the adoption of a Final Rule to improve roadway safety for commercial truck drivers. All drivers are mandated to have trucks equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), replacing the paper log books that many are accustom to. In February 2016, the Canadian Government followed suit, announcing that the Ministry of Transportation would have a similar mandate in coming months.
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Client Computing | June 7, 2016 by Joseph Byer
When the job gets tough, you need technology that can keep up. Insert: rugged devices. For working environments that present excessive motion, extreme weather, harsh temperatures and exposure to various elements, a rugged laptop will provide key defence on the frontlines. Their design is focused entirely on withstanding these conditions, which may include everything from their external housing to their internal components and cooling arrangements, too.
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Client Computing | June 1, 2016
Dell made a huge impact on the rugged market in 2014 with the introduction of the Latitude Rugged and Rugged Extreme to the market. Boasting to be the answer to the needs of the world’s toughest jobs and harshest conditions, they made a promise to the market to Go Beyond Rugged. And they delivered.
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Client Computing | December 28, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
The new generation of HP LaserJet Enterprise printers are here, and they’re kind of a big deal. With a heightened focus on security, mobility, productivity and environmental footprint, here’s why we feel the M527, M577 and M506 series should be a serious consideration for your organization.
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Client Computing | October 7, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
On October 6th, 2015, at Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices event in New York, a number of exciting new product additions were announced to the Surface family.
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Client Computing | June 25, 2015 by Gary Smyth
This is a very exciting time in Apple history! Not only are they dominating in the consumer market – they’re also making great strides in the business world. With more consumers now using Apple products in their personal lives, it only makes sense they want to use them in the office as well. Just like the iPhone […]
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Client Computing | April 1, 2015
The benefits of adopting enterprise-focused tablets in your workplace are well-established by this point, and they bear repeating. Tablets are portable, versatile options to the traditional workplace notebook, and their dual-function nature means that employers may forego the usual laptop-and-mobile-device combo and commit to a single all-purpose tablet. While this is true, IT teams are […]
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Client Computing | March 27, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
Managing a fleet of printers is one of the least favorite jobs for an IT Manager. Softchoice Help Desk Manager, Shawn McCoubrey, put it best: “Troubleshooting a printer is not a technical thing – its a wasted resource. Things like replacing toner – anyone can do that, especially in this day and age. Our IT […]
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Client Computing | March 19, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
At Softchoice, we understand how cumbersome and frustrating print management can be. Before we switched to a Managed Print Service (MPS), our IT department was responsible for managing over 200 printers, all across the US and Canada. Managing, maintaining and supporting these printers felt like it was an all-consuming task. Our IT guys regularly had to […]
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Client Computing | March 2, 2015 by Joseph Byer
Softchoice is pleased to be one of the first Authorized Resellers in North America to support Apple’s Device Enrollrment Program. The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices. Enroll today! What Apple’s Device Enrollment Program means for you
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Client Computing | February 3, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
In the past, big business owned innovation. If your name was Ford or General Electric you had the money to create influence that reached a global audience. You weren’t just the early adopters – you dictated what technology other organizations adopted. You showed everyone how it was done. Thankfully, for small and mid-sized businesses, possibly like yours, […]
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Client Computing | January 26, 2015 by Emily A. Davidson
What? A refresh? But servers last longer than ever! That’s true, but unless innovation slows down (ha ha) they will reach an inevitable point where they are more venerable than valuable. In the data center, this means tough and expensive decisions must be made. In this blog post, I argue for Cisco’s UCS as a stable platform for […]
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Client Computing | November 26, 2014
With flexible working arrangements available in many organizations these days, the use of tablets and mobile devices is now prevalent. In fact, 95 per cent of companies permit their use. Tablets provide a myriad of benefits to users, combining the portability of a smartphone with the full range of functions traditionally found in a laptop. While there […]
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Client Computing | November 3, 2014
If you’ve ever had your workplace brought to a screeching halt because of network performance issues, you’ll know that those lost minutes of productivity can truly become an issue over time. IT users in particular can suffer the most lost time when it comes to network issues — around two or three full working days per […]
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Client Computing | July 31, 2014 by Angela Cope
Every day our Softchoice Account Managers work with our vendor partners to provide clients with the best prices and products. Because of the wide variety of cost-saving programs available, I discuss these programs with experts frequently to connect the right clients with the right programs. Recently, I chatted with Robert Volkman, one of our Print Specialists, […]
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Client Computing | June 16, 2014 by Angela Cope
Back in November 2013, I came home to find my monthly issue of Wired waiting for me. The cover featured a young girl in a school uniform with “The Next Steve Jobs” in big bold text. The article told an amazing story about a teacher who introduced new classroom methods to his students in an impoverished city […]
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Client Computing | June 3, 2014 by Angela Cope
Back in March, we got word that Autodesk was changing its licensing options and a couple of our customers had questions around this change. I want to dive deeper into the pros and cons of purchasing desktop subscription over perpetual licenses. “Autodesk Desktop Subscription, available for a variety of 2014 and 2015 standalone products and suites, […]
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Client Computing | April 8, 2014 by Angela Cope
It’s been almost a year since Adobe moved from a boxed software model to the cloud and subscription-based licensing approach with Adobe Creative Cloud. And this month we were informed that Adobe has launched Creative Cloud for education. With this comes the introduction of device licensing and changes to the Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program.
