January, 2015

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Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7

If you have heard the whispering from your techie friends that Windows 7 is coming to the End of Life cycle, well, it is true.
Many of our clients just went through the ordeal of upgrading various devices from their beloved Windows XP to Windows 7 and now they have to do it again?
No. What this means is that the SALE of Windows 7, mainly Home Premium and Ultimate versions have reached their end of life on the sales cycle. These versions have also reached their End of Mainstream Support which means that there will no longer be patches or upgrades to these versions. The good news is that Extended Support will continue until January 14, 2020 so no need to rush out and purchase new software just yet.
What do you need to do? Until the next newest, latest and greatest comes out (which Windows 10 look VERY promising) make sure that you keep your updates done and if you have not installed the next service pack for your version, make some time and do it. This will ensure that your device is running at its best.
If you are not sure what service pack you have, we can assist you in determining the service pack you have and if necessary, install it for you.
What does this mean for you or your business?
If you have already upgraded to Windows 7 Professional, keep your updates and make sure you have the latest service pack installed.
For more information, please refer to the Microsoft website.

New Area Code & 10-Digit Dialing

New 629 Area Code

Starting on February 28th, 2015, all calls in the 615 area code will require you to dial the full 10 digit phone number.
This is due to the new 629 Area Code overlay which will come into effect on March 28th, 2015. This new area code overlay will be the first for Tennessee’s six area codes. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, VoIP service providers and alarm providers requiring dedicated phone numbers, the 615 area code has been depleted. This is happening all across the county with almost 70 area code overlays either in place, pending or planned in North America.

What affect will this have on you?
Your telephone number will remain the same.
The price of a call, coverage area or other rates and services will not change
What is a local call today, will continue to be a local call tomorrow
You will still have to dial 1+area code+number for any long distance calls
You still can dial just 3 digits for 911
If your community offers other services by dialing 3 digits such as information, that will remain the same.

If your business uses a dialer or your phone system/fax machine is pre-set to dial numbers for you such as speed dials, you will need to have them changed to include the area code for local calls.
For those of you with a TVS phone system, you can just contact our support team and we can setup your system to continue to dial all local 615 numbers as a 7 digit number.

Information was gathered from notices from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Free Upgrade to Windows 10 For First Year After Release – IGN

Free Upgrade to Windows 10 For First Year After Release – IGN .