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8
Jul

Windows 10, the full version will be available from July 29th 2015. Windows is one of the most popular OSs on the market today and we believe it will be as popular if not more so than the most widely used version of windows which is Windows 7. It offers a lot of improvements on previous versions and this is largely because Microsoft allowed people including technical folk like ourselves to try different test versions out as they were building it. Because of this it is much improved on the innovative step that was Windows 8 and much more advanced, capable than Windows 7. Examine the key features of Windows 10 here.

Some of the features that Windows 10 now has include Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Office on Windows, Xbox Live and integrated Xbox App, Windows Continuum, Windows Hello and Windows Store. There are also new apps for photos, videos, music, maps, people, mail and calendar. Some of these features are somewhat familiar but some are completely new.

Windows 10

Windows 10

Cortana is an intelligent digital personal assistant. It is voice controlled and can be tied to both your phone and your tablet or PC. Her (yes, her) intelligence comes from being linked with Microsoft’s cloud and hence you won’t be able to fully utilise Cortana without an internet connection. Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new internet browser. Internet Explorer is gone. Edge has a new front end look and a powerful new graphics and JavaScript engine in the back to boot. Office is now much more customised depending on what device you are using it on. It offers more integration with Edge allowing on the fly annotating of web pages. Circle, mark, doodle and take notes on web pages and save them in onenote or word for example. Watch Joe Belfiore explain Windows 10 here

For Xbox fans, stream games from your Xbox to your Windows 10 PC. Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game. Capture, share and edit gaming moments more easily. Games developed for DirectX 12 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability. Windows Continuum enables the best of laptops and 2 in 1 devices to smoothly transform from tablet to laptop and back. Windows Hello allows you to sign in to your PC by allowing it to recognise your face via the webcam. Biometric authentication is easy with your face, finger, or iris providing instant recognition. Windows Store is also much improved with better security measures and a broad range of global payment methods. There are also exciting developments in the area of augmented reality with Microsoft partnering with Intel to create the HoloLens, an augmented reality headset.

On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favourite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you. Look for the windows 10 icon in the bottom right of your screen, in the system tray in order to reserve your free copy of Windows 10.

As you can see there are many benefits to Windows 10, much that will sway over business users that were not so enamoured with Windows 8. We have tried it out and we like it. The start menu is back. Opening apps in windows is an option. As always, if you have any problems with your Windows PC or you want to move your PC or PC system to Windows 8, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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If you liked this article then you may also be interested in reading our previous article on Windows 10 here.

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5
Jun

For those who don’t know, Bank of Ireland are currently introducing a new style website for their Business Online customers. It looks a lot different but it is a big improvement on the old site. It is easier to use, better looking and should fit easily in to your business’ banking routine. In today’s article we will discuss the new site and some general security issues surrounding banking online.

Money

Money

There are some steps that will ideally need to be completed before the closing down of the old site on the 16th of June 2015. The program Java should be updated to its latest version. You can do this here. Your browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Opera, etc) for accessing websites on the internet should also be updated fully. As CUA (Administrator) on your banking online account, you will need to accept any changes made to users, groups or payment authorisation levels in the current BOL site in order for the changes to transfer to the new system. If you want to review the security of how you handle your business banking online then here is a good place to start. You may also find it useful to visit BOIs new training portal here.

The site is optimised for the latest versions of Safari, FireFox and Internet Explorer browsers. Some networking firewalls may prevent the BOL site from working. You may also face difficulties if you try to log on through Metro mode in Windows 8. The site is supported by Windows version XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8 and the Apple Mac OS.

A few things to remember on the security side of things. Don’t use obvious password. Review the audit log regularly to monitor activity on BOL. Don’t leave your device unattended if you are logged in to BOL. Do exit BOL before visiting other sites on the internet. There are a number of behaviours you can adopt in order to stay safe when banking online. The best one to have is a healthy dose of suspicion regarding emails and phone calls that you receive that you are not expecting. The bank will never email or phone asking you for your PIN details. Be wary of what links you click on to get to your banking website including BOL. Beware of any unexpected changes to the look of the website. If in doubt, you can always ring us at Eonvia.