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Client Computing | March 13, 2014 by Robyn Eddison
Autodesk has announced to Softchoice that a major change is coming which will affect how clients acquire and maintain its software. As of February 1, 2015, clients will no longer have the option to purchase an “upgrade SKU” for out-of-date software titles. Instead, clients will have two choices: Paying the full price to get the most recent […]
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Client Computing | December 17, 2013 by Joseph Byer
The most popular mobile OS received its single biggest facelift this year with the release of iOS 7 in September. Apple® introduced a plethora of new features to go along with the completely redesigned UI. The adoption was almost instantaneous and now over 80% of eligible devices are running the new OS. The upgrades affected […]
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Client Computing | December 17, 2013 by Joseph Byer
When Apple® introduced the new MacBook Pro® with Retina® display late in October, they also unveiled the latest version of Mac® OS X® operation system, Mavericks. With over 200 new features it quickly reached critical acclaim – especially considering the upgrade is free for users as far back as Snow Leopard. Unbeknownst to the average user, Apple […]
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Client Computing | October 30, 2013 by Matthew Bynum
As a participant in the CYOD pilot at Softchoice, I’ve been trying out my new tablet/laptop hybrid and chose my device based on the specs listed. I’m a power user, so I need at least a Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM. Storage isn’t a big deal, since I keep the majority of my files […]
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Client Computing | October 17, 2013 by Trevor Rief
My technology life has gotten pretty cluttered. Two laptops for work due to refresh issues, a tablet and personal PC at home, and an Android smartphone connected to me at all times.  Each has its strengths and drawbacks but none are the perfect fit – the smartphone is probably the closest but still could be […]
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Client Computing | October 1, 2013 by Angela Cope
When we started planning our CYOD pilot, we faced two critical success factors right out of the gate. We needed to ensure participants could pick a device that would excite and inspire them, AND leverage our IT department’s expertise in providing technology that will perform admirably (and reliably) within our environment. What Softchoice chose for […]
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Client Computing | September 27, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Gone are the days where employees blindly accept their corporate-issued PC. A Forrester report stated that many high-ranking employees prefer the Mac®, as “most of the Macs today are being freewheeled into the office by executives, top sales reps, and other workaholics.” This motivation goes beyond just wanting a pretty new machine, too. The report […]
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Client Computing | September 17, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Many people believe the Mac® is more secure than PCs, and that hackers don’t waste time on them. Forrester has even reported that a Mac is “more secure than a Windows machine,” as “historically there have been relatively few intrusions on a Mac.” However, the Mac has become commonplace in the enterprise and 50% of businesses now […]
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Client Computing | September 5, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Microsoft announced that as of April 8, 2014 it will no longer support Windows XP. If you work at one of the 67% of organizations that are still on XP, now’s the time to step up and refresh your aging systems. And you don’t need to default to Windows 7 or 8 just because you’ve […]
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Client Computing | August 13, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Due to the growing demand for Apple products, more companies have given the green light on to the Mac. Forrester has estimated that almost 50% of North American and Western European companies now issue a Mac to their employees. Our “How to Decide if Your Organization is Apple-Ready” infographic also highlights a number of factors […]
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Client Computing | August 7, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
One of the perks working closely with the Blackberry team is getting our hands on new devices. I’ve been using the Z10 since November and have been really enjoying it. A review and video can be found here. Many of the people I’ve been working with have been anxiously awaiting the latest BlackBerry with full, […]
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Client Computing | July 16, 2013 by Robyn Eddison
In May 2013, Adobe launched Creative Cloud – a SaaS app subscription based model of Adobe’s Creative Suite products. As many customers begin to transition from the traditional desktop based applications to working online, Adobe recognized that public sector clients have unique requirements. That’s why on July 8th 2013, Adobe announced the new CLP Government term […]
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Client Computing | June 6, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Macs are invading the enterprise … whether you’re ready or not. While many organizations traditionally discourage the use of Apple products due to perceptions of higher costs and incompatibilities with the Windows architecture, many feel the tide has turned. In fact, according to Forrester, almost 50% of North American and Western European businesses now issue Macs to […]
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Client Computing | May 16, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Ever since mobile devices with front-facing cameras hit the mainstream, the way we communicate with each other has been moving from sci-fi to reality. Slick-looking devices like the iPhone and iPad now bring people face-to-face over great distances – just like we’ve seen in the movies. While FaceTime and other chat apps may be great […]
