Windows 9 Launch for September 30 event?

Windows 9 Launch?

Microsoft will host a press event on September 30th where the company is expected to unveil what could possibly be the last major overhaul of its flagship Windows operating system, Windows 9. Microsoft sent out the invitations to the 30 September event, all but confirming that the next version of Windows is imminent. 

Industry experts predict this will be the first chance for developers and users to get a preview of the next version of Windows, which due for release next spring. Until now (September), Microsoft has not mentioned Windows 9 by name but the image to the right was posted by the firm's Chinese division on Weibo saying "Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?". 

cnbeta windows 9

It was quickly removed but cnBeta managed to grab it. 

Experts expect Windows 9 to launch in PCs, laptops, tablets and phones that you can buy in April 2015 but Microsoft is likely to show it off - to some extent - on 30 September as it has now sent out invites to an event where it will outline 'what's next for Windows and the enterprise'. 

Microsoft will reportedly show off a 'Windows Technical Preview'. A revamped Start menu - one that hews more closely to the one in Windows 7 - a de-emphasis of the touch-first "Modern," née "Metro," mode and UI (user interface), and the ability to run Modern apps in Windows on the classic desktop have been bandied as Windows 9's most obvious changes.

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Facebook Value Tops $200bn

The market value of the social networking site Facebook has exceeded the $200 billion mark, making it the 22nd largest company in the world. 

The company’s stock closed at $77.6 yesterday, Monday September the 8th at a new all-time high - giving it a market capitalisation of $200.26 billion, media reports said. 

The stock surged in late July after Facebook soundly beat Wall Street estimates with its second quarter earnings result. Facebook's revenue for the quarter came in at just under $3 billion, a gain of more than 60% year-over-year, thanks to strong growth in mobile ad revenue. 

FB Market Cap Chart

According to reports, future prospects for Facebook are bright because the firm is yet to monetise acquisitions like photo-sharing site Instagram and mobile messaging service WhatsApp. 

It is also some time away from placing a significant number of pricey video ads in users’ news feeds. 

Facebook has also purchased virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR Inc for nearly $2 billion. 

The company also announced Monday it now has 100 million users in Africa. 

The company now ranks just behind Verizon Communications Inc and ahead of Toyota Motor Corp on the list of the world's biggest corporations. 

How to make your staff IT savvy

How to make your staff IT savvy? 


US Research shows that the millennial generation (young people whose birth years range from 1980 to 2000) love technology so much that they would rather have access to social media than a bigger salary! How do you make you sure this generation continues to innovate while educating and motivating your older work force? 

How can you overcome the traditional workforce’s resistance to IT change, while satisfying other employee’s needs to evolve and improve efficiency in carrying out their daily tasks? 

Click here» to read some top industry tips to help your staff stay on the cutting edge of the IT workforce

Microsoft Celebrate 25 years of Office

A tribute to 25 years of Office users

Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft launched Office, and ever since, Office has been helping people get things done in their work and personal lives. Of course the world is a very different place today than it was 25 years ago, and so is the way people work, but what is constant is how Office has evolved to help people work in new ways, to be more productive and focus on what truly matters. Today, Office apps and services—from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive—are designed for the modern ways in which people work, delivering ever more personalized experiences, and helping people be productive from wherever they are and on any device. 

Celebrating 25 years of Office 

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SureSkills & CoLab Combine for Best Practice Donegal Event

project and service management event Donegal


The event will aim to show that the points of integration between Project Management and Service Management are much deeper and more complex. Given the minimal industry discourse on integrating Project Management and Service Management, we plan to use this event as an open discussion with industry professionals and local industry case studies. 

Who Should Attend?

Primarily this event is aimed at Project Managers, Service / IT Managers and Business Analysts. Team Leaders, Project Coordinators, Project Managers, Project Directors, Strategic Managers, Education and Training Professionals, Directors and Managers, Software Programming Managers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Business Technologists, Technical Analysts, Requirements Analysts, Requirements Planners, Process Managers, Product Design & Development Professionals, Business Process Engineers, Education and Training Professionals, Directors and Managers, IS/IT Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Software Programming Managers  

Guest Speakers including: Ruaidhri McSharry, SureSkills Director of Service Management and Bill Heffernan, Principal Service Management Consultant, SureSkills / SP3 with another industry speaker tbc in the coming days.

Date: Tuesday, 14th of October 2014

Time: Registration from 08:00 with presentations kicking off at 08:30

Venue: CoLab LYIT,Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

The availability for this event is LIMITED so book NOW to avoid disappointment. 

If you require any additional details about this event email Marketing@SureSkills.Com or call our learning consultant on 01 240 22 22 (ROI) or 028 9093 5555 (NI)


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