My first …… I know I am dating myself.

If I could only get back the hours wasted on playing Asteroids.

This Atari, an 8 bit home computer, was state of the art in 1979. It had a rudimentary operating system and retail available (in cartridge form) that was inserted into the slots in the door above the keyboard. From this point forward the formula was set.

Run to the store for the latest software release, bring it home and enjoy.

For the last 35 years, that software had to be replaced every 2 to 3 years with the latest and greatest, and you were conditioned to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, for the latest version.

Fast forward to 2013.

Microsoft, Adobe and others turn the software market upside down with a cloud based subscription model. Advancements in internet speed and reliability make the cloud and cloud based software solutions a reality.

You, the consumer, can now pay a low monthly fee and won’t have to worry about upgrades. Companies like Microsoft and Adobe manage the upgrades in the background, provide you storage, spam, and virus protection. If you are looking at Office 365 Small Business Premium, rates start at $15.00 per month or $12.50 per month for an annual up-front fee.

So what is the down side? If you have a poor internet connection you will see performance issues; however, that is not the applications fault.  Also there are restrictions as to the number of e-mails you can receive in a 24-hour period, so be sure to manage those unnecessary emails.

For more information on cloud based applications to save you and your company time and money, give us a call we will be happy to work with you to Simplify Your Technology.

Craig Stephenson





Craig Stephenson

Senior Systems Consultant

Tech-II Business Services Inc.

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