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Client Computing | May 14, 2013 by Jason McNeill
Companies who jump into implementing a collaboration solution get so bogged down with project specs, purchasing and implementation concerns that they forget the most important factor: end-user adoption. Hans Hwang, VP of Advanced Services at Cisco says “…the high cost of low adoption really kicks [in] when under-adoption stops collaboration-enabled strategic initiatives in their tracks.” Basically, […]
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Client Computing | May 7, 2013 by Robyn Eddison
**Updated July2014: Adobe Releases Creative Cloud 2014** **Updated March 21st, 2014: Important changes to CS6 have been announced** In December 2012, Adobe introduced Creative Cloud for Teams – its first foray into cloud-based subscription to license its creative suite of products. This week Adobe announced it’s done with boxed software and is betting big on […]
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Client Computing | January 31, 2013 by Joseph Byer
There’s been lots of discussion of the two OSes merging to the point where a Mac will be all touch-driven. Personally, I can’t see that happen as there’s a certain level of functionality we’ve come to expect from a mouse-based OS like OS X. Also, let’s not forget about gorilla arm. Rather, the change is […]
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Client Computing | January 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
The new BlackBerry 10 has arrived! Because Softchoice is part of the BlackBerry Technical Preview Program, we had exclusive access to the technology (handset and server software) before its official release, and I was able to spend a couple of weeks using the device. During that time, I had a chance to form some pretty strong […]
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Client Computing | January 28, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
Considering BlackBerry out of the game is like saying you won’t drink water out of your tap now knowing that Coke exists. If you are interested in securely managing data on your smartphones and tablets you should at least look at Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) and BlackBerry 10 (BB 10). While the competition is definitely popular, there […]
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Client Computing | December 17, 2012
If only that old multi-function printer down the hall could be used to print money – legally speaking of course – maybe we’d pay a bit closer attention to how it contributes to the bottom line. But as it stands, most organizations under-value the impact printing, scanning, copying and faxing has on their finances. Perhaps […]
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Client Computing | November 20, 2012 by Joseph Byer
Beyond the fact that it’s a brilliant product for consumers, the new iPad Mini may be the ideal device for those “hard to reach places” in the business world. Already we’re hearing it fits nicely into a lab coat pocket exciting doctors and scientists around the world. But what other fields could the iPad, in any […]
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Client Computing | November 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Intel first introduced the Ultrabook concept with the goal of working with major PC Vendors to create ultra-slim, ultra-powerful machines that could offer the convenience and portability of a tablet, yet still retain most of the functionalities of a traditional notebook. While the first generation of Ultrabooks were generally seen as better suited to personal […]
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Client Computing | November 14, 2012
After much anticipation, Windows 8  is finally here — and the market is buzzing about what this means for the tablet space, which has been dominated by only a couple of products. The latest OS offers a very different interface from what customers are used to, including extensive touch-screen capabilities. Some of the industry’s biggest manufacturers are coming […]
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Client Computing | November 7, 2012
Blackberry® Mobile Fusion unifies and simplifies mobile device management. For a little while there it looked like the soup of mobile devices whirling around the average office — personal and corporate smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, even gaming devices – might push IT over the edge. After all if the folks in IT can’t effectively […]
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Client Computing | October 31, 2012
As IT leaders increasingly look to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to deliver cost savings and productivity, it’s more important than ever to select the best thin-client endpoints to get the job done. VDI promises huge upsides, from lowering OPEX to simplifying asset management. But, if the endpoints are mismatched with the needs of users, those benefits may […]
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Client Computing | September 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
What’s the potential of the cloud? How does it fit with your organization? What are the first steps to get started? If you’re considering a move to the cloud, then you’ll want to attend Softchoice’s Cloud event September 25th in Toronto. We’ve brought together industry experts and Softchoice thought leaders to share their unique insights […]
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Client Computing | August 28, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
The “client computing revolution” is upon us, and in a world where enabling a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in your organization “isn’t optional”, IT administrators face a plethora of concerns they may have never previously considered. With consumer technology advancing at the speed of light, IT departments need to make sure they can […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
It happened to Sony in 2011, and LinkedIn this spring. It’s no secret that data breaches are on the rise. Database security is phenomenally critical to a company’s overall health. A serious breach can result in extreme monetary damage composed of bad publicity, noncompliance fines and business disruption. It can tarnish the reputation of even […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Effective security information and event management (SIEM) means properly analyzing your security event data in real time – threats and vulnerabilities to your organization’s systems — and collecting and analyzing your log data for regulatory compliance. But as SIEM/Log Management technology has rapidly evolved and you’ve had some time to live with the offerings you’ve implemented, you might […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
 It’s such a familiar story these days. Businesses facing budget tradeoffs find themselves looking for ways to defer costs, cut costs and squeeze value wherever they can. And when they do, they often risk creating greater headaches down the road. While it may sound cliché, it’s also the reality we live in. And nowhere is […]
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Client Computing | July 27, 2012 by Joel Marans
Life used to be much simpler for IT departments. There were clients, there was a data center, and there were server-based applications that end-users accessed in a controlled, secure manner. No longer — that environment is changing radically, with a movement toward mobile and cloud. End-users want consumer and corporate apps available on any device, from […]
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Client Computing | June 20, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Get your organization Adobe Creative Cloud before the official release! Adobe Creative Cloud is a creative hub where designers can explore, create, publish, and share work using Adobe Creative Suite 6 components and online services. While Creative Cloud Individual will be available soon on Adobe.com, in the coming months, Adobe will introduce Creative Cloud Team for […]
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Client Computing | June 11, 2012 by Joseph Byer
Exciting news out of the Apple World Wide Developers Conference today as Apple refreshed their line-up of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs – and introduced the next standard of ultimate notebooks. Both the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs got bumped up in spec, as did the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro. Processors, room for more […]
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Client Computing | May 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Protecting devices that have personal and corporate data on them. People are 15 times more likely to lose a mobile phone than a laptop, making loss the biggest threat to mobile users. But it’s not hardware replacement costs that pose the greatest risk. After all, as consumerization and BYO trends take hold in the business […]
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Client Computing | May 22, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
The Adobe K-12 Enterprise Agreement (EA) minimizes costs and complexity and maximizes investments in new technology. Whether it’s through Career and Technical Education programs or by introducing them across the curriculum, 21st century communication tools are finding their way into more and more classrooms. That’s great news for teachers, administrators and other education leaders searching for ways […]
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Client Computing | May 21, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
6 Quick Tips to Help Your Users Improve Mobile Security. Forget dogs. With more than 4 billion mobile phones in use worldwide, not to mention, tens of millions of tablets, mobile devices are man’s new BFF (Sorry Sparky). But our best friends are under serious threat, with hackers and scammers finding unprecedented ways to target personal […]
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Client Computing | May 8, 2012
In my first post, I focused on the impact of the new cloud-enabled features in Autodesk 2013. In this second post, I’m going to take a closer look at their subscription offering, and why (if you’re not already) you need to consider it. Why Subscriptions make sense for Enterprise Software Subscription makes sense if you […]
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Client Computing | May 8, 2012
There’s a lot of ground to cover with the AutoCAD 2013 release. In total, there are seventeen new features over the 2012 edition. There are two aspects of this release that I believe are most relevant to IT departments and procurement teams. In this first post, I talk about the Cloud, and how it’s going to […]
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Client Computing | May 7, 2012
In my first post I explained how the trend of moving apps to the the cloud – specifically Adobe’s Creative Cloud – will be a transformative experience for creative professionals. In the second part of my series about the launch of Adobe CS 6, I’m focusing on the second trend I’ve been watching: the evolution of subscription […]
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Client Computing | May 7, 2012
Like you, I’ve played with various products within Adobe’s Creative Suite like Acrobat and Photoshop over the years. And over the same number of years, as a technology marketer, I’ve seen two major trends within the software industry that are particularly relevant to IT departments and procurement teams. The first trend is the how the […]
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Dell Compellent storage is an enterprise data storage array that delivers high performance with fewer drives, power and space. With Compellent being utilized any organization can save time and reduce human error with its built-in intelligence and automation which streamline data management. Compellent has advanced space-efficient snapshot technology that protects organizations against needless downtime which […]
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Client Computing | April 27, 2012
New devices and OS adoption in the enterprise is booming. In one example, one of the largest premium Exchange hosting providers discovered that 57% of ActiveSync activations were to iPhones and 21% were to iPads. Apple’s Mac Business sales grew 51% at the end of 2011. You are likely looking to accommodate these devices in […]
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Client Computing | April 25, 2012 by Keith Groom
The new Intel Ivy Bridge launched today, and here at Softchoice we’re thinking about the ways this new processor is going to be changing the PC/Laptop/Mobile game for you, our customers. When you look at the specs, you can see that Ivy Bridge is aggressively fast, power efficient and small. The Ivy Bridge Processor is going […]
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Client Computing | April 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Over the next five years, a billion more people will be using the internet with an estimated 15 billion connected devices and untold more visual and interactive content, increasing the internet’s data footprint to over 1,000 Exabytes – or (get used to hearing this term a lot more) – 1 Zettabyte. This trifecta of more […]
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Client Computing | March 26, 2012 by Danielle Williams
  Getting a contract signed manually is expensive, inefficient and lengthens revenue cycles — resulting in thousands or even millions of dollars in lost revenue. Other pain points include waiting on payments, filing and storage issues, and lack of line of sight between sales and operations. Faxing has become an archaic practice (and is usually […]
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Client Computing | March 15, 2012 by Danielle Williams
  Our post on the Playbook last year  brought some thought-provoking responses from our readers. There were definitely a few things missing from the original Playbook, and with the recent launch of Playbook 2.0, RIM has introduced a number of innovations that end-users have been asking for – and should make IT managers happy. 1. […]
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Client Computing | January 25, 2012 by Joseph Byer
  Two years ago this month Apple introduced what Steve Jobs called a “magical” device. But if you let go if it in mid-air, will it magically float? (Don’t try this without one of these cases) I’m more of a Penn & Teller fan myself, I’m interested in what REALLY happens behind the scenes of  […]
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Client Computing | December 16, 2011
Is your aging printer fleet taking over your life? Like weeds or barnacles, old printers start growing all over your fleet, decreasing productivity and increasing management headaches. New printers and managed print services could be the right option for your company — and they may be much more cost-effective than you realize. Most organizations are focused […]
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Client Computing | December 13, 2011 by Softchoice Advisor
There’s a new reality out there – and by “out there” we mean inside your organization. Just take a look around your boardroom tables, your hallways and cafeteria, your employees’ desks, even in your data center itself – smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere and, more often than not, they’re not yours. The consumerization of […]
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Client Computing | December 13, 2011 by Softchoice Advisor
What would Sherlock Holmes be without Watson? Captain Kirk without Spock? Fred without Barney? The same can be said about desktop virtualization. Why? it turns out that virtual desktops technology isn’t worth a hill of beans without the proper storage infrastructure supporting it in the background. Organizations making the shift to a virtual desktop infrastructure […]
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Client Computing | December 8, 2011 by Danielle Williams
Perhaps you’ve decided to go down the path of application virtualization, because you’re looking to have the ability to provision applications within minutes. Or perhaps you’re looking to free your applications from the underlying hardware, enabling agility not available in the physical computing world. Or you’re looking to improve quality of service by allowing applications […]
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Client Computing | December 6, 2011 by Danielle Williams
Most companies already have some form of protection against cyber-threats and malware, such as anti-virus software. But the threat landscape changes at warp speed, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest threats, and even harder to manage a diverse set of security tools. One solution you might want to consider in your security […]
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Client Computing | November 10, 2011 by Danielle Williams
It used to be that you could upgrade your Adobe Creative Suite software from three versions back. So if you had Adobe CS2, you could get Adobe CS5 for the cost of an upgrade, which is a lot less than the full license. This is going to change. When Creative Suite 6 rolls out, only […]
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Client Computing | November 9, 2011 by Danielle Williams
If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to BES 5 — the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server — here are a few points to consider. If you’re using BES 4, you can still manage devices with BlackBerry OS 5. So if you have a corporate standard around OS 5, you don’t need to upgrade at […]
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Client Computing | November 9, 2011 by Danielle Williams
If you’ve been considering a move to Adobe Acrobat X, now might be a good time to review your options. As of Nov. 3, Adobe Acrobat 8 (which launched back in November 2006) is no longer being supported — not to mention, the latest version has a lot of cool features that can help your […]
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Client Computing | October 6, 2011 by Joseph Byer
I first found out the news about Steve Jobs passing when I awoke my iPad at around 8pm on Wednesday. I had heard the tell-tale sound of a push notification earlier during dinner, but as the screen lit up, there it was. The message from the CNN app that Steve Jobs, the greatest technology innovator […]
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Client Computing | September 20, 2011 by Danielle Williams
Tablets are de rigueur in the offices everywhere with executives and gadget junkies alike sizing up their options for tablets. However, with all the hoopla has also been a lot of debate about the tablet’s place in the enterprise with a particular eye on the iPad. Admittedly many of the hundreds of thousands of apps […]