Internet Explorer 9 – tips for IT pros

Built to meet the needs of business users, Internet Explorer 9 is fast, trusted and Microsoft’s most standard compliant browser ever, delivering a better Internet experience for users, and more efficient policy management for the IT professional. Microsoft are offering some free tools to help you test, deploy, and manage Internet Explorer 9 in your organisation, check out the Internet Explorer TechCenter So what’s so good about IE9?
  • Faster – faster web apps, faster browsing, faster intranet sites, faster JavaScript processing, hardware acceleration of all graphics, video and text, and automatic performance monitoring for add-ins.                         
  • More secure – with a raft of new features to protect your users. Now you can decide who shares your users’ information, and who can track their behaviour around the Internet. Socially-engineered malware represents one of the biggest threats to user security today, and Internet Explorer 9 has the highest block rate of any browser out there today.                           
  • More productive – with a new, cleaner interface and a suite of tools – such as pinning – that put the site, not the browser, at the centre of the user experience.                                
  • More manageable – now with over 1,500 group policy features to enable better control of configurations across your organisation.                                  
To help get you on your way to IE9 have a look at our 10 steps to get IE9 going and Microsoft’s handy guide to help you make the business case for IE9 in your organisation.

Camwood in the news

2010 was a year of exponential growth for Camwood having doubled its revenue in the financial year ending March 2011, despite the decline of IT budgets in a tough market. Camwood has bucked the recession by taking advantage of the increasing number of IT transformation projects where companies are looking to deploy new operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 7, and adopt the latest virtual desktop technologies. To add to its continuing growth and success, Camwood has appointed David Byrne to the role of Financial Director, to be based at Camwood’s London office. Byrne brings more than 10 years of experience in technology. To further strengthen the team Camwood has also appointed Chris Patton as Alliance Manager with a remit to develop partner relationships. The appointments coincide with the launch of a state-of-the-art application logistics facility in the North of England to meet unprecedented demand for Windows 7 and application virtualisation projects. The Manchester-based facility was opened on 6th December and is dedicated to supporting clients both in the UK and overseas. Read the full article

10 steps to get Internet Explorer 9 going

As more and more companies migrate to Windows 7, the uptake of Internet Explorer 8 and now Internet Explorer 9 is booming – and it needs just as much careful attention. In fact, if you don’t have plans in place for IE8 or IE9, it will hold up your move to Windows 7. Anyone considering IE9 should also be aware that it is unsupported on XP.  And according to an article on IT Knowledge Exchange Don’t expect any sympathy from Microsoft about the fact that you can’t upgrade to IE9 without moving off of XP. IE9’s senior director, Ryan Gavin, has no patience for any complaints. “You simply can’t build on something that is 10 years ago,” he said. Have a look at the article Tony Fones, Camwood CTO wrote for Computer Weekly on the 10 steps to get Internet Explorer going. http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/03/13/245907/10-steps-to-get-Internet-Explorer-9-going.htm

A wake-up call on Windows 7 migration

Gartner has been running webinars around the ‘Big Migration to Windows 7′ and 17 months after the release of Windows 7, it’s warning that people risk running out of time. Gartner’s webinar host Stephen Kleynhans told attendees: “You need to get started right away. Your window keeps getting smaller and smaller every day.” Kleynhans says that companies need to spend three months on information gathering so they know how many people, PCs and applications they have to migrate. After that, he’s budgeting only six to nine months for engineering work to correct any software incompatibilities, followed by a three-month pilot test that will cover weekly, monthly and quarterly processes. “That leaves 18 months for roll-out.” At Camwood this approach is second nature we have been delivering our Enlightenened Migration approach for the last 10 years, it’s all about front end planning for a successful migration. We look at the app estate and assess: How many applications do you license? How many of these are actually used? Who is using them, how often and for what purpose? Which apps will migrate easily to which deployment platforms? Which require a simple fix vs extensive remediation? What is the license costs? What is the right cost for the software I need? Don’t despair. There’s still enough time if you work smart. Our Application Migration Intelligence ebook contains 10 years of application migration expertise to help you cut your project time and cost by as much as 80 per cent. And it’s free!! Article source –  http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/jacks-blog-10017212/a-wake-up-call-on-windows-7-migration-10022129/