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If you liked this article then you may also be interested in reading our article on Changes to the ROS website recently here

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If you need help in this or need any other help please don’t hesitate to call one of our qualified engineers. We will be delighted to help.

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25
May

The services available at the ROS website are widely used by all businesses and some people in Ireland. By allowing a program, Java, to run on your computer and by storing a certificate unique to you at the root of your PC you can easily access your vital Revenue business information.

Site Undergoing Change

Site Undergoing Change

Most businesses will use this site on a regular basis so it is important that it functions smoothly and that they can get things done on it quickly. Key to this has been the program Java on your computer that up to now, has been used to communicate with the site and authenticate you and your certificate amongst other things.

Changes are coming to this as of December 2015. As of this date it will no longer be possible to access the ROS service using Java. The only login method available for ROS will be JavaScript. This is in response to feedback that the revenue have gotten on the use of Java. This coupled with the performance and functionality enhancements in recent years and more seamless support in modern browsers will allow for a much easier, simpler experience for people using the site.

Some slight adjustments will need to be made in order to be able to log in to the site using JavaScript. The most up to date version of your browser is needed including IE10 and Safari 6.1 or higher. Until the 15th of June 2015 EVR Claims and the PAYE Tab  linking to the PAYE anytime service will not be available on the website. It is important to note that NPAPI (a plug-in that allows Java to run on your browser) has been disabled in version 42 of Chrome browser. To fix this issue you can find all the necessary instruction here .

We recommend that you make the move to using Javascript to log in to the site well before December 2015. You may want to hold off until June 2015 though if you need to use PAYE Anytime on the site or you need to make European VAT Return (EVR) Claims online. This change will undoubtedly appear to people when they go to use the revenue site in some way at some stage so if you do have any problems then please let us help you out.

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If you liked this article then you may also be interested in reading our article on Payroll Software in Ireland here

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If you need help in this or need any other help please don’t hesitate to call one of our qualified engineers. We will be delighted to help.

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19
Mar

PayrollPayroll software, like accounts software is a market cornered almost entirely by two big players, Sage and Thesaurus, at least in Ireland anyway. Sage are a big player here and they also make their own, very popular accounting software as well. In fact, we have written a previous article about it here . Because of this, you may well choose to go with Sage for both your accounting and payroll software solutions. Thesaurus Software Ltd also make a very popular, very good alternative and this option may well suit your business perfectly too.

Many of the Sage payroll options can be found here and a rough comparison can be made on that page as to which software package may suit your business. Sage also offer their TAS branch of payroll software specifically for small and medium sized businesses and that can be viewed here . With Sage Micropay (€171+VAT or €602+VAT for Pro version), you need to buy a constant supply of custom paper/stationery to go with the software. SageOne is for the small business, with up to 5 employees, although you can put the software on 10-15 machines, whichever suits best. Sage also provide this package for a business with up to 10 employees, double the amount of employees, naturally for double the price (€7.20 per month + VAT). You can also add this to 5-15 machines, whichever suits best. Sage Quickpay is no longer being sold.

Thesaurus, which we know is in place in as many of the businesses we deal with as Sage is, can be compared with here . The standard version of Thesaurus software costs €149+VAT, with unlimited employee numbers. Their “Additional Company” version allows for yes, an additional company to be added to the payroll system. That costs €74.50+VAT. The “Bureau” version costs €339+VAT and supports the managing of unlimited companies and employers with unlimited employees. You can buy custom stationery/paper with Thesaurus but the difference is that you don’t need it.

You can base your comparison on a variety of factors including whether or not you think you’ll need Tech Support, how many employees you have, need to submit revenue returns online, SEPA compliance, payroll year end processing, and price of course. That is just a short list of factors to compare.

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If you liked this article then you may also be interested in reading our article on how to create movies on your home computer here .

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If you need help in this or need any other help please don’t hesitate to call one of our qualified engineers. We will be delighted to help.

021-4642096 

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