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?". 

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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. 

IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX?

IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX? 

Budgets, Costs and IT needs……. The never-ending circle of needing IT resources and having to balance costs with Return On Investment (ROI). 

If you find yourself in this spiral of need, cost and budgets we would like to propose an alternative to having to follow the traditional IT spend and provision lifecycle. 

The Public Cloud has a copious amount of IT Resources (Processing power, Network bandwidth and Storage). These resources are available when you want (or need) it and as you want (or need) it – and as much as you want or need! More importantly - there is no upfront commitment… A Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) costing model - but only for what you use and not a cent more. 

No CAPEX costs and No inevitable delay waiting for delivery, and then provisioning and patching. 

Amazon Web Services – a Public Cloud and OPEX solution with immediate availability of IT resources. Have you considered an OPEX solution to your Data Centre needs? What about acquiring the necessary in-house skills to use these resources? – We’ve partnered with AWS so we can offer training with a variety of AWS Official training courses. 


Call or email us now or join our ½ day sessions in Belfast for an introduction (Show and Tell) to “The Cloud”. 

Calvin SureSkills VCI

Blog post by Calvin Riskowitz, Principal Cloud Evangelist & Educator with SureSkills. 

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

CommVault Recognized as an Industry Leader Again

CommVault has done it again! 

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For the fourth consecutive year, CommVault has been positioned in the Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software, for the full report, please click here. 

Forrester Wave: Enterprise Backup And Recovery, Q2 '13

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances objectively compares backup software and integrated appliance vendors based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision in an easy-to-read four-quadrant graph with detailed analysis. CommVault believe this is continued validation that their singular approach to data and information management is uniquely capable of reducing risk and costs, unlocking value from data and easily extending operations into cloud infrastructures. 

For the full report, click here.

According to Gartner, “because the backup/recovery software and integrated appliance market comprises tens, if not hundreds, of vendors, this research narrows it down to those that have a strong presence in midsize and large organization IT environments.” Download the report to learn why CommVault have been named a leader, and why that matters in helping you make better-informed decisions about data protection. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software. CommVault named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 CommVault is top ranked in the current offering category for their backup and recovery software. For CommVault and SureSkills, this report confirms that Simpana 10 is the leading enterprise backup and recovery solution in the market today, and the only product with a single platform for efficient data and information management. CommVault are enabling enterprises worldwide to take a truly modern approach to data protection


For the full report, click here

 If you would like to know more about how your company could benefit from adopting the CommVault platform please email us today on for one of our experienced consultants to arrange a call back/workshop. 


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