Friday, June 5, 2015

Windows 10 Available on July 29!

I just wanted to let you know that your employees should start seeing options to upgrade to Windows 10.

I have not contacted any vendors yet to find out when they are going to be ready for Windows 10.  I would highly suggest that your employees wait on upgrading anything for a little bit, confirm with your software vendors that what you use is Windows 10 compatible or contact me so I can check with your vendors before upgrading!  The thing I don't want is to see any employees down because they upgraded early and then they can't do their job.  We had some of that with Windows 8.1 and the cost of starting over is high!

I've been running Windows 10 for the last 2 months in pre-release status.  It reminds me of Windows 7 and will be familiar to your employees.

If you have questions, please let me know 515-451-6485 !

Windows 10 Available on July 29!

What are the basic facts of the Windows 10 upgrade?

·         Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices*.
·         It will be available starting July 29, 2015; people can reserve their free upgrade today.  As a starting reference, see Microsoft’s Windows 10 Q&A (ß This provides REALLY useful information!).
·         Customers only have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer.  Once they upgrade, they will have Windows 10 for free on that device.

Here’s how:

1.      Your Get Windows 10 App Icon will automatically appear in your device’s taskbar

o    For devices running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update with Windows Update enabled, the app automatically shows up as a Windows icon in your system tray at the bottom right-hand side of your screen.  If you don’t see it, visit Microsoft’s Q&A page for more info.

2.      Reserve

You can reserve your free upgrade in the Get Windows 10 App. Once you reserve, Windows 10 will download when available, and you can cancel your reservation at any time.*
o    Click on the small Windows icon found at the right end of the taskbar. If you don’t see it, visit Microsoft’s Q&A page for more info.

o    Click “Reserve your free upgrade” in the app window.
o    Enter your email if you want a notification of when you’ll be able to install Windows 10…

o    All set. There’s no obligation and you can cancel your reservation at any time.  Visit Microsoft’s Q&A page for more info.

The Microsoft Answer Desk is here for you; if you have questions or want to learn more, see the Windows 10 Q&A.
See what’s new?  Learn more about the great new features in Windows 10.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Success! Finding the right solution is possible!

One of the things I like most about being a consultant is the problem solving.  Not every solution is going to work for every client or business.

Think about your business and what works for you?  What have you changed to make things better?  Technology isn't any different!  Sometimes changes are necessary to make your business more efficient, reduce costs or both!

The possibilities are endless these days!  Picking the right solution for you and your business means working with someone that will take the time to know and understand your unique business model and then implement technology solutions that will help make it happen!  That's what we are about at Bents Consulting!  Creating relationship with our customers that allow understanding, change, innovation and success!

We are here to help!  Give us a call!  515-451-6485 or!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Searching for answers...

I was working for a client today and another associate of the business came into the room and wanted to ask me a question.  So I stopped and let them tell me what they wanted.  The customer knew what they wanted but didn't quite know if what they wanted was possible.  The other associate in the room who's computer I was working on at the time had a puzzled look on his face.  He says, "How did you know what they wanted so quickly.  I didn't even understand what she wanted!"

You see, questions like these keep me sharp!  I love them!  It shows that the customer is thinking and wants to make things better!  That's often the first step we all need to realize.  Change.  It's a six letter word, but sometimes people think it's only spelled with four!  It doesn't come easy but without it we are stuck.

Just a few minutes later and I had the new phone system ( configuration changes complete.  I'd rebuilt the call routing for this client, tested to make sure it worked and had taken a training video for the client to know and understand how the systems works better for them!

It was a great day to see a client happy and see change at work!

Don't be afraid of change!  It can help you make things better and so can Bents Consulting!  Call or email us today at 515-451-6485!