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The Monthly Download—March 2024

Are you really ready to upgrade?

So, you’re thinking about upgrading your business to Windows 11? That’s a smart move because this update comes with some cool features that can boost your productivity.

But here’s the thing, it’s not as simple as clicking a button and SHAZAM, you’re on Windows 11. You need a plan, or you might end up with some messy downtime and confused employees.

Before you get all excited about Windows 11, check which of your current PCs can handle the upgrade. Some older machines might not meet the system requirements, and you don’t want any surprises down the road. If you need to replace some computers, make sure you budget for that as part of your upgrade plan.

Most of your software that works on Windows 10 should play nice with Windows 11, but don’t take that for granted. Look at all the software your business relies on to make sure it won’t freak out with the new operating system (OS). Some software might need updates to get along with Windows 11, so keep an eye on that too.

Whenever you’re making a big change that affects your team, you’ve got to have a plan. It’s your roadmap to success. So, what should your upgrade plan include?

  • Clear and honest communication with your team about the upgrade
  • Training sessions to show your employees the ropes of the new OS
  • Help for your managers to guide their teams
  • A timeline for when the upgrade will happen and all the communication and training that goes with it
  • A plan to handle any bumps in the road and any resistance you might encounter
  • A resource to help your team with any questions or issues they have after the upgrade

Alternatively, team up with an IT support partner to make sure everything goes smoothly and to take the weight off your shoulders!

Don’t go solo on this one; it’s best to have IT pros in your corner. If something goes wrong during the upgrade and you’ve done it yourself, it might take a lot longer to get things back on track. Let experts like our team handle it. We know what we’re doing.

Upgrading to Windows 11 can supercharge your business, but only if you plan.

If you’d like help to make the change as smooth as can be, get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

Conference and Tradeshow season is heating up! We have our eyes on a few but if you know of any you think we would be a great fit at, let us know! We will be doing more cybersecurity training this month as well, always keeping up to date on the latest in cyber crime.

Business gadget of the month

LG Gram +view portable monitor: On the move with nothing but your laptop for company?
Sometimes the screen just isn’t big enough to let you be as productive as you need to be.

That’s where this LG Gram +view 16-inch portable monitor comes in. It gives you more screen space on the move or a second display for when you really need it. Not only that, but it’s also got a non-reflective display and weighs just 660g for easy carrying.

$346.89 from Amazon.

Technology Update

This is why you should never use cracked software

Software can be expensive. It might be tempting to use ‘cracked’ or pirated versions to save a few pennies, but in reality, the cost to your business could be even higher.

That’s because cybercriminals are using cracked software to install malware on devices and networks. Once installed, they have access to all your data and even your finances.

Macs are particularly at risk right now, thanks to a campaign targeting macOS software. Be careful, and always use legitimate software!

Tech facts

  • For every 12.5 million spam emails sent out, only one person responds. That might not sound like much… until you consider that more than 14 billion spam messages are sent every day.
  • Before becoming the web’s video juggernaut, YouTube was created to be a video dating service.
  • The first computer mouse only had one button – and was made of wood.

Inspirational quote of the month

Don’t be afraid to change
the model.

—Reed Hastings, co-founder,
and CEO of Netflix

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) Which browser has a hidden game that involves a T-Rex jumping over cacti?

2) Which virtual assistant started life as an iPhone app in 2010 before being acquired by Apple 3 months later?

3) What year was Windows XP launched to the public?

4) Which company invented the hard disk drive?

5) What was the first Android mobile phone?

The answers are below.

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Siri
  3. 2001
  4. IBM
  5. HTC Dream

New to Microsoft 365

Snipping Tool is about to get even better

We all love Microsoft’s Snipping Tool, but in Windows 11 it’s about to get a new feature that will take it to the next level.

You’ll be able to add shapes (think circles or arrows to highlight content) to your image rather than opening another tool, like Microsoft Paint or another third-party tool.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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