18 Sep 2018

After 2020 Using Windows 7 will cost you

Windows 7 Pro & Enterprise = $

In a recent blog post Microsoft announced it will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020. Many businesses still use the popular operating system, some estimates put it at 38.65% according to StatCounter.

Microsoft didn’t provide pricing but stated the “extended support package” will be sold on a per-device basis and will increase every year. It will be available only for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise – not home versions of the OS.

Microsoft has used this tactic before when they encouraged users to ditch Windows XP. They offered a free upgrade again last year to Windows 10 when it first became available but that offer has since expired.

Now you must either: 1) Pay to upgrade to Windows 10, or 2) If you are running a business with the specific OS’s mentioned pay to receive ongoing security support. This also encourages (forces) all laggards to update and get on the latest versions of Windows under the guise of “Helping customers shift to a modern desktop”.

With so many systems running Windows 7, mainly for its ease of use and familiarity, it will be interesting to see how businesses react appropriately. If internal I.T. departments are proactive to execute a simple OS update they will experience a short drop in productivity immediately after updates. Of course, as staff become accustom and familiar they will experience improved security and increased productivity.

Don’t delay an update and risk possible security breaches or worse, complete loss of data. Upgrade your systems to Windows 10 now and ensure your company is utilizing the best possible software for your business. Contact your local I.T. professionals, Response I.T. at 613 549-5568 or email us here.

 

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11 Sep 2018

Pay for Google Maps on your Website?

Google Maps Severe Price Jump: What It Means for Your Business

On June 11 2018, Google launched the biggest upgrade that the Google Maps API has seen in years. Not only did the Internet giant change the name of the products to Google Maps Platform, it also reconfigured how users will be billed. This sneaky pre-GDPR move has left many people fuming.

Google Maps API or “Google Maps Platform” is an application programming interface that returns helpful data about places and locations. This technology allows maps to be embedded on websites so visitors can easily locate your business.

New Changes

Among the fundamental changes, the 18 APIs that formerly existed are now combined into Maps, Routes and Places. Maps offers static and dynamic views of locations. Routes offers transit, biking and walking directions. Places provides addresses, reviews, contact information and even atmospheric insights about the researched business.

Cost?

The new Maps Platform offers a seemingly innocuous pricing structure. The first $200 of monthly usage is completely free. This credit is generally enough to cover the cost of having a static map embedded in a website.

So what’s the issue? Well, if you venture into using a Dynamic Map with custom content and imagery, suddenly that $200 will only cover about 28,000 monthly page loads. Users under the old pricing structure received 25,000 free page loads per day!

Credit Card Information

Another kicker for users is the fact that they won’t even be able to take part in this 1400% price surge unless they hand their credit card information over to Google. Maps Platform stipulates that users must have a billing account. This applies to all users – even a small business using a basic map locator.

Google is clearly attempting to capitalize on the popular functionality of Maps, while leaving small enterprises at its mercy. Employing Managed Services from a trusted I.T. provider is the best way for businesses to assuage outrageous costs. A provider will ensure that your website adapts to all changes and remains a valuable tool for visitors.

Changes are unavoidable, but a trusted I.T. provider like Response I.T. can effectively manage the hassles they bring. If you have questions or concerns about the recent changes to Google Maps Platform, and how they could effect your website experience please contact our experts at 613 549-5568.

 

 

 

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