Microsoft gives a small break to Windows XP shops

For those shops that aren’t completely off Windows XP yet, two pieces of almost-good news: One, you’re definitely not alone, and two, Microsoft is extending some security programs before end-of-life this April. 

Watch out for the end of Office 2003 support

The end of Windows XP support will leave many businesses open to serious security attacks if they don’t upgrade soon. But that’s not the only popular software that’s about to lose security patches. 

Need to stick with XP? 3 options for the end of support

The end of official Windows XP support from Microsoft is now less than nine months away, but many businesses, for various reasons, can”t pry themselves away from the more-than-decade-old OS. 

‘Near-final’ Windows 8.1 build leaked

Most organizations still aren’t sold on Windows 8, and many are waiting for the upcoming Windows 8.1 update before they make up their minds. A recently leaked build might show IT what to expect. 

5 things IT needs to know about Microsoft Excel

As an IT manager, it’s likely that Excel will be one of the main tools that you encounter. In this guest post, Andy Brown lists five things that you need to keep in mind when managing and using Microsoft’s ever-popular spreadsheet. 

Easy tricks to solve 3 Windows 8 problems

With XP’s end of support quickly approaching, many organizations are upgrading to a new operating system. In many cases, that’s Windows 8, which means IT departments need to help their company’s users deal with some common complaints about the new OS. 

How to add the Start menu back into Windows 8

Windows 8 made some big changes to a familiar operating system. But will Microsoft backtrack and add a new Windows 8 Start menu in its next update? 

Are you ready for the end of Windows XP support?

There’s now less than one year before Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows XP support. And by the look of it, many companies could be open to serious security risks when it happens. 

‘Windows Blue’ OS leaked: What can we expect from Microsoft’s update?

An updated version of Windows 8, originally referred to as “Windows Blue,” is due for release this summer. Will the update convince more businesses to switch to Microsoft’s latest OS? 

Top free antivirus programs to protect your company’s network

Many companies are trying to decide whether antivirus software is worth spending money on. For those that say no, guest blogger Cara Aley has some advice on the best free antivirus programs companies can choose.