April 8th 2014 has been and gone, a notable day in the history of Microsoft and indeed the IT industry. Re-cap on reactions from twitter and find out the next steps on XP End of Support: The World Reacts by Alex Guy.

The second in a series of videos from the WindowsUG, this time from Microsoft MVP and WindowsUG member Chris Rhodes who highlights some of the benefits associated with moving to a secure and modern operating system, w/ a focus on demonstrating tasks!

If you're in the market for a new system or are working on your business' migration, we have a whole range of resources, guides and offers to help you make the move. Here's a handy selection to get you started:

Additional help for your users? See here for additional resources on how to update to Windows 8.1 for business users w/ step by step videos.

The Windows User Group runs nationally in the UK, both online and at F2F events, to provide help and information to business and individuals using Microsoft technologies. 

Run by three Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) awardees, Mike Halsey, Chris Rhodes and Andrew Bettany, they encourage everybody to get involved be that asking questions, providing advice and support or attending WindowsUG events and tours.  You can find out more at www.WindowsUG.com

Event: Windows User Group w/ Virtual Machine User Group
The WUG will be sharing their expertise and delivering talks at Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG) events in April and May focusing on Windows 8.1 – Virtualisation, Security, XP EOS and Q&A.
Come along if you’re free, registration links are below as well as an idea on what to expect from the user group.

Agenda

  • Windows 8.1 Virtualisation
    The benefits that virtualising your operating systems can bring to your business span productivity, deployment and ecology.  In this session, Microsoft MVPs Andrew Bettany, Chris Rhodes and Mike Halsey will show you the new inclusion of Hyper-V (Microsoft’s virtualisation service) in Windows 8 and how this and other virtualisation features can be used to create secure environments for security and data sensitive applications, sandbox Windows XP for continued use, make the most of your server hardware, create bootable virtual machines for rapid repurposing of business PCs and much more besides.

  • Windows 8.1 Security for business and enterprise
    Increasing numbers of companies migrating their older PC systems are recognising the security benefits that Windows 8.1 brings such as Bitlocker Pre-Provisioning, Bitlocker Automatic unlock, Bitlocker To Go, Windows To Go, VPN Reconnect Credential Manger and Secure Boot. In this session MVP and Windows certification author Andrew Bettany focuses on the features and enhancements that can make your company or organisation more secure, and the ones you should already be considering for the high impact they can have in the Enterprise space

  • XP End of Life; What it means for you and your business
    With all support for Windows XP ending on April 8th this year, many businesses and organisations are facing challenges in maintaining and supporting their existing systems. The fact is, Microsoft are not going to extend this deadline leaving many unprepared for the security and stability problems that lay ahead, and not yet ready for deployment of a more modern and secure operating system. Now 12 years old Windows XP has had a great run, and we all loved it; but now it’s time to move on. In this session we look at what this mean in terms of opportunities and threats to your company or organisation, and how to make the leap to an operating system that will be supported to 2020 and beyond. The end of XP support is a watershed moment that could see many companies ending up in the press… or the dock, but it’s also an opportunity to become our finest IT Hour.

  • Windows 8.1: Your Questions Answered
    The Windows User Group invite you to join MVP’s Chris Rhodes, Mike Halsey and Andrew Bettany as they talk about new features in Windows 8.1 , OS deployment, MDOP technologies such as DaRT and App-V. Also find out more about how Office 2013 can aid anywhere working and increase productivity when used with Windows 8.1 and cloud integration. These veterans of the IT industry have published books, articles and talked to 100s of people at user group meetings, TechEd and international events. Learn about Windows 8.1 and Office from these industry leaders who will be on hand to answer your questions live and in person. Be sure to come along with questions, as well as a desire to meet and network with fellow IT Pros.

     Tues 29th April, Leeds:
    Doubletree Hilton
    Register here

     Tues 27th May, London: 
    Doubletree Hilton
    Register here


    PC Support.tv (creators of this series) have created a short PC use and troubleshooting survey, to help them make better and more relevant how-to and support videos.  You can find the link at
    http://pcs.tv/1kcZj0b and a few minutes of your time to fill it in would be very helpful.